Sunday, August 28, 2011

Page to Film:: Gone With The Wind

"Gone With The Wind" is, in every conceivable connotation of the word, an Epic. I grew up watching it but have only now picked up my own copy of the book to enjoy in literature form (which everyone knows is superior right? *laughs*).
To celebrate this momentous occasion (I feel a new favorite book coming on...), a Page to Film of what a contemporary cast might look like after being filtered through the mind of a young-ish lady of southern origin, who loves all things aged and classic, and is secretly a closeted romantic. Enjoy.

"Scarlett O'Hara" ~ Olivia Wilde

My first pick was Emily Blunt. But the more I thought about it, the more it just didn't seem like a good fit. Then I started thinking of leading ladies I had seen recently in movies...Presto. Plus she wins bonus points for being Irish-American.
Runner-up: Emily Blunt or (for an even younger Scarlett) Camilla Belle if she had the talent.

"Rhett Butler" ~ Dermot Mulroney

Despite the obvious rugged good looks, Mr. M also appears to possess the ability to be a mean, dastardly, and cruel -as well as- charming, dashing, and hilarious Rhett. He could never out-do Clark Gable...but then we've only mere mortals left in Hollywood these days. *sigh* He'd do well though.
Runner-up: Collin Farrell (ok not really, but a girl can dream right?).

"Ashley Wilkes" ~ James McAvoy

I think Ashley was the toughest role to fill, actually. He needed to be attractive, but finding that middle ground between rugged and effeminate in this particular age-group was challenging. I think us ladies will agree, however, that James McAvoy isn't too hard on the eyes but then doesn't remind you of your junior high boy band crush either. Score.
Runner-up: Ryan Gosling.

"Melanie Wilkes" ~ Justine Waddell

Melanie is such a wholesome and vulnerable character, it was also hard to find her likeness in today's actors what with all the vixen-esque barbie dolls with the doe-eyes and poofy lips. Justine has the sweet look and acting chops and could really make the character believable.
Runner-up: Jessica Chastain (I love her but I'm saving her for a better role!).

"Mammy" ~ ???

After racking my brains for hours, I could not think of a single actress suitable for the role that was in Mammy's proper age-frame(partly because I'm not even sure what Mammy's age-frame is...but guessing? Middle-age?). Suggestions most welcome. Any actress that plays this part has amazingly big shoes to fill, no doubt.

"Prissy" ~ Vanessa Lee Chester

Confession: I love the character of Prissy. Such an unforgettable portrayal of a "side character" does not often happen. Ms. Vanessa is actually an amazing actress, imho. Why she doesn't get more roles is mind-boggling. She could pull Prissy off easy.

"Gerald O'Hara" ~ Tom Wilkinson

Astoundingly amazing actor, period. Can't go wrong here.
Runner-up: Michael Gambon.

Just my take. Obviously there are many other roles to be filled (Scarlett's mother, sisters, and ex-husbands to name a few), and very likely many "unknowns" that would play the part exquisitely. If you're one of them, just cross your little fingers because if Hollywood ever does decide to play with that loaded's do or die, baby. But then, no matter what...

...tomorrow is another day. <3

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Working on something...

A little teaser...
'Til I've made more head way. ^-^

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011


Nobody wants to be Christ. Not really.
Nobody wants to live in filth and eat with poor people and be hated and ridiculed and beaten down.
Nobody wants to be worshiped and dismissed and cursed and vulnerable and betrayed.
Nobody really wants to save anyone but themselves.
Nobody sees, nobody cares, nobody loves anything but themselves.

Do you know why? Because being Christ is no fun.
Because being Christ is hard work.
Because being Christ is not satisfying.
It doesn’t make me feel special. It doesn’t make me feel powerful or safe.
All it does is make me hurt.

I hurt because I see the complete lostness of this bloodied smear of a rock that hurtles through space with a deep sense of abandonment.
Like a late-term stillborn…it is a grotesque image of what could have been.

I hurt for each soul…birthed unto tears, they live and die unto tears.

I hurt for the beauty they all possess, the love they hunger for, the flawed nature that savagely tears them apart even as they coddle it, kissing it, trying desperately to contain the evil for one more day…one more day I will be good, one more day I will be good…

I hurt for their attempts to make a messiah for themselves. From the splintered attributes of God still festering within them, they fashion a shallow image of glory from their insignificant understandings of the profound Majesty that moves and still the beatings of their hearts.

I hurt for the wicked. I hurt for the abused. I hurt for the lonely and cast-down and the respected, the kind and the talented and hushed, the fool and the youth and the wise and forgotten, the murderers and the religious and the beautiful.

I hurt for them and spit at them and love and hate them and do so because I am them.
I am them.
Christ was us…and was not us…and lived and died perfect.
And in perfection He hurt.
He cried. He raged. He fed. He bled. He slept. He tired. He loved.
In perfection.
And I don’t want to be Christ because it hurts too much.
Perfection hurts. Love hurts. Truth hurts. Good hurts. Right hurts.
And the pain never dulls.
And I am mortal.
And I am flesh.
And I am weak.
And I will create in me a heart of stone to replace this heart of flesh…to cope…to stop the pain…to live in delusion and ignorance of The One who formed and stirs the stars.
Who formed and stirs me.

Who breathed into the nostrils of The First Born, Adam.
Who breathes into the soul of The Stillborn, Humanity.
Who hasn’t given up.
Who won’t give up.
Who loves, and rages, and forgives, and hurts in perfection.

No one wants to be Christ.
Not really.

It hurts too much.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves...

Today's post is going to be a tad more somber than usual.
This is a clip from a BBC documentary released October of last year. The documentary is well worth watching in it's entirety, but this particular clip sums up the complexity of the situation in the allotment of five minutes.

I'm not posting this for political reasons, only out of a sincere desire that more people will hear about these people, their struggles, and the life they seek.

Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

“ Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

~ Matthew 5: 2-10

Friday, August 5, 2011

Social Media: It's all Propaganda!

I'm a sucker for good satirical propaganda, and poking fun at social media is also a good way to win points. Turns out Justonescarf has got me covered on both counts.

Check out the fun:



If you know of other similar posters, or dabble some in the genre yourself, be good to your fellow citizen and share in the comment section!
...but not too loud never know who's listening...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Attached to rail road tracks...

I'll let the wonderful ladies of First Aid Kit further elaborate for me.