January 20, 2017

Wuthering Heights

I've always been a huge fan.  But ever since the latest version came out, featuring Kyla Scodelario and James Howson, I've been obsessed.  I've been waiting for years for the latest remake onscreen but didn't watch it in the theaters because it got bad reviews so I just waited for it on cable.  It's not one of the best versions I've seen but it is quite different and very raw.  I must have watched it over 20 times!  I loved Shannon Beer and Solomon Glave as the young Cathy and Heathcliff whose performances were outstanding in the movie.  They had more chemistry than the older Kyla and James who looked totally different from their younger counterparts.  And a black Heathcliff?  Just wasn't right. Sorry.

My first taste of WH was the original with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon.  I think that was the best version followed by Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche.  Too bad O and O's version did not include  the story of the second generation.  After watching F and B's version, I truly thought that the producer made up the story of the second generation, not knowing that it was Emily Bronte's original writing. The woman was a genius!  I would have loved to see Laurence Olivier portray the evil Heathcliff, totally destroying every character in the movie. 

Did you know that Vivien Leigh was originally chosen to play Cathy over Merle Oberon?  Studio executives thought the part should not go to an unknown actress in the US.  Leigh was chosen to play Isabella but she turned down the role and a year later, won an Oscar for her performance in Gone With the Wind.  Leigh and Olivier were also engaged during the filming of WH. 

I'm currently reading the novel.  It's a difficult read as are every novel whose setting is in the 18th century.  I wonder if there's an easier version out there.  Miss Bronte would turned in her grave!

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The original Cathy and Heathcliff (Olivier & Oberon) at their favorite spot in Peninstone Crags.


Fiennes and Binoche at their spot but not quite Peninstone Crags.

Wuthering Heights - Solomon Glave as the young Heathcliff & Shannon Beer as the young Cathy

Beer and Glave as the young Heathcliff and Cathy walking the moors. Outstanding performance.

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You deserve to die! You killed us both!

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I love my murderer!

You broke my heart. You killed me.

July 7, 2013


It's my favorite day of the week. I don't have to cook dinner since we eat out every Friday. That really makes me a happy camper. I can stay up late and watch tv til 2 am and sleep in the next day.  But I hate it when I have to get my allergy shots every 4th Friday.  It's okay if I can just walk in there, get the shot, and get out, but I have to wait 20 minutes for a reaction.  At least I don't have to wait 30 minutes like most people, since I've been getting my shots for what, 18 years now? I'm making my allergist a rich woman.
Trying to figure out where to eat for dinner between 4 people can be a challenge.  The hubs doesn't want to suggest anything since he claims his brain is fried from work.  But the moment you suggest something, he's quick to shoot it down!  Every Friday, my son always suggests the same thing.  Mexican.  He knows what my reply will be because I'm not a big Mexican food fan, except for La Morena burritos.  But their damn service is so slow on Friday nights!  My daughter always wants anything pasta or shrimp.  I love Elephant Bar but the two guys aren't crazy about the place.  A bunch of picky people if you ask me.  Most of the time, we end up eating Vietnamese because it's close by and it's the last resort when we all can't agree on anything.  My daughter is away in college, so it's down to the three of us.  My son will still suggest Mexican, the hubs will suggest Vietnamese because he doesn't want to think anymore, and I'll suggest all others.  Most of the time, I get my way.  Well, that's how it should be since I'm the cook in the house. 
Vietnamese at Pho The Gioi

The hubs always orders the fried spring rolls.  Frankly, I'm getting tired of them.
I do love their pork chops over rice.  The best ever.
La Morena
Chicharones x Pastor Burrito
Chicharones Al Pastor Burrito?  The crunch in the burrito sounds awesome! How come I never see that on thier menu?  Whoever took the photo must know the cook.
Paradise Chinese Restaurant in South City
The best salt and pepper pork ever!  Can someone please tell me where Paradise Restaurant has moved to?  They're remodeling the shopping square and merchants who have done business here were forced to move elsewhere due to the high lease.  I've eaten at this place for 25 years!  My biggest mistake was not asking them where they're moving to. 
Elephant Bar, DC
I love their Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  My absolute fave!
I fail to see why the hubs doesn't like this place.  He keeps ordering the same thing, over and over again.  Some Jambalaya dish.  Boring.
Fried Calamari.  Another winner at E Bar
Crispy Honey Shrimp.  Nom nom nom nom nom.
See, I'm not hard to please.  Just take me anywhere for dinner, as long as I don't have to cook, and I'm a happy camper!

December 3, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey, Darker and Freed

It seems that majority of moms learn about this book from their daughters, am I right?  I did see this book on the internet and some newspapers in the past, but never really paid attention to what it was really about or took any interest at all until I found my 20 year old daughter reading the first book.  I asked her what it was about and she replied "It's about a college graduate who has a steamy affair with an executive".  "Brittney recommended it".  Her former description did not really spark an interest in me.  It was Brittney's recommendation that made me curious.  She finished the book but I did not bother asking her if I could borrow it from Brittney.  I never saw the book again.  Now I know why.  What daughter in her right mind would ask her mom if she would like to read the book?
Two months later, I was talking to a friend who brought up Fifty Shades, the trilogy.  Trilogy?  I  had no idea!  My friend said it was pure porn and she couldn't put the books down!  I told her that my daughter read Part 1 and she said her daughter read all 3 books.  I demanded that she loan the books to me; that they would be perfect to read on the plane for my trip to India in December.  She said it was an easy read and I should finish them in no time. 
Her husband works with my husband and imagine my surprise when my husband came home with all 3 books individually wrapped in a brown paper bag!  I was hysterical!  Was it really that embarassing for her husband to carry with him on the train to work?  I guess so!  When my husband handed the books to me, he said he heard that they were pure pornography.  I got so excited!
Mind you, I was struggling with the first 60 pages of the book.  It sounded like it was written by a high school student.  I was ready to give up and return the books and complained to my daughter.  She agreed that the book wasn't written well.  She should know because she was the editor in chief of her high school newspaper!  But she did encourage me to read on and that the exciting part would come after page 60.  I'm a very impatient person!
Imagine my surprise when I got to the juicy parts!  I found myself giggling like a school girl and covering my face with the book several times!  Must I remind you that I've been married for 25 years and pretty much heard it all!  But this book made me blush and yell "OMG!" several times as I finished each juicy chapter!
I took a picture of all 3 books and texted them to my daughter who's away in college and she said she now wants to read Parts 2 and 3.  My friend also mentioned that Part 2 was her favorite. I ran into a woman in physical therapy reading one of the books and I just had to ask her which book she was reading.  She said she finished all 3 but is reading Part 2 again because the last book makes you go back and read the previous books for events that you could easily forget.  I'm like "Are you serious"?
I really don't want to go back and re-read the books again so I'm making sure that I remember the important events as I go along.  By the way, I finished Grey and now I'm on Darker.  The lady also said I would finish Freed before I fly to India.  I believe her too.
Gosh, look at how much I've written and I just started on Part 2, Fifty Shades Darker.  All I could say is if they make a movie out of this, I don't think it would be that exciting.  Movies are never as good as the book.  It would definitely be R rated, along the lines of  9 1/2 Weeks but possibly steamier.  Let's see how much more I will add to this article after completing Darker!
Holy Crap!!!!!!!


Laters, Baby!!!!!