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Will You Watch Les Miserables or The Hobbit This Weekend?

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Victor Hugo’s great classic novel Les Miserables has been adapted to stage and screen more than 80 times, so you probably have heard of Cosette by now. I adore the sad story, and I blew through a box of tissues when I saw the musical on Broadway. I have not read Hugo’s epic book from 1862, and I probably never will. That thing is 1,488 pages long.

I’ll see the new movie instead. I want to watch Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe sing and emote. They’d better make me cry, dang it. I hear they deliver. This movie has a best picture nomination at the Golden Globes, and the Oscar buzz is building–especially for Hathaway. See the Les Miserables trailer at the end of this post.

I plan to see Les Mis this weekend because we have a sitter on Saturday. Unless my husband reminds me that it’s his turn to pick the flick after Breaking Dawn Part 2. Boo. He’ll choose Skyfall. Or, help me, The Hobbit.

I know I read The Hobbit as a kid, but the only thing I remember is Bilbo, and something about furry feet. And then, of course, there’s The Lord of the Rings that famed author J. R. R. Tolkien wrote next. Those movies rocked. I hear that’s not the case for this first of three Hobbit movies. After all, the children’s book is only 300 pages, so how is Peter Jackson making it into a trilogy? If I had read better reviews, I would’ve tuned in to find out.

Will you watch Les Miserables or The Hobbit this weekend–or at least once they come out on DVD? Better question: Which movie would you prefer? What about your husband?

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Did You See Anna Karenina?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

In my excitement about The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, I neglected another highly-anticipated book-to-movie adaptation, Anna Karenina.

Did you see Anna Karenina last weekend? Or did your husband insist on Skyfall or Lincoln? Or, more likely, since having kids, do you get out to the movies about as often as you get a hot stone massage?

If you haven’t read Anna Kareninawhich would take roughly 33 hours and 24 minutes–try out this new flick starring Keira Knightly and Jude Law (2 hours, 10 minutes, done). The lavish, tragic tale may be old, but it’s ripe and juicy. The famed author Leo Tolstoy weaves together searing social commentary with epic love and tragedy. I listened to this book on a cassette tape with my mom during a 1400-mile car ride. Oh, the ending. We cried. And I better just leave it at that.

I’m a sucker for adapted late 1800s classic literature on screen. Give me Keira Knightly any day. I live for Price and Prejudice. Or maybe I break for Jane Eyre. That’s a tough call. Note to husband: Accents and period costumes are much bigger turn ons than James Bond.

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