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A random update is long over due, so here it is...

Just let me say this first: Dear Beauty and the Beast franchise, here, take all my money, this is my wallet, this is my bank account number, just take it... Just give me my dignity back... Because I'm 30 years old and I can't cry at the movies like that for a Disney Movie (I can do it at home any time, but NOT at the movies) I just can't.

Okay, now that this is out of my system... before I spend the evening obsessing over Dan Stevens (I fell for the guy when I saw him on Legion to be honest with you... I mean, you know me... crazy skinny guys? I just have to go there), let me tell you a little bit about my life at the moment.

☾ As you can tell from the title I'm at war with a woodpecker who's annoying the whole neighborhood, pecking like he's on crack or something! We don't have a bug problem, but he just looooooves insulation material, and he's having the time of his life pulling it out, and having a laugh! Thing is... he's a beautiful bird so, I feel bad hating him so much! So, now he pecks and I knock on the wall to make him stop, and then I see him going to the neighbors and then - in 30 minutes - he's back, and we start our dance all over again!

☾ Today I had a pretty good day. I had coffee with my friend/former realtor Winnie, we ended up chatting for 2 hours no stop. Next time we're going to be more active, and go do one of these painting classes where they offer wine and cheese and you pretend you're there because you feel like creating!

☾ After coffee, I went for a bike ride and I went to get some sushi for lunch. There was a lot of people in front of me and the place is not that big. A girl came in after me and, since she was alone as I was, I asked if she wanted to join me if I got a table... It seemed such a waste to sit on a big table alone while people were going hungry. We ended up talking for an hour and an half, and we had a great lunch! At the end of it I said "that was fun, it was like a surprise blind date" and we had a final laugh. That was fun and it felt nice!

I have to vent on one stupid thing! Is it just me or it's THE MOST ANNOYING THING EVER when you are walking/biking and someone pass by on a car and honks or shouts a "complimet"? THANK YOU A$$H0LE, NOW THAT YOU APPRECIATED ME, I FEEL SO GOOD! GO FU*K YOURSELF! Thing is... in Italy, it happens too, but I yell back or i give them the finger... I can't do it here because WHAT IF THEY HAVE A GUN? I hate it! And it happens all the time! I just wish I could answer and shut them up!

☾ And I just want to talk a little about Beauty and the Beast so SPOILER FREE: I loved it! It was so damn good, and I did cry real tears, not internet tears! Everything was perfect... Once Upon a Time sort of ruined Belle and "the Beast" for me, I forgot how good the real thing was... Eric never saw it and doesn't know the story (he lived under a rock) so it's going to be fun showing it to him... and nowSPOILERS: This is what I loved the most:

- We get to know the story of why the Beast is who he is. In the 1991 version, we just saw him as a spoiled shallow Prince, and then Belle comes in and changes him... We also feel sorry for the servants, that got stuck in the curse for apparently no reason! In this version we find out that the servants really love their master and they feel guilty, because they did nothing to protect him when - after his mother died - he got raised by his awful father. They just watched, never intervening, and they think they deserve the curse. Also, the Beast says to them he's sorry he was not able to free them as he did with Belle, showing that he cared about them as much as they cared about him! Also he is educated and knows a lot about books, so there is some extra banter with Belle and they connect on a deeper level!

- The scene where they "run away" and visit Belle's childhood home, where they find out what happened to her mother, was a great addition to the story!

- I can't just not giggle when in a movie there is my beloved Ewan McGregor and the sentence "Come What May" even if it's the Beast singing it in For Evermore (what a fu*king powerful song) I just can't avoid connecting it to Moulin Rouge and I get a little poke in the feels!

- I loved how the people of the village were also under the curse. They forgot about the Castle and the people who was working there, and - of course - there were friends and family working for the prince. I also love how the Agathe the Enchantress/Hattie Morahan was in the Village the whole time.

- They did a great job with the whole cast, but LeFou/Josh Gad was just amazing! The role was so perfect for him! And I LOVED all his lines

- They added elements of diversity and they did it in the right way without forcing it! When the 3 musketeers have an encounter with Madame Garderobe/Audra McDonald (what a voice) and she dresses them up as girls, one of them is very happy, and she says to him to go free and he does! Plus, at the end, this same guy ends up dancing with LeFou, alluding at the fact LeFou might be gay and that explains why he's still single and he's so obsessed with Gaston! Luke Evan's Gaston was perfect! It was less annoying than the cartoon version and more "evil", his song was great and the whole scene very well done!

- I'm not going to talk about Dan Stevens because I just love him too much, and Emma Watson was great! I could not imagine anyone else as Belle!

Now the things that I liked less

- At the beginning, in the Prologue, when the voice says "Who could ever learn to love a Beast" it wasn't dramatic enough! The whole Prologue needed a different tone, especially that sentence!

- There was no extra scene at the end, I blame you Marvel! But I enjoyed all the credits!

- I don't know how I feel about it when, at the end, there is a moment between Maurice/Kevin Kline and Mrs Potts/Emma Thompson when they look at each other... In this movie she's married and finally reunited with her husband... But in the 1991 Disney movie it's sort of implied that they might get together... So that felt odd but also an interesting addition!

☾ Also I have another secret that will be revealed soon! :D I know you hate me for this LOL!

Okay! That was a big one! I am going to go start Downton Abbey so I can enjoy some more Dan Stevens (and I need to see this show otherwise my friends will stop talking to me) and wait for amazon to put the DVD/BLU-RAY on sale/pre-sale! I want like 30 copies! I can't wait to see all the extras... I'm still hoping in an extra scene like in Pride and Prejudice (2005) at the end! :D Remember, when Darcy and Lizzie decide how to call one another now that they're married... Maybe we can have a scene with Belle and the Prince talking about something! xD

Date: 2017-03-28 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I loved BATB and Dan Stevens. Though I wasn't sure if I'd ever forgive him for leaving Downton. lol. I've got the Legion pilot, so I really need to give it a try.

Glad you had a nice time w/ your friend. And omg you & I should totally do one of those paint & drink things if you have a nice time at it w/ Winnie. I've always wanted to do one of those.

I hate the passing car "compliment" too. Though one time a friend of mine yelled "nice ass!" out the car window & I didn't know it was him so I just kept walking. And he shouted "did you hear me?!" And finally "Margaret, please turn & wave because I look like an absolute asshole right now!" lol. At least I could tell from that compliment that it's not something he'd normally do.

Can't wait to hear your newest secret! :D

Date: 2017-03-29 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I need to see him in DA... I need to see him in everything LOL!!! Legion is awesome! Let me know if you like it... It's very different from what's on TV right now!

We definitely should do it... Look: there are plenty of events!!!

LOL @ your friend... Yes it was clear he was not one of these guys! :D He wanted to make sure you knew he was kidding!!!

Soon the secret will be out LOL

Date: 2017-03-29 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hope I get a chance to check it out soon.

Looks like fun. Most seem to be on Thursdays & Fridays though, and I'm rarely down in time on Fridays. Maybe they'll do some more weekend ones this summer. And I'm down in July for almost a week for a seminar if not.

Yeah. He's a good guy. He used to put on a tough guy persona for his hardcore band, but then would always immediately backoff and be "no really, crash on the couch if you're too drunk" or "hey, you don't have to pitch in for beer this week if you don't have the money," etc.


Date: 2017-03-28 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, one little woodpecker causing so much trouble! I totally can relate to weird bird-related problems though because one time a mockingbird kept singing at top volume outside my window at 4am and it really played havoc with my sleep.

Aww, surprise blind date, that's so fun!

I quite enjoyed Beauty and the Beast too, and I'm not even much of a Disney fan. :)

Date: 2017-03-29 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Birds are cute but MAN, THEY'RE LOUD!!! LOL

That was fun, I agree... My friends say one day I'll end up in a ditch dead because I do this sort of things without thinking... LOL

I grew up with Disney... i was the only girl of my age growing up in my village and the only girlish things I had were my Disney movies LOL

Date: 2017-03-28 05:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so glad that you enjoyed the movie :)

I just hate the passing car "compliment" too DX

Date: 2017-03-29 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was very very good!

I don't understand why guys do it!!!

Date: 2017-03-28 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have no advice about the woodpecker, but I was just reminded of when one was on my parents' house a couple years back and it was soooo annoying!

Ugh, cat-calling. Disgusting.

A secret? Oooh! :)

Downton Abbey was an amazing show. I definitely recommend it, over and over.

Date: 2017-03-29 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I guess there's no solution about that. The property manger will send people to fix the holes, but that's not a long term solution!

I don't understand why guys do that, do they actually thinking us girl are happy about it?

I'm probably going to start DA now! I hope Dan Stevens is in a lot of episodes (for the couple of seasons he stays)

Date: 2017-03-31 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Someone out there probably has some advice, you could google it.

I don't either.

He is! :D

Date: 2017-03-28 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
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Date: 2017-03-28 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I never saw the movie as a kid, my favorite was The Lion King haha but I want to see this one!! *_* I never thought I would see Emma in a disney story but it actually fits her..she got that look. x)

Ohh give me the news already ;o
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Date: 2017-03-29 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're going to love Beauty and the Beast.... :D

Soon the secret will be out!!!

Date: 2017-03-28 10:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
More secrets!

I'm glad you liked the film. Love your funny 'blind date' too!

Date: 2017-03-29 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
AHAHAH I can see you rolling your eyes at me now... Sorry... I can tell you in private if you want... :D

I attract weird situations LOL!!!

Sorry, I know you didn't particularly enjoyed Emma in the movie and (if I remember correctly) you don't like Belle or the whole Beauty and the Beast plot... Am I right? I seem to remember a post months ago about it... I might be wrong...

Date: 2017-03-29 09:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh, please do! Send me a PM!

No, I love your attitude toward those situations. I can be quite aloof and it's not a good trait. If I was travelling I would've asked that girl to sit with me but in my regular routine, no.

I actually love Beauty and the Beast! I just think Belle is kind of a bitch, haha.

Date: 2017-03-30 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
PM sent! :D

LOL I remembered correctly then... :D but I am glad you liked the movie!!!

Date: 2017-03-28 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad to hear you had a good day! :) I love your Miss Fisher header by the way! :P
Edited Date: 2017-03-28 01:36 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-03-29 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! Love the couple (using a MFMM icon for this answer)

Date: 2017-03-28 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How is Legion? I'm curious because of the good opinions and high expectation I've heard of

I'm dragging my bf to see Beauty and the Beast in English on Thursday! (it seems that the Italian dubbed version is horrible)
I feel you, gal, I found myself moved and crying so many times during Branagh's Cinderella! You'd think it's because of Lily James' terrible acting but it's not

Date: 2017-03-28 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love Legion! It's very different and edgy but in a VERY GOOD WAY! You'll see it after the pilot! The cast is amazing and very well done!

Yes you need to see it in english DEFINITELY!!! <3 let me know what you think after you saw it!!! I so want to see it again! That's how much I liked it!!! <3

LOL I am not a fan of Lily James myself xD

Date: 2017-03-28 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I keep hearing such good things about beauty and the beast. I really need to go see it. maybe next payday.

and ugh. I HATE woodpeckers. They are so damned annoying. I wish they were not lol. Natures bothers of hte world.

Date: 2017-03-29 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You have to! You'r going to love it!

Yes, that bird is terrible... but sometimes he's on the tree in front of my window and I see it and he's so pretty!

Date: 2017-03-28 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I absolutely loved Beauty and the Beast. Everything was amazing, the casting, the music, I just loved everything. I read an interesting theory on the curse:

I would have loved an extra scene at the end!

Date: 2017-03-29 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Reading the theory and:

We learn at the beginning of the movie that it has been at least 10 years since the curse had been placed on Beast and his servants and, while the curse doesn't allow them to age, it seems unlikely that their family members would stay the same age as well.
Wrong: in the cartoon version it says 10 years, here they changed in "a long time ago" and the curse doesn't keep the servants from aging! Belle also came to the village as a Baby and she and Maurice would have notice if the people were not aging and kids not growing up, while she and her father were. The curse was set in place more likely 4-5 years before... It was a huge mistake in the animated version and they fix it and there are interviews online about all the things that this version fixed! :D But yes, it's definitely interesting if connected to the animated version! Thank you for the link :D

And I agree with you 100% everything was amazing! I saw some interviews yesterday about how they made the Beast and poor Dan had to act with a body suit of 40 pounds and 10 inches heals... Plus, every 2-3 weeks he had to go in and "act with only his face" to capture the movements and then "copy/paste them" on the Beast in the editing process. Poor thing! #givehimalltheawards

How could it would be to have a scene where - after the party - they're on his balcony and he mentions/quotes something he read in a romance book and Belle looks at him surprised an teases him about it... and he answers with something super sweet and they kiss again... It would be so cute!

Date: 2017-03-29 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Actually I think Maurice and Belle are quite new in the Village because she says in a song "Since we arrived here"... If she got there when she was an infant she would have been under the spell too... Also Maurice does not know his way around there when he's out with Philipe...

Date: 2017-03-31 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, it's hard to tell really. They don't give us an exact timeline of when Belle and Maurice moved there. If it was recent, then the theory makes sense. If it's since they left Paris when she was an infant then it doesn't.

Date: 2017-03-31 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, I didn't catch it wasn't 10 years in the film. It's been a while since I've seen the cartoon version. Still a cool theory though!

Oh wow, a 40 pound body suit?! That must have been tough. Sounds like he went through a lot.

Have you seen the video floating around Facebook of James Corden and some of the cast performing the songs in a crosswalk? Look it up on YouTube if you haven't, it's hilarious!

Date: 2017-03-30 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm exited to learn what your secret is :D :D

Sorry you have deal with assholes!

Date: 2017-03-31 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"and you pretend you're there because you feel like creating!" hahaha

And...I HAVE ALL THE SAME FEELS ABOUT BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!! I can't wait to have it on DVD and watch it

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