Friday, March 23, 2012
Cranford. This series, set in the 1840s, just a couple decades before Anne of Green Gables starts, is about the town of Cranford and the ladies who rule the roost there. The series boasts some lovely funny scenes, particularly those between the inestimable Judi Dench, who plays Miss Matty Jenkyns and Eileen Atkin, who plays Miss Deborah Jenkyns, spinster sisters who boss the town. There are also scenes of gut-wrenching sorrow, but they balance out rather nicely. And Dame Judi wears some epic bonnets.
I also love a sincere pop song. I love it when emotions are close to the surface. Of course, we can't do this for too long or we risk some big hurts or being overwhelmed by big joys. One of the nice things about sarcasm is that it makes a nice little barrier that helps me function. But I am happy to be reduced to goo by a good pop song.
Muppet movie over Thanksgiving, making a special trip with my bestie Monicat. This movie was a textbook example of sincerity. It was a love letter to the Muppets, written by Segal and Nicholas Stoller. The Muppets were a huge part of my childhood, and it was so nice to revisit them through this film. Clearly Segal and Stoller loved the Muppets. I loved that they were concerned with making a great film that would pay homage to their beloved Muppets but that also was a quality movie. It wasn't just a mash note or self-indulgent bit of cinema. It was gorgeous, and I am not ashamed to announce that when Kermit plays "The Rainbow Connection" at the end, I cried. And while the movie was sincere and lovely, it never took itself too seriously. The parody ads created for the movie are brilliant, tongue firmly in cheek, and darn funny. I'll leave you with one of my favorites.
And of course...
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