Thoughts on King Creole

I got wind of King Creole because I was doing some Carolyn research again and found out that she actually starred opposite the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley. I never really knew Elvis Presley’s work or songs. I mean I knew his musical style, his trademark hair, and all that that has become such an icon in pop culture, but I’d never watched him sing or perform before. So I had to watch this. King Creole would be the first time I would get acquainted with Elvis.

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King Creole with Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones and Dolores Hart

King Creole is about this guy Danny Fisher (Elvis Presley) trying to find himself. He works at the club called the King Creole as a singer against his dad’s wishes after finally dropping out of school, pitting himself against the most powerful man in the city, Maxine Fields (Walter Matthau). Fields owns most of the establishments in town and wanted Danny to work in his club but Danny said no to the bully, so Maxine was determined to make him pay. He gets into trouble with the city mobsters because he don’t take orders from no one and he’s a pretty good fighter so he can stand up for himself. Along the way, he gets involved with two women, the innocent girl-next-door type Nellie (played by Dolores Hart) and the darker, worldly Ronnie (Carolyn Jones).

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Elvis with Dolores Hart (Nellie)
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Elvis with Carolyn Jones (Ronnie)

I really liked the show, especially Elvis’ character. I thought he was really good at playing his role as the boy becoming man, wanting to be his own person independent of the mobsters and his father. Danny does make mistakes, to the point of his father disowning him and I dunno, I guess that makes him relatable, kind of. He was actually a good actor and I was really impressed. This was apparently Elvis’ favourite show and was the one last one he’d shot before he got hauled up to the army.

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Elvis in the opening scene

Admittedly didn’t pay much attention to the songs cos I was too caught up in the story. Elvis is adorbs though. Really really liked his character. Much hawt.

Didn’t really get the Danny-Nellie chemistry. He’d met Nellie at the five and dime store where she worked and he had been in the middle of helping a bunch of hooligans steal stuff. He just strolled in singing with his guitar as a distraction and the very observant Nellie knew what his was up to and let him off. Guess she’s into the bad boy types. She was probably the kind of girl his father expected him to marry and raise a family with. He probably thought so too.

Lel he actually brought her to a hotel and everything and she was so lost at what was happening. When she kind of got it, she started tearing up, not because she was scared or angry, but I think because she was genuinely sad because she’d “liked him a lot” and I think she didn’t want it like that.

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Nellie and Danny

So he apologised and brought her home lol and they went and planned to get married and everything. I was so thrown off. Like what was going on. Whot. Lol. I don’t get. I don’t get how it feels so gentlemanly. It’s such a strange thing to be gentlemanly about but he was. :/ Don’t know how to feel about this. Towards the end they kind of broke up. I called it.

Much preferred Danny and Ronnie. Loved them all the way~

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Ronnie: Maybe we’ll meet some place by accident.

Danny: Well you tell me where you think the accident will take place and I’ll make sure I’m there.

It wasn’t something I’d expect the dark, weather-beaten Ronnie to say. The hint of the woman inside who still has hope for a real love despite her hard life.

Lol lol. And I absolutely loved the ending scene. The lines ❤

Danny, I’m not proud. I haven’t got much pride left. I know what can be and what can’t be… But… do you think that… maybe for a little while, you could make it the way I dreamed of? That you could love me, and that my dream could come true?

It wouldn’t be hard to love you.

Then love me, Danny. Take a day out of your life and love me.

My gosh, the romantic in me is just dying. Melts. Like the way she speaks and delivers them. Carolyn has such a lovely way of speaking.

She always get these amazing lines, Carolyn, and I just love them. The lines in King Creole I still get. The really famous one that helped her get an Oscar nomination I don’t. It’s in this clip from The Bachelor Party at about 4.51.

Say you love me. You don’t have to mean it. 

Lel didn’t get what she was talking about her whole long rant since the start of the party and didn’t get that line either. Maybe I have to watch the show to get her character and stuff. But yas. Her lines.

Only thing I didn’t like about Ronnie was her hairstyle lol and how she was pretty much kept drunk in the movie. Her character was a little hard to get at the start, at least until she and Danny ran away.

Can I spoil the rest of King Creole? So after this romantic scene where they’d run off from town, Maxine finds them and tries to kill them (did I mention that Ronnie is Maxine’s ‘property’? She’s apparently a prostitute. Didn’t catch that one) and he ends up shooting Ronnie before shooting himself cos his crony turned on him. Ronnie dies just like that in Danny’s arms and it’s most tragic. 😦 So I was thinking of writing a one-shot fanfic on that. Just to let her and Danny live together for a while before she gets shot and killed.

That’s pretty much where King Creole ends and if you love old stuff, black and white and all that, watch this. 🙂 Black and white so sexy I cannot.

Of course, being the fangirl I am, I had to do a bit of stalking cos Elvis left such an impression on me. I felt like his character Danny wasn’t far from his real character. So.

I found this little snippet of an interview from someone who had a booklet of candids Elvis and Carolyn did on King Creole and there was this part where Carolyn was interviewed on Elvis.

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What was it like working with Elvis Presley?

Oh, he was so young and innocent, and a dream to work with. He really placed himself into the role of Danny Fisher and was sensitive enough to convey the drama and nuances of his character.

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We spent lots of time together in between scenes and off-camera too, and I so enjoyed being with him and how respectful and inquisitive he was about becoming a fine actor. You couldn’t help but feel his honesty and great talent. In fact we’d sit at the piano and sing ballads from the old days, and of course we sang “As Long As I Have You,” which in the movie was my theme song [“Ronnie’s Theme”]. He’d sing harmony with that beautiful baritone of his. He also played the piano quite well.

Years later I met Elvis, accidentally, in Hollywood where I was living. He was riding in a limousine and I was out walking my dog. He spotted me and pulled over. We went over to my home and sat out front talking about old times and his love for “King Creole.” After a while he grew melancholy and confided in me, “Carolyn, I’ve lost my way home.” It was heartbreaking as he had grown weary and disillusioned with what movies they legally forced him to make over the years.

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We spoke awhile longer as his fondness for director Michael Curtiz [“Casablanca,” and “King Creole’] became more apparent. Curtiz believed Elvis was destined to become a great actor, but the Hollywood moguls had other plans in mind after he made “Flaming Star,” another excellent film of his. I’ll always remember Elvis with fondness and sentiment.” – Carolyn Jones (who played the prostitute, Ronnie, in their film together).

😥 Yea, it’s so sad. The showbiz. It made him do what he didn’t want to.

There was another interview with the actress who played Danny’s sister, Jan Shepherd, and she was recalling how Elvis gave her a teddy bear called Danny Boy for her birthday. ❤ He’d said that if he had a sister, he would have wanted it to be her. Then when she saw him a little later in his life, he’d changed. Less happy than he was in King Creole where he was always with people, singing and playing the guitar, having fun. Well, not anymore.

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Thoughts on my Childhood: Eloise at the Plaza and Spy Kids

On a happier note, I re-watched the Eloise movies, that is, Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime. Childhood please! 😀 ‘Twas such a feel good movie. I absolutely love kid shows hwahaha.

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Sofia Vassilieva as the irrepressible Eloise

Apparently it’s a book and a cartoon which I am now very interested to read and watch but I do ❤ the movie.

Eloise is this rich kid (played by Sofia Vladimirovna Vassilieva) who lives permanently at the Plaza hotel in NY and spends her days pretty much doing kid stuff, ‘running’ the hotel and pretending to be important. This raises havoc among the hotel staff, mostly the i/c, Mr. Salomone.

The Plaza mostly indulges the 6 year old and the staff take the time to play pretend with her. I really like how the adults do this, how they take her into account and complement her adventures and her imagination. The concierge would make up messages of Very Important People requesting her presence here and there, which Eloise would decline with a sigh because of her ‘busy’ schedule and her waiter, Bill (Gavin Creel), would play his part perfectly, becoming a hearty pirate and letting the child beat him in sword fights or teaching her a bit of a piano duet. It’s such a Disney world where the adults are never cross with kids. Bubble wrapped reality.

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Bill (Gavin Creel) teaching Eloise a song

Everyone needs a Bill I think. I should like a Bill.

Julie Andrews is in it too as Eloise’s English nanny who also finds love at the Plaza amidst caring for her mischievous little charge. She’s not that glam in this movie, in that she’s not playing queen (Princess Diaries) or a magical nanny (Mary Poppins). Just a proper normal nanny this time who loves Eloise, never looks down on her as a child and is always worn out by her.

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Julie Andrews as Nanny
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Every time Eloise throws her arms around Julie and says that she loves her, I’m just like “you lucky kid!!!”(cries). I love you too Julie ❤ Julie is bae please.

The theme of both movies are pretty much the same, say what you really want and don’t let other people’s expectations (in this case, mostly the domineering parent) run your life. There wasn’t really a villain per se in the first movie, unless you counted the parents, which worked well at allowing the kids to sort themselves out and get the courage to speak up to the one who loves them. Eloise spends her time in both movies playing the matchmaker, first for her tutor and then for Bill and his childhood sweetheart. She’s smart enough to set the grownups together and proves to be a very resourceful child.

I could see how Eloise’s character would set a bad example for children though. Sure, Eloise is really a kindred at heart, and wants to have her share of fun as a child. But she is admittedly a bit of a brat because she’s rich enough to have that luxury. I don’t mind, though. I like her character; her appeal is in that she can do and say exactly what she wants, as a very rich child whom has no ill intentions whatsoever. Which is prolly what a lot of people want. Can’t argue with that. I do wonder how she’d turn out if she couldn’t afford being bratty and getting her way whenever she wants. Can never see Eloise in the real world as a grown up. I guess that’s the point.

So that’s that. I had a lovely time with Eloise and I wished they’d made a third movie. There needs to be more of such movies. All the feel good vibes. If anyone has any recommends, please please let me know. 🙂 Thankss.

Re-watching the Spy Kids franchise too except the fourth one cos. That one was just. Nope.

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The first Spy Kids movie
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The second one
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And the third

Spy Kids are literally about spies who are kids/kids who are spies. Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara) find out that their parents were ex-agents/spies who have recently been activated for a mission. Unfortunately, they go missing (prolly rusty from retirement) and it falls to the kids to save them. From then on, they become properly initiated spies who go on missions.

To be honest, the Spy Kids movies aren’t that hot, but they were so cool when I was a kid. I had a thing for spies and gadgets and high-tech tree houses as my headquarters. An ardent fan of Totally Spies and Kim Possible so Spy Kids was a go-to. Plus I had a younger brother so our family stats fit with the Cortezes. You have no idea how much I wanted to be Carmen. She was so cool, Kim Possible brought to life. Don’t think I’m the only one too.
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Dang Carmen such a cool kid

Also, Antonio Banderas was in it. I mostly watch for Antonio. He’s the hottest thing in Spy Kids I swear. ❤

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Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino as the parents (SK1)

Carla was hot too. Reference to all the cool ‘serious’ spy movies. Except they’re married, not sleeping around (cough James Bond cough). Kudos for you, Spy Kids.

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I was quite impressed at how the movies portrayed the children, the younger of the Spy Kids, namely, Juni and Gerti, as well as the President’s daughter. Like, the way they spoke was so adult. Not to say they didn’t have their childish sides. But they were also cool in the adult way, sometimes even more than their older sibs (Gary Giggles and Carmen). When Juni was trying to get the President’s daughter down from the malfunctioning theme park ride, or asking her for a dance at the OSS dinner, the kids were all so eloquent, like mini-adults. It’s so endearing. Taylor Momsen played the President’s daughter and I thought she and Juni were pretty cute.

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Taylor Momsen as the President’s daughter (SK3)

Juni’s other love interest was Demetra (Courtney Jines) in the third movie, the deceiver in the game that they were supposed to shut down. She was another cool kid and she reminded me of a badass version of Kairi from KH.

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Courtney Jines as Demetra (SK3)

How do they find all these cool kids. Seriousleh.

I don’t know if it’s a thing for kids to be so mature like that or it’s just me, that I was even more of a child than I am now. Can’t remember life when I was 6. I remembered life when I was 7 though, because my form teacher instilled that fear in my and I had to be aware to survive. Meaning I pretended to be sick and skipped school sometimes. For my sanity please.

Also didn’t know why Carmen was so into Gary who was basically Juni’s arch enemy for the whole second movie. I don’t think I would ever crush on someone who picks on my bro. Like, who you think you are you meanie. Boo.

And the whole Fooglies transformation was really scary for me. Shudder.

Spy Kids wasn’t the smoothest movie. It relied a lot on the green screen and special effects, which was a little sketchy with the technology of the time. But I watched it for the gimmicks, the really good looking actors and the child appeal. I have a thing for the child appeal. Cos. Child at heart, forever and always. It’s a cool concept, methinks.

I don’t suppose I had many constructive/insightful thoughts here lol but these are just some of my feel good kid movie responses (not even a review methinks). Just wanted to put it out there cos I did like them. So. Yay.

 

 

Thoughts on War and Beauty

So I’ve been watching a few dramas and movies lately, like an episode for every meal, to de-stress and to keep my sanity while I study. Among them is the HK TVB drama, War and Beauty which I’d been meaning to watch for a while. Yes, I know it’s old, and I watched bits and pieces of it before. But I never got to sit through it because it was always aired at 10 or 11 at night and being a child then, it was way past my bedtime. Could only catch glimpses.

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War and  Beauty 金枝慾孽

It’s a typical harem drama, concubines vying for the emperor’s favour and all that sort of jazz. Quite a few big stars here.

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Starstruck: Carol Burnett

Three days to flying and guess what I’ve been up to. Only binge watching Carol Burnett sketches for hours on end. Not the wisest way to spend my time but sure is one of the funniest hahaha.

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Carol Burnett approves

Wow, what a woman. I’d only lately picked up her biography of sorts called This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection published in 2010. It’s a lovely, lighthearted read which had me literally laughing out loud at every episode. This woman doesn’t act funny, she is funny. I can hear it from the pages, all that verve and personality and animation. She makes her life out to be just that funny. I love it. I love her attitude, her nerve, her wit, how she opens up to be completely star-struck and chickened out by the larger than life actors and actresses she meets. She keeps it real, she hopes, she works so hard and loves what she does. I feel like I almost know her from her book (if that’s even possible). She’s so friendlyyy. Do read it if ever you have the chance, it will absolutely brighten your day. She has that effect on people.

I first knew Carol from  Annie as Miss Hannigan. She was admittedly too overly intoxicated for me but still. I was more enamoured with Ann Reinking as Grace Farrell then (those legs please) who is a very accomplished dancer in her own right. Her dance in ‘We Got Annie’ makes me so happy, it’s so lovely to watch. Absolutely gorgeous. Love her dress.

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Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan in Annie.

Then I caught Carol on all those Carol and Julie (Andrews) stuff they used to put up every once in a while. (Julie Andrews is queen) Yes, my two favourite people happen to be really good friends and they rag about wonderfully together onstage. The chemistryyy.

I especially loved this sketch they did at the Lincoln Center. Haha the musical references. Classic. Wish the picture quality was better though.

Her book was so funny that I had to catch up with her work filmed about fifty years back. Been binge watching her TV series, The Carol Burnett Show, and getting nicely acquainted with all her co-stars and the people she wrote so highly about.

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The Carol Burnett Show with all my favourite cast members. Top: Vicki Lawrence. Right: Lyle Waggoner. Bottom: Carol Burnett. Left: Harvey Korman

Her sketches are really brilliant. I don’t know how they come up with so many different scenarios and so many things to do that just comes off as funny. My favourites are the Carol and Sis ones because of the whole family dynamic, how the characters aren’t too over the top but are still hilarious anyway. It’s fantastic, everybody is so versatile in playing different people.

I love all her little ticks, the crazy way her right eye goes all bug-eyed sometimes, and her really swell all-American voice. Love itt.

Also loved her co-actor, Harvey Korman. He can be quite fetching. I don’t think he’s really that popular outside of her show but I wouldn’t know.

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Harvey Korman being glamorous
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Harvey Korman being not so glamorous

You can still tell he’s a funny guy. He’s got laughing features and a nice guy friendly face. I like the sketches where he and Carol act as a couple, it’s so adorbs. Haha I think that’s why I liked the Carol and Sis sketches. They both have really good chemistry and they’re both so good-looking and funny. You wouldn’t think of funny people as the good-looking ones but Carol and Harvey are such handsome people. Even when they’re making absolute fools of themselves they’re charming. There was this one sketch where the cast was doing different death scenes because ‘every actor wants to do a good death scene’ and I loved how when it was Carol’s turn, she was like “I’d like a little lights and some music… and Harvey.” And he just comes on to scoop her up in his arms when she goes ‘action’ to execute/rag the dying lover scene. Haha Harvey, as indispensable as lights and music. He cracked up a little bit in the scene because Carol was being Carol and he was just enjoying the whole thing, methinks. Hilarious. I need a Harvey Korman in my life to do dying lover scenes. Or pretty much any other bit of drama. Bff goals please.

There were a lot of good looking co-stars on the show too. Lyle Waggoner (oh so hot I cannot), Ken Berry and a few others whom I have yet to match names to their faces.

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Carol Burnett and Lyle Waggoner

Loved this one too with guest star Alan Alda. (How come she gets all the hot guest stars) He was an adorbs bumble here. Harvey and Vicki were also a scream in their cringeworthy exaggerations of the old black and whites hahaha.

And this Alan sketch was lovely. Practically a fairytale romance in modern times. Why are they both so cute, this is absolutely perfect. Hearts so much.

I just fell for Ken Berry last night. I only saw him on this one episode where he sang this one song and snap, I was a goner. Completely melted. Here, watch it, it starts at about 10.23. Just swooned. He’s so endearing. His voice and his expressions and everything. Smooth kid.

It was so happy and friendly and everything was set up in the typical romanticized costume and setting. The irony of it being a spoof is not lost on me.

Carol was the bomb in that one too. Her figure was completely on point please. And she has really lovely cheekbones. So Nicole Kidman from the Golden Compass in this sketch. Ugh, I have to watch her in a proper movie. Her sketches just give me glimpses into all that potential. Need to watch her in a running screen time of more than an hour at least.

She had Rock Hudson on the show too but he wasn’t that hot for me. This sketch was great though. The burns. Genius. Gotta give them credit for it.

Reading and watching her makes me a little nostalgic for something I didn’t even experience first hand. Does that make sense? I mean, I technically didn’t grow up watching her episodes on TV and I definitely didn’t grow up in her time, the 60s and all that. But still, I like everything about the show that screams how dated it is. The hairdos, the fashion, the lack of handphones, how guys have to really pluck up their courage to hit up the girls at the bar (no such swiping and Tinder nonsense, just the good ol’ fashion getting to know you and pick up lines. Haha all their pick me up bar skits are hilarious. Just watch them struggle).

I think I know why I like the Carol and Sis sketches now. They reflect a little a bit of a life I might never know. I don’t know how accurate it is in depicting a life before the 21st century but I like the interactions the characters have with each other, the dialogue and everything, regardless of the slapstick sitcom it’s structured around. Not to say I don’t like my current time and age but I feel like I’m missing something else, another culture of another time that was somehow more honest, more sincere, where people were smart enough to be funny and talent was valued.

I don’t know. I’ve pretty much stopped watching TV. Maybe I’ve just become a snob at my own generation at the ripe old age of twenty. Oh no I have turned into my snobby professor who doesn’t read books written past, what, 1965?

Noooo what have I becomee

Musical of the Moment: Jekyll and Hyde

I am in love and this is the object of my affection~~~~~~~~~~~

Jekyll and Hyde is an old story, one of the prescribed readings this semester but I read it last semester to do a comparison with Frankenstein. Lately, I Youtubed J&H because the lecturer was showing us the various transformations of Jekyll to Hyde and they were all the same: choking, gasping, the final transformation into this ape-looking grinning person with the big crooked teeth. And I was like “I’m sure there has to be a version where Hyde doesn’t look that bad.” I didn’t expect to find this version because while there were versions where Caliban was the hot one in plays like Tempest, the idea of appearance and inner character was the theme in J&H.

What Youtube threw up was even better than discovering a hot Hyde. I discovered J&H the musical ❤ ❤ ❤

I had to skim through it because I was supposed to be writing an essay on it and then I got…sidetracked… and stuff… but I liked what I skimmed. And that says a lot. Because I read that by a certain age, people’s musical influences kind of just cement and they aren’t as open to new influences anymore. But I was so into this, the music, it’s amazing. To find something new that I like so strongly. Perhaps it was because the music sounded very much like the music I already liked, typical Les Mis, Phantom stuff, but still.

Well, I have to admit that I’m a softie for anything with the large Victorian dresses and sets and speech. They adapted the story for the stage though, and I completely understand. You couldn’t possibly do a direct word-for-word from book to stage. Too much inner psyche. Can you imagine the soliloquies Jekyll would have had to do?

So while the focus of the story was still on appearances and characters, reputations and facades, there was a new element in the story: the love element. Don’t call me sappy just yet. At first, I was skeptical. I thought that love elements would weaken this story. After all, the fact that there was no prominent woman figure in the book was one of those glaring factors that might fuel literary essays. But it worked out very well, I think. For one thing, some of my favourite songs came from the love duets and the ballads. Having the love interests added this emotional, sentimental element into the story and songs that couldn’t otherwise have been achieved. It made Jekyll seem like he had a social life, that he cared for people besides himself.

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Thoughts on Kuch Kuch Hota Hai/Something Happens

I watched this Indian movie in film class this week called Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) directed by Karan Johar starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji. It’s basically what my lecturer calls “the Indian version of Grease” and I absolutely agree with what little knowledge I have about Grease.

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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is about a college stud, Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan), falling in love with the new student, Tina (Rani Mukerji) and inadvertently hurting his best friend, Anjali (Kajol) in the process because they’ve been best buds for years and Anjali has just realised that she is in love with him. When she sees that Rahul loves Tina, she moves away and Rahul and Tina live happily ever after for a while until Tina dies during childbirth. She gives birth to a daughter whom she names Anjali and writes her daughter letters so that little Anjali might grow up and reunite Rahul with Anjali. So that’s what little Anjali does 8 years later when Anjali is just about to get married to a long-time suitor, Aman (Salman Khan).

Shah Rukh Khan as Rahul, the college stud…
…falls in love with Tina, the new girl, played by Rani Mukerji…

…breaking his BFF Anjali’s heart played by Kajol
They were such BFFS. I could see the love cliche coming miles away although Tina as Rahul’s love interest was never a doubt. To be honest, I doubted the Rahul/Anjali idea more.
So little Anjali, played by Sana Saeed, comes to the rescue!
At last at last, Rahul sees Anjali in a new light (long hair does wonders)…
…and they finally fall in love and live happily ever after.

I liked how it was a realistic love triangle. By that I mean, Rahul picked one girl, Tina, and Tina loved him right back and allowed Anjali to leave even though she knew Anjali liked him. And she did it in a not-mean way. She wanted to back out of their friendship but she didn’t, for herself. And I liked how Anjali didn’t go all “you ‘other woman’!” because she saw that Rahul didn’t think of her romantically then.

And I loved the ‘oh no, someone’s going to get hurt’ overhanging feeling of dread during the theme song which really means “something, something has happened (in my heart)” even though it’s so happy and everyone’s spinning in their own world of bliss. (Here, watch this. I INSIST YOU WATCH THIS THEME SONG OF BLISS) Besides, Rani is so pretty here ❤

I liked Anjali the tomboy in the first part of the movie. It’s a character I can relate to and it’s so sad when she tried to dress up like Tina and failed miserably. She got more lady-like later on which allowed Rahul to see her in a new light (it must be the long hair) but I liked her tomboyed. I also liked Rahul more in the first half. He kind of got wimpy towards the end. I mean, he didn’t even stop Anjali’s wedding! It had to be Aman to see the love and tears in Anjali and Rahul’s eyes (although they weren’t saying anything) and be the big one to let Anjali out of their marriage. And all this happened not because Rahul stopped the wedding and confessed his feelings for Anjali. It happened because Aman did it based on his insightful interpretation of tears. Kudos, Aman.

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Oh So Shakespeare

And so, today marks the day I finish reading through my third Shakespeare play, The Merchant of Venice. Yay me! I just sat and read through the whole thing straight because I was too lazy to find the movie this time. I’d actually watched an adapted version of this play at one of those Shakespeare in the Park things which I thoroughly enjoyed. I had been doing a short stint as a relief teacher some time earlier this year and the students were out to see the play for their Literature class. One of the perks of being a teacher was that I got to go along to watch. It was an experience to sit on the mats and eat and watch the play along with hundreds of students from all across the country. Shakespeare under the stars. It was fun.

Picked this Shakespeare out of many because it’s different from the conventional ones we see. He is actually looking towards the right. I’m such a rebel.

So yes, today I finished the play and I dog-eared a few of my favourite lines from the play along with those from Hamlet and The Tempest.

I’d finished Hamlet two weeks back for class.

It was truly a tragedy.

I realized I never posted my achievement of making it through Hamlet. I’ll do a quick run through on it. I watched the Glenn Close, Helena Bonham Carter version for Hamlet. It annoyingly didn’t have every line in the play but I made it through somehow. It was tragic indeed because so many people died.

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