Wednesday, March 31, 2021

What makes a great book... (work-in-progress, ALWAYS)

I will continue to re-write this until I am better able to articulate what I think.


A good book is a book that is difficult to read sometimes (& not because of vocabulary or grammar) that then rewards you at the end.

A great book makes you want to read it again, no matter how difficult it was.  And a fantastic book actually gets BETTER as you read it again.

To me, the worst type of book or story is one that makes me struggle through it, only to find disappointment and despair at the end of it.

Replace "book" with "story" or even "TV show" or "movie"...

And this is not necessary, but my own personal criteria is that I PREFER something that makes me feel GOOD and not BAD afterward.

Credit to Matt K's friend Matt H for saying something similar to this that I have tweaked for my own purpose:
If something makes me feel sad or something afterward, then I still consider it to be a "good" book (as in, well-constructed, definitely has merits, and perhaps meets its goal of affecting the reader) but I would vastly prefer to feel good; and to me, a GREAT book makes me feel a positive emotion--especially one such as HOPEFUL.  Triumphant is good, too.  :)

Whether or not art should/has to/doesn't have to/etc. "Send messages" or not is another subject to be discussed...though I'm afraid to tackle it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Musicals to watch : KEEP UPDATED!

Musicals to watch (already have):
-Show Boat (Howard Keel, Ava Gardner, Kathryn Grayson)  - not particularly looking forward to this one
-You'll Never Get Rich (Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, 1941)
-Call Me Madam (Donald O'Connor, George Sanders, ETHEL MERMAN, Vera-Ellen) -- should at least be entertaining...though I'm not really a huge fan of Ethel Merman (!)
-Holiday Inn (Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby) -- the OTHER Christmas musical?  I should at least see it, even if I will probably always be biased in favor of White Christmas over it
-Sweeney Todd

Musicals to re-watch:
-The Belle of New York (Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen) -- this was pretty bad, but some of the dances were good
- Mary Poppins -- it's been awhile

Re-watched recently:
-The Sound of Music --So...what to say about this one, that hasn't already been said?  Grandiose, but somehow...disappointing and a little disjointed.  The definitive version...but I want to see it live sometime.  It can't be as grandiose, but maybe it would be more cohesive?

-Anchors Aweigh (Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Jose Iturbi)  Just as I remember...a little silly but maybe my 3rd or 4th favorite from Gene Kelly.  I think the songs and dances are better than in On the Town, actually.   Production values seemed very high; lovely colors.  Some of the songs are plot-related, some aren't.  Some have reasons for the characters to sing and/or dance, some don't.

-On the Town (Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller, Betty Garrett, Jules Munshin)--not as great as I remember...probably my 5th favorite of Gene Kelly's, though I think it's considered his 2nd or 3rd best.  The ballet, while much easier to follow and less artistic than the one in An American in kinda boring.  I still like it fine, but the replacement dancers, both keep the focus on the main couple...but they distract me from them a little, too.  It seemed a little cheap-looking, too, though that's probably not a fair criticism artistically or anything.  I haven't seen or listened to the original stage version so maybe some of the problems I have with this one comes from the adaptation from stage to screen, since some of the songs seem...silly, and a little random.  They're all plot or character-related though.

-An American in Paris (Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, Nina Foch) My 2nd favorite, originally more of a hit than Singin' in the Rain.  Although the ballet is long and a little weird, it's still interesting.  And the production values in this one must have been pretty high; definitely had a bigger budget.  Songs are better quality and most are integrated in to the plot, though a couple give a reason for the character to sing (because they are a nightclub act or pianist, etc.) 

-It's Always Fair Weather (Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Dan Dailey, Michael Kidd, Dolores Grey) Although maybe a little lower-quality, and lower-budget, and maybe looks a little cheap (and some cuts just couldn't be restored in the DVD release?) I think the plot on this one is good, and gets me a little bit.  The numbers are good, but mostly not GREAT.  Used a split-screen (partially for novelty value I think and not that well-done...not sure if that was just the technology at the time or if it was just not done well) and Gene Kelly's rollerblades (also more for novelty and maybe not for quality dancing--though I have to admit, some of it is pretty impressive.  Definitely still entertaining). My 3rd or 4th favorite (currently neck-and-neck with Anchors Aweigh.  This one wins plot-wise, but Anchors Aweigh has better quality dances and songs, IMHO).

List of musicals I need to get:
-Kismet (Howard Keel):  Only available in a set with other stuff I don't really want...?); Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Volume 3 (Hit the Deck/Deep in My Heart/Kismet/Nancy Goes to Rio/Two Weeks with Love/Broadway Melody of 1936/Broadway Melody of 1938/Born to Dance/Lady Be Good)
-Anything Goes (Frank Sinatra & Ethel Merman, recording of a TV thing?)
-You Were Never Lovelier (Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, 1942) -- maybe watch the other one with the two of them first
-High Society (Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly - Louis Armstrong)
-For Me & My Gal (Gene Kelly, Judy Garland)
-The King & I (Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner)
-The Pirate (Gene Kelly, Judy Garland)
-Summer Stock (Gene Kelly, Judy Garland)
-Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett...)
-Cover Girl (Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth)
-Camelot (Broadway version and Special Edition of Movie version)
-Cinderella (Have newest one with Brandy; need Julie Andrews TV version and Lesley Ann Warren versions)
-Finian's Rainbow
-Snoopy, Come Home
-Had a bunch at Barnes & Noble...
-A Star is Born?

Others to get
-The Rescuers Down Under
-Alice in Wonderland?
-Little Mermaid?
-Peter Pan?
-Lady & the Tramp?

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Possible Future Topics--For my reference

Possible future topics

Old Vs. New: Jesus Christ Superstar

Must discuss BEFORE Joseph movie?
random close ups.
HS tapes--Kara C's dad did as good a job at least!

Song by song comparison

character: head to head

Bias: What I saw first, nostalgia

Other Old Vs New:
-Music Man
-Bye Bye Birdie
-Spamalot vs Monty Python the the Holy Grail----this one will be difficult to impossible. Not quite apples to oranges but something like...
-R&H Cinderellas (3! Julie Andrews, Lesley Ann Warren...Brandy.)

Best stage-to-screen adaptations
-Music Man (original)

-My Fair Lady?

-not sure: Kiss Me Kate...West Side Story?...

R&H: Oklahoma--so much cut from stage to screen. Hard to compare.
Sound of Music--scale! (same with JCS? Not quite...? nothing with which to compare Sound of Music movie)

Originally meant for screen
-Mary Poppins
-Singing in the Rain
-Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mine Mine Mine
and another Mob Song - Savages

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2000 Followers Giveaway from Diary of a Makeup Geek!

I've been wanting to try products from Charlotte Tilbury!  Have you?  If so, go here!

She has a lovely generous giveaway and a great blog!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Free Graze (snack) boxes!

Anybody want to try some free snacks?  Use this link (full disclosure, if I refer 3 people I get another free box)!  They look tasty (I'm saving mine for Thursday-Friday!).

Monday, July 7, 2014

Tom Ford, Burberry, MAC, LMdB, Addiction, Dior, Chantecaille, Nars, Guerlain, RBR for sale or swap

Still adding and working on uploading pictures.  My internet is on the fritz so I'm posting before I lose all the stuff I've already done!  UPDATED from last week!!  SOME PRICES LOWERED!

I have Feedback (over 600 tokens, 100% positive) on MUA, Fragrantica, and Specktra (over 60, 100% positive), and some here on LJ, under username kayley123.



**If you would like pictures or additional pictures of an item, please ask.

**If for some reason you cannot see the pictures here, I will be happy to email them to you.
**some photos available here:
**Prices somewhat negotiable. I may not accept, but then again, I might!  If you feel a price is too high, feel free to let me know (but please be polite!)
**Priority will be given to buyers who leave their PayPal information, I will hold for 24 hours after invoicing.
**I am in the USA!
**SHIPPING is NOT included in the prices below; add approximately $5.80 for Priority shipping, $3 for first-class (more for heavier items).
please ask for an estimated cost.  The United States Postal Service has raised prices for international shipping.  I will use FIRST-CLASS international shipping and I will keep my receipt as proof that I shipped, because there are no other economical options, since Priority mail STARTS at $36.50 or so, and Registered Mail costs an EXTRA $13, IN ADDITION TO the regular shipping cost. If you are okay with paying for Priority or Registered, I'm happy to use it.
**I WILL BE ADDING PAYPAL FEES unless you are okay with gifting payment.  For PayPal payments:  I use  to calculate the fees
**If you want to use another method of payment, please talk to me about it!

**Will swap for things from my MUA wishlist:  Especially Fragrances!

A little haggling ok, but please no lowballing.

I have for sale:
-Edward Bess BNIB Luxury Face Brush Makeup Brushes -- $35


-Almost-New, Satiate Amplified lipstick A33 (LE), swatched 1x--looks new until you look at the very tip which is swiped. basically 99% left. - $11
-*GONE* Lightly Ripe Lustre lipstick A58
-Captive (satin) A30 still smells like vanilla, BN NO BOX - $9

-SIB Hot Gossip Cremesheen A99 -- $8

slight rubbing on sides of inside; still 95% or more
can take picture

-BNIB Sophisto Lustre lipstick B80 (in A38 box) - $10

Let me know if you want pics of the BNIB lipsticks (since they're BNIB I didn't bother since you know what they look like, but I can provide pictures for proof that I have them if you would like).
SIB Addiction by Ayako Lip Gloss in 016 Metallic Kiss –used about 5x with separate disposable applicators.  –$17

-Le Metier de Beaute: Red Velvet Lip Creme Limited Edition  (top in picture) -- $30
swatched with separate disposable applicator 2x, no box
-Le Metier de Beaute: Framboise Lip Creme (bottom in picture) -- $20
I used a separate disposable applicator to try this 1x, NO BOX

-Chantecaille SIB LE Sunrise Lip Chic -- $30
swatched 1x, Limited Edition

-BNIB Dior Addict Lip Glow --$23
says "Color Awakening Lipbalm" on the front
says "Color Reviver Balm" on the top
Paper insert inside says "Color Reviver Balm"
Tube says "Color Reviver Balm"
BNIB, so I didn't take a pic, let me know if you want one!

Sleek True Colour Lipstick SIB Peaches & Cream 774 -- $5
3.5 g / 0.12 oz
used a few times; about 95%


-NARS BNIB Super Orgasm Blush -- $23
full size
No pic, since it's just BNIB but I can post one if you'd like!

MAC LNIB MSFs - $35 each, Pictures below
*SOLD*By Candlelight
-Perfect Topping

MAC Pearlizer Good as Gold, SIB, about 70% left --$10

-Jill Stuart LE Blush Blossom 101 Sensual Dahlia -- $27
Blush Blossom 101 Sensual Dahlia, Limited Edition
RIS without brush (usually comes with one)
Used 4-5x total


Burberry Midnight Brown eyeshadow -- $20
Case has a small defect--it opens and closes ok but sometimes one hinge comes out a bit and you have to push it back in--the magnet and hinge stay closed just fine though. I wouldn't carry it around with me though, just to be safe (it should ship fine with bubble wrap).

Hourglass Visionaire Duo in Dune -- $28
--lighter color is starting to form a dip but still 95% left,
--darker color barely used--has a few brush marks but barely --looks used, still 98% left
--still has plastic coverings for pans and mirror
--Still has mini brush, brush HAS been used by me (works great!)
--NOT in original box, in a box that is for a Prism duo

-Wet 'n' Wild BNIB Snow Sprite -- $5
BNIB Snow Sprite palette + pencil
LE Holiday collection 2011


-MAC: Pigment in Bright Fuchsia in LE Wonder Woman packaging, marked sample -- $12
has plastic insert; looks maybe used 2x maximum

-MAC: Softwashed pigment large samples (LE Asia Exclusive)
I have two sample jars
--1 is nearly full (about 85-90%) with very heavy residue, about 1 tsp -- $16
--1 is about half-full (to the lip) with very heavy residue, about 3/4 tsp. -- $12
The size of the sample jars is the same as the one shown in the picture above at the right.

-MAC:  Violet Pigment (New, smaller size) jar, 80% left -- $10

-Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs in 06 Les Fumes palette -- $35
NO BOX, no velour pouch (I might have a spare one if you want one...)
all colors lightly swatched a few times
applicators are used
The compact itself has a lot of light wear/scratches.

-Rouge Bunny Rouge Unforgettable Oriole Eye Shadow — $17
used a few times but about half the “RR” imprint is clearly visible, and the other half is only partially visible No pics yet, just ask if you want to see!

-Chanel Shanghai Red Nail polish -- $17
Does NOT have the big black Chanel logo overcap:
Still full to above "Le Vernis" on front / "Attention: Eviter" on back, a bit below the lip/bevel top edge of bottle, 95% left?

-Skin Food Pedicure Pedi Sparkle 08 / #8 Cool Mint  (4th from left in the picture) -- $6
More like a teal color IMHO, swatched on paper and on nail a few times
-Pedicure Sparkles have a very sparkly/metallic finish (IMHO) and are really gorgeous
-These do not come with balls in them, I can put some in though
-Skin Food is an Asian brand. I got these from Singapore; however Skin Food expanded to the US last year and now has a few stores here.