Try them out…
My local Humane Society had a brilliant fund raiser. They set up a showing of “The Wizard of Oz” at our oldest, movie theater, the Palace Twin Theater. The huge auditorium was a packed house. Of course, everyone wanted to revisit an all-time favorite or share it with a new generation.
Let me just start by saying, I enjoyed the evening immensely and was glad to help a local charity. I am thrilled at any chance to view classic cinema on the big screen. Now, let’s be real. “The Wizard of Oz” is one of the scariest movies of all time. No? Yes…it is. I have intentionally avoided this movie for about 35 years or so.
I remember seeing it as a small child…too small with an imagination that was too big. This movie still makes me uncomfortable. I just remember “creepy” everytime I think about it. I was willing to put aside my hang-ups. I decided to view the movie again, with a new perspective…an appreciation for classic cinema and especially movie musicals.
This movie is really dark. No wonder I was creeped out as a kid. I remember when the Wicked Witch of the East was killed. Did I say killed? Yes, and we get to witness the carnage through her stocking striped legs sticking out from under Dorothy’s house. Those legs haunted me. They were death! Things were only made worse when they rolled up & disintegrated. Yikes, people!
Let’s examine the main characters of the movie. The Wicked Witch of the West, that’s a no-brainer. Of course, a “wicked” witch is scary.
Next, let’s take a quick look at the others. Ahhh!
A scarecrow coming to life? Yep, that’s the stuff of nightmares.
A lion with a human face…eebie jeebies. And what about those ears?
How about those Munchkins? Are those demon horns?
Living trees, not too bad…except these aren’t nice, they’re MEAN!
Now, for the scariest part of the entire experience. I will never forget those smirking, blue faces of terror. Flying monkeys, alone, could easily turn this into a horror flick. Their mouths continually move, but they don’t say anything. Double yikes.
In this movie, Dorothy is most likely either crying or looking like she might. Rightfully so, this whole story is grim. Well, now you know. I think this movie is kuh-reepy. Stephen King couldn’t spin a more chilling scenario.
Since I’m confessing, let me add the rest of my Never Let Your Child Watch This list…”Dumbo”, “Pinocchio”, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, and “Alice in Wonderland.” Children’s classics or source of years of therapy?
Need a place to watch those old, silent films? Try the Coleman Theatre Beautiful.
I totally judge a book by its cover! That’s why I’m so completely in love with these books by Penguin Classics. The covers are designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. The whimsical patterns are stamped on linen complete with ribbon markers. I want the whole set and I don’t even care what’s on the inside. Well, it does help that these fancy jackets encase the classics.
The first book that caught my eye was this one. Pink flamingos?! Yes, please.
As if Shakespeare isn’t classy enough…
Making Jane Austen even more romantic!
A peacock feather for Dorian Gray? Brilliant.
The pictures really don’t do justice to these treasures. You gotta get your hands on one to truly appreciate it. I promise if you’re a book lover and appreciate the classics, you’ll want one! Buy me one while you’re at it.
I’m hacked. This may contain the worst ending of a book ever. There is a bonus chapter at the website. I’m unsure of how I’m going to proceed. The bonus chapter could resolve my feelings about the ending or it could be even worse, causing more irritation. Why is the bonus chapter not included in the book? Was everyone else perturbed as well?
Do you ever choose a book to read for an odd reason? I chose to read “Something Borrowed” based solely on the fact that John Krasinski was in the movie version. Makes sense? I may need to examine my book selection criteria.
I recently read “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson . It took me awhile to get through it. The story is not riveting, but quiet and simple. I will recommend the book, but with the warning the ending left me deflated. The story took a turn that diminished my sympathy toward the characters.
Some of my favorite lines from the book:
“The world seemed to have shrunk to fit quite perfectly inside the room.”
“‘There is no poetry in your soul, Roger,’ said the Major.”
“I always thought it important to decide where one would be buried, and then one could sort of work life out backward from there.”