A Summer 2015 Box Office Preview

    May 27, 2015

    Hello, readers. I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing and enjoyable holiday weekend. It’s kind of a bummer that it’s over, but on the upside, we get to start off the week on a Tuesday, which isn’t bad. Is it just me or would it be nice if our week started on Tuesday every time? Anyway, today was Top Ten Tuesday and I was going to put that together, and then (insert awkward pause here) I realized what I was putting together was for next week’s topic. Needless to say, that idea was crushed. On the upside, at least next week’s topic is nearly done and ready to go.

    Anyway, after that I didn’t feel like putting the right topic together today, so instead I’m sharing the recent reviews or articles I’ve post on Silver Petticoat. The first is an article I helped put together for today. It’s a summer box office preview and on it are films that might be lesser-known than the usual blockbusters. Secondly, last week, I reviewed I Capture the Castle. Have you seen this one? It’s kind of a quirky film that won’t appeal to everyone (especially since it doesn’t have a text book fairytale ending), but this second time through I really liked it – maybe better than my first viewing.

    Anyway, below are the articles if anything described sounds interesting.

    Silver Petticoat’s Summer Box Office Preview

    Though the calendar hasn’t officially welcomed summer, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to the summer season. It kicks off the start of grilling and picnic season, and for those who enjoy it, the start of water sports. Much like summer’s unofficial ushering in, every year, the beginning of May marks the unofficial start for production companies to push the summer blockbusters at the box office. This year, superheroes are the general “rule” and will most likely dominate the earnings with not one but three Marvel films being released. Besides those, there are so many films out there that don’t get the same attention as those considered blockbusters. Much as I enjoy a high-octane sci-fi action flick, sometimes one looks for a quieter film too – something that will tug at our heartstrings.
    Below is a list of the films that might not have gotten the press as those fortunate enough to already have a following. Also on the list are a few of the films expected to be a blockbuster, because I am curious about them. Let’s take a look at a few of the films coming to the big-screen this summer. Continue Reading →

    I Capture the Castle – A Whimsical Fairytale Adaptation

    Some films take a philosophical approach to the story it sets up. Others embrace what they are, a whimsical oddity. This film is the latter. It’s about as far from a “normal” British costume drama as it can get. When viewers look at it through that prism, it’s really an endearing coming-of-age story. Starring Romola Garai (in one of her early, lesser-known roles) as 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, the film is a story told partially through a journal-esque narration which transcribes Cassandra’s loves, losses and growing up. Continue Reading →

    Happy Tuesday, everyone!


    • Amanda Holmes

      May 28, 2015 at 3:14 am

      I read I Capture the Castle, but I haven't seen the movie. I may have to check it out! The book wasn't quite what I thought it would be like, since parts of it are a bit strange, but it was still kind of a fun story.

      1. Rissi

        May 28, 2015 at 11:23 pm

        The movie is a bit strange, Amanda… but it was still really fun. Sometimes I have to be in the right mood for a quirky movie, so I understand that. :)

    • Tressa S

      May 28, 2015 at 4:55 am

      I read this book too and it was so-so for me even though I know it's been popular. Glad you liked the movie!

      1. Rissi

        May 28, 2015 at 11:26 pm

        Thanks, Tressa. I thought it was really fun as a movie. Different, yes, but I don't mind quirky… most of the time. :)

    • Kristin

      May 28, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Great review of I Capture the Castle! I really want to see that movie, ever since I read the book last year and loved it. (Well, I had mixed feelings about the second half of the book because Cassandra changed so drastically. But looking back, I think it's the sort of book that I'll love more each time I read it. It's stuck with me, anyway!) I just can't seem to get my hands on a copy of the film…it's so expensive on Amazon but I guess I'll have to break down and buy it eventually. :)

      1. Rissi

        May 28, 2015 at 11:39 pm

        Thank you, Kristin – and thanks for reading.

        I'm glad you liked the novel… I think you'd like the film then. A fellow reviewer on Silver Petticoat reviewed the book and she likes both the book and film as an adaptation. I don't feel as if Cassandra changes badly in the movie though she does go through seasons of change. By the end of the movie, she's more confident and knows that her past isn't what her future will be (and there's a great moment near the end between she and Simon), which leaves her in a very good and hopeful place.

        As for the expense, bummer. I do hope you can see it soon. I just bought a copy on Amazon for a relatively inexpensive price. It was seven-something and wound up being nearly $12 including shipping, which is a price I paid for ordering it from a seller. If you or someone you know has an eBay account, check there too. Sometimes their prices beat Amazon by quite a lot. :)

      2. Kristin

        May 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

        The last time I had looked on Amazon, new copies were selling for about $27-32, but after writing that comment I went and found it for $17. And it's been a while since I looked through the other sellers who have it listed. Yeah, $12 or even $17 doesn't sound so bad compared to about $30! :)

        I'll also have to check on eBay again. I've just been a bit wary of buying DVDs from there after I unknowingly bought counterfeit seasons of Doctor Who and Lark Rise to Candleford. Very good, realistic copies, but copies nonetheless!

      3. Rissi

        May 30, 2015 at 3:15 am

        Ooo, that does sound like a better bargain! I hadn't seen it listed for that high ($30), so thank goodness for a bit of a savings.

        …as for eBay, I'd not heard that about counterfeit DVD's. I totally get you being wary though. Not cool, counterfeiters. Not cool.

        I hope you can see it sometime. It's a fun, albeit whimsical film… but then, sometimes those are as fun as the normal blockbuster movies. :)

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