May. 29th, 2017

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Andy and I took the kids to see the new live action Beauty and the Beast, and I loved it a lot more than I was expecting to. This was my favorite Disney movie as a child, and I always identified heavily with Belle (I got in trouble with school for reading to much, I had people tell me I was so beautiful and if I would just put the book down and talk to people I would have friends, and all I wanted was to get away from everyone at school and have an adventure somewhere else). They fixed some of the plot holes and what made the original problematic as much as they could and had some surprises. I was hoping they would have "If I Can't Love Her" from the Broadway musical in there, but they put in "Evermore" instead, and I was torn between being disappointed that it wasn't "If I Can't Love Her" versus taken with the power of "Evermore". Upon getting home and listening to them both again I have decided that Dan Stevens is my new Hollywood crush.

This was the second time I've taken the kids to a theater and wasn't wracked with anxiety over their behavior and could just enjoy...for the most part. It was a long movie and Gwen was a little monkey and dumped popcorn all over me. Still, the theater the aisles are now so big and separated from each other that you really aren't aware of what is going on in other rows, and everyone else in this theater had young kids except for the aides who were there with two women with Down Syndrome, and I could tell that people in other rows were being more disruptive than Gwen (but even then I wasn't too bothered by it because it seemed so distant), that I couldn't stress about it. Brent was entranced through the whole movie and every time Andy tried to check on him resented the interruption. Gwen loved certain scenes, moved around a lot, said, "uh-oh" and "oh no!" and got a bit scared during the scene with the wolves. She was sitting in my lap but then she looked at Andy, screamed, "Daddy!" and went over to him.

Anyway, the movie.

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My Life, My Love, My LegacyMy Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book embodies the sentiment of, behind every successful man is a woman, but behind every successful woman is herself. It was good to read about Coretta and the story of her activism, and how the issues she cared about were not necessarily the issues that MLK cared about (for instance, she was a pacifist and protested the Vietnam War from the beginning). It was also sad to read about how women were pushed to the margins of the Civil Rights movement and how she was denied her one chance to meet President Kennedy.

I felt the first half of this book was stronger than the second half. The story of her origins and fighting for civil rights with MLK was fascinating. Growing up in the late 80s, the Civil Rights movement seemed only about whites only water foundations, but learning that Coretta's house was burnt to the ground by white people because her father was too successful in his business, and that his business was also later burnt to the ground, and that they had no legal recourse, puts a frightening understanding about what life was like for black people during segregation.

The second half of the book seemed more rambling. Instead of placing events in chronological order, things were grouped by topic, and then, in some chapters, some tangent seemed randomly thrown in. It also turned a lot more to defending her actions from criticism she has received and setting the record straight than continuing a narrative.

Overall, I feel this is an important book to read, and do recommend.



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