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I've finally got my replacement car. It involved a 3/4 hour taxi ride to get it, but at least I didn't have to pay for that.

When I got back I decided to see Enchanted. I've loved Amy Adams' work ever since I saw her in Drop Dead Gorgeous. James Marsden was perfect as Prince Edward (although he looked a little like Guy Pierce) and of course Patrick Dempsey as Robert.

The ending was somewhat predictable, but it was fun.

I liked the gowns that Giselle made out of Robert and Morgan's curtains, especially the blue one (see bottom of this page from Costumer's Guide to Movie Costumes).
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A few weeks ago I bought the Becoming Jane DVD. As a fictional film it was enjoyable enough, but there was a lot of character assassination. And the ending doesn't quite make sense - Pride and Prejudice was published in January 1813 and Eliza died in April after illness so it's hard to see when that scene would have occurred (plus Tom Lefroy's daughter would only have been 11 in 1813). But anyway. One thing I like is the costuming, even though Jane seemed to be at least 5-10 years ahead of fashion. For example this dress of Eliza's (2nd from right) reminds me a little of this c. 1790 jacket from the Kyoto Costume Institute (just more widely spaced stripes and a narrower collar).

One thing that is missing from the region 4 DVD is subtitles. And I've heard that the region 1 DVD is going to have The Real Jane Austen as a special feature. If it's the same thing as I think it is it's a documentary narrated by Anna Chancellor (Miss Bingley in P&P2 and several times great niece of JA) with interludes of Jane and her family talking about herself or of things happening as they are described. Gillian Kearney plays Jane, Lucy Cohu is Cassandra (she's Eliza de Feuillide in Becoming Jane) and Jack Davenport plays Henry Austen. I may have to look into getting the region 1 version.
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...two pigeons chasing each other in circles at the market

Bargain of the day - The Princess Bride video for $4
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As exams are over I thought it was an opportune time to put some DVDs on hold at the library. Having received notification that they were ready to be picked up I was going to rush off there this morning, but I got side-tracked by other things. Just as well - checking the branch opening times I discovered that today's the day it doesn't open until 1pm.

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