06 June, 2012

Penelope

One of my favorite feelings is going to Target or Albertson’s and finding an old movie that I used to rent relentlessly from the corner Blockbuster I used to live by, but had now forgotten about, on sale for six or five dollars.  See, a few days ago I thought I was walking into Albertson’s for raspberry extract.  I actually came out with raspberry extract, a tin of Altoids, and Penelope, for five dollars!  When I saw it, I couldn’t believe it!  I hadn’t seen that movie in years, yet I still listed it as my favorite everywhere it required me to fill my favorite movies for.  I bought it because I had to.

I first saw the movie when my dad took my sister, Sabrina, and I for a “daddy date”, where we went to dinner, and then saw Penelope at the theatre.  I am totally making a “:3: face as I type this, but I remember coming home from that “date” and getting a nervous panic attack because I was feeling feelings I had never felt before, and then, after I anxiously told my mom, I realized I was just developing a severe crush on James McAvoy.  And so my love for him began.

Penelope is about a girl (Christina Ricci) who was born with a curse—she has a snout.  For some reason that I am happy to report was beyond me even the first time I saw this movie and thought was the ultimate, perfect movie: everyone finds this incredibly horrid (mostly her mother), so the parents fake her death and hide her away, only revealing her to rich “blue bloods” who can marry her to break the curse.  A reporter and a rich mama’s boy have already seen Penelope, but nobody believes them, so they hire Max Campion (James McAvoy) to secretly take a picture of her if and when she reveals herself to him.

While not Oscar material, this is one of the only films that gives me legitimate “fuzzies” and warm feelings.  There are a bunch of close-ups of James McAvoy’s face, pretty clothes, Christina Ricci’s perfect face—ahem—and Reese Witherspoon.  I’ve picked out your favorite film and you haven’t even seen it yet.  (Unless you have, then please, let’s fangirl about it together?!)

32 comments :

  1. Ruby and I absolutely love this movie! :)

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  2. Let's fangirl about it together because that movie is one of my favorites as well :3

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  3. I haven't seen it yet but I will absolutely watch it asap! It sounds great. I love Christina Ricci.

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  4. BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  6. I am in love with this movie! The final scene and the song at he end by Sigur Ros pretty much just icing on the cake.

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  7. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. LIKE I CAN'T TALK ABOUT IT IN ANYTHING LESS THAN CAPS. IT'S SO PRECIOUS AND SWEET AND BEAUTIFUL AND I LOVE EVERYONE IN IT.
    (I recognize that feeling of pain when it's finished because it was glorious and it's over. God, stupid movie. Makes me feel so much.)

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  8. I love this movie! I love the twee, Amelie-esque style. James McAvoy is the greatest kiss scene actor in the world.

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    1. Oh my God I second that someone give that man an award SHEESH

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  9. i love penelope! such a good movie, and ooh, james mcavoy! :-) x

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  10. Lovely post! :)
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  11. i've seen the movie befor a couple of weeks, and i like it ;)

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  12. I can't believe I've never seen this movie, from what you've said it sounds perfect! And it has James McAvoy, so what can I say ;) Hopefully I can find someone to borrow it off!

    x

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  13. Your blog is amazing! So inspiring.
    I hope you visit me and we can follow each other if you like. I'd be so glad.

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  14. I've never seen Penelope before! Will def have to rent it soon!

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  15. I had entirely forgotten about this film, thank you for reminding me of it! Mmm James McAvoy cheering up a rainy afternoon

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  16. I've never seen it! Haha I was trying to figure out if that was James McAvoy. Man, he looks so good in wanted.

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  17. I remember watching part of it at a friend's place but not finishing it off - I'm going to put it on my (ever-growing) list of movies to get around to seeing!

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  18. YES YES YES! I would totally fangirl with you about this movie. Ohh it's like magic, and it's fuzzie and it's really weird but also ridiculously nice. Aww, I really need to see this again sometime soon, I got it on DVD on sale too, a couple of years ago.

    And oh dear... Oh James darn McAvoy. He's just so ... so... swell. (I can't think of any other word that sounds dewey-eyed-schoolgirl-like and a bit funny at the same time)

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  19. I have never seen this...but now I'll have to look for it!

    To answer your question (and don't feel bad...I don't think you're a stalker! :)), I am from Wisconsin - around the Milwaukee area. I moved up to the peninsula (Door County) for the summer.

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  20. my feeling EXACTLY!
    it's not that I wouldn't stream every other movie online
    I just have a strange obsession with having a physical dvd collection
    so when i find classics on sale it's like finding an old book..perfect!
    don't start me on this movie, or your funny feelings when you realised your love for james mcavoy, have you seen atonement??
    not exactly the 'fuzzie' but still, I DIE!

    your posts take me somewhere else, as always lovely!
    xx

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    1. I haven't! I bought the book a few weeks, and I have yet to pick it up! But I still want to see it so bad! The edits on Tumblr are always so beautiful!

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  21. I haven't seen Penelope for years! It definitely wasn't Oscar material, true, but it's such a cute movie - I definitely want to track it down and watch it again now :)
    xox,
    Cee
    http://cocoandvera.blogspot.com

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  22. ohh i LOVE that movie. im so in love with james mcavoy too, he is just delicious that i could gobble him up! xo

    The Young Bridget Jones

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  23. i love the movie! i follow you now via bloglovin. hope you dont mind. :)

    bisou
    catherine

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  24. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Penelope! One of my favorite movies, still makes me tear up, too. Love this post, I think I'll watch it when I get home :)

    * Always, Stephanie

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  25. This looks great! I love quirky movies and I adore Christina Ricci. I appreciate a good movie post too, thank you for sharing, it's on my list to watch!

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  26. Lovely blog! :)

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  27. i love that film! it constantly makes me smile. although i havent seen it in ages. i now want to watch it again because of your faab words! xo

    The Young Bridget Jones

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  28. I love finding some of my old favorite movies for a good price! I've never heard about this one but it looks and sounds like a movie I would enjoy :)

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  29. Good one. This movie is so funny! Christina Ricci is awesome, and I always end up thinking that she looks prettier with that nose ahah!

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