Movie Review: The Jungle Book

Movie Review: The Jungle Book

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I like to read to the boys most nights before bed. I have found that it soothes them down and that they sleep better on the nights that we have had our stories. Our books started off short and sweet. Good Night Moon was a constant (and ongoing) favorite, but as the boys got older, we turned toward longer chapter books. We have read the Ramona books from Beverly Cleary, The Hobbit, The Wizard of Oz, the Wind and the Willows, Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, and many more. One of their favorite authors has been Rudyard Kipling. Their love started with a little story called Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. If you aren’t familiar with the story, it is about a valiant young mongoose protecting his adoptive British family against a pair of malicious cobras (I know that this sounds like something that would keep children up at night, but the boys never once had trouble sleeping after reading Rikki-Tikki-Tavi). The story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is just one of many short stories in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and the boys were, of course, interested in reading more of his stories. As young boys themselves, they both particularly enjoyed the stories focusing on Mowgli.

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After reading the book, I showed them the 1967 Disney animated film, The Jungle Book, which had been a favorite of most of the males in the family growing up. While the film brought forth a lot of questions (Where was Rikki-Tikk-Tavi? Why does Baloo look exactly like Little John from Robin Hood? Why does Kaa sound like Winnie the Pooh), the boys thoroughly enjoyed it and it fit nicely into their favorite film rotation. Of course, when they saw a preview several months ago for Disney’s latest adaptation of The Jungle Book, they were eager to see it. David and I finally took them this weekend and we were not disappointed. The CGI effects in the new film are incredible and you get completely lost in the story.  Young newcomer Neel Sethi does an incredible job carrying the weight of the film on his shoulders, and mad kudos go out to director Jon Favreau for getting such an incredible performance out of a young performer who basically had to act opposite puppets for the entirety of filming. The voice casting was phenomenal and there is honestly not a single actor I would have changed. The film does reincorporate some of the scarier aspects of Kipling’s story that the original Disney version glossed over (mostly in regard to do with the evilness of the film’s tiger villain Shere Khan) but it also pays tributes to favorite moments in the original film (especially the songs). My least favorite parts of the film were those dealing with King Louie but they were also my least favorite parts of the 1967 film. It had nothing to do with the performances (Christopher Walken was awesome) or the effects, I just don’t like that part of the story and have always felt that it took away from the larger story as a whole (although in this adaptation it goes a long way in developing the character of Baloo).

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A lot of people have said that the film is too scary for kids, but I didn’t find it overly alarming for my kids (of course, they are also crazy about all of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies so they aren’t easily frightened by what they see in films).  It may not be suitable for younger children or those who are easily frightened though, so use your discretion when taking children.

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Exciting Gilmore Girls News

Exciting Gilmore Girls News

I have been elated ever since Netflix announced a Gilmore Girls revival. I was addicted to the show from the pilot episode. I own all of the seasons on DVD (in both English and Hungarian) and I have watched every single episode countless times. I cannot pass it up if it is on TV and I will even sit through the commercials, that is how addicted I am. I even got a little nostalgic every time they showed the gazebo in town square on Hart of Dixie because it is the same one they used in Gilmore Girls. Can you tell I’m excited yet?

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So the new issue of Entertainment Weekly is out today and Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are on the cover promoting Netflix’s four 90-minute installments of the beloved series. The story has exclusive behind the scenes photos and a story about everyone’s favorite coffee guzzling duo and they tell us a lot like Luke and Lorelai are still together (because if they weren’t we would have had to riot… kind of like we will riot if Daryl dies on The Walking Dead… Do you hear that AMC??? R-I-O-T), Rory appears to be a teacher (and it looks like the students are wearing uniforms… a return to Chilton, maybe?), there is going to be a Stars Hollow musical (because, of course) and Rory and Lorelai are as just fashionable as ever . If I was excited before, I’m ecstatic now. The premiere date has yet to be announced but I seriously cannot wait for the show to make its debut (premiere party at my house anyone?).

Gilmore Girls Entertainment Weekly

Gilmore Girls Entertainment Weekly

Gilmore Girls Entertainment Weekly

Gilmore Girls Entertainment Weekly

Be sure to check out more of the exclusive pictures here. And pick op your copy of Entertainment Weekly on newsstands everywhere today.

And now for the BEST NEWS EVER!!! With the exception of Edward Herrmann, who passed away in 2014, ALL of our favorite characters are returning to the show! Yes, all of them. Even Sookie St. James will be back for the revival!!! I have been on edge for months hoping that this news would come through and now that it has I can officially do my happy dance. Watch Melissa McCarthy’s announcement on Ellen below:

All images via Entertainment Weekly and Video via Ellen

Interior Obsession: The Home of Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick

Interior Obsession: The Home of Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick

Part of my job as Creative Director at Marcali Designs is staying on top of trends, especially in home and design, which basically means that I spend a lot of time online reading various design blogs and online magazines (I know, life is tough). One of my favorites is MyDomaine. Today when I booted up my computer and logged on to their website, I was blown away by their stunning feature on Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick’s Austin, Texas home. The article describes Decker’s decorating style as “instinctual” and the actress herself says, “There’s really no rhyme or reason to it. I just pick what makes me happy.” The ranch-style home is a testament that if Decker ever decides to forego her acting career, she’ll have no trouble working in the design field. Seriously, I’m ready to move in! The following pictures are just some of my favorites:

Love this shot of Decker with one of her English Bulldogs (it looks just like my brother's dog!)

Love this shot of Decker with one of her English Bulldogs (it looks just like my brother’s dog!)

Decker fell in love with the cookies and cream look of the kitchen's Arabiscato marble.

Decker fell in love with the cookies and cream look of the kitchen’s Arabiscato marble.

The masculinity of the open hanging shelves, balances the feminine touches in the rest of the kitchen.

The masculinity of the open hanging shelves, balances the feminine touches in the rest of the kitchen.

I love the youthfulness that the artwork brings to this traditional setting.

I love the youthfulness that the artwork brings to this traditional setting.

I saved the best for last. I seriously love everything about this room. *Swoon*

I saved the best for last. I seriously love everything about this room. *Swoon*

Check out more pictures (as well as a lot of Decker’s décor sources) over at MyDomaine. (All images via).