i rewatched this movie today

Underrated Parts of “The Princess Diaries”
  • The texture of the set dressings. Mia’s bedroom and apartment are covered with hanging decorations and trinkets. The student lockers are covered in posters and stickers. There is so much stuff in the background, which makes for a detailed and fascinating story world.
  • At the end of almost every scene, we cut to a shot of the surroundings, but still hear the characters talking in voiceover.
  • Mia works at a rock-climbing facility called “Rocks Around the Clock”. It’s a more interesting workplace than most movie teenagers get. Mia’s interest in rock-climbing remains a character trait throughout the movie. And you have to appreciate that pun.
  • The servants watching in mute horror as Mia clangs her teaspoon against the cup like it’s a dinner bell.
  • Mia has an entire, plot-vital conversation while wearing her retainer.
  • Queen Clarice’s OCD. When she’s at Mia’s apartment, she wipes off the rim of her mug and the table beneath it. She recoils from sitting on the bed with Fat Louie. And at the arcade, she sanitizes the arm-wrestling machine before she plays. A few unnecessary but lovely bits of acting that add dimension to Clarice.
  • That lord at the state dinner who’s too drunk to notice his arm’s on fire.
  • When the same lord leaves the table later, his wife hisses, “Wash your hands.”
  • Mia has an uncle who’s a priest!
  • Clarice eats her first corndog and declares it delicious. Mia immediately announces she’ll buy another one, and Clarice’s face shifts to an expression of intense alarm.
  • Clarice asking the trolley passengers, “Does anyone have a saber?” And later calling, “Goodbye, trolley people!”
  • Jeremiah. The boy flirts by doing magic tricks. He’s in high school and he has a portfolio! He has his life together.
  • Mia has one of those stick-people picture frames.
  • The random background threads and characters–Mia’s mom dating the teacher, the soap-opera-writing neighbor, the people musing over the statue that Mia broke. They don’t directly affect Mia’s story, and that’s great because they add texture to the world. 
  • Mia’s foot-popping kiss at the ball is the romantic moment she’s dreamed of. Yet, as always, her clumsiness kicks in and her foot hits the power switch. But this time, rather than ruining everything, her clumsiness makes the moment even more magical.
A Game for Those Who Seek to Find a Way to Leave Their World Behind

Summary: In which Dan finds a strange board game and ends up playing it (and releasing its horrors) with his best friend Carrie and arch enemy, Phil.

Word Count: 6.9k

TW: uhh there’s just some kind of horrifying things in there so idk good luck

Genre: angst? i guess? but it’s a happy end it’s like good angst

this is a thing now because i rewatched jumanji today and felt inspired (if you haven’t watched the movie it’s literally amazing you can find it online….. completely….. not illegal… ahem)(you can still read this even if you haven’t watched the movie but it’ll be better if you have probably)

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