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Months of Meryl: THE RIVER WILD

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Beauty Vs Beast: Let It Be... On!!!

JA from MNPP here with this week's brightest bluest newest round of Beauty Vs. Beast for y'all to play. First things first let's look back at last week's competition, which took David O. Russell's film American Hustle and pitted man versus man and woman versus woman (or hair versus hair versus hair versus hair) in an ABSCAM-off for the ages. Things between Team Sydney (Amy Adams) and Team Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) were close for a wee bit but Sydney asserted her dominace pretty early on, eventually running away with 67% of the votes for the win. But over between the fellas the face-off between Team Richie (Bradley Cooper) and Team Irving (Christian Bale) stayed suuuper close over the course of the week - ultimately Richie squeaked it out, literally, beating Irving by two votes, or just 0.0037% of the total. Team Cleavage takes it away!

And so on to this week's tail-end-of-winter pre-Oscar festivities. Disney's Frozen is probably going to walk away with the Best Animated Film Oscar this Sunday for its efforts at shattering the Disney Princess mold and freshly focusing its sights on the sisterly bond over the usual princely fixations. (Although let's be honest, that Kristoff fella is a strapping lad and it's a good thing somebody ends up with him in the end... someone other than his reindeer... although he is really close to that reindeer, isn't he?) Blood is thicker than water, and one assumes that frozen blood is similarly thicker than ice. But as Joan Fonatine and Olivia De Havilland taught us, sister-love can be tough... and also a whole lot of fun to project our own familial anxieties upon. It's a Sister Off!


As always take your arguments pro and con to the comments, and next Monday we'll crown the one true snow queen!

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Reader Comments (10)

Team Kristoff...nuf said.

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

john t - haha. NOT AN OPTION. although i hope you've seen this.

ja - i love "can't make her own damn snowman" hee. but i still voted ANNA because I admire her goofy commitment to anyone/everything.

February 24, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I'm really loving these showdowns, I must say.
But a minor correction: Kristoff is the one who loves his snowman. Hans is the spoiler alert.

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

Reindeer! Kristoff loves his reindeer.

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

Soooo close by got to be #TeamAnna as like me she wants to shove some chocolate in her face

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChrisD

Yes Kristoff stupid me I always get those dudes names mixed up! I fixed it, thanks you guys!

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJA

I know she's been traumatized since she was a small child, but Elsa is so mopey! Team Anna all the way!

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterConrado

My vote is entirely colored by how badly I felt for Anna when I went to Disneyland in January. Literally every Elsa doll in the park was gone, so there were just all of these abandoned Anna dolls all through the park and it just made me so sad for this fictional character. Always living in her sister's diva shadow.

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

We saw Frozen during one of those endless cold weeks of subzero temperature. The movie lost the audience a bit during Anna's trek up the mountain. There was a general scoffing at her lack of boots, a long suffering sigh at her bare arms, and a collective pffft at her falling in water and getting wet. Because she should be dead then. Why do they make movies about cold weather when they have no idea? What would be so hard and difficult to incorporate into the story about a little more common sense?

At least Elsa was magic, which explains why she was still alive without being dressed appropriately for the weather. Elsa didn't have that breakdown of believability so I liked her best.

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Uh... Team Olaf!

...but seriously, Elsa. The most tortured, imperfect, and thus most relatable Disney princess ever. I love Anna's klutziness, but she's way too self-consciously "cute".

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

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