As far as a successful adaptation of a novel to a movie goes, Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic at least gets it right in hitting all the important plot points of the book. Father dies: check. Children move to their grandmother’s house and are cooped up in the attic for years: check. The oldest children, Cathy and Chris, develop an incestuous relationship: check (and yikes). Children learn of their mother’s deceit: check. Children escape: check.
The casting of Flowers in the Attic was spot on; the actors chosen to play the Dollangangers certainly look the part of the perfect family, which causes their friends to refer to them as Dresden Dolls. Heather Graham portrays the mother, Corrine, while Chad Willett plays Chris Sr. As for the eldest son, they managed to find an actor, Mason Dye, who looks very much like a younger version of his father. Kiernan Shipka narrates the story as the eldest daughter, Cathy, while Ava Telek and Maxwell Kovach play the twins. However, it’s Ellen Burstyn as the feared grandmother who really pulls out all the stops in her role. Burstyn is the biggest name attached to the film and she certainly proves to be the heavyweight of the cast.
I have to give the movie credit for not shying away from the more controversial aspects of Flowers in the Attic. As the two-hour TV movie follows the twists and turns laid out like a road map by the novel, Cathy and Chris develop their romantic relationship for which the book is most famous. Although, as fans of the book can tell you, the night Cathy and Chris finally get together (yeah, they go all the way) is much less violent than in the original story. Flowers in the Attic makes the relationship as uncomfortable for the audience as possible.
However, despite the casting and the accuracy of the adaption, Flowers in the Attic still falls flat. It’s difficult to make the audience feel as if years are passing throughout a two-hour movie. It’s hard to take lines like “We’re not children anymore, can’t you see that?” seriously when the actors don’t look as if they’ve aged a day. Earlier in the movie, Chris tells Cathy that she should hope to develop curves like a dress form — when clearly the audience can see that Shipka already has all those curves.
Even more than the unrealistic dialogue, though, is the fact that the audience never really gets to know the characters. The movie is so busy checking events and plot points off the list that it never stops to take a breath. The end result is a movie that might look like a good adaptation — they did cover everything — but feels too rushed and harried. You could say Flowers in the Attic is much like the dolls that Cathy references in the opening monologue: pretty and seemingly all there, but with no substance.
First off, let's have a round of applause for the fantastic first season showing of Revenge. We tip our sea-creature-figurine-decorated-headbands to you, Miss Emily Thorne. You have won our hearts and brought out our murderous rage all at once. But with any well-crafted dramatic finale come a wealth of hair-tearing questions and cliff-hangers. The moment the credits roll, we're supposed to throw our hands up, startle our sleeping canine companions, and exclaim "What?!" so loud our roommates start to question their living situations. Revenge caused a symphony of exasperated reactions with its doozy of a finale, leaving us with no other recourse than wonder about these very pressing issues:
— Did we really just lose two wonderfully scheming characters and one baby schemer? — If so, how can we possibly go on without them? How can we enjoy the show without Lydia’s withering stares and Victoria’s impossibly skin-tight mini-dresses? I’d rather watch Charlotte’s rich brat pout for 15 hours in some Clockwork Orange-inspired viewing room than go on without Victoria Grayson. — Will the White-haired Man/He-who-shall-not-be-named/Voldemort ever get a real name? Or does he gain his powers from the lack of identity and we’ll eventually learn his name is some James Bond-like alias like Q? — How is Amanda’s mom still alive? How could she have left her poor little girl to be sent into a life of juvenile hall and bad dye jobs? And more importantly, that means mama has to be one of the bad guys, right? It’d be too easy to find her locked up in some prison cell run by the White-haired Man. — Is Victoria really dead? — Are Daniel and Ashley about to hook up? Has she been working all season to get into his pants? Is that what her little quip about “always” being there is about? And she has to be lying about having his back, right? She’s going to bed him and steal all his earthy possessions in his sleep. — Nolan’s “OMG” response to hearing about Jack’s baby mama was a Gossip Girl jab, wasn’t it? You know, because Gossip Girl is a busted shell of the compelling melodrama is was in 2007, and in the words of 30 Rock's Kenneth Parcell, "Revenge is the surprise hit of the season!” — Victoria’s not really dead, right? — What was Victoria going to say about Amanda’s mom? Cruelest. Pause. Ever. — Is Jack really going to stick with Amanda? He looks like someone stuck in a traffic jam when “How Bizarre” comes on the radio and they’re forced to just grin and bear it because the cars aren’t moving and the next exit is a mile away. — And please help me out here. Victoria will miraculously be back next season, like a plane-crash-evading lady panther, right? — Is Amanda’s baby even Jack’s? We all know she’s a scheming little street urchin. Plus, are we even sure how long she’s been gone? How many months did we lose with all those trial time jumps? This is all a little fishy. — Seriously, Victoria can’t be dead, right? RIGHT?! — If this whole scandal goes beyond the Graysons, does that mean Mason Treadwell won’t be coming back? (Say it ain’t so! I love me some Mason meddling!) — What was Emily burning when Nolan told her not to do anything revenge-y? Will it drive a stake further between her and Jack? Or was it just Victoria's dumb empty engagement box? Maybe my television is too small. Should I buy a bigger one so I can see these details? — Finally, Queen Victoria’s coming back, right? I’d put up with a Madeleine Stowe ghost if I had to, just tell me she’s not gone! What's your biggest burning question now that Revenge is on summer break? Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler. [Image: ABC] More: Revenge Season Finale Recap: Out With a Bang Revenge Recap: A Death in the Family Revenge Recap: Let's Do the Time Warp Again
The TV personality was accused of endangering her baby after debuting lighter locks last month (Mar12) as mums-to-be are traditionally urged to stop dying their tresses.
But Kardashian, who is already mother to two-year-old son Mason, has assured fans she was careful to ensure the dye did not touch her scalp.
In a post on her blog, she writes, "I did research about doing anything to the color of my hair while pregnant and followed all of the guidelines from my doctor and took the proper precautions necessary. I highlighted my hair, which is considered the safest form of hair color while pregnant, and not to the root, so nothing ever touched my scalp. I also used products that did not contain any ammonia.
"It is also recommended to be in a well-ventilated area as well as being at least in your second trimester, and I followed both of those rules. Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I take caution in all the products I use all the time, but especially when pregnant."
And the 32 year old admits she's not completely won over by her makeover and is considering reverting to her natural jet-black hue.
She adds, "I still am not sure how I feel about the color. I would say dark probably suits me best, but a change is always fun! At this point, I don't want anything else on my hair besides sulfate (sic) free shampoo and conditioner."