Saturday, March 19, 2011

What I'm Watching and Reading: 3/20/2011

1) This week I finished reading The Prince by Machiavelli. For some reason I thought this would be a short, fun read, but it wasn't quite what I was expecting. For those of you who haven't read it, The Prince is written like a handbook on how to be a good prince/king with many historical references to leaders and civilizations of the past (we're talking pre-1500s). And while a lot of it was interesting to hear about and I have a better understanding of the term "machiavellian," the book was kind of a snooze. I think people interested or working in politics and hardcore history buffs may find this book most enjoyable.

2) This week I also got to see Tangled at the cheap movie theater and it was adorable. Since I grew up in the Disney princess era with Ariel, Jasmine, Belle debuting on the big screen while I was in grade school, I have a soft spot for the Disney princess films and I thought Rapunzel fit right in. My only beef is that I thought Tangled's big duet song "I See the Light" sounded too much like Aladdin's "A Whole New World."

Tangled:
Standing here, it's all so clear
I'm where I'm meant to be

Aladdin:
But when I'm way up here
It's crystal clear
That now I'm in a whole new world
With you


Did anyone else think that? Maybe I'm just weird.

Anyway, other than that I loved the movie and I wish Disney would reconsider their decision to not make any more Disney Princess movies for awhile (see this and this for more details on that). What about the Princess and the Pea? Or Goldilocks and the Three Bears? I'd watch that movie.



If you haven't seen Disney's Tangled, what are you waiting for!? Check out the trailer and then go see the film.

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