Happy spring, friends. It's Lindy from Why Not Us? and after a year in rainy Vancouver, British Columbia, I've gained a new, more ardent appreciation for sunny spring days.
Here's a transcript of a recent conversation with my sister-in-law (a native of Vancouver):
Me: I always feel weird complaining about the rain here. I mean, I knew what I was signing up for.
Linds: Please, complaining about the weather is our national pasttime.
However, I will say that all the dark, soggy days make the arrival of spring that much more glorious.
When there's so much warmth and color and breeze to be found outside, it's hard to imagine staying inside with a movie and our knitting needles, but for those days when the spring showers that missed their turn in April arrive in May or June, here are a few films that will help you bring the spring indoors...
For long time fans of the Natalie Babbitt novel, this may be a bit of a controversial choice since there are some significant changes in the movie from the original story. That said, I love this sweet little film so much.
It has a beautiful score, lovely Maryland filming locations, romance, spring flowers, a baby fawn and William Hurt in a rowboat...
Hard to go wrong.
Guys, for real, who doesn't feel like the world is a bit sunnier and more lovely after a Fred Astaire dance number?
Royal Wedding is a 1951 MGM film about a brother and sister - played by Fred Astaire and Jane Powell - who take their singing-dancing Broadway act to London just in time for a royal spring wedding.
Hilarious romantic antics abound and Fred Astaire dances on the ceiling. You know, the usual...
Also, the outfits in this movie are AMAZING...
Jane Powell's traveling suits make me seriously reconsider my usual sweatpants-and-running-shoes airplane ensemble.
(P.S. If you need a little extra fun in your day, take a second to read the imdb summary of this movie. It's worth it).
Despite the fact that Persuasion is actually my favorite of Jane Austen's novels (and the PBS movie with Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones is so, so good), this version of Sense and Sensibility directed by Ang Lee and penned by the great Emma Thompson is the one that always makes me think of spring...
This is one of those rare films that's basically firing on all cylinders - performances, direction, script, score, cinematography - which taken altogether make it a near perfect movie. Not to mention, afterwards you'll find yourself saying things like, "We've been enjoying very fine weather." WIN.