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Post  blixie on Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:26 pm

In anticipation of Saturday night, though I'll be watching it timeshifted DVR because I'm going out with a friend for dinner.

This is a poor excuse of a Swan Bed. That sucker was oval/circular was it not?! How can they disregard the loving and elegant discriptors of VC?!

Otherwise the reviews are claiming it too staid a remake of the film. Why couldn't Ryan Murphy have made it?

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Post  xyzzy on Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:11 pm

The übercreepy Sweet Child O' Mine cover playing during the promo was excellently cheesy. Can't wait.
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Post  Arabella on Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:57 pm

blixie wrote:In anticipation of Saturday night, though I'll be watching it timeshifted DVR because I'm going out with a friend for dinner.

This is a poor excuse of a Swan Bed. That sucker was oval/circular was it not?! How can they disregard the loving and elegant discriptors of VC?!

Otherwise the reviews are claiming it too staid a remake of the film. Why couldn't Ryan Murphy have made it?
Oooh, yes, I think he goes off the rails with long-term series but Murphy's sensibilities would be perfect for VC Andrews. I saw in the reviews that the movies deals with the brother/sister angle but tames it down a lot from the book. Maybe because the actors playing Chris and Cathy are so young? Kiernan Shipka is actually 14. Maybe if they had an 18 year old playing slightly younger and this was on a premium channel they'd be more willing to go there with stuff like Cathy practicing ballet in the nude while Chris watches. Or maybe it's one of those deals where the reality of putting it onscreen makes it come off even more effed up than it seemed on the page.

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Post  chick binewski on Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:57 pm

David Hinckley gave it two stars. I totally don't care because after reading everyone's posts about this damn book the movie is must-see TV for me.
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Post  swsa on Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:16 am

I kind of loved this. Ellen Burstyn still can't compare to Louise Fletcher, but the rest I thought kind of captured the book pretty well. Heather Graham was as flighty and dense as book Corinne. Kiernan Shipka has that deep voice that actually helped with Cathy seeming older than her years and bitter as hell. And I liked Christopher since he seemed like a real teenage boy and not the way too old creeper of the other movie.

I don't really care for how they made the big moment more romantic and consensual than it was the book. But then I'm not sure a Lifetime movie could handle the "it was totally rape, but Cathy has so much guilt/dependence/fear of being alone that she tells herself it wasn't" vibe, so it was probably the safer option.

So much love for them not cutting out the Bart/Cathy kiss, the tar in the hair, or Chris' mommy issues.
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Post  particle_person on Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:29 am

Well, I was pleasantly surprised by the movie. I was a little taken aback by the Poe-style ending — all they needed was to brick up the attic door! I've started but never finished the book, so I didn't know what to expect for the very end. The acting was pretty effective, especially by Grandma, the sets were well done, and there was house porn. Not much more I would ask for. It's interesting because there are so few sets involved that it became a little like a play, maybe even a morality play.

I think the reviews were not as good as they should have been. The performances were much better than two stars. Even "mommy" did a nice job with her wide wide eyes.

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Post  Arabella on Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:31 am

I thought Heather Graham was kind of awful in spots and the story was too rushed. I didn't think the twins got to be real characters here, so when Cory died, it didn't feel as devastating as it should have been. Wonder why they shifted a certain element of the Chris/Cathy story to make it slightly less creepy...I guess the original story was too much for Lifetime.


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Post  big chicken on Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:01 am

For the Petals on the Wind sequel, I'm hoping they get the girl who was Jody in Center Stage to play Cathy.  She's a ballet dancer and blonde. That's all I require out of the actress playing her.

ETA: Just realized she's in her thirties so maybe she's too old for the part.

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Post  mokey75 on Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:27 am

I thought it was just the right level of bad, if that makes any sense. I agree about the twins being underdeveloped, which was unfortunate, and the ending just felt sort of rushed. Which was weird, because it seemed to take forever to get there. I'd read the book in junior high and had planned to reread it before I watched this, but it didn't happen. Don't they actually
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interrupt some big party on their way out, or am I confusing it with the 80s movie?

I watched with my husband, who knew only the vaguest outline of the story (there are some kids in an attic, for some reason), and his utter horror at every terrible thing was so fun. I think it was when Corrine put them in the cabinet to watch the party that he yelled, "what the hell is wrong with the woman who wrote this?!?" And then I tried to explain My Sweet Audrina to him, heh.
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Post  swsa on Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:43 am

The interrupting the party thing is from the 80's movie. But I feel like the "escape" in the book was really anti-climactic. Deliberately so. Like after all their fear, I think they just walked out the door, suitcases and all? And then I remember they were on the train leaving and thought they could see the Grandmother in the window of the bedroom looking for them when she brought their food that morning.
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Post  Cynara on Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:27 pm

Yeah, that's how the book ends. Chris made a wooden key out of a soap impression he made of the real key that he stole from the butler who was creepily devoted to Grandma. So they just got out and got on the early train. (I read this book A LOT.)

I said it in the other thread, but can you even IMAGINE how awesome it would be if Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy made My Sweet Audrina? It could be a season of AHS, even.

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Post  Crowbridge on Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:03 pm

I recorded it the other day and just sat down to watch it. I liked it better than the 80's version with Kristy Swanson. Kiernan Shipka's acting really elevated the material, IMO. I like Ellen Burstyn and I think she is an amazing actress, but Louise Fletcher was better as the grandmother. Heather Graham nailed the character of Corrine; she was beautiful and spoiled and selfish, all the things Corinne should be. For the first time ever, the character of Chris didn't gross me out, so props to Mason Dye. I think the story works much better as a TV movie than a theatrical release, so I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The previews for Lizzie Borden Took an Ax with Christina Ricci brought me down, though. Man, that looks god-awful.

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Post  ulkis on Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:07 pm

I've never read the book and didn't see the previous movie, and it kept me engrossed. Don't know if I would actually call it good, but it entertained me. I think I want to read the third book now, because I don't think I can wait another two movies
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Post  swsa on Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:17 pm

The second book is the best though! And while the mom isn't in it very much, Cathy definitely stays, uh, focused on making her miserable.
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Post  Cynara on Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:02 am

Petals on the Wind is definitely some straight-up 80s soap opera awesomeness. Like, if Scruples had added a little more incest, daddy issues, and teenage ballerina angst, they'd probably be the same book.

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Post  mayram on Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:19 am

I think I want to read the third book now,

No you don't, the third book is the WORST. Like, hard to read, boring, full of graphic animal cruelty, and a total and complete letdown from the second book, which is awesome.

Petals on the Wind is definitely some straight-up 80s soap opera awesomeness. Like, if Scruples had added a little more incest, daddy issues, and teenage ballerina angst, they'd probably be the same book.

The last 30 pages or so of that book are so compelling. I like the whole thing, but the very end is the best.

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Post  ulkis on Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:40 am

aw boo. I wanted the mom getting her comeuppance to be satisfying

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Post  swsa on Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:49 am

She basically gets her comeuppance in Petals on the Wind. By the third book she's just a sad, defeated shell of herself.

I don't mind the third book, but it's VERY different. Different POV characters, different story structure. For me, I'd rank the series as...

Flowers In the Attic/Petals on the Wind >>> Garden of Shadows >>>> If There Be Thorns >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Seeds of Yesterday
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Post  ulkis on Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:38 pm

oh she does? good! hee. Then I'll check it out, thanks

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Post  mokey75 on Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:10 pm

If you've not yet read it, the FYA review is a thing of beauty.
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Post  particle_person on Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:25 pm

My grandma watched it last night and was glued to the screen. I promised not to lock her in the attic if she didn't lock ME.

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Post  mialoubug on Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:15 am

mokey75 wrote:If you've not yet read it, the FYA review is a thing of beauty.

That was GLORIOUS!!
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Post  swsa on Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:59 pm

Petals On the Wind trailer

Ha, I love it. It looks totally trashy and melodramatic. I spy Chris and Julien, but I couldn't spot Bart.
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Post  Arabella on Thu May 22, 2014 10:35 pm

Petals on the Wind premieres Memorial Day!

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Post  particle_person on Tue May 27, 2014 12:43 am

OMG, Petals was fantastic! (spoilering this since I know a lot of people are time-shifting it)

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There was just as much batshit crazy as I expected, if not more. That was the strangest handjob scene I could possibly imagine. How did V.C. Andrews think this shit up? I really enjoyed the end, with, "I have a present for you. Go on, it's in the trunk." I was pretty sure I knew what the "present" was, and so it proved…

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