Thursday, August 20, 2015

Newsday lists the best films of 2015 so far. Among them the last film (before the announced temporary? hiatus) of the Ghibli studios, When Marnie was There (思い出のマーニー)
Studio Ghibli, long considered the Disney of Japan, delivers a spooky ghost story about a pre-teen girl and a mysterious old mansion. The movie's complex and heightened emotions are worthy of Henry James or Emily Brontë, and the gorgeous animation may be Ghibli's best yet. "Marnie" could mark the last film from this storied studio, which is rumored to be closing. (Rafer Guzman)
Elle interviews the actress Olivia Wilde:
You don't seem to have any fear or concern about being 30. I think, sort of as a society, 30 can instill a lot of fear into women. People think by 30 you're supposed to have your career figured out, you're supposed to have the kid, you're supposed to have the job, and if you don't have all of that by the time you're 30, sometimes you get seen as a failure. Do you think that stigma still exists today? (Seth Plattner)
I think it still exists in certain places and for certain people. The only thing I find a little bit scary about growing older is that you no longer can use the novelty of youth to make your achievements seem all the more impressive. Particularly as a young professional, you can lean a little bit on being a young professional to make what you do seem a little bit more impressive.
Or you know, it can be a little scary when you think about all the extremely successful people who have done impressive things by 20. I mean there's obviously no shortage of athletes. Citizen Kane was written when Orson Wells was 24. How old were the Brontë sisters? 
Lauren Sarner in Inverse is quite critical (to put it mildly) with Robert Crumb's 100  best English books ):
The Guardian has released a list of the 100 best novels written in English. About 50 percent of it is the usual suspects — Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher In The Rye, Ulysses. But the other fifty percent is bullshit. 
KQED reviews the novel Into the Valley by Ruth Galm:
In the same way I’ve rooted for other doomed women from literature (Anna Karenina and Bertha from Wide Sargasso Sea come to mind), I found myself rooting for B [the main characterof the novel]. (Leilani Clark)
The New York Times's T Magazine talks about Victorian fashion:
The Dickensian era doesn’t instantly call to mind seduction, but this season is full of women who reveal the dangerous demimonde beneath a trussed-up 19th-century-inspired exterior. From Junya Watanabe’s voluptuous long skirts and “Wuthering Heights”-noir black riding jackets to Rodarte’s bejeweled high ruffled necks, the emphasis is on black, with lace and organza that simultaneously veil the body and reveal it, and cutaways and transparent panels that hint at mixed messages. (Charlotte Di Carcaci)
 The Miami Community Newspapers have a Charlotte Brontë thought of the day:
Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.
The quote is from Jane Eyre, Chapter VI.

Televisión Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain) screens today (August 20, 21.30 h) Jane Eyre 2011; Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarian posts about Catherine Reef's The Brontë Sisters.


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