Thursday, September 17, 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020 11:18 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
The New Republic recommends the new film The Personal History of David Copperfield as it teaches us 'how to foster joy in a time of fear and contagion'.
Critics rarely recommend movies their readers have little chance of seeing in the near future. Nonetheless, you can only watch Armando Ianucci’s new film, The Personal History of David Copperfield, by physically going to a cinema—something a New York–based professor of medicine recently likened to “Russian roulette” during a pandemic like ours. It is a disappointing situation but also fitting, since contagious respiratory illnesses are such a hallmark of the nineteenth-century English novel. From Jane Eyre’s friend Helen Burns dying meekly in the school’s “fever room” to the pale-cheeked Smikes who expires passively on “a fine, mild autumn day” in Charles Dickens’s Nicholas Nickleby, these books are crawling with illnesses like cholera, diphtheria, and tuberculosis. (Josephine Livingstone)
Journal Pioneer reviews the film Bone Cage.
In his adaptation of Banks’ play Bone Cage, actor/writer/director Taylor Olson takes that thought and runs with it in his first feature, as its main character Jamie haunts the deforested landscape with all the brooding intensity of Wuthering Heights’ Heathcliff storming across a Yorkshire moor. (Stephen Cooke)
The Spectator reviews Susanne Clarke's new book, Piranesi, and looks back on her famous debut novel:
In 2004, the bestselling debut from a cookery book editor seemed to promise an unfailing fountain of the creative imagination: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, a three-volume reworking of Britain’s military tussle with Napoleon, but with added fairies, felt like Jane Austen brewed up with spells and a dash of the Brontës’ Angria sagas. (Suzi Feay)
Osceola Sentinel-Tribute reviews Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
Halfway through the story, the truth hits. Combining V.C. Andrews, Stephen King, and the collective forces of the Brontë sisters the story turns into a hidden unbelievable horror. (Merle Lee Pugh)
Limelight (Australia) reviews a socially distanced production of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own at Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney.
Tracing her way through history, Woolf canvasses the lives and work of women writers including Aphra Behn, Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea and George Eliot, as well as Shakespeare’s (fictional) sister Judith. At the heart of her argument is that women need a safe room of their own and an annual income in order to become writers. (Jo Litson)
Vulture has a recap of the fourth week of Love Island U.S., episodes 15 through 21.
The age situation does provide a little context, however, as to why Kierstan spends most of her time this week ignoring the new hotties and sulking around like a brooding male character in a Brontë novel, pining over Carrington and plotting a display of valor despite their mutual agreement to move forward platonically. (Olivia Crandall)


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