Just spent the past two days watching historical romances.
- Possession (2002 – with Aaron Eckart & G Paltrow)
- Lady Jane (1985 – Helena Bonham Carter & Cary Elwes)
- Vanity Fair (2004 – Reese Witherspoon)
- Jane Eyre (1997 – William Hurt & Charlotte Gainsbourg)
Ironically, I watched Possession first and immediately liked it. It’s about two modern day scholars who find love letters between two Victorian poets. I thought it was sweet but then I got my hands on Lady Jane & Vanity Fair. Has anyone seen Vanity Fair with Reese W? I don’t know what it is about Reese Witherspoon but I think she is up there with Beyonce as a cool girl. She has an aura and this X Factor.
Lady Jane was excellent though! I thought it was just going to be a slightly trab Tudoresque thing but it told Lady Jane’s Grey rise and fall well. Bonham Carter is an acting beast – absolutely love her.
But out of all the films, Jane Eyre (1997 version only) has to take the crown. The gloomy film version of Charlotte Bronte’s book was lovely! I hated the book when I was younger as we had to do it for English GCSE but rewatching the film reminded me just how powerful the story is.
Are any of you into historial sweeping romance films? Can anyone recommend anything else for me to watch or read? I should add better not for you to mention anything Austen as I have read S&S and Persuasion and I am now on Mansfield Park. She is another LITERARY BEAST!
Extra Charcoal stan points for anyone who knows what novel the title of the blog post is from.
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I went to the cinema today and watched a double bill at Riverside Studios of Marie Antoinette (2006) and The Duchess (2008) and I decided to switch it up today and I did an audio review!
I am still technologically illiterate so I uploaded an audio file of me on youtube. Please watch or more like listen to the video and give me your thoughts on what you think! Please leave comments. I am nervous about this but I am interested to hear what you have to say about my review.
(Preface: if you have not seen this film and don’t want to read any spoilers, avoid this post!)
Yesterday night, a friend of mine and I watched a double bill of movies. First we watched the criticially acclaimed City of God, a film that we had both seen before a while ago. Then we watched Imitation of Life.
Baise-Moi (Kiss Me) was a French film released in 2000 about a sex/murder rampage by 2 women. It features very very sexually explicit, with an 18 certificate. It is on the viewing list for one of my modules at university and I watched it on Friday night for the first time, after renting it.
I still do not know what to make of it as a film. Part of me thinks it is extremely brave in how it deals with female sexuality but I am extremely anti-pornography or anything pornographic so I just felt ambivlent towards how it showed sex. The 2 women (Rafaella Anderson & Karen Bach, 2 ex-adult film actresses) were sublime and very good when they actually had dialogue and interacted with each other. Time magazine reportedly said that Anderson had star quality and was ‘part seraph, part slut’. Yet, the extremely graphic sex scenes were off-putting and disturbing for me. Continue reading