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Last weekend, I finally sat down to watch Netflix’s new series Anne With an E, heading off to bed after two episodes (which isn’t a comment on the series, but was down to the lateness of the hour). I’ve loved the Anne of Green Gables books since forever, as discussed many times on this blog, and approached this latest adaptation with some hesitation – I’ve avoided reading any spoilers, but haven’t been able to avoid completely the criticisms levelled at this version – that it’s too bleak and grim, which seems completely at odds with the nature of Anne as a person, and with her life in Avonlea. I’ve never seen an episode of Breaking Bad, but the Anne show creator Moira Walley-Beckett was one of its’ writers, and that fact has come up again and again as informing her work. In an interview with the New York Times, Walley-Beckett mentions  that “I am drawn to the psychology of wounded people.” L. M. Montgomery’s original book does make subtle mention of Anne’s difficult life before coming to Green Gables, so the characterisation of Anne as wounded is being true to the source material. But how far would such an interpretation be taken? I was both intrigued and concerned. (more…)

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As almost everybody I know is currently saying, how can it be 20 years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer first aired? It’s been such an important part of life, and I can still remember the first time I saw it, completely by accident. I was at university, with less than regular access to a television, so had somehow managed to miss the first series. One day at the family seat, I was channel hopping, and stopped at the sound of Cibo Matto. Hello, ‘When She Was Bad‘, where have you been all my life? Note: before you proceed, if you’ve never watched the show, there will be spoilers in this post. (more…)

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I had a wonderful ten days in Toronto – much too little time! – and only arrived back this morning after a long overnight flight. Thus this post is brought to you by jetlag and a need to combat same by staying up till 8pm, all going well. I am nonetheless well aware that a detailed blog post, with the requirement of many coherent sentences flowing one from another, is beyond my capabilities today. You must content yourself with a list of some of my favourite moments; I’m certain to miss some out.  (more…)

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William Shakespeare died 400 years ago today. as you may have heard. I’m watching David Tennant and Catherine Tate introduce Shakespeare Live! with the Royal Shakespeare Company, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, as I type, and I’ve been wondering all day if I should write something here. But how can anybody write about a man who wrote so many wonderful works of literature? My words certainly will never compare to his, and I wouldn’t presume to try. It’s daunting even to think about trying to write anything that could do him justice.  (more…)

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I’ve been rather keen to see The Age of Adaline (2015) since I saw it appear on the Sky Movies menu one night about 3 weeks ago – unfortunately, it had at that point already been on for an hour, so I had to wait. Finally, last night, the stars aligned, heh. I’m choosing to believe it was a birthday present.  (more…)

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I should open this blog entry with a confession; other than seeing the Enchanted Dreams: the Pre-Raphaelite Art of E. R. Hughes exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, I had no high expectations of Birmingham as a place to visit. I stand most definitely corrected. (more…)

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After today’s news of the unexpected death of Alan Rickman, I think most people are agreed that the start of the year has been horrible in terms of the loss of some of the most talented and beloved actors and singers the world has known. In my previous post, I spoke of two men, David Bowie and Charles Perrault, who have made, and, despite their deaths (recent or long ago), will continue to make, my life, and the lives of so many others, magical. Alan Rickman is another such man, so creative and talented, as an actor and director,on the stage and in the cinema; I cannot deny, even at the risk of trivialising a post which I would like more than anything to be about his creativity and talent, that I have always found him attractive, because of those traits primarily, and because of something in his bearing and expressive face, but most of all because of his voice. I struggle to describe the beauty of his speaking voice without lapsing into horrible flowery language which he doesn’t deserve (and nor do you). (more…)

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