I saw Fill the Void this weekend and it was unbelievably beautiful. Some friends and I disagree whether it was a happy ending or not, but the film was incredible. The focus on the female relationships and the complexity of the situation were just so exquisitely explored. Go see it.
“Another film of this nature is A Knight’s Tale (2001), which unabashedly weaves modernity into a medieval setting that includes jousting, courtly love and even Geoffrey Chaucer. This examination of the past, of the codes of chivalry, violence and warfare that seem to have dominated much of the Middle Ages and to have been central to male-female relationships within medieval literature, is imaginative and quite unorthodox. From a post-modern perspective, this film challenges the ideas of a medieval past as being so very different from the present. Spectators singing a rock and roll song by Queen at a medieval joust certainly raise the eyebrow of many, but the song certainly strikes a more familiar chord with a modern audience than the strumming of a lute. Does the modern song convey the enthusiasm and pageantry of such events to a modern audience more successfully than an authentic tune would have done? A Geoffrey Chaucer—thin, energetic and young—who cavorts before the nobles and composes caustic and humorous rhyme, while not the Geoffrey found in the Ellesmere manuscript, certainly conveys the poet’s style (or at least a particular view of that style) in a modern sense.15 This sort of provocative break with the expected historicity of the Middle Ages should appeal to post-modern scholars, as it is very much a remaking of a historical text that demands a reassessment of what we consider truth about any given subject. Post-modern thinkers should offer praise to a medieval movie that dares to shock viewers and juxtapose references to the past and to the present.”
Dudes in capes, dudes in cars, dudes in space. In many parts of the country right now, if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman — any story about any woman that isn’t a documentary or a cartoon — you can’t. Where did all the women go? At The Movies, The Women Are Gone : Monkey See
I’m absolutely down for defending the first-class status of genre fiction that boldly goes where no or few stories have gone before. But if you think that working science fiction and fantasy relieves you of your obligations to coherent plotting and character behavior, or if it’s an engine to deliver free naked ladies, then you can stay in your mom’s basement, and off my bandwagon.
“One vocal complaint in recent years is that the Bloomberg administration’s global city ambitions have left New York feeling very little like New York. Although Ms. Quinlan’s film is wistful for what was, it simultaneously conveys how enduring a certain version of authenticity is. Early in the film we meet a young sanitation worker named Ben Lee of Staten Island. He tells a story about riding in the back of a car and the driver is shocked to discover, when she turns around to face him, that he is Korean-American. Having grown up around Italian-Americans, Mr. Lee learned to talk the way they did. He once had a girl obsessed with him because he was, as she put it to him, “an Asian Guido.””
Martin Luther King Jr. once told Dodgers star Don Newcombe, another former Negro Leaguer, “You’ll never know what you and Jackie and Roy [Campanella] did to make it possible to do my job.”
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So you know I don’t do fandom here really, but I want to ask a serious question about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and really all non-period Austen adaptations: what do you do about the inability to translate the social implications of Austen’s world to the modern world?