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Author: Elinor Cackett

Unspoken Love Stories in Film – Six Frustrating Almost Romances

20SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Love stories in cinema come in many forms and celebrated in as many ways. However, little attention is given to the love stories that exist but never quite blossomed into a romance. These are times when, for whatever reason, two people did not act on or speak of their feelings, to tragic effect. This absence of a confession to the object of one’s affection might be due to social pressures, outside impediments or simply, lack of self-confidence. Either way, viewers are left wondering what if long after the film has ended.  Here are six unspoken love stories. List: 6...

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Book Review: Literary Witches – A Magical Celebration of Female Literary Greats

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. I have received a free copy of Literary Witches from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Book Review: Literary Witches – A Magical Celebration of Female Literary Greats Literary Witches is a unique celebration of female authors and poets which mixes facts with small imaginative fictions. These are spun from the mythos surrounding these exceptional women. Literary Witches is an enriching and uplifting testament to a multicultural swathe of talented female storytellers. Literary Witches subscribes to the idea...

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Film Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – A Suspenseful Sequel

117SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. Film Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – A Suspenseful Sequel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second film in the Harry Potter franchise.  By far the longest of the adaptations, it was the last film in the series to try to be as accurate to the book as possible.  The growing length of books in the series soon after meant those in charge of the project had to rethink their approach.  Harry Potter and...

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Classic Review: The Mill on the Floss (1997) -A Flawed Yet Intriguing Adaptation

21SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. Classic Review: The Mill on the Floss (1997) The Mill on the Floss is an adaptation of the novel by George Eliot. I have not read the book and so I cannot say if the film is a good adaptation or not. Instead, I will try to view it as its own entity.  The Mill on the Floss is a frustrating picture of a young woman caught between the constricting ties of family and her desire to forge ahead to...

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Revisiting Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – An Excellent Beginning

15SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. I’d like to begin with a little backstory. I discovered the first Harry Potter book by accident a few years after it came out. And while I was much younger than the characters, I adored them anyway and devoured each new installment as soon as they hit the bookshelves. I was the perfect age for the movies, being roughly the same age as the characters throughout. It was quite an experience, to grow up alongside each film. RELATED Harry Potter and the...

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Film Review: The Bostonians – A Lesser-Known Merchant Ivory Production

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. Film Review: The Bostonians The Bostonians is an adaptation of the novel by Henry James. Apparently, the book is meant to be a satire of the women’s movement or so my research tells me. However, the film did not present the story this way, taking a more serious tack. Perhaps this is because it is a Merchant Ivory production. Or perhaps it is simply because any criticism of the women’s movement would not be nearly as well-received as it once...

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‘Upside Down’ Film Review – A Unique Sci-Fi Fairy Tale Romance

15SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Upside Down is a lovely sci-fi film with fairy-tale aspects. It’s a Canadian-French production which I likely would not have heard of had it not been advertised on the DVD of another lesser known Canadian film I watched. Overall, Upside Down is a unique movie with spectacular effects, a touching story and a great cast. In this universe, two worlds orbit the sun together while maintaining opposite gravities. As children, a boy (Adam) and girl (Eden) happen to meet at a place where two mountaintops almost touch. A friendship grows and turns to romance as they grow older....

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Film Review: Mona Lisa Smile – An Inspiring And Beautiful Story

17SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly We may receive a small commission if you purchase an item using an affiliate link on this post. Mona Lisa Smile is a positive, thoughtful film about the importance of education and a woman’s right to choose her own future. It is an intelligent historical drama that tells a familiar story in a new and inspiring way. The Story Katherine Watson accepts a post teaching Art History at the very conservative Wellesley Women’s College. Appalled to find that even her most gifted pupil believes she is only biding time until marriage, Miss Watson sets out to challenge tradition...

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List: Other Worlds – 10 Portal Hopping, Adventure-Filled Series

24SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly List: Other Worlds – 10 Portal Hopping Adventure-Filled Series If you’re familiar with Science Fiction or Fantasy, then you will likely have come across some variation of this portal trope. A long-time staple of both genres; it’s the kind of story that involves someone from our world, often ordinary, travelling to another world. Whether similar or drastically different our hero will likely spend much of their time trying to find a way home, usually befriending various locals and having numerous adventures along the way. Here’s a quick list of television recommendations that make good use of the other...

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Web-Series Review: The Autobiography of Jane Eyre – A Fresh Modern Take

21SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Web-Series Review: The Autobiography of Jane Eyre The Autobiography of Jane Eyre (2013) is a Canadian vlog-style Web-Series adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel, Jane Eyre. Inspired in part by The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, TAOJE brings a more raw, natural feel to the medium. It is a good adaptation, incorporating modern changes that work really well with the themes of the original. Like many web-series of this kind, it provides a transmedia experience. Characters have Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest accounts which it was possible to interact with while the show was running. These accounts are still available to enrich...

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9 Unlikely Romantic Leads – Playful Heroes You Can Laugh With

31SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly  9 Unlikely Romantic Leads – Playful Heroes You Can Laugh With When it comes to romantic heroes we tend to favour a particular type. He’s often a Byronic hero, intelligent, serious, mysterious, handsome, morally ambiguous and often hiding something dark in his past. I love these characters as much as anyone. After all, Mr. Rochester is my all-time favourite romantic hero. But today I’d like to celebrate a very different kind of hero, a type which I personally don’t feel get enough love. These are the unserious romantic leads, the ones that can laugh at themselves and are...

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‘Miss Potter’ Film Review – A Whimsical Treat

204SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Film Review: Miss Potter – A Whimsical Treat Miss Potter is a historical drama based on the life of Beatrix Potter, author of such beloved fictional characters as Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. It is a delightful film about an eccentric and interesting woman. Beatrix Potter does not behave in the way that an unmarried woman of thirty-two should; at least in the eyes of society. She refuses to conform, much to the chagrin of her parents.  Instead of accepting one of the many suitors they have put before her over the years, she insists...

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