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Author: Jessica Jørgensen

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) – Studio Ghibli’s Adventuresome Cinematic Debut

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. Vintage Film Review – Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) Laputa: Castle in the Sky is a fantasy adventure film. It’s also the cinematic debut of the now world-renowned Studio Ghibli. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Laputa: Castle in the Sky takes the flying island Laputa from Swift’s 1726 story and reimagines it in a turn-of-the-century (nineteenth to twentieth), steampunk setting. So, the mysterious and legendary flying island of Laputa is the goal in this quest adventure – to...

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Hope Floats (1998): Mothers, Daughters and One Yummy Cowboy

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. Film Review: Hope Floats (1998) Directed by Forest Whittaker and starring Sandra Bullock, Gena Rowlands, Harry Connick Jr. and Mae Whitman, Hope Floats is a dramedy with a healthy-sized portion of romance on the side. First and foremost, though, Hope Floats is an examination of the often strained, yet unconditionally loving relations between mothers and daughters. After a rather spectacularly humiliating end to her marriage on a sleazy talk show on national TV, Birdee Pruitt (Bullock) returns home to her...

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31 Haunting Love Stories for Halloween

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly It’s All Hallows’ Eve. That time of year where the boundaries between the seen and the unseen, the natural and the supernatural, the living and the dead, are blurred. Anthropologists would call it traditionally a liminal time, a period betwixt and between the ordinariness of every day. In this time – outside of the parameters and confines of normality, mundanity, and ordinariness – the extraordinary is possible. The inexplicable occurs. The numinous is encountered, and the supernatural felt and experienced. RELATED: 14 Not-So-Scary Movies for Halloween So, in celebration of this liminal time of year, I’ve decided to compile...

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The Wind Rises (2013): The Master Miyazaki’s Hauntingly Heartrending Farewell

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Film Review: The Wind Rises (2013) The Wind Rises is Hayao Miyazaki’s cinematic farewell, his final film in a long and celebrated storytelling career. Written and directed by the master, The Wind Rises is an animated, fictionalized biopic and historical drama examining the possible life (it is greatly fictionalized) of Jiro Horikoshi, an aeronautical engineer and designer of many renowned and rather infamous WWII fighter planes. If you’re a plane aficionado, you’ve probably heard of him and his planes. Miyazaki combines the story of this historical figure with an adaptation of the 1937 novella The Wind Has Risen...

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The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (2017): Lady Helen, the Demon Slayer of Regency England

15SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Book Review: The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman The Dark Days Pact is Book Two in the Lady Helen trilogy by Alison Goodman. The first book in the series, The Dark Days Club, came out last year. Book three is being written as I type this, and there are many, many fans awaiting the final installment and the final reveal. I know I am! And we are looking forward to it because this series is great fun. It’s Regency-era, historical fiction blending fantasy, romance and demon hunting. There’s something Buffy-like to our young heroine, so if you’re...

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Celebrating A Dozen Mr. Darcys – Just Because

139SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Mr. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien; and the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year. The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man, the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. Bingley, and he was looked at in great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud, to be above his...

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Under the Greenwood Tree (2005): A Happy, Non-Tragic Thomas Hardy Love Story!

37SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly TV Film Review: Under the Greenwood Tree (2005) Under the Greenwood Tree is a light-hearted and, at times, rather humorous adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel of the same name from 1872. But here be no tragedy, no debasement, no ruination, no cruelty, no subterfuge. I know, I know, it doesn’t sound like Thomas Hardy at all, but it is! Here be, rather, a somewhat straightforward love story, a coming-of-age tale of a young, beautiful schoolteacher, who must choose her future companion. Yes, it’s the traditional marriage plot. And there are many eligible and worthy suitors sniffing around. Under...

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The Iron King (2010) by Julie Kagawa: When a Midsummer Night’s Dream Becomes an Apocalyptic Nightmare

16SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly YA Book Review: The Iron King (2010) by Julie Kagawa My name is Meghan Chase. In less than twenty-four hours I’ll be sixteen. Countless stories, songs and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset. I DON’T THINK IT WILL BE THAT WAY FOR ME. And with that as the back-cover blurb, you know that it will be EXACTLY THAT WAY for our fair Meghan Chase, who has no idea how fair she truly is or...

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Robin and Marian (1976) Vintage Film Review: What It is to Love a Legend

15SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Vintage Film Review: Robin and Marian (1976) I caught this movie as the late show on television recently and was immediately engrossed and enamored with it. Robin and Marian is a rich, poignant, thought-provoking and, at times, grotesquely farcical examination of hero-making and hero-worship, of aging and the unending ravages of time, of wanderlust and folly, of love, love that weathers a lifetime, and of death. The original title of the work was The Death of Robin Hood, which sums up rather aptly the direction of this film. Robin returns to Sherwood from the Crusades – war-wearied, weathered,...

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Vintage Film Review: The Timeless Brilliance of Pygmalion (1938)

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Vintage Film Review: Pygmalion (1938) – SPOILERS Pygmalion was a mythological character who dabbled in sculpture. He made a statue of his ideal woman – Galatea. It was so beautiful that he prayed to the gods to give it life. His wish was granted. Bernard Shaw in his famous play gives a modern interpretation of this theme. Such reads the foreword to Pygmalion, a cinematic adaptation of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play of the same name. The screenplay for Pygmalion, the movie, was penned by Shaw himself (with other co-authors) and garnered the man...

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: 20 Years of the Boy Who Lived

15SHARESShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Vintage Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) by J.K. Rowling I first met Harry Potter in the summer of 1999. A trilogy of Harry Potter books was given to me that summer by a dear friend of mine, when I stayed with her family in Norfolk, England. Entranced from the get-go, I never looked back. I have dutifully pre-ordered every subsequent installment, rereading all the previous books before the next sequel was due. So, yeah, I have read and reread these books many, many times during the past 18 years. RELATED: Great Expectations (2012) – A...

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984): Miyazaki’s Seminal Sci-Fi Anime

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSubscribeShare on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Google+LinkedinWhatsappDiggRedditStumbleuponXingMailYummly Vintage Film Review: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a classic. It’s the seminal sci-fi anime that marked the beginnings of the internationally renowned Studio Ghibli. Although the film is technically a precursor to the formation of the actual studio. The film marked the first collaborative efforts of Hayao Miyazaki (director), Isao Takahata (producer), Joe Hisaishi (music composer) and Toshio Suzuki (producer). The combo proved so enriching and successful that Miyazaki, Takahata, and Suzuki officially formed Studio Ghibli the following year in 1985. They bought Topcraft, the animation studio...

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