19 3 / 2014

title: Great Gatsby (2013)
tagline: Can’t repeat the past? …of course you can!
subgenre: Love Affair
who is in it: Leonard DeCaprio (Romeo + Juliet) as Jay Gatsby; Carey Mulligan (An Education) as Daisy Buchanan
what is it about: Gatsby, a mystery man, starts giving fabulous parties in order to lure the wife of a wealthy neighbor.
based on:  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel.
best line:  Narration: Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us.
best scene:  The tea scene with the rain and flowers and awkwardness is pretty much perfect.
how romantic is it? There is a lot of poetry about stars and the mind of god.  However, neither Gatsby nor Daisy suit as ideal romantic figures.  They are too self-absorbed and ultimately too flawed to earn themselves that epithet.

title: Great Gatsby (2013)

tagline: Can’t repeat the past? …of course you can!

subgenre: Love Affair

who is in it: Leonard DeCaprio (Romeo + Juliet) as Jay Gatsby; Carey Mulligan (An Education) as Daisy Buchanan

what is it about: Gatsby, a mystery man, starts giving fabulous parties in order to lure the wife of a wealthy neighbor.

based on:  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel.

best line: 
Narration: Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us.

best scene:  The tea scene with the rain and flowers and awkwardness is pretty much perfect.

how romantic is it? There is a lot of poetry about stars and the mind of god.  However, neither Gatsby nor Daisy suit as ideal romantic figures.  They are too self-absorbed and ultimately too flawed to earn themselves that epithet.

21 7 / 2013

20 7 / 2013

19 7 / 2013

5 of a Kind: Jane Austen Traditional
Theme description: 

1. Northanger Abbey (2007) (Felicity Jones as Catherine Moreland and J. J. Field as Henry )

2. Pride and Prejudice 1995 TV miniseries (Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennett)

3. Persuasion 1995 (Amanda Root as Anne Elliot and Ciaran Hands as Captain Wentworth)

4. Emma (1996) (Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma Woodhouse and Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightly)

5. Sense and Sensibility 1995 (Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood and Hugh Grant as Edward Ferrars)
What They Are About-  Jane Austen traditional. Poor young women try to unite true love and solvency in one mate.
Compare & Contrast- Pride and Prejudice is the longest - a leisurely paced miniseries.  Persuasion is the least glitzy - you can see the wrinkles in their gowns, they wear natural makeup, the lighting is low. But really all of them are decent substitutes for the books, and are delightful realizations for Jane aficionados. 
Cream of the Crop- Sense & Sensibility is a perfectly-realized adaptation which Emma Thompson won award for.  I even prefer it to Austen’s book which is more astringent.

5 of a Kind: Jane Austen Traditional

Theme description: 

Felicity Jones as Catherine Moreland

1. Northanger Abbey (2007) (Felicity Jones as Catherine Moreland and J. J. Field as Henry )

2. Pride and Prejudice 1995 TV miniseries (Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennett)

3. Persuasion 1995 (Amanda Root as Anne Elliot and Ciaran Hands as Captain Wentworth)

4. Emma (1996) (Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma Woodhouse and Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightly)

5. Sense and Sensibility 1995 (Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood and Hugh Grant as Edward Ferrars)

What They Are About-  Jane Austen traditional. Poor young women try to unite true love and solvency in one mate.

Compare & Contrast- Pride and Prejudice is the longest - a leisurely paced miniseries.  Persuasion is the least glitzy - you can see the wrinkles in their gowns, they wear natural makeup, the lighting is low. But really all of them are decent substitutes for the books, and are delightful realizations for Jane aficionados.

Cream of the Crop- Sense & Sensibility is a perfectly-realized adaptation which Emma Thompson won award for.  I even prefer it to Austen’s book which is more astringent.

23 5 / 2013

Love*Com (2006)
Subgenre: Teen romance
Who’s In It? Teppei Koike as Atsushi Otani and Ema Fujisawa as Risa Koizumi
What’s It About?  A very tall girl Risa and a very short boy Otani can’t possibly become friends or start dating or fall in love.
What’s It Based On? A shoujo manga by Aya Nakahara which is worth finding too.
How Romantic Is It?  The romance between the leads takes some time to develop since they have some growing to do.  Once the romance arrives, it’s about as sweet as you could want.  There is a warm-heartedness about their love that is hard to resist.

Love*Com (2006)

Subgenre: Teen romance

Who’s In It? Teppei Koike as Atsushi Otani and Ema Fujisawa as Risa Koizumi

What’s It About?  A very tall girl Risa and a very short boy Otani can’t possibly become friends or start dating or fall in love.

What’s It Based On? A shoujo manga by Aya Nakahara which is worth finding too.

How Romantic Is It?  The romance between the leads takes some time to develop since they have some growing to do.  Once the romance arrives, it’s about as sweet as you could want.  There is a warm-heartedness about their love that is hard to resist.