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The Critic as Artist: Book and Film Reviews for the Savvy Scholar

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Small Man Trapped in a Box

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are familiar with both the literary and the “meta” in cinema. Their 2006 Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story followed the actors playing proxies of themselves playing roles in a film adaptation of Lawrence Sterne’s eighteenth-century novel about a man trying to represent himself in autobiography. Take a few … Continue reading

Marie Antoinette Wore Converse

For the first time in my adult life, I receive more than fifteen channels. The basic package seems like the cheapest option (and it is, technically), but it’s probably one of the worst values in terms of what you get for your money, unless you really like televised church sermons, daytime talk shows, reality TV, … Continue reading

A New Way to Brontë

Yes, apparently your name can become a verb if you ascend to a supreme level of literary and cultural prominence. Cary Fukunaga accepted the challenge of adding to the ever-expanding Brontë lexicon by directing a film re-adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s most celebrated work, Jane Eyre – and he succeeded admirably. Fukunaga’s production of this beloved novel, … Continue reading

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