Firstly, Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! And here's a spelling bee word: sesquicentennial.
Second, today was the premiere of the last of the L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables films.
So, here's the review!
SPOILERS LEFT-RIGHT-CENTRE AND LEFT AGAIN BELOW
Fire and Dew is set maybe about a year after The Good Stars and the story of Anne's transition out of childhood. Interestingly, the film begins with Matthew taking a nice long walk, but he's not as physically active as before and needs a cane. Anne is now fourteen years old and the obvious sign of this is a wardrobe change. No more one-piece pinafore dresses - she has to wear a blouse and long skirt (and probably a corset). And she's heading to school for the first time after s…Read more >
And we have reached the season finale of Anne!
Yes, the cinematography was splendid and the acting was top notch and the writing was excellent. And yes, you will want so very badly for another season.
The CBC link is HERE.
SPOILERS DOWN YONDER.
Like, huge ones. I recommend watching the episode instead of reading this post first, because whoa, if I was not stunned by everything that happened.
As Wherever You Are Is My Home starts, it's almost Christmas and all the children are preparing for recitals and the like at school. Anne's cutting up snowflakes when Josie tells the other girls some rather disturbing news: the Cuthberts are poor and Anne might be sent back? Anne is so unsettled that she can't possible wait until after school and rushe…Read more >
It's the penultimate episode of season 1 of Anne this week.
And it feels like a doozy, because a lot of things are happening.
The CBC episode link is HERE.
And SPOILERS BELOW.
I think that Remorse Is the Poison of Life is an episode that focuses on grief and regret. More often than not, these emotions are things that people reflect upon in hindsight. It's not something you look ahead and then plan on how you will respond. It's not something that has a specific shape or symptoms. You can't expect everyone to cry or become visible angry or that it'll last a specific amount of time.
The episode starts with Diana rushing desperately to Green Gables in the winter at night to get help. Almost everyone is at Charlottetown to see the premier (of the…Read more >
It was Sunday yesterday (and a long weekend for me), which means a great time for another episode of Anne!
Here's the CBC link.
SPOILERS HENCE FORTH
(With 'thees' and 'thous', oh, and I'm not holding any punches whatsoever on menstruation. If that makes you squeamish, better quit reading now. Not kidding.)
One of the things that made me strangely excited about Tightly Knotted to a Similar String was that was directed by Patricia Rozema. Her latest film released was Into the Forest (based on the novel by Jean Hegland), which featured Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood in the lead roles of two sisters who find themselves relying on each other as they navigate a world with none of the contemporary comforts and the forest around them as their best …Read more >
I just love this series. Tonight - episode four!
And here's the CBC link for the episode here.
SPOILERS BELOW =D
So, as we recall last episode, Anne has resolutely decided never to go back to school. An Inward Treasure Born shows that it's... not exactly going too well.
Marilla, Matthew, and Jerry seem to be indulging in Anne's listless behavior - she's not paying attention to her chores and she spends all her time making up fantasies in her head. Marilla goes to Rachel for advice, mostly because she's almost at her wits' end. Rachel tells her to be patient and to let Anne make up her own mind to go back to school - Rachel's confident that Anne will go back, since she's a smart girl. Except Marilla loses her patience when she finds that Ann…Read more >
Onward to episode 3! As expected, it covers Anne's first (and second) days at school, which includes one of my very favourite incidents in the book. (And maybe a bit concerning, because it involves a form of physical violence. Oops.)
My thoughts are on the fuzzy side, because I caught the flu and haven't been feeling so well. =(
EXPECT SPOILERS BELOW
But What Is So Headstrong as Youth? focuses on Anne's first and second days at school. Anne is anxious at meeting new friends, making a positive impression, and just thrilled at the idea of being in class and learning. While Matthew and Jerry focus on working on the farm, Marilla gets an invitation to join the Progressive Mothers' Sewing Circle.
If you've ever heard the expression "the nai…Read more >
Since the opportunity presented itself, a review of episode 2 of Anne!
Clearly CBC is very Ontario-centric, because they advertised the Canada: The Story of Us series as starting at 8:00PM (it started at 9:00PM, but maybe that's because I live in British Columbia) and Anne was at 8:00PM. Also, I'm wondering if they realized that Anne did so well that they readjusted their schedule. It's a gem of a series.
(FYI - I'm not sure I can keep up the pace of the reviews; going to try, though.
And I'll try to post the CBC link when it comes up, it'll probably be on the website by tomorrow.UPDATE: As seen below in the comments, the link is now up on CBC HERE.)
Also, it looks like it's going to be a 3 hour encore next week, so probably episodes 1 and 2, follow…Read more >
Something nice about living in Canada - I watched the first episode of Anne (2017 TV series) last night on CBC. So here's a quick review!
(There are probably spoilers here, for everyone who wants to wait for it on Netflix. And my fellow Canadians who didn't watch it last night - it's available online on CBC HERE.)
Now, if I'm not mistaken, Anne is going to cover Anne's first year in school.
Here come the SPOILERS (I think)
Without going into too much detail, Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny covers Anne's arrival at Green Gables (I find it hilarious that every adaptation I've seen so far finds it important that Anne talks about her wonky bag), the failed attempt to return her to orphanage, meeting Diana Barry, and the amethyst brooch incident. …Read more >
So, exciting news - I managed to watch L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars yesterday!
Review below and be forewarned - there's spoilers (I don't know what counts for spoilers, so consider this my warning).
The Good Stars picks up after the events of L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (no exact timeframe). Anne is twelve-going-on-thirteen and settled in at Green Gables. Now that she has a form of stability in where she's living and a family in Marilla and Matthew, she's starting to experience growing up.
This takes the form of what Marilla will repeat throughout the film as "being sensible." Anne and her friends are still very much children - Anne complains about geometry being the worst, she's still impulsive, and she's g…
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Friday was my lucky day. By accident I found the 2016 film online - brilliant quality and with Czech dubbing (Czech is one of the languages I understand and even speak) that was made for the Czech broadcast on HBO. Even though I wanted to order the DVD and watch the movie with the original sound, I couldn't resist and had to see it as soon as I could. I still want to order the DVD to hear the original voices, but the dubbing was (surprisingly) not that bad.
When it comes to the movie... almost everything I want to say, is already covered in Eikakou and Susannah's reviews and I feel pretty much the same about it. I particularly liked Botsford's Marilla - I'm not saying she was the perfect Marilla, but I liked the way she portrayed the charac…Read more >