The English Patient

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Review:

This movie is gorgeously shot, with a great script and many outstanding performances. Though the central romance is epic and all consuming, I felt it was marred by the unlikeability of Almasy and Katherine. Still, it’s very easy to get swept up in it all.

For the heart is an organ of fire.

My rating4 Stars (4 / 5)

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Emma (1996) Movie Review

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Review:

I know it’s fashionable to hate on Gwyneth Paltrow, but though she does seem… annoyingly oblivious to reality in many ways, I can’t join in, because she’s been in too many of my favorite movies. So clearly, if nothing else, she has great taste in roles.

Emma isn’t my favorite Austen adaptation, but it’s pretty high on the list – charming, witty, romantic, and with a host of excellent performances, of which my favorites are the delicious Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightley and Sophie Thompson (Emma‘s sister) as the spinster Miss Bates.

My rating: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Review:

Okay, okay, this is not so much a movie as an experience, but word is that there’s going to be a DVD release at some point (for the video elements of it, at least), so I’ll just call it a movie.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is, as you might have guessed, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, set in modern times and told via the medium (mainly) of Lizzie’s YouTube video blog. Various other forms of social media, including Twitter and Tumbr, also got involved at various points, as did video blogs by other cast members (most notably Lydia).

They did a surprisingly good job of updating the story to the present day, and it’s all tremendous fun, with many laugh-out-loud moments and, yes, ultimately some appropriately swoon-worthy romantic moments. Highly enjoyable.

My rating: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

You should also check out the official website, which is the easiest way to keep track of all the various videos, tweets, Tumblr posts, Pinterest accounts, etc. associated with the story.