The Beguiled (2017 Film)


Film Title

The Beguiled


Sofia Coppola


  • Colin Farrell as Corporal John McBurney
  • Nicole Kidman as Miss Martha Farnsworth
  • Kirsten Dunst as Edwina Morrow
  • Elle Fanning as Alicia
  • Oona Laurence as Amy
  • Angourie Rice as Jane

Previously filmed in 1971, The Beguiled gets a reworking courtesy of Sofia Coppola and its different approach makes it one memorable movie of mounting tension and burgeoning sensuality.

It is 1864, Virginia and the Civil War is in motion. A young girl by the name of Amy from a nearby school for young girls, is out gathering mushrooms for food. She comes across Corporal John McBurney, a badly wounded Union Soldier and deserter. Helping him, Amy brings the unconscious man to her school. Here we meet the stalwart headmistress Miss Martha Farnsworth, vulnerable and melancholy teacher Edwina Morrow, and a few students, including teasing and bored teenager Alicia. There is curiosity among the…

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Headline Haiku: in which endings are both lost and multipled (War is Not Healthy #3)

poems and photogaraphies are so well enmeshed together

method two madness

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Silence weeps
and eyes refuse sight.
No questions
can be posed,
nor answers given. Light is
erased. Dust and blood.

The news we see now is overwhelmed with US–our own politics are so chaotic and overwhelming that what is going on in the rest of the world seems almost to have disappeared.  This Headline Haiku was done by me months ago, from what seems to have been a different lifetime of everyday concerns and headlines.

But people are still dying in, and fleeing from, Syria.  And the world still seems paralyzed in response.

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My two previously posted Headline Haikus about Syria are currently appearing in the exhibit “We the People: Political Art in an Age of Discord” at the Barrett Art Center, in Poughkeepsie, NY.  All the work in the show is posted online here; Trump is definitely there, but not always front and center.

Out of sight
eyes and ears…

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Cathy Sultan blog

There is dismay and confusion within the Obama administration over its proposed “regime change” in Syria. It is not going according to plan. President Assad is still in power after five years of intense combat. His military is still loyal to him as are his people and Assad’s allies, Russia, Iran, China and Hezbollah stand steadfastly behind him. The Obama administration is particularly angry because Syrian and Russian militaries are attacking the jihadists lodged in eastern Aleppo, the same jihadists who are associated with al-Qaeda and ISIS and/or similar Islamic fundamentalist armed groups.  

But shouldn’t the US be glad that the Syrian military and the Russians are attacking the jihadists?

It turns out that Washington has no interest in defeating the jihadists in Syria. In fact, this administration is just fine with the jihadists as long as they help them move the ball closer to their goal. The objective…

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Virginia Woolf on Henry David Thoreau – The Virginia Woolf Blog

Source: Virginia Woolf on Henry David Thoreau – The Virginia Woolf Blog


In July of 1917, Virginia Woolf wrote an article commemorating the 100th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth for the Times Literary Supplement.

Woolf was an admirer of American writers like Thoreau and felt American writers were more inventive and adventurous than any British writer to date.

What is interesting about this essay is that, despite Woolf’s exclusively upper class British upbringing, she understood Thoreau better than most modern-day American readers and even more so than some of his own peers, such as Woolf’s American godfather and Thoreau’s rival James Russell Lowell.

Woolf saw Thoreau not as a misanthropic hermit trying to hide from society in the woods, but as a “noble” rebel attempting to teach his fellow man his unique philosophy on life through his writing and actions.

It was as if she saw him as she saw herself, a misfit trying to invent a new way of life, much like she and her fellow Bloomsbury group members were attempting to do in 20th century London.

Virginia Woolf photographed by Lady Ottoline Morrell circa 1917

Virginia Woolf photographed by Lady Ottoline Morrell circa 1917

In recent years, many literary critics have even drawn comparisons between the Bloomsbury group and the Concord transcendentalist writers, which include Thoreau, Hawthorne, Emerson and Alcott, nicknaming them the “American Bloomsbury.”

Woolf seems to have picked up on these similarities well before anyone else did and instead of distancing herself from her American counterparts, fully embraced them.

Woolf’s essay on Thoreau, despite the fact that it was published nearly a century ago, remains to this day one of the most insightful, thoughtful and intelligent tributes to this all too often misunderstood man.

Wonderstruck: Todd Haynes Returns to NYFF With Cannes Oscar Contender | IndieWire

Source: Wonderstruck: Todd Haynes Returns to NYFF With Cannes Oscar Contender | IndieWire

The Cannes premiere is set for a Centerpiece berth at the fall festival, marking Haynes’ fourth bow at NYFF.

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The New York Film Festival, which often imports Cannes titles for its well-curated October celebration of international cinema, has revealed that New York auteur Todd Haynes’ Cannes hit “Wonderstruck” will be the October 7 Centerpiece gala of the 55th edition (September 28 – October 15). This is no surprise, as the Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions release is scheduled for a NYFF launch-friendly October 20 release.

As soon as the Competition title debuted early on the Riviera, the movie was deemed a likely Oscar contender. That’s because “Wonderstruck” is the perfect match of rich source material and cinema. Author Brian Selznick (“Hugo”) was inspired to adapt his own graphic novel intertwining two stories from 1927 and 1977 when costume designer Sandy Powell pulled it off a shelf and said, “This should be a Todd Haynes movie.”

Selznick, following the recent model of “Room” author Emma Donoghue, secretly adapted his own script on spec, with a little advice from “Hugo” screenwriter John Logan, which doesn’t hurt. By the time the detailed screenplay, complete with sound notes, got to Haynes, the director found its cinematic riches irresistible. He artfully weaves a propulsive mystery, throwing the audience clues in both the black and white silent and the ‘70s color narratives that eventually tie all the threads together as two deaf children (Oakes Fegley and Millicent Simmonds) make their way to New York’s Museum of Natural History. Haynes regular Julianne Moore plays a dual role.

“Todd Haynes and Brian Selznick have pulled off something truly remarkable here,” New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, “a powerful evocation of childhood, with all of its mysteries and terrors and flights of imagination and longings; richly textured re-creations of Manhattan in the ’20s and the ’70s; and a magical and intricately plotted quest story that builds to a beautiful climax. Wonderstruck is fun, emotionally potent, and… it’s a great New York movie.”

The New York Film Festival has thrice showcased Haynes’s work: “Velvet Goldmine” (1998), “I’m Not There” (2007), and, most recently, “Carol” (2015).


Strangers on a Train – Patricia Highsmith (1950)

Great writer.


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Patricia Highsmith is one of several writers who I’ve read for the first time this year. In her; I have discovered a writer who was a wonderful creator of mood and suspense her characters explored with psychological acuity. Strangers on a Train was her first novel.

Strangers on a Train, is a story I have been broadly familiar with for many years, I vaguely remember having seen the 1951 Hitchcock directed film. I’m sure many people already know the brilliantly simple premise; two strangers swap murders – what could possibly go wrong?

“People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There’s also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.”

Up and coming architect Guy Haines badly wants a divorce from his difficult, promiscuous wife from whom he has been separated for three years…

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Gifted (2017) Review

I am now very curious

Cinema Parrot Disco

Gifted (2017)

Directed by Marc Webb

Starring: Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

My Opinion:

Quickie review! Saw this a good few weeks ago & realized I never reviewed it. Not because I didn’t like it – I’ve just been too busy. I actually quite liked it, as far as family films go. I doubt it’s still in cinemas now but it’s worth a watch at home if you like the sound of it.

I went to Gifted with the hubby and the eight-year-old. I’m enjoying the fact that she’s of the age now where we’re getting to go to more non-animated “family” films. I wish there were more of them! We saw this not long after A Dog’s Purpose

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