Fair warning: Spoilers for the film follow. These days, it's sometimes hard to remember that it used to be possible--preferable even--to have a film with a running time of an hour and a half, one that still manages to hit all the right narrative notes to make a satisfying cinematic experience. Cue Stan and Ollie, a pleasant little biopic about the later … Continue reading Film Review: “Stan and Ollie”
I've always had a fascination with the legend of Anastasia Romanov, the youngest daughter of the doomed Nicholas and Alexandra who was rumoured, for much of the 20th Century, to have survived the massacre that struck her family. Before there was the exquisite Anastasia of animated fame, there was the 1956 film starring Yul Brynner and Ingrid … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “Anastasia” (1956)
Today was one of those truly great days, when the writing and the ideas began to really come together in a productive way. I think the section on Cleopatra is going to need a little bit of tidying up. I know there's a bit of repetition there, as well as some areas that need some development and … Continue reading Dissertation Days (44): Glimmers of Daylight
Despite the title, today was actually a good day, in terms of progress. As I said I would do yesterday, I switched to a bit of the close readings, focusing today on Cleopatra. I think the bare bones of how that section is going to look are almost there, but it will take another few days of … Continue reading Dissertation Days (40): This is Progress, Right?
After a very rough weekend, I got back into the swing of things today with some decent work on Chapter 4. I only wrote 500 words, but I do see the entire chapter starting to cohere in a way that it didn't before. I'm still not entirely certain that the pieces are all knitted together … Continue reading Dissertation Days (37): Back to Work
Well, the biggest news of the day is that Chapter 3 is, at last, finished and submitted. I think that it is a much stronger version of the chapter than earlier, so there is that to be proud of. It might be a while before I hear back about it, but I'm okay with that. … Continue reading Dissertation Days (36): DONE
In between the chaos of moving and travel (I'm about ready to set off for another round tomorrow), I managed to squeeze in a little work time today. Since I'd rather hit a wall with Chapter 4 as it was, I started a new version, one which really, consciously sets out to be the version … Continue reading Dissertation Days (25): A New Day, A New Chapter 4
At the end of Quo Vadis, the delightfully queer Nero (played by Peter Ustinov) declaims: "Is this the end of Nero?" I've now been led to ask: "Is this the end of Chapter 3?" Fortunately, I think that it just might be, or at the very least that I'm closer than I have been for a long … Continue reading Dissertation Days (23): Is this the End?
I've reached that stage in Chapter 3 where I know that the end is in sight, but it's precisely the nearness of accomplishment that proves more than a little debilitating. Still, it is precisely in those moments that one has to continue onward, pushing past the mental barricades to get to the rich intellectual material … Continue reading Dissertation Days (21): Roadblocks
Today, I worked a lot in Chapter 3, making sure that I cut out some of those pesky weasel words upon which I rely far too often. Words like "indeed," "furthermore," "as a result" are my bane, and I've been on the lookout for them as I work through these sections of the chapter. Removing them has … Continue reading Dissertation Days (19): Weasel Words