Every so often a film comes along that really and truly changes the contours of Hollywood filmmaking. Black Panther is one such film. I tend to be a bit hyperbolic in my praise of films that I really enjoy, and I will warn you right now that this is going to be on of those reviews. … Continue reading Film Review: The Utopian Pleasures of “Black Panther” (2018)
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)
I went into The Dark Tower feeling a great deal of trepidation. The reviews, as everyone knows, had been truly abominable, and its box office performance has been similarly lackluster. All told, I was afraid that the film adaptation of one of my favourite epic fantasy series was going to be an epic disappointment. However, I was … Continue reading Film Review: “The Dark Tower” (2017)
Well, we returned back to work today. The Dissertation is coming along quite nicely, and I am actually confident that I can produce a workable, submittable draft by the middle of September. Not, mind you, that that will be the final version, but I want the Adviser to have seen all of the chapters in … Continue reading Dissertation Days (47): Back to Work I Go
Well, today was a mostly good day of composition. I wrote the 1,000 words that were my day's goal, but things were a bit more scattershot and unfocused than I would have liked. Indeed, it wasn't until I got to the very end that I finally hit something that I think was truly good. Which … Continue reading Dissertation Days (43): Scattershot
At long last, I have returned to the Dissertation. The poor thing was languishing, but now that my traveling has abated for a bit, I can now return in full force. Today was quite a productive day indeed. I even managed to write 1,000 words of the chapter, mostly concerning the general introductory and theoretical … Continue reading Dissertation Days (42): Back at It
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?
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
I know I keep saying this, but I think I mean it this time. It looks like Chapter 3 will be sent off tomorrow. I'm finishing a few last-minute things--mostly footnotes and bibliographic entries that eluded me--but I'm so damn close! If I can just push myself over the finish line, and if I can … Continue reading Dissertation Days (35): Out, Out, Damn Chapter!
Well, Chapter 3 is set to be delivered to the adviser on Thursday. I will breathe an enormous sigh of relief once that is finally done. It will feel good just to have it out of my hands. I'm much more confident in this version of the chapter than its previous iterations, so at least … Continue reading Dissertation Days (34): A Glimmer of Light