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      Film Review: The Mask of Zorro (1998)
      Film Review: The Mask of Zorro (1998)

      The Mask of ZorroFilm Review: The Mask of Zorro (1998)

      Director: Martin Campbell

      Release date: 1998

      Plot summary: As California is freed from the Spanish in 1821, the legendary Zorro (aka don Diego de la Vega) is captured, his wife is killed and his daughter taken by his ennemy to be raised as his own. 20 years later, de la Vega escapes from his jail and trains a young bandit, Alejandro Murrieta to become his successor as the masked hero.

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      The Mystery of Northanger Abbey - chapter 5
        (read chapter 4)   Chapter 5 The Old Wing part 1   Catherine spent the rest of the day absent-mindedly reading a book in the parlour–she took extra care in choosing a history book from the Abbey's library–while ...

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      The Mystery of Northanger Abbey - chapter 4
        (read chapter 3)   Chapter 4 A Decisive Discovery   Catherine felt very weak in the morning. She could barely stand up and it was insisted upon by her affectionate Henry that she should have breakfast in her room. It was al...

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      Film Review: Thor (and Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok) - later (in episode 4) to become king Henry V. He was played by Tom Hiddleston, whom I vaguely knew from my Facebook thread - having some Loki fangirls as friends - and I fell in love with both his character and his acting - and, let's be honest, his good looks... Which is how I decided to finally watch some Marvel films, namely, Thor, in which he plays the main antagonist, the now-very-infamous Loki
      Film Review: Thor (and Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok)

      ThorFilm Review: Thor (and Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok)

      Director: Kenneth Branagh

      Release date: 2011

      Plot summary: After a handful of Frost Giants, Asgard's former ennemies, broke into Asgard's vaults on the day Thor was to become king, Odin banishes his son from Asgard for endangering the realm by provoking Laufey, the Frost Giants' king. He is sent to Earth in a mortal form and shall only recover his powers and the use of his hammer - although he doesn't know it - when he becomes worthy of them. Meanwhile, Thor's mischievous younger brother, Loki, uncovers a hidden truth about his birth and family...

       

      I had better say it straight away, this is a very positive review of Thor (2011) written by a newly-found super-fan of Loki Film Review: Thor (and Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok) ... However, I shall endeavour to remain as neutral as possible in my analyses, but I cannot promise to refrain from inserting smileys and personal comments between parentheses on the way... sorry!

       

      /!\ SPOILER ALERT /!\

      As my purpose in this review is mainly to analyse the tools of myth-making, the plot and the characterization of the different characters throughout the film, I will need to tell much of the plot, punchlines, and the like.

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      The Mystery of Northanger Abbey - chapter 3
        (read chapter 2)   Chapter 3 A Growing Uneasiness   The following day, Catherine felt rather tired. She did not feel like having a long walk through the grounds, so Henry suggested that they simply sit on a stone bench unde...

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      The Mystery of Northanger Abbey - chapter 2
        (read chapter 1)   Chapter 2 Northanger Abbey   Eleanor rode in the chaise-and-four with the General, while Henry and Catherine rode together in the curricle. Frederick had decided to stay in Bath before he was to join his ...

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      The Mystery of Northanger Abbey - chapter 1
      The Mystery of Northanger Abbey Based on and adapted from Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and Jon Jones's film adaptation thereof       (about this short story)     Chapter 1 Bath   When Mr and Mrs Allen inv...

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      About "The Mystery of Northanger Abbey"
      If you have read The Lovers of Reading Abbey on this blog, you may already know that two years ago, I helped my pupil, The Royal Shrimp, write a detective story for her English class in high school. As she didn't like detective stories...

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      Film Review: Crimson Peak

      Crimson PeakFilm Review: Crimson Peak

      Director: Guillermo del Toro

      Release date: October 2015

      Plot summary: 10-year-old Edith Cushing, who didn't get to properly say goodbye to her mother because of the closed casket, is visited at night by her ghost. The monster warns her about "Crimson Peak". 14 years later, the now would-be novelist encounters a charming English baronet, Sir Thomas Sharpe. Although her father does not sanction the match, his sudden death - murder - removes any obstacle. Edith, Thomas - and his sister Lucille - thus leave America together to start their new life in the family manor in England. But her mother is not the only ghost Edith is bound to encounter in her life...

       

      As I am supposed to be working on my Master's dissertation - about Jane Austen and Ann Radcliffe - I found myself, of late, doing my best to avoid the subject almost entirely and finding always new ways of culturally entertaining myself instead of actually reading the books... This led me to discover - and incidentally become a huge fan of - Tom Hiddleston (a long review of the Thor series is coming soon(er or later)). Browsing through his filmography, I discovered that he had actually taken inspiration from The Mysteries of Udolpho (the supposed topic of my dissertation) and other gothic romances for his character in Crimson Peak. That was, then, the perfect excuse for me to watch this hugely handsome talented actor while somehow documenting *cough cough* the atmosphere of gothic romances.

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      The Lovers of Reading Abbey - part 5
            Actually, there were three flowers shops in the main street of Reading. Anne went in the first shop and asked if they sold yellow roses. They didn’t, neither did the second shop. But the third one did! With her...

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      The Lovers of Reading Abbey - part 4
          Anne was very upset with this investigation. While she was looking the next day for a portrait of the mother, she arrived in the General’s office. It was an austere place. Everything was dark and organized. She didn&...

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      Les mystères d'Udolphe (Ann Radcliffe)
        Titre : Les mystères d'Udolphe  Auteur : Ann Radcliffe (UK)  Date de parution : 1794  Genre : roman gothique (fondateur)       Notre avis : Ceux qui ont eu le courage de finir la lecture de ce pa...

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      Acide Sulfurique (Amélie Nothomb)
        Titre : Acide sulfurique  Auteur : Amélie Nothomb (Be)  Date de parution : 2005  Genre : anticipation, dystopie       Notre avis : Le livre a plutôt plu, mais ce n'est pas le meilleur de l'a...

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      The Lovers of Reading Abbey - part 3
          After that, she left the room and decided, as Mary had suggested her, to talk to Margaret Murphy who was the housekeeper of the Abbey. She wasn’t beautiful and didn’t seem to be kind. She was just strict like h...

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      The Lovers of Reading Abbey - part 2
             The next day, Charlotte proposed to seat outside in front of the garden. She wanted to know if everything was alright for Anne and how she had found her first day at the Abbey. Anne thought it was really delicat...

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      The Lovers of Reading Abbey
      The Lovers of Reading Abbey  by The Royal Shrimp     (about author and writing context)   Part 1 Anne Thompson was one of the most beautiful teenage girls of her town. Her eyes had an almond shape and had a deep blue ...

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      About "The Lovers of Reading Abbey" About "The Lovers of Reading Abbey"
      About "The Lovers of Reading Abbey"
      This short story was written by my pupil for an English class assignment in her first year in high school. They spent the whole year studying detective stories in class, and as a "final task", they had to produce their own detective story. ...

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      Film Review: Pride and Prejudice (2005)

      Pride and Prejudice Film Review: Pride and Prejudice (2005)

      Director: Joe Wright

      Release date: September 2005

      Plot summary: (a purposefully not very faithful adaptation of Jane Austen's eponymous masterpiece:) Elizabeth Bennet takes a strong dislike in Mr Darcy on their first encounter, while Elizabeth's sister, Jane, falls in love with Darcy's friend, Mr Bingley, who just moved in the neighbourhood. But as the plot advances, Elizabeth is bound to realise that Mr Darcy is not as proud and detestable as she thought, while Jane and Bingley have to overcome classical lovers' issues before being united.

       

      Sorry, did my supposedly neutral plot summary sound partial? Well, then, you are warned: you're not reading the words of a big fan of this film! If, like my best friend, you loved the film, I would advise you strongly not to read the following review...

      I also warn the reader that, since this is an adaptation of one of the most famous and best classics of English literature, I will probably spoil the plot in many occasions, so if you haven't read the book and/or seen an adaptation of it and do not wish to read about the end - or any other part of the story - stop reading this now - and run to the nearest library to buy the original work... now!!

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      Ascension (Vincent Delecroix)
        Titre : Ascension  Auteur : Vincent Delecroix (Fr)  Date de parution : 2017  Genre : "patchwork de fable contemporaine, de journal intime, de réflexions philosophiques, de révélations mystiques et ...

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      Pour l'amour d'un Fortune (Anne Marie Winston)
       Titre : Pour l'amour d'un Fortune  Auteur : Anne Marie Winston (USA)  Date de publication : 2006  Genre : littérature sentimentale         Notre avis :   Pour varier un peu les plaisirs ...

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      Prime Time (Jay Martel)
        Titre : Prime Time  Titre original : Channel Blue  Auteur : Jay Martel (USA)  Date de sortie : 2013  Genre : science-fiction, humour       Notre avis : D'une manière générale, l...

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      Book Review: Howl's Moving Castle

      Howl's Moving Castle Book Review: Howl's Moving Castle

      Author: Diana Wynne Jones

      Published: 1986

      Plot summary: After the terrible Witch of the Waste turned her into a 90-year-old lady, formerly 18-year-old Sophie Hatter is forced to seek her fortune on the road. She takes shelter in Howl's moving castle, Wizard Howl having a reputation as bad as the Witch - he hates young women's heart, they say! - but Sophie should be safe on this point now. In the castle, she meets Calcifer, the fire demon, and makes a bargain with him: he'll lift her spell when she breaks the contract he signed with Howl. In the house also lives 15-year-old Michael, Howl's apprentice. Sophie starts working there as a cleaning lady, but things get more and more complex by the minute. The book ends up being a giant jigsaw puzzle of mixed spells that Howl seems to be particularly unwilling to untangle.

       

      For those who thought that Howl's Moving Castle sprang from Hayao Miyazaki's imagination, think again! It was originally a book, written almost 20 years before the Japanese motion picture aired, by a British writer, Diana Wynne Jones. Most of her books were written for children and teenagers and take place in magical worlds.

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      The Road Not Taken

      Some time ago, I helped my pupil with her first homework in English literature. It was a study of Robert Frost's famous poem, "The Road Not Taken". The homework consisted in answering questions about the text, which was supposed to lead us to understand it better. So first, here's the poem:

       

      The Road Not Taken

      by Robert Frost, 1916

      Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
      And sorry I could not travel both
      And be one traveler, long I stood
      And looked down one as far as I could
      To where it bent in the undergrowth;

      Then took the other, as just as fair,
      And having perhaps the better claim,
      Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
      Though as for that the passing there
      Had worn them really about the same,

      And both that morning equally lay
      In leaves no step had trodden black.
      Oh, I kept the first for another day!
      Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
      I doubted if I should ever come back.

      I shall be telling this with a sigh
      Somewhere ages and ages hence:
      Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
      I took the one less traveled by,
      And that has made all the difference.

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      Book Review: Channel Blue

      Channel Blue Book Review: Channel Blue

      Author: Jay Martel

      Published: 2014

      Plot summary: Perry Bunt is an insipid fallen scenarist in Hollywood who now teaches scenario classes. When he follows his favorite student, Amanda Mundo, to her work, he discovers that she is an alien TV producer. Her advanced civilization got rid of violence, impulses and sex millenia ago, and all that is left for them to do now is watch TV all day - reality TV shows produced by filming inferior species on other planets. Earth has always been a very lucrative planet for Galaxy Entertainment because the "Earthles" are so mean, violent, unpredictible... But now, audience rates are dropping and the producers decided to end the show. But beforehand, they programmed a spectacular finale to draw as much audience as possible one more time. Meaning, this is not only the end of the show, they programmed a live destruction of Earth, and Amanda seems to think that only Perry can help her save Earth from anihilation.

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      Final Task: American Dream

      Since last year, I've been helping a family friend (in highschool), whom I will call "the Royal Shrimp" [her choice of pseudonyme]  improve her English. This year, I helped her mostly with her "final tasks", a special homework that English teachers ask their pupils to do at the end of a thematic "sequence".

      One of those final tasks came at the end of a sequence about the American dream, and her teacher asked the class to express what "American dream" meant to them or what they understood about it... in an artistic way! A lot of them made drawings, and my pupil got afraid because she's not an artist.

      I therefore tried to reassure her and explained that art is not only about drawing and painting. What matters is what you express and how you do it. This was a homework for an English class after all, and what do we - she and I - master best about it? The English language and what's somehow linked to it.

      That's how I convinced her that we could write a poem. And here it comes!

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      Film Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

      Valerian and the City of a Thousand PlanetsFilm review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

      Director: Luc Besson

      Release date: July 2017

      Plot summary: In the 28th century, the historical core of the space city is contaminated with radiations. When the Commander is abducted by aliens unknown to the database, Major Valerian and Sergent Laureline must enter the "dead zone" to try and retrieve him and unravel the hidden truth about the Mül species.

       

      /!\ This review contains spoilers.

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      Film Reviews: which Robin Hood?

      Lately, I've been in a kind of Robin Hood frenzy, watching several films and TV series based on this character. It's always been one of my favorite heros, and Maid Marianne is, I believe, one of the characters I've ever most wanted to impersonate.

      So, here's my personal top 4 (+ special awards) and reviews! Film reviews: which Robin Hood? (keep in mind that I didn't watch all the Robin Hood films, far from it, so it really is a very personal ranking...)

      /!\ spoiler alert /!\

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      Final task: Fast Fashion

      Since last year, I've been helping a family friend improve her English. She's in highschool and will be known on this blog as "the Royal Shrimp" [her request of pseudonyme]. This year, I helped her mostly with her "final tasks", a special homework that English teachers ask their pupils to do at the end of a thematic "sequence".

      The first final task we completed was about fast fashion. She had to create either a leaflet or a video condemning fast fashion. We went for the leaflet option:

      Fast Fashion

      front

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      An bhfuil Gaelige agat? - The Gaelic Revival

      First things first, no, "An bhfuil Gaelige agat?" doesn't mean "The Gaelic Revival" in Irish... Is litterally means "Is there Irish with you?", which then means "Do you speak Irish?" => An bhfuil Gaelige agat? - The Gaelic RevivalAn bhfuil Gaelige agat? - The Gaelic Revival.

      During this semester, I took a seminar about Ireland and did an oral presentation about the Gaelic Revival. I had a partner, Red, who did the part about the use of Irish in modern society, while I talked about the historical aspects of the language, its almost loss and its revival at the end of the 19th century. Our professor insisted on our playing songs and showing Irish dances, so we gladly complied!

      This is the written version of my presentation I handed in. Of course, I am not going to publish Red's work, but I saved some of the videos we used. So, enjoy!

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      De l'éclectisme de l'orientalisme dans l'art [dossier]
      Dossier réalisé pour un séminaire de "Orientalisme" en Master 1.    *****   De l'éclectisme de l'orientalisme dans l'art Comment appliquer les théories d'Eward Saïd au domaine de l'ar...

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