Love and Friendship (Lady Susan)

Having spent my Master’s in Cambridge writing a dissertation about Austen and Laurence Sterne, I was looking forward with particular delight to reviewing the film adaptation Love and Friendship. I am glad not to be disappointed. First of all, however, let me give honour where it’s due. I cannot for the life of me understand why the film is entitled ‘Love and Friendship’, when it … Continue reading Love and Friendship (Lady Susan)

Blood of My Blood. Benjen Returns.

I thought I had stopped doing reviews of Game of Thrones episodes this season, but I was jerked out of my lethargy by the validation of my secret Benjen Stark/ Coldhands theory, which I wrote about in The Red Woman and a theory about Jon Snow Coldhands and Benjen Stark are the same person in the TV series. What happens in the books remains to … Continue reading Blood of My Blood. Benjen Returns.

Laugh, Cry and Ponder: Florence Foster Jenkins

There are so many things about Florence Foster Jenkins that I can’t make up my mind about. It is well-acted and well-directed, and I keep pondering its scenes and its characters, trying yet failing to understand them. Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) is convinced that she has considerable talent as an opera singer. Her accommodating husband (Hugh Grant) sets up concerts in which the entire audience … Continue reading Laugh, Cry and Ponder: Florence Foster Jenkins