Category: Entertainment

Review: Persuasion (1995, 2007)

Posted 13 June, 2009 by Li in Entertainment / 0 Comments

Persuasion is my favourite of Jane Austen’s novels. It’s a wonderful story about family connections, second chances at love, themes of constancy and men working their way up in the world. Anne & Wentworth’s story is completely made of aww that I can’t help but love this story to pieces. Plus, from all of the Austen novels, Persuasion was the only one that had me completely riveted; I couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen next, whether Anne and Wentworth would reconcile (if so, how?) or whether Mr. William Elliott would indeed succeed as the love foil.

So you could imagine my joy when I found out that there was an adaptation two years ago on the novel. I had watched this adaptation first; I understand the adaptation was received with mixed reactions—I am amongst those who thoroughly enjoyed the adaptation from start to finish. Recently, I decided to watch the 1995 version. I was a bit hesitant before because I loved the 2007 version and I didn’t want to introduce an earlier version into the mix in my head but in the end, my love for the novel won out so I went out to pick it up. Spoilers ahead!

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Review: Our Mutual Friend (1998)

Posted 5 June, 2009 by Li in Books, Entertainment / 4 Comments

Our Mutual Friend
By: Charles Dickens

I had read Dickens’s Great Expectations back in November/December and wasn’t thoroughly impressed by it; it was okay but I found myself trudging through a good part of the novel. I figured after a while that I probably wasn’t in the right headspace at this time to read Dickens and decided to come back to his works later on. However, I watched the 1998 BBC adaptation of Our Mutual Friend recently and absolutely fell in love with the story so I decided to check the book out as well. And I rather enjoyed it.

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Movies: Star Trek (2009)

Posted 14 May, 2009 by Li in Entertainment / 1 Comment

Okay, ever since I heard that J.J. Abrams was attached to a new Star Trek movie, I had been on the lookout for it. And when it came out and everyone—from my friends list on LJ to Twitter to pretty much the entire population on the Web—was raving how amazing it was, the inner Trekkie in me (I have been a fan since I was 6) has been flailing to see it. And I finally did. And I loved it to bit. Spoilers ahead!

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Movies: Oscars 2009

Posted 23 February, 2009 by Li in Entertainment / 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here; school has been keeping me real busy this semester. So anyways, I just finished watching the Oscars a little while ago and i wanted to share some of my thoughts (all in point form; my mind is still whirling from some of the events from this evening). x-posted from my LJ 🙂

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Movie: Atonement (2006)

Posted 28 June, 2008 by Li in Entertainment / 0 Comments

And now the following is my review of the 2007 adaptation starring James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai and Vanessa Redgrave and directed by Joe Wright. Seeing the trailer for this movie was actually what got me to check out the book in the first place but I didn’t get to watch it until I got my hands on the DVD back in March. So the following review will be tied in with the book review I made in the previous post. Spoilers ahead!

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