The New Love of My Life

July 28, 2008

I’ve been known to have passionate, ongoing affairs with various attractive male celebrities, and I appear to have just made another conquest. Or, rather, one of them just made a conquest of me.

I saw the new movie version of Brideshead Revisited (which Kaks is dreading) at a pre-screening the other night, and while I, like many young women, have been a fan of Matthew Goode since his turn as a dashing “undercover” British Secret Service Agent (American Secret Service, mind you) to Mandy Moore’s President’s daughter in Chasing Liberty, [ed – I have not, as even I did not sink low enough to actually watch Chasing Liberty. ed 2 – I have, since I kind of sort of own that movie. god my life is sad.] I think this is the movie that will finally shoot him into almost-stardom. (If Brideshead does well – and it might, as its makers clearly aim to cast it as this year’s Atonement, similarly banking on the fact that most people haven’t actually read the book – he might even reach stardom, but no matter what, the critics should like him.)

So, imagine my pleasure when I found this on the… (I told you it was good for so many things).

Do yourself a favor and watch it. It just may make your day.

Brideshead Revisited

July 24, 2008

I love Brideshead Revisited.  The novel is an integral part of me I have read it so many times.  Yes, the 1980s mini-series may have clouded my view of the novel when I first read it since the mini-series was always on at my house when my brother and I were growing up.  Indeed, my brother as a two year old endeavoured to name a teddy bear he received as a gift Aloysius.  Try getting a two year old to say Aloysius.

But the mini-series was incredibly true to the book.  And the influence of the mini-series didn’t affect my reading for long as I kept re-reading the book and discovering new layers and complexities.  Literary criticism of Waugh also helped form my opinions, as did reading Waugh’s other, sinfully delicious satires.

That’s why I have a bit of a problem with this.

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