This tenderly animated Japanese film about sibling rivalry is lovely with its fantasy, but too convoluted for children and too slight for adults.
There’s charm and wit in its fanciful depiction of the creative process, but the film downplays the social activism that Dickens fully embraced in his work.
A fairy tale of the Grimm sort: no happy ending, no heroes or villains, just hard truths about life and human nature. Important, beautiful, heartbreaking.
The story of Charles Dickens and his secret mistress is no romance, and no modest costume drama, either.
At the New York Public Library earlier this month. Listen to the reading courtesy of the NYPL.
Appears to poke, and not kindly, at how our society enables abusers of drugs and alcohol… until it stops being that interesting.
Doctor Who has been doing amazing things with TV since 2005, but this may be the best example yet of how gonzo and how simultaneously emotionally satisfying TV can be these days.
I bet Morgan Freeman would be awesome as Scrooge…
Production started today on the Doctor Who Christmas special, according to a BBC press release, which will also feature some intriguing guest stars: In the grand tradition of Doctor Who Christmas specials, this year the show has once again attracted stellar guest stars as veteran actor Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, The Singing Detective) and opera … more…
And homegrown British films make good showings: 1. Avatar: £8.5 million (NEW) 2. St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold: £1.6 million (NEW) 3. A Christmas Carol: £1 million 4. Nativity!: £.58 million (4th week; drops 13%) 5. Planet 51: £.455 million (3rd week; drops 41%) (actual numbers, not estimates) Avatar enjoyed the third … more…