Read and Seen: Revolutionary Road

The first in a series of simultaneous book and film reviews by LiteraryMinded's Angela Meyer and Celluloid Tongue's Gerard Elson. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates (orig. 1961, several editions: Aus, US) Angela says... Revolutionary Road opens with a moody series of observances and a sense of foreboding - 1955, Western Connecticut, settled yet restless characters, cars too … Continue reading Read and Seen: Revolutionary Road

Two Hamlets

Hamlet: A Novel, John Marsden, Text, 9781921351471, 2008 (Australia) + Hamlet (film), directed by Kenneth Branagh, 1996. John Marsden has always had a distinct ability to grasp and express adolescent experience. His Hamlet: a Novel is highly accessible for an audience familiar with heightened perceptions of desire, deception, unfairness, traps, loneliness, defiance, and existential angst. If you are familiar … Continue reading Two Hamlets

Reflection, Pleasure and Inevitability – a film review of Evening and Venus

Evening (directed by Lajos Koltia, screenplay by Susan Minot and Michael Cunningham) and Venus (directed by Roger Michell, screenplay by Hanif Kureishi) were released on DVD in Australia in January 2008.   When you are in your final years, is there any point in regret? You have made choices in regards to love, lifestyle and … Continue reading Reflection, Pleasure and Inevitability – a film review of Evening and Venus

Factory Girl vs. The Notorious Betty Page – Film Review

Factory Girl (dir. George Hickenlooper) and The Notorious Betty Page (dir. Mary Harron) were released on DVD in Australia in August, 2007. Factory Girl and The Notorious Betty Page both depict women whose circumstances lead them to positions of difference. TNBP is a slightly superior film in that Betty is likeable and believable in the … Continue reading Factory Girl vs. The Notorious Betty Page – Film Review