Far From The Madding Crowd: A Faithful Adaptation That’s Still All Its Own

In general, movie adaptations–especially ones that have already been done before–rarely offer anything new to enliven or enrich the original literature on which they are based. However, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s rendering of the Thomas Hardy classic, Far From the Madding Crowd, breathes refreshing life into the tale of a woman …

The Second Mother: A Many-Layered Title & Film

Brazilian writer-director Anna Muylaert’s fourth film, The Second Mother, is a multi-layered film not just about the pratfalls of motherhood, but the complications of class division when emotions are involved and in the supposedly evolved epoch that is the twenty-first century. Acquiescent and easy-going Val (Regina Casé) has been a housemaid for the …

Accusing Taylor Swift of Promoting Colonialism in Latest Video Is Giving Her A Bit Too Much Credit

To quote Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona in 10 Things I Hate About You, “What is it with this chick? She have beer-flavored nipples?” This is the sentiment a rational person feels when beholding the dissection of everything Taylor Swift puts out into the world. Her latest piece of “artistry”? …