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About BethR

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    Getting medieval on media

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    North Carolina
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    medieval English literature, fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, movies, music, travel, a unified Christian life

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    university English professor
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    Dandelion from "Sugarshock" by Whedon & Moon
  • Favorite movies
    Singing in the RainTo Kill a MockingbirdCasablancaGalaxy QuestBabette's Feast
  • Favorite creative writing
    William Langland, THE VISION OF PIERS PLOWMANGeoffrey Chaucer, CANTERBURY TALESJulian of Norwich, A BOOK OF SHOWINGSDorothy Dunnett, THE LYMOND CHRONICLES; THE HOUSE OF NICCOLO; KING HEREAFTERDorothy L. SayersC.S. LewisJ.R.R. TolkienPoetry: John Donne, Edward Hirsch, David Citino, Mary Oliver, Kelly Cherry

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  1. Good list, and great write-ups by everyone! Thanks all who worked on the publishing!
  2. The Breadwinner

    Interesting that this film is based on a novel (2000, plot spoilers in the link), because the basic premise is quite similar to Osama (2003, link to one of two A&F discussions a few years ago).
  3. House of Cards

    Alyssa Rosenberg says "good riddance." And more...
  4. Grantchester

    I have watched Grantchester, and have mixed feelings about it. Would like to read the books to see how they compare. I liked this piece from Christ & Pop Culture comparing two BBC TV priests, Father Brown & Father Chambers.
  5. I’m pretty sure it was two films per director. Someone will correct me if that’s wrong, of course. This is a good list, but i’d love to see Groundhog Day and Tender Mercies make the cut.
  6. Game of Thrones

    Roy Dotrice (Hallyne the Pyromancer) has died. He also narrated the ASoIaF audiobooks. Really, given his career on stage (emphasized in the linked obituary), screen, and TV, I could have posted this anywhere. The role I first remember him in, though, is not mentioned here: "Father" in George R.R.Martin's 1980s fantasy series Beauty and the Beast. The series had a significant fandom (Henry Jenkins used it for a case study in his study of fan culture, Textual Poachers), and now seems quite weird, but it was a hit at the time. Here's a clip:
  7. All Saints

    Saw it with my dad a couple weeks ago. It's not GREAT FILM-MAKING, but a serviceable movie about decent people doing the right thing(s) in obedience to the Great Commandments. There's not a lot of gospel drum-beating. Perhaps because it is based on reality, the characters are confronted with some serious questions about theodicy...and the answers are not miraculous. Also, surprisingly, Episcopalians FTW Joel Mayward, can we find your discussion guide online? I think since the movie has been released in theaters, reviews or thoughts are acceptable.
  8. The Good Place

    Since apparently no one watched this but me, because you're all only watching via antennae and various streaming options or something--I salute your stewardship--you can now watch season 1 on Netflix. Since each ep is only 20+ minutes, it will be a snap to binge and you will appreciate some comedy just now. I promise.
  9. 13 Reasons Why

    After reading this commentary on 13 Reasons Why, I thought it would be interesting to compare 13 Reasons with the recent TV movie version of Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl, in which the protagonist struggles with many of the same issues, but with different results.
  10. RIP Martin Landau

    As John Drew explained. You can also see, from the photo on her website, that she's Barbara Bain's daughter as well.
  11. RIP Martin Landau

    Yes, in the future, should I have occasion to post one of those "tell me something that reveals your age without stating it," I'm going to say, "To me, Martin Landau will always be Rollin Hand of Mission Impossible. Although, TBH, I don't think I ever knew his character's name at the time. And of course, he's Juliet Landau's father.
  12. A Wrinkle in Time

  13. Heavenquest: A Pilgrim's Progress

    That's probably it. Yeah.
  14. Heavenquest: A Pilgrim's Progress

    Wow, some distortion of the source material. The Wicket Gate is just the beginning (conversion) of Christian's journey. Huh.
  15. Luc Besson Sci-Fi project

    Shouldn't someone change the name of this thread to Valerian?