comparing two versions of Miracle on 34th Street

Over the holidays we watched the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street. It is one of my old favorites, though I found it very strange watching it again. The part that seemed most ridiculous was that Kris Kringle bangs someone over his head hard enough to have a concussion, and just walks out like everything is normal and okay. Then the victim’s boss pressures him to drop charges. Lawsuits anyone? I got curious about how the 1994 version of the movie handles the issue, so the other night my husband and I watched it. Actually, we watched it over Continue reading

a Cinderella story, Ever After, and the history of some French royalty

A few days ago my kids and I watched the movie Ever After, with Drew Barrymore. It was interesting. It is a Cinderella story, rewritten to take out any mention of magic and referring to Cinderella as Danielle. Its primary focus is on folktale and not history and yet the movie includes a few tantalizing little details meant to try to suggest that the story could be historical. The story features Leonardo Da Vinci. It also identifies the king as Francis and the son as Henry, and the kingdom as France. Since Francis I of France did invite Leonardo Da Continue reading

arts, culture and environment

About a week ago I went to a candidate’s forum focused on environmental questions. The Green Party, Liberal, Conservative and First People’s National Party were there. The Conservative candidate didn’t bother showing up, but that’s another rant for another time. Right now what I want to write about is one of the questions that was asked. The question was regarding the topic of good green jobs and promoting a green economy, and the question was, have the candidates ever considered the arts as a source of green jobs? It was an interesting question, I thought, and the mainstream candidates were Continue reading