Daily Archives: September 10, 2014

9/11/2001

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Thirteen years ago today, September 10th, 2001, we were innocent. Thirteen years ago tomorrow, September 11th, 2001, we were no longer innocent.

The destruction of The World Trade Center and murder of nearly 3000 innocent people was a punch to the gut that came completely out of left field. As New Yorkers,  Americans and human beings, it brought us down to our literal knees.

The world we knew had changed and not for the better. We were drowning in our grief. The destruction of the Twin Towers, the partial destruction of the Pentagon and the martyrs who died in that field in Pennsylvania, was all around us. The images of that day have since then been burned in our collective consciousness.

Thirteen years does not completely erase the pain, especially for those who lost loved ones.  But time does help to heal some wounds.  It helps us to remember the good times.

I visited the 9/11 memorial last summer.  Even this jaded, seen it all New Yorker had to reach for the kleenex.   It is a heart breaking, beautiful memorial and should be a must see for locals and tourists alike.

9/11/2001, the day that forever changed the world around us.

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Dear Mrs. Rice

Dear Mrs. Rice

I’m sorry to hear that your personal life is now front page news and your husband’s career may now be over.

However, I believe that this becoming front page news is a good thing.

You are not the last woman, nor are you the very first woman to be abused by a spouse or romantic partner.

You should read Anne Bronte’s novel, The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall. It’s about a woman in Victorian era England who makes the difficult choice to leave her abusive husband and start a new life with her son under a new identity.

Unlike Victorian England, women who are experiencing abuse from their partners have rights. There are laws to protect you. You can walk away from this man and move on with your life. Helen Huntington did not have that option.

I can’t tell you what to  do. Only you can make that choice.  I can only say that there are millions of women in this country who are in your shoes and who may look to you for answers.

Sincerely

Another woman

 

 

 

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Wuthering Heights 1992 Vs Wuthering Heights 2009

There are certain books that Hollywood will go to when looking for what might seem to be an easy project to produce. One of these books is Wuthering Heights.

There have been a number of adaptions of the book, for both the big and small screen over the years. Today I’m going to talk about two of them, which I think are the best adaptations.

Wuthering Heights 1992

Cast: Cathy/Catherine (Juliette Binoche), Heathcliff (Ralph Fiennes) and Ellen (Janet McTeer)

  • Pro’s: This is a beautiful adaptation. Filmed on location in Yorkshire, this movie has the perfect cast. The plot of the book remains unaltered. I love the fact that instead hiring another actress to play Cathy, Juliette Binoche, plays both mother and daughter.  Ralph Fiennes has this rabid, animal like sexuality that comes through the screen.
  • Cons: None

Wuthering Heights 2009

Cast: Cathy (Charlotte Riley), Heathcliff (Tom Hardy) and Ellen (Sarah Lacashire)

  • Pro’s: Again, the producers choose to film on location in Yorkshire. Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley have this enigmatic, powerful chemistry as the doomed lovers. (Does it also help that, according to IMDB, they are together off screen as well as on screen?) All in all, this is just a well done adaptation.
  • Cons: The screenwriters did some re-arranging of some parts of the novel.  But other than that, I cannot think of any cons.

And the winner is….I’ll put it this way. I prefer the 1992 movie, but someone else may prefer the 2009 mini series.

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