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Foibles Episode 21 Pt. III: Jane Eyre- Screen Rochesters Rated

Foibles Episode 21 Pt. III: Jane Eyre- Screen Rochesters Rated

January 3, 2021

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

Stay tuned for the discussion on how much we hate St. John Rivers, the significance of Rochester's mad wife Bertha, Jane Eyre erotica, and more!

 

Books:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), 1847.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, 2001. (Alternate universe in which the criminal enters great novels and
changes the plot. The protagonist, Thursday Next, is a detective in the literary police.)

The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Adaptations:
Jane Eyre (1934) - starring Virginia Bruce and Colin Clive.
I Walked with a Zombie (1943, very loose adaptation) starring Frances Dee and Tom Conway.
Jane Eyre (1944) - starring Joan Fontaine and Orson Wells.
Jane Eyre (1970) - starring Susannah York and George C Scott.
Jane Eyre (1983 - 5 1/2-hour BBC series) - starring Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton.
Jane Eyre (1996) - starring Charlotte Gainsbourgh and William Hurt.
Jane Eyre (1997) - starring Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds.
Jane Eyre (2006 - 4-hour BBC series) - starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens.
Jane Eyre (2011) - starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbinder.

Foibles PSA Regarding COVID-19

Foibles PSA Regarding COVID-19

December 5, 2020

We made a newsflash about COVID to tell you we will not be talking much about COVID, but we hope each and every one of you are as well as possible! 

Take care everyone <3

Foibles Episode 21 Pt. II: Jane Eyre- Jane’s Men

Foibles Episode 21 Pt. II: Jane Eyre- Jane’s Men

November 28, 2020

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

Stay tuned for the discussion on how much we hate St. John Rivers, the significance of Rochester's mad wife Bertha, Jane Eyre erotica, and more!

 

Books:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), 1847.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, 2001. (Alternate universe in which the criminal enters great novels and
changes the plot. The protagonist, Thursday Next, is a detective in the literary police.)

Adaptations:
Jane Eyre (1934) - starring Virginia Bruce and Colin Clive.
I Walked with a Zombie (1943, very loose adaptation) starring Frances Dee and Tom Conway.
Jane Eyre (1944) - starring Joan Fontaine and Orson Wells.
Jane Eyre (1970) - starring Susannah York and George C Scott.
Jane Eyre (1983 - 5 1/2-hour BBC series) - starring Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton.
Jane Eyre (1996) - starring Charlotte Gainsbourgh and William Hurt.
Jane Eyre (1997) - starring Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds.
Jane Eyre (2006 - 4-hour BBC series) - starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens.
Jane Eyre (2011) - starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbinder.

Foibles Episode 21 Pt I: Jane Eyre  “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me”

Foibles Episode 21 Pt I: Jane Eyre “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me”

October 24, 2020

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

Stay tuned for the discussion on how much we hate St. John Rivers, the significance of Rochester's mad wife Bertha, Jane Eyre erotica, and more!

Books:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), 1847.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, 2001. (Alternate universe in which the criminal enters great novels and
changes the plot. The protagonist, Thursday Next, is a detective in the literary police.)

Adaptations:
Jane Eyre (1934) - starring Virginia Bruce and Colin Clive.
I Walked with a Zombie (1943, very loose adaptation) starring Frances Dee and Tom Conway.
Jane Eyre (1944) - starring Joan Fontaine and Orson Wells.
Jane Eyre (1970) - starring Susannah York and George C Scott.
Jane Eyre (1983 - 5 1/2-hour BBC series) - starring Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton.
Jane Eyre (1996) - starring Charlotte Gainsbourgh and William Hurt.
Jane Eyre (1997) - starring Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds.
Jane Eyre (2006 - 4-hour BBC series) - starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens.
Jane Eyre (2011) - starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbinder.

Foibles Episode 20: A Star Is Born pt. II

Foibles Episode 20: A Star Is Born pt. II

September 26, 2020

Xoe and Rita do a deep dive into the many iterations of the classic story of A Star is Born and the themes of true love, addiction, artistry, and feminism each explores in its own way. Stay tuned for part II to learn who is the handsomest Mr. Maine.

What Price Hollywood? (1932)- dir. George Cuckor and starring Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman, Neil Hamilton.
A Star is Born (1937)- starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March
A Star is Born (1954)-starring Judy Garland and James Mason
A Star is Born (1976)- starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson
A Star is Born (2018)- starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

 

In order of rank, best to worst:

1954

1937

1976 & 2018 (tied)

 

Foibles Episode 20: A Star Is Born pt. I

Foibles Episode 20: A Star Is Born pt. I

September 5, 2020

A Star is Born(s) - 4 films and a prototype

 

Xoe and Rita do a deep dive into the many iterations of the classic story of A Star is Born and the themes of true love, addiction, artistry, and feminism each explores in its own way. Stay tuned for part II to learn who is the handsomest Mr. Maine.

What Price Hollywood? (1932)- dir. George Cuckor and starring Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman, Neil Hamilton.
A Star is Born (1937)- starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March
A Star is Born (1954)-starring Judy Garland and James Mason
A Star is Born (1976)- starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson
A Star is Born (2018)- starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

Foibles Episode 20: Babe! Weee Waaant Baaaaabe!

Foibles Episode 20: Babe! Weee Waaant Baaaaabe!

August 8, 2020

We discuss the iterations of Babe, pig extraordinaire, and the deep themes that can be found in the excellent film adaptation of the book, Babe (1995).

 

We also discuss:

Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith (book)

Babe: Pig in the city (1998)

Wallace and Gromit in The Wrong Trousers (1993)

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White (book)

 

Theme music is "Future Mind" by David Plell of Powerbleeder

https://powerbleeder.bandcamp.com/album/l-i-m-b-o

Foibles Episode 19: Our Favorite Graphic Novels

Foibles Episode 19: Our Favorite Graphic Novels

July 11, 2020

Graphic Novels

 

Definition according to Merriam-Webster.com: a story that is presented in comic-strip format and

published as a book.

The Pantheon of Graphic Novels:

Maus by Art Spiegelman, serialized from 1980 to 1991. A memoir of the child of Holocaust survivors that artfully combines historical events and Spiegelman's relationship with his difficult father.

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (eponym of the Bechdel Test), 2006. Another memoir about a difficult paternal relationship. A wry exploration of sexual identity, depression, etc. and very engaging.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, 2000. It depicts youth in Iran and Paris during and after the Islamic Revolution.

 

Xoe’s List:

 

Capacity- Theo Ellsworth

Solanin- Inio Asano

Beautiful Darkness- Fabien Velhman

Uzumaki- Junji Ito

Tekkonkinkreet- Taiyou Matsumoto

A Child’s Life- Phoebe Gloeckner

 

Rita's List:

 

Transmetropolitan series by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson (1997-2002) - raw and rauchy. An R-rated political screed. Great graphics. Read the issues in order.

Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel: A Graphic Novel by Anya Ulinich, 2014. Life in New York City for a woman after her 15-year marriage breaks up. Full of weird dates, poignant characters, and wry humor.

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua, 2015. A David Foster Wallace-esque story about Lord Byron's daughter, a mathematical genius, and her collaborator and rival.

The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln by Scott McCloud, 1998. A Lincoln doppelganger attempts to wreak havoc.

Locke & Key by Joe Hill, art by Gabriel Rodriguez, 2008. Stephen King's son and horror novelist creates a stylish nightmare in a gothic mansion.

The Private Eye by Brian K Vaughan, 2015. Futuristic detective story full of the wit and violence you expect in a good noir.

Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales

 

Other Titles Mentioned:

 

Garfield- Jim Davis

TinTin- Hergé

Asterix- Alberto Uderzo

Shonen Jump- A monthly Japanese comics anthology that is also released in the U.S.

Dear Creature- Jonathan Case

Sandman- Neil Gaiman

Saga and Y The Last Man- Brian K Vaughn

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art- Scott McCloud

 

Chicken With Plums (film)- dir. By Marjane Satrapi

Sailor Moon (TV Series)

Pokemon (TV series)

The Difference Engine (novel)- William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

Foibles Episode 18 Pt II: Jean Harlow “Baby is Gone”

Foibles Episode 18 Pt II: Jean Harlow “Baby is Gone”

June 13, 2020

Jean Harlow
Born Harlean Carpenter McGrew Bern Rossen (1911-1937)

Bibliography: Platinum Girl: The Life and Legacy of Jean Harlow by Eve Golden, 1991.
Recommended Harlow films:
The Public Enemy (1931)
Red-Headed Woman (1932) - Her breakout role and her 1st of 4 films with her BFF Clark Gable.
Red Dust (1932) - Also with Gable. Fine vehicle for Harlow, if you can handle the colonialistic lens of the
film.
Dinner at Eight (1933) - star-studded cast including John and Lionel Barrymore. Harlow steals the show.
Libeled Lady (1936) - She acted with her real-life fiance William Powell (famously of the The Thin Man
series), though in the movie she conceded him to Myrna Loy.

False rumors about Harlow:
1) Jean's 2nd husband committed suicide because he was impotent/Jean's husband was murdered:
Neither Jean or the studio had anything to do with the death of her 2nd husband, Paul Bern. And there is
no evidence that her husband was impotent. On the other hand, Bern had just been visited by his 1st
wife, whom he had never divorced and about whom he had not told Jean.
2) Jean died because her mother refused to allow her to have medical treatment due to Christian
Science beliefs: Neither Jean nor her mother were Christian Scientist. Medical help was sought as soon
as it was evident that Harlow needed treatment. Her mother did not prevent Jean from receiving care, in
fact, she urged Jean to see a doctor. Jean died of kidney failure before dialysis existed.

Foibles Episode 18 Part I: Jean “Baby” Harlow Hollywood’s Original Platinum Blonde

Foibles Episode 18 Part I: Jean “Baby” Harlow Hollywood’s Original Platinum Blonde

May 16, 2020

Jean Harlow
Born Harlean Carpenter McGrew Bern Rossen (1911-1937)

Bibliography: Platinum Girl: The Life and Legacy of Jean Harlow by Eve Golden, 1991.
Recommended Harlow films:
The Public Enemy (1931)
Red-Headed Woman (1932) - Her breakout role and her 1st of 4 films with her BFF Clark Gable.
Red Dust (1932) - Also with Gable. Fine vehicle for Harlow, if you can handle the colonialistic lens of the
film.
Dinner at Eight (1933) - star-studded cast including John and Lionel Barrymore. Harlow steals the show.
Libeled Lady (1936) - She acted with her real-life fiance William Powell (famously of the The Thin Man
series), though in the movie she conceded him to Myrna Loy.

False rumors about Harlow:
1) Jean's 2nd husband committed suicide because he was impotent/Jean's husband was murdered:
Neither Jean or the studio had anything to do with the death of her 2nd husband, Paul Bern. And there is
no evidence that her husband was impotent. On the other hand, Bern had just been visited by his 1st
wife, whom he had never divorced and about whom he had not told Jean.
2) Jean died because her mother refused to allow her to have medical treatment due to Christian
Science beliefs: Neither Jean nor her mother were Christian Scientist. Medical help was sought as soon
as it was evident that Harlow needed treatment. Her mother did not prevent Jean from receiving care, in
fact, she urged Jean to see a doctor. Jean died of kidney failure before dialysis existed.

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