Review of “Anne with an E” 2 Episode 1: Welcome Back to Alternative Avonlea

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Last we left them, our Cuthberts were grappling with a Green Gables in trouble--up to the hilt in debt and Matthew too sick to work. Gilbert went off to sea, but not before a tender goodbye from Anne. Jerry, the Cuthbert's French farm boy, was beaten in an alley in Charlottetown by a couple of … [Read more...]

Who played Little Women’s Teddy and Professor Bhaer Best?

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Part 2: A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog comparing the performances of the actresses in the two most recent Little Women screen adaptations. Much to my delight, the comments were evenly divided, even though my review definitely skewed toward the new, 3 hour PBS treatment. And I find it hilarious how … [Read more...]

Who played Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy best? Comparing the old and new “Little Women” Movies

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Part 1: Who played Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy best? As a former entertainment writer, I relish reviewing movies and TV shows almost as much as I adore evaluating books. And when a favorite book comes to the screen, I am irresistibly drawn to reviewing it. Even better? When a dearly loved story comes to … [Read more...]

Top 11 Most Dreamy, Buttercreamy Moments from the Royal Wedding

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SUBLIME. Well, that whole thing went just swimmingly, did it not? From Meghan Markle's radiance to Prince Harry's inexpressibly sweet words to his bride at the altar, the Royal Wedding was everything magical and good and beautiful, with Swiss meringue buttercream icing on top.  My Top 11 … [Read more...]

12 Little Musings on the new “Little Women”

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Last night, at 7:55 p.m., my 13-year-old daughter burst into the house from spending most of the day at her grandma's for Mother's Day (I was still recovering from some unholy stomach bug). She was all enthused about some show that had just dropped on Netflix, that we should watch … [Read more...]