Curiosity Killed the Cate

Not yet, of course, but I’m sure someday it will…

a new masterpiece January 30, 2007

Filed under: Movies — catherineeliza @ 5:39 pm

I almost wrote about this last week, but I felt I had to see the second part before I could really say anything. The new BBC Masterpiece Theatre Jane Eyre, I watched it the last two Sunday evenings, and I saw that it was good. Not perfect, of course, and watching made it clear I need to read Jane Eyre again soon, as I wasn’t certain of my memory of it. But overall, I find this a Jane Eyre I can love. Mostly thanks to Ruth Wilson as she was the first Jane since Zelah Clarkethat has had, in my opinion, the right balance of reserve and spunk. Now let’s see, Mr. Rochester – the other piece of the puzzle imperative for satisfaction: Toby Stephens seemed too young and a bit too small to me, and I would have welcomed just a touch more brooding, a few more blazing stares, but overall, I have to say, I liked him. His hair was atrocious; it was delightful! True, he was Timothy Dalton, but let us not forget, Timothy had his own flaws – far too good looking to play Rochester. Here’s what the new mini-series has to offer that the old is so sadly lacking (by the way, I only acknowledge these two Jane Eyres – please never mention any other film version to me; they aren’t worthy of the same title as these two), setting and cinematography. The old mini-series was shot on video. It’s so sad; such a a crime to the performances the actors give.

I will love it always, but to have the pleasure to watch Jane and Mr. Rochester strolling through the gardens, gazing from windows of the delightfully sinister Thornfield Hall, I just love it. Mind you, this modern fast cutting camera work Masterpiece Theatre has adopted must stop, it’s been bothering me for a while now. But to look at the two mini-series side by side is painful.
So there’s my take. The first mini-series can never be replaced, but I wouldn’t feel guilty owning this version in addition; I thought it quite good.


Friday fussings January 26, 2007

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 4:32 pm
  • When it’s cold outside (and oh, baby! is it cold outside today), drivers need to be more accommodating to pedestrians.  In general, I have sympathy for drivers in NYC where the pedestrian is king, and they have to deal with constant jay walking, but seriously – when I’m freezing my tush off, and you’re sitting in a heated car, don’t you think you could not cut me off as I’m trying to cross the street on my light?
  • I was forced to spend more money at Barnes & Noble over my lunch hour when I saw that they had Mary Engelbreit Valentine’s Day cards.  I, of course, have already ordered my valentines from, but I’ve never seen ME cards at this B&N before, and I had to give them positive reinforcement!
  • How come no one taught the patrons of LPA that you let people off of elevators before you get on?

January 25, 2007

Filed under: Manhattan Life,video clips — catherineeliza @ 5:43 pm

Brenda Dickson

Something everyone should watch, to help make the world a better place.


Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck

Filed under: Theatre — catherineeliza @ 4:48 pm

I saw the second part of Coast of Utopia the other night. I liked it even better than the first part. Partly, I’m sure, because I was more familiar with some of the characters and had a better grasp of what was going on, and partly because Ethan Hawke was hardly in it. Oh, I’m just kidding Ethan; besides the fact that you clearly don’t know how to yell on stage and retain your voice, you were fine. I’m enjoying the play and look forward to seeing the third part, but I do have a gripe or two, of course I do.
1) Lincoln Center Theater is spending far too much on these plays. Like almost all Stoppard plays, this is a play of ideas and talking. There’s no need of million dollar horse statues that fall apart for the French Revolution. We all know how destructive it was, we don’t need stupid huge set pieces that are used for ten minutes of the 2 1/2 hour play.

2) Not enough Billy Crudup.

3) Of the audience sitting around me, it seemed no one was very interested in seeing the plays at all; just interested in being able to say they’d seen them. Before the play and at intermission, I heard no discussion of the play at all, only conversations about how many times they’d fallen to sleep, where they were going afterwards, what the score of “the game” currently was, etc. All of these people should have been thrown out and students who can’t afford to see these plays but would actually like to should have replaced them.
See, my thinking was right in line with play and it’s ideas – viva la revolution!


it’s that time of year… January 23, 2007

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 12:14 pm

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature

The Higher Power of Lucky written by Susan Patron, illustrated by Matt Phelan.


Newbery Honor Books

Penny from Heaven written by Jennifer L. Holm

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Rules by Cynthia Lord


Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children

Flotsam illustrated by David Wiesner


Caldecott Honor Books

 Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet written and illustrated by David McLimans

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Carole Boston Weatherford


* I’ve not read any of these yet, though I have heard of them.  I had pegged, quite arbitrarily, A Drowned Maiden’s Hair: A Melodrama to win and have it on hold already at NYPL.  Shows what I know.


quiz time January 22, 2007

Filed under: Books,Quizzes — catherineeliza @ 5:45 pm
What Kind of Reader Are You?

Your Result: Dedicated Reader


You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm


Literate Good Citizen


Book Snob


Fad Reader




What Kind of Reader Are You?
Create Your Own Quiz

a must see

Filed under: Movies — catherineeliza @ 12:40 pm

In case you didn’t know already, Pan’s Labyrinth is a must-see movie. It’s amazingly beautiful, creative, fresh, and heart-felt. The only reservation I hold, is that those of you with weak stomachs, may need to cover your eyes once or twice as it is a gritty and horrifyingly realistic portrayal of the savageries of war when it’s not delightfully fantastical. The performances are top-notch, and it’s been a while since I’ve been so entirely engrossed in a film.

If you’re willing to brave an exciting, scary, sad, touching, magnificent adventure, do try to see this on the big screen – I can almost guarantee you’ll be glad you did.