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  • BEHIND THE SONG BEHIND THE SONG: “THE BEST OF TIMES” BY STYX

    04/19/2021 9:00:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    American Songwriter ^ | 4/19/2021 | Jim Beviglia
    “‘The best of times, the worst of times,’ that’s me stealing from Dickens,” Dennis DeYoung explains about the dichotomy at play with “The Best of Times,” the ever-resonant 1981 hit he wrote for Styx. “And, really, aren’t all times that way?” In 1981, Styx, a blue-collar Chicago band that steadily rose to elite rock status by mixing progressive-style album cuts with savvy pop sense, were looking to switch things up. “There will always be fans that will be miffed that you make any changes,” DeYoung tells American Songwriter. “A lot of fans lock into one thing. They like it, and...
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review – Dombey and Son (2007)

    03/17/2021 5:50:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 17, 2021 | Me
    I finished Dickens’ “Dombey and Son” as part of a group read on the Goodreads site. I found the novel a classic. I blew ahead of the schedule of the group read as I could not put the novel down. As I am wont to do, I enjoy seeing adaptations of the 19th century novels I read. I found this French adaptation from 2007 free for Amazon Prime members. Of course, the dialogue is in French so I followed via the subtitles. The adaptation is broken up into two parts with a little over a 3 hour run time. As...
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review - BBC Dickensian 2015

    01/08/2021 5:08:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 8, 2021 | Me
    I checked out this BBC mini-series free for Amazon Prime members. It is a mish-mash of characters from various Dickens novels, especially "A Christmas Carol", "Great Expectations", "Bleak House", and "Oliver Twist", thrown in together with a murder mystery as the pivot point. Besides the murder of Jacob Marley, the other main storyline is why Miss Havisham became the old woman before her time reckloose decaying at Satis House. I really enjoyed Stephen Rea as Inspector Bucket, the first detective portrayed in a fictional work. He has this bloodhound quality about him. For me, I could not stop ogling at...
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review - Great Expectations Movie 2012

    01/04/2021 2:34:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 4, 2020 | Me
    This movie is my fourth adaptation I have watched of perhaps Dickens' greatest novel. The other are: the 1946 David Lean movie, a 1989 mini-series produced for Disney Channel, and a BBC mini-series from 1999. The movie versions in order to keep the run time at or below 2 hours takes a butcher's cleaver to the novel. This has involved the elimination of subplots and minimizing secondary characters, for example, Orlick being written out. I fell in love with this adaptation. There is almost a dream like quality about this movie perhaps due to the cinematography and soundtrack. The two...
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review - BBC Little Dorrit Mini-Series 2008

    01/03/2021 5:18:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 3, 2020 | Me
    I have watched this wonderful adaptation of the Dickens novel free for Amazon Prime members many times. You know this is going to be an experience from the opening sequence; one of the most well done I have ever seen. This was going to top notch as the screenplay was written by the King of the Period Drama Andrew Davies. As I mentioned before in regards to Dickens, you go on an emotional roller coaster. The Amazon version is seven episodes with a total run length of around 6 hours. The extended length allows the wide plethora of secondary characters...
  • Vanity: Brief Movie Review: The Man Who Invented Christmas

    12/25/2020 5:18:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Amazon Prime ^ | December 25, 2020 | Me
    The family and I watched this movie on Christmas Eve night based on a book "The Man Who Invented Christmas" released in 2017 via Amazon Prime. It is the story of how Charles Dickens saved his career as a novelist by writing "A Christmas Carol". As with a Dickens novel, one experiences the whole range of emotions from joy to sadness. The movie goes into detail about the personal demons Dickens was suffering from when his father went into debtors prison and Dickens was forced to work in a boot blackening factory at the age of 12. How this experienced...
  • Vanity: Anyone Interested in a Freeper Book Club for "Great Expectations" via the Weekly Harper's Weekly Posting from Freeper Mr. Homer Simpson?

    11/25/2020 9:17:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Free Republic ^ | November 25, 2020 | Me
    I thought I would give this a shot. As perhaps some Freepers with historical interest notice a certain Mr. Homer Simpson posts scanned copies of Harper's Weekly magazine form 150 years ago as the United States was headed to Civil War. Staring this week Harper's Weekly will be publishing as a serial Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations". Some would argue "Great Expectations" is Mr. Dickens' greatest work and it is my Dickens; novel. I have seen various movie and TV adaptations. Some of my favorites are the David Lean 1946 version with a young Jean Simmons as young Estella, the gritty...
  • Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (for your watching pleasure)

    12/24/2019 12:46:40 PM PST · by Ge0ffrey · 29 replies
    Remember when you could watch TV like this during the Christmas season? Here it is in its entirety. God bless us, everyone.
  • Terrific Victorian-Gothic Mystery & Historical Film-Noir - The Woman in White

    01/18/2019 7:50:44 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 24 replies
    Project Gutenberg ^ | 1859 | Wilkie Collins
    Charles Dickens commissioned the author of The Woman in White to write the book for his literary magazine, this proto-mystery, before Miss Marple, Father Brown or Inspector Hercule Poirot.Do yourself a favor, the book is a cliff-hanger (I'm losing sleep over it), read the book before seeing the movie.Send to Kindle http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/583The Woman in White (1948) 1:48:57 Alexis Smith, Eleanor Parker, Sydney Greenstreet, Agnes Moorehead, Gig Young https://ok.ru/video/310903900814
  • The Unsolved Mystery of Mr. (Charles) Dickens

    06/28/2016 3:39:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 27, 2016 | SEAN FITZPATRICK
    June 9, 1870. Charles Dickens sat writing at his desk. He had been laboring more than was his custom on his latest book. Though the story was progressing well, Mr. Dickens was not feeling well. His left hand clawed at the air. His left foot dragged on the ground. And though he had recently retired from public performances with a final reading from Pickwick, his pen scarcely ceased its scratching. A profound and perplexing mystery was unfolding beneath that pen and Mr. Dickens’ knew it well. If only his readers might know it as well.It had been five years...
  • How the Beeb (BBC) has turned Dickens into the one soap you MUST watch: Your indispensable [tr]

    12/26/2015 5:05:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 25, 2015 | Laura Freeman
    Before Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and even Sherlock Holmes, there was Charles Dickens' Inspector Bucket. He may be less well-known and not possess the deductive brilliance of his successors, but in his plodding, dogged, methodical, clean-shirted way Mr Bucket is one of the all-time great detectives. In Bleak House, while others soak themselves in gin and criminality, the Inspector has his breakfast of tea, toast and marmalade before a day's work quietly, politely dredging up the truth from London's darkest depths. Inspector Bucket is a central character in the BBC's ambitious new 20-episode series Dickensian, which starts tonight. It's something...
  • If Scrooge Were Alive Today, He'd Probably Be A Liberal

    12/23/2015 3:42:02 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/21/2015 | John Merline
    Yet, somehow, it's always conservatives who get tagged as Scrooges. (Just do a Google search of "Scrooge Republican" to see.)
  • Georgia Woman Arrested For Threatening To shoot White Cops "In The Head"

    04/30/2015 10:09:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 30,2015 | Awr Hawkins
    Georgia Police and federal agents have arrested Ebony Monique Dickens over a Facebook post in which she allegedly proclaimed her plans to shoot “every white cop” she can find.
  • Little Jimmy Dickens, Oldest Opry Member, Dies at 94

    01/02/2015 5:13:30 PM PST · by John W · 48 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | January 2, 2015 | AP
    Little Jimmy Dickens, a diminutive singer-songwriter known for his sense of humor and as the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 94. Dickens died Friday at a Nashville-area hospital of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day, Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said. Dickens, who stood 4-foot-11, had performed on the Opry almost continuously since 1948. His last performance was Dec. 20 as part of his birthday celebration. He sang "Out Behind The Barn" and delivered his trademark comedy. He had turned 94 a day earlier. "The Grand Ole Opry did not have...
  • The FRiday Night Movie - A Christmas Carol (1984)

    12/19/2014 10:27:01 PM PST · by DemforBush · 11 replies
    youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    Tis this season! George C. Scott stars in this superb version of Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption and second chances. In English with Greek subtitles.
  • What Was Charles Dickens Really Doing When He Wrote 'A Christmas Carol'?

    12/19/2013 7:00:34 PM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there.” “Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.” “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”
  • A Christmas Carol (1984) with George C. Scott

    12/11/2013 11:13:15 AM PST · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    I favorite portrayal of old Scrooge! Full Movie and FREE!
  • Busted Again: Charlie Rangel Fails to Report $200k in Political Donations

    09/15/2013 3:06:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Gateway ^ | September 15, 2013 | Rachel Pulaski
    Tax cheat and crook Charlie Rangel is back in the news again for not disclosing funds. In 2010, Rangel lost his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee because of an investigation into 2 corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean. Later that year, the House of Representatives formally censured him after he was found guilty of 11 ethics violations. Violations included failure to disclose over $600,000 in assets on a financial disclosure report as well as short changing the IRS for 17 years on rental income from his villa in the Dominican Republic. He also raided his PAC for $393,000 to...
  • How Charles Dickens Put Holly Branch Through The Heart Of The Worst Economics Ever

    12/25/2012 1:21:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Jerry Bowyer
    Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there.” “Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.” “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”That phrase–surplus population–is what first tipped me off to Dickens’ philosophical agenda. He’s taking aim at the father of the zero-growth philosophy, Thomas Malthus. Malthus’ ideas...
  • Tortured and haggard: Helena Bonham Carter is a convincing Miss Havisham

    08/15/2012 6:01:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 15, 2012 | Sarah Fitzmaurice and Lara Gould
    At 46 she's considerably younger than her character, the decrepit Miss Havisham. But Helena Bonham Carter can be seen looking haggard and tortured as the heiress locked in the past in the new trailer for the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens’s novel Great Expectations. The English actress is seen sporting huge bags under her eyes, a grey pallor and a wretched look on her face.