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Cult TV, Gen Y rants, and endless opera.

The Greatest Operas, Part I

Posted by therebelprince on January 8, 2015

This post is simulcast from my blog “The Annals of Opera”.

I realise this is a TV blog, but 2014 has been a year often devoted to one of my other great passions.

Okay, here we are. Week 1 of 10. Over the next 10 weeks, I’m gonna have a go at listing out all of my favourite opera composers from the 1640s to the 2010s and the works of theirs I hold in high regard (with clips to illustrate!). Sometimes, they aren’t necessarily works of genius, but works that I like (yes, that is possible). And, occasionally, I can’t articulate my feelings, but I’ll try to focus my interest as much as possible. So… let’s have some fun, shall we?

Despite its reputation as an elitist artform, opera is really – or should be – the climax of all the arts: music, song, theatre, design, dance. Great opera can touch us, can be hilariously funny, or can challenge, just like great theatre. From everything I’ve seen over the last few years, the opera world is thriving in all its sparkling variety. At the same time, it is an acquired taste, and – since it is one of my great passions in life – I would like to do my utmost to help others acquire it.

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My favourite TV of 2014

Posted by therebelprince on December 31, 2014

New GirlDisclaimer: Yes, I hate “year-end” lists as much as the next guy but, guess what? I’m doing it anyway.

Second disclaimer: I realise the above wasn’t really a ‘disclaimer’ in the technical sense, but so what?

Well, here we are. It’s actually been a busy year, and I’ve not been on top of the hip new shows as much as I usually am, but nevertheless, I thought I’d briefly shout out to the 10 shows  I enjoyed the most in 2014, and also to a few that tried their darndest.

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Hitchcock Review: “Family Plot” (1976)

Posted by therebelprince on January 10, 2014

Barbara Harris in "Family Plot"

Barbara Harris in “Family Plot”

Well, dear readers, it’s been a two-year journey to watch (or rewatch) all of the films of the Master of Suspense. For the most part, my project has been quite minimal, really just a capsule idea of each film, but I hope they’ve conveyed a sense of just why we film buffs still love Hitch 90 years after his first film was released. Today, I’m capping off the project with a (much delayed) investigation into his comedic final work. Stick around.

“I told you about danger, didn’t I? First it makes you sick. Then, when you get through it, it makes you very, very loving.”

— Arthur Adamson, Family Plot

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The Woody Allen reviews: 2008 – 13

Posted by therebelprince on December 13, 2013

Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

Penelope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

The sixth and final set of my Woody Allen capsule reviews are below. As in the previous posts, all ratings are subjective, and I thoroughly recommend Every Woody Allen Movie for a more detailed analysis of them all.

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The Woody Allen reviews: 2000 – 2007

Posted by therebelprince on December 6, 2013

The Curse of the Jade ScorpionThe fifth set of my Woody Allen capsule reviews are below. As in the previous posts, all ratings are subjective, and I thoroughly recommend Every Woody Allen Movie for a more detailed analysis of them all.

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The Woody Allen reviews: 1994 – 2000

Posted by therebelprince on November 29, 2013

Kenneth Branagh, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gretchen Mol, Adrian Grenier: "Celebrity"

Kenneth Branagh, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gretchen Mol, Adrian Grenier: “Celebrity”

The fourth set of my Woody Allen capsule reviews are below. As in the previous posts, all ratings are subjective, and I thoroughly recommend Every Woody Allen Movie for a more detailed analysis of them all.

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The Woody Allen reviews: 1987 – 1993

Posted by therebelprince on November 22, 2013

SeptemberThe third set of my Woody Allen capsule reviews are below. As in the previous posts, all ratings are subjective, and I thoroughly recommend Every Woody Allen Movie for a more detailed analysis of them all.

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The Woody Allen reviews: 1977 – 1986

Posted by therebelprince on November 15, 2013

Diane Keaton is Annie Hall

Diane Keaton is Annie Hall

The second set of my Woody Allen capsule reviews are below. As in the previous post, all ratings are subjective, and I thoroughly recommend Every Woody Allen Movie for a more detailed analysis of them all.

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The Woody Allen reviews: 1965 – 1976

Posted by therebelprince on November 8, 2013

Woody in "What's New, Pussycat?"

Woody in “What’s New, Pussycat?”

I’ve spent many hours of 2013 watching Woody Allen’s entire output (although not chronologically). Many I had seen before, indeed some have been my favourite movies for years. Others I was only vaguely familiar with (although a few I thought I’d seen turned out to be complete surprises to me!). Over the next few weeks, I’ll be churning out capsule reviews of all of the films, including some where he appears only as an actor and not as the ideas-man. I hope you enjoy.

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Review – Marple: “Greenshaw’s Folly”

Posted by therebelprince on July 7, 2013

The Agatha Christie Reader

Welcome back, as we continue with the second of this year’s Marple mysteries: Greenshaw’s Folly.

“Everyone here’s a bit weird, aren’t they?”
— Archie Oxley

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