Seventeen Tragic Biographies in The Monk’s Tale

"The Monk's Tale" is another experimentation in form -this time the formal subject is biography. In a certain light, the tale is a parody of Bocaccio's Concerning the Falls of Illustrious Men, or even Plutarch's Lives. After the conclusion of the previous tale (i.e. the pilgrim named Chaucer's second tale) the Host exclaims that he … Continue reading Seventeen Tragic Biographies in The Monk’s Tale

Fantasia

Fantasia (1940) Director: Various "What you're going to see are the designs and pictures and stories that music inspired in the minds and imaginations of a group of artists. In other words, these are not going to be the interpretations of trained musicians which I think is all to the good." ★★★★★ Remarkably, Fantasia is … Continue reading Fantasia

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Director: Gore Verbinski "This Is The Day You Will Always Remember As The Day You Almost Caught Captain Jack Sparrow" ★★★☆☆ The first installment of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean is a fun adventure, albeit excessively reliant on computer-generated-imagery. It is a welcome return … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl