Deprivation and Excess in The Tale of Sir Thopas and The Tale of Melibee

Chaucer, the pilgrim, is the only member of the group who is allowed to present a second tale on the way to Canterbury. He delivers his second tale following the failure of his minstrel song, "The Tale of Sir Thopas." The second tale is told in prose form. It is about a rich man named … Continue reading Deprivation and Excess in The Tale of Sir Thopas and The Tale of Melibee

On Chaucerian Irony in the Tale of Sir Thopas

Chaucer describes the whole group as "sobre" after the previous tale of martyrdom told by the Prioress. Then the Host starts joking and for the first time he looks down at the narrator -the fictional character of Chaucer, who is an unusually quiet and observant person. He is an intellectual: maladroit, moody, somber, soft, and … Continue reading On Chaucerian Irony in the Tale of Sir Thopas

Moonraker

Moonraker (1979) Director: Lewis Gilbert Moonraker is the eleventh Eon James Bond film, the fourth to star Roger Moore, and the third Bond film directed by Lewis Gilbert: You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979). Moonraker is the third Ian Fleming James Bond novel, first published in 1954. The … Continue reading Moonraker

The Good Earth

The Good Earth (1937) Director: Sidney Franklin, Victor Fleming (uncredited), Gustav Machety (uncredited) This is the film version of a play based on the Pulitzer Prize winning 1931 novel of the same name by Pearl S. Buck (she later also won the Nobel Prize). As part of my project to read all of the Pulitzer … Continue reading The Good Earth

Casino Royale

Casino Royale (2006) Director: Martin Campbell Casino Royale is the brilliant re-introduction of James Bond in the 21st Century. It is the twenty-first Eon Bond film. It is the first 007 film to feature Daniel Craig as the lead -a controversial decision upon the first announcement as fans questioned whether Craig fit Ian Fleming's description … Continue reading Casino Royale