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Pride & Prejudice

The only thing you really need to know is that the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice, based on the Jane Austen novel, is one of the finest films ever made, despite originally being made as a miniseries for TV. Isn’t it amazing the difference that casting can make? The 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice is quite good – just not nearly as good as the original A&E version, despite the fact that the more recent one has some good stars, including superstars Keira Knightley, Judi Dench, and Donald Sutherland. And Knightley is a fine Elizabeth Bennet – just not with quite the edge that Jennifer Ehle plays in the AE version. Matthew Macfadyen is not bad as Mr. Darcy – but he does not define the role in the same convincing way that Colin Firth – far less famous in 1995. With the exception of Dench, every character in the 2005 version is fine, and you would think you had seen a fine movie – until you see the 1995 version. One thing is common to both versions is that they stay fairly constant to Austen’s text. read more Explore

Pride & Prejudice

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The only thing you really need to know is that the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice, based on the Jane Austen novel, is one of the finest films ever made, despite originally being made as a miniseries for TV. Isn’t it amazing the difference that casting can make? The 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice is quite good – just not nearly as good as the original A&E version, despite the fact that the more recent one has some good stars, including superstars Keira Knightley, Judi Dench, and Donald Sutherland. And Knightley is a fine Elizabeth Bennet – just not with quite the edge that Jennifer Ehle plays in the AE version. Matthew Macfadyen is not bad as Mr. Darcy – but he does not define the role in the same convincing way that Colin Firth – far less famous in 1995. With the exception of Dench, every character in the 2005 version is fine, and you would think you had seen a fine movie – until you see the 1995 version. One thing is common to both versions is that they stay fairly constant to Austen’s text.

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Greatest Works of Art of Western Civilization

Hoving, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has selected the 111 greatest works of Western art that he believes are "the pinnacles of quality, elegance, and artistic strength, the best mankind has created, the hallmarks of unalloyed genius," Very wide variety of work, both in mediums, places, and times. read more Explore

Greatest Works of Art of Western Civilization

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Hoving, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has selected the 111 greatest works of Western art that he believes are "the pinnacles of quality, elegance, and artistic strength, the best mankind has created, the hallmarks of unalloyed genius," Very wide variety of work, both in mediums, places, and times.

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The Wire

The only thing that Attitude Media and Barack Obama will ever agree on is that this was the best show on TV, and Omar our favorite character. This is, simply, the best crime drama for TV. Ever. Set in the city of Baltimore, there is really nothing terribly different about it in terms of plot; cops vs. drug dealers. But it gives a brilliant and quite insightful view of the way local politics really works in a city like Baltimore. The show is harshly realistic in every way. The acting and directing is superb. What is truly amazing about the acting is that some of the lead characters are British, and yet adopt perfect Baltimore accents, in particular Idris Elba. Many of the actors, Elba, Dominic West, Michael Kenneth Williams, Amy Ryan, have gone on to become major stars. Don’t confuse this by comparing it to well done trash like The Sopranos. The Sopranos focused on a bunch of fictional thugs who aren’t worthy of attention. But the Wire is a morality tale, because, as in life, good and evil are so interwoven as to be indistinguishable – cops are often senselessly brutal, or just lazy, or corrupt. The hero, McNulty, is a hard drinking womanizer with his share of faults. Some of the drug dealers like Omar are often brutal – including maiming unarmed people, but have their code of conduct. There is no clear good and evil – but the point being, like life itself, you have to make the effort to figure it out. The Wire is not about an amoral world, like the world of the Sopranos, but about a complex world where you have to make an effort to distinguish good and evil. And in the end “it all matters”. We’ll give you just one example of how the show merges lowbrow and highbrow in a realistic and fascinating way. In episode 3 of season One, one of the drug dealers is trying to explain the game of chess to a couple of initially disinterested colleagues; street level “hoppers”: “This is the King. He the man. He move one space any damn direction he chose because he the king…..you see this? This the queen. She smart, she fierce. She move any damn way she want as far as she want. She gets shit done. The pawns, they be like the front lines, out in the field. “ read more Explore

The Wire

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The only thing that Attitude Media and Barack Obama will ever agree on is that this was the best show on TV, and Omar our favorite character.

This is, simply, the best crime drama for TV. Ever. Set in the city of Baltimore, there is really nothing terribly different about it in terms of plot; cops vs. drug dealers. But it gives a brilliant and quite insightful view of the way local politics really works in a city like Baltimore. The show is harshly realistic in every way.

The acting and directing is superb. What is truly amazing about the acting is that some of the lead characters are British, and yet adopt perfect Baltimore accents, in particular Idris Elba. Many of the actors, Elba, Dominic West, Michael Kenneth Williams, Amy Ryan, have gone on to become major stars.

Don’t confuse this by comparing it to well done trash like The Sopranos. The Sopranos focused on a bunch of fictional thugs who aren’t worthy of attention. But the Wire is a morality tale, because, as in life, good and evil are so interwoven as to be indistinguishable – cops are often senselessly brutal, or just lazy, or corrupt. The hero, McNulty, is a hard drinking womanizer with his share of faults. Some of the drug dealers like Omar are often brutal – including maiming unarmed people, but have their code of conduct. There is no clear good and evil – but the point being, like life itself, you have to make the effort to figure it out. The Wire is not about an amoral world, like the world of the Sopranos, but about a complex world where you have to make an effort to distinguish good and evil. And in the end “it all matters”.
We’ll give you just one example of how the show merges lowbrow and highbrow in a realistic and fascinating way. In episode 3 of season One, one of the drug dealers is trying to explain the game of chess to a couple of initially disinterested colleagues; street level “hoppers”:

“This is the King. He the man. He move one space any damn direction he chose because he the king…..you see this? This the queen. She smart, she fierce. She move any damn way she want as far as she want. She gets shit done. The pawns, they be like the front lines, out in the field. “

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Movie:

Pride & Prejudice

The only thing you really need to know is that the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice, based on the Jane Austen novel, is one of the finest films ever made, despite originally being made as a miniseries for TV. Isn’t it amazing the difference that casting can make? The 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice is quite good – just not nearly as good as the original A&E version, despite the fact that the more recent one has some good stars, including superstars Keira Knightley, Judi Dench, and Donald Sutherland. And Knightley is a fine Elizabeth Bennet – just not with quite the edge that Jennifer Ehle plays in the AE version. Matthew Macfadyen is not bad as Mr. Darcy – but he does not define the role in the same convincing way that Colin Firth – far less famous in 1995. With the exception of Dench, every character in the 2005 version is fine, and you would think you had seen a fine movie – until you see the 1995 version. One thing is common to both versions is that they stay fairly constant to Austen’s text. read more Explore

Pride & Prejudice

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The only thing you really need to know is that the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice, based on the Jane Austen novel, is one of the finest films ever made, despite originally being made as a miniseries for TV. Isn’t it amazing the difference that casting can make? The 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice is quite good – just not nearly as good as the original A&E version, despite the fact that the more recent one has some good stars, including superstars Keira Knightley, Judi Dench, and Donald Sutherland. And Knightley is a fine Elizabeth Bennet – just not with quite the edge that Jennifer Ehle plays in the AE version. Matthew Macfadyen is not bad as Mr. Darcy – but he does not define the role in the same convincing way that Colin Firth – far less famous in 1995. With the exception of Dench, every character in the 2005 version is fine, and you would think you had seen a fine movie – until you see the 1995 version. One thing is common to both versions is that they stay fairly constant to Austen’s text.

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High-Capacity Printer Joins North America and Keeps Printing Alive

You might think that the trend in media is towards miniaturization - all media on your cell phone, right? And that printed books are on the way out? If so, you might be surprised to see that Friesens, a large printer based in Canada, has just installed a super book printing machine - a press that weighs about half a million pounds, and is 100 feet long, the only one in North America. Read more about this behemeth.
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High-Capacity Printer Joins North America and Keeps Printing Alive

You might think that the trend in media is towards miniaturization - all media on your cell phone, right? And that printed books are on the way out? If so, you might be surprised to see that Friesens, a large printer based in Canada, has just installed a super book printing machine - a press that weighs about half a million pounds, and is 100 feet long, the only one in North America. Read more about this behemeth.
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Coming Soon

Apr 05 2015

Wof Hall Premiers on PBS

PBS
More >>
Apr 12 2015

Season 5 Game of Thrones

HBO
More >>
Jan 01 2016

Season 6 Downton Abbey

PBS
More >>
Apr 05 2015

Final Season of Mad Men

AMC
More >>

Media Notes

High-Capacity Printer Joins North America and Keeps Printing Alive

You might think that the trend in media is towards miniaturization - all media on your cell phone, right? And that printed books are on the way out? If so, you might be surprised to see that Friesens, a large printer based in Canada, has just installed a super book printing machine - a press that weighs about half a million pounds, and is 100 feet long, the only one in North America. Read more about this behemeth.
More >>

High-Capacity Printer Joins North America and Keeps Printing Alive

You might think that the trend in media is towards miniaturization - all media on your cell phone, right? And that printed books are on the way out? If so, you might be surprised to see that Friesens, a large printer based in Canada, has just installed a super book printing machine - a press that weighs about half a million pounds, and is 100 feet long, the only one in North America. Read more about this behemeth.
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