Category Archives: Movie & JA Actors

Sense and Sensibility (1981) Trivia Challenge

Sense and Sensibility (1981) Trivia Challenge

Research for the Trivia Challenge questions on these posts is often a source of entertainment, but sometimes on older versions, as with this adaptation, there is precious little information online. That is when I have to get creative. Some of today’s trivia questions are on the edges of connection to the series itself. When I… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (1981)

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (1981)

Austen adaptations from the 1970s and ’80s are a fascinating study. The interior shots are invariably done in sets with lighting that creates inappropriate shadows–bad photoshops have made me particularly sensitive to those–and the production values tend to be a bit laxer all around. I speculate that the people who created these period series had… more goodness …

Sense and Sensibility (2008) Trivia Challenge

Sense and Sensibility (2008) Trivia Challenge

When making Sense and Sensibility in 2008, Andrew Davies knew the bar of excellence was high. Ang Lee’s 1995 film was beloved, with stellar performances and breathtaking cinematography. There was also his 1995 series of Pride and Prejudice, which meant the expectations for him to deliver an adaptation that would be of the same par.… more goodness …

On Handsome – and Not so Handsome – Leading Men in Jane Austen’s Novels

On Handsome – and Not so Handsome – Leading Men in Jane Austen’s Novels

I finally got around watching the 2008 Sense and Sensibility BBC adaptation. It is beautifully shot, with stunning locations, a historically accurate wardrobe and a very competent cast. I wasn’t too fond of the script or direction at times, but I liked the two central characters, Elinor and Marianne. I was particularly pleased to see… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Top 10 Goofs in Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay for this 1995 Jane Austen adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. It is one of my favorite Austen film productions, so please don’t take this list to be proof of anything other than my love of all things Austen. I will concede that a few of the items in this list… more goodness …

Top Ten Goofs in “Clueless,” a 1995 Film Adaptation of “Emma”

Top Ten Goofs in “Clueless,” a 1995 Film Adaptation of “Emma”

1995 was the year of Emma, with Clueless being the third adaptation from that year that I’ve covered in this series. Amy Heckerling, the writer, and director of Clueless beautifully translated Jane Austen’s themes and relationships into a modern comedy of teenage angst, foibles, and misunderstandings. Emma/Cher is a flawed character, so it seems fitting that… more goodness …

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1972)

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1972)

Years ago, I purchased a collection of Austen adaptations produced by the BBC in the 1970’s and 80’s. I watched all of them at least once, but some collected dust after their initial viewing, including this version of Emma. I came to this particular series “cold,” having not watched it clear through in nearly a… more goodness …

Books vs. Movies

Books vs. Movies

  It’s a fraught subject, I know. I can’t believe I’m even bringing up as it might be as divisive as politics these days… I’m kidding — Nothing is as contentious as books vs. movies. 😉 But it’s relevant to me right now, as I’m straddling between the two. Presently I’m beginning a deep dive… more goodness …

Emma (1997) Trivia Challenge

Emma (1997) Trivia Challenge

The hazards of matchmaking and relationship plot twists abound in Jane Austen’s novel Emma. Echoes of similar sorts of drama behind the scenes in the making of this production turned up as I researched for this post, but not in romances between the actors (in case that’s what you’re thinking.) Test your knowledge of this… more goodness …

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1997)

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1997)

Are you thinking that the title of this post is a goof? I can practically hear the objections winging their way across the cosmos. The Kate Beckinsale and Gwyneth Paltrow adaptations of Emma were both made in 1996. I wrestled with this conundrum since I can’t duplicate the title and the Goofs and Trivia series has… more goodness …

Casting blunders in Jane Austen adaptations

Casting blunders in Jane Austen adaptations

It is a truth universally acknowledged that many Janeites are drawn to Austen’s novels after watching the film or TV adaptations. Of these, there have been many, but the ones that most readers will remember were filmed since the mid-1990s. Today, however, I will not go over the merits of the talented Mr Firth and… more goodness …