dangermousie: (Bond by svilleficrecs)
Yesterday, I went and saw Amazing Grace, a movie about William Wilberforce, a British Parliamentarian who fought for (and got passed) the 1807 Abolition of Slave Trade Act. The movie stars Ioan Gruffudd as Wilberforce, who was a very young politician, in his early 20s when elected to Parliament, and who was apparently quite the idealistic cause-head, fighting his whole life against slavery, for prison reform, and the founder of the Society Against Cruelty to Animals.

It’s a good movie, well-acted, well-put-together, and it’s actually startling and refreshing to be reminded that yes, someone like that was a real person, and there are idealists in politics, it’s not all about sordidness and money-grubbing. Apparently, WW was a close friend of William Pitt the Younger, at 24 the youngest Prime Minister in British history (Pitt and Wilberforce were college friends) and I was all excited to see Pitt in the movie (looking hot, I might add). It’s also awesome to see intelligent and energetic real life politicians.

And hey, they had Charles James Fox (as he was one of WW’s supporters despite being in a different political party) in the movie too, and ever since reading The Aristocrats by Stella Tillyard, a biography of the Richmond sisters (one of whom was his mother), I’ve been rather interested in him. I also read a book “The harlot and the statesman: The story of Elizabeth Armistead & Charles James Fox,” by I.M. Davis in college, and it was a biography of Elizabeth Armistead, Fox’s wife, as Fox quite unusually (and very awesomely) married a professional courtesan. Woo-hoo for him!

Anyway, I am going to go looking for some books on Wilberforce and Pitt. Any recs? The funny thing is, I came across a novel about Pitt a long time ago, and I only read the beginning but it’s now bugging me as to what it was. Any ideas? Any clue as to where I might look?

In any event, I want some non-fiction books about them. What are good ones? I am going to get William Hague’s William Pitt the Younger, not just because it seems the easiest to find, but also because it seems good, but any other ones? I actually really enjoy non-fiction books about politics, so if there are any recs for any such for British politics in 17th-19th centuries, do rec!

And in unrelated but historical-book news, I started reading The Disappearing Duke: The Improbable Tale of an Eccentric English Family
by Andrew Crofts and it is craaaaazy.
dangermousie: (Bond by svilleficrecs)
Yesterday, I went and saw Amazing Grace, a movie about William Wilberforce, a British Parliamentarian who fought for (and got passed) the 1807 Abolition of Slave Trade Act. The movie stars Ioan Gruffudd as Wilberforce, who was a very young politician, in his early 20s when elected to Parliament, and who was apparently quite the idealistic cause-head, fighting his whole life against slavery, for prison reform, and the founder of the Society Against Cruelty to Animals.

It’s a good movie, well-acted, well-put-together, and it’s actually startling and refreshing to be reminded that yes, someone like that was a real person, and there are idealists in politics, it’s not all about sordidness and money-grubbing. Apparently, WW was a close friend of William Pitt the Younger, at 24 the youngest Prime Minister in British history (Pitt and Wilberforce were college friends) and I was all excited to see Pitt in the movie (looking hot, I might add). It’s also awesome to see intelligent and energetic real life politicians.

And hey, they had Charles James Fox (as he was one of WW’s supporters despite being in a different political party) in the movie too, and ever since reading The Aristocrats by Stella Tillyard, a biography of the Richmond sisters (one of whom was his mother), I’ve been rather interested in him. I also read a book “The harlot and the statesman: The story of Elizabeth Armistead & Charles James Fox,” by I.M. Davis in college, and it was a biography of Elizabeth Armistead, Fox’s wife, as Fox quite unusually (and very awesomely) married a professional courtesan. Woo-hoo for him!

Anyway, I am going to go looking for some books on Wilberforce and Pitt. Any recs? The funny thing is, I came across a novel about Pitt a long time ago, and I only read the beginning but it’s now bugging me as to what it was. Any ideas? Any clue as to where I might look?

In any event, I want some non-fiction books about them. What are good ones? I am going to get William Hague’s William Pitt the Younger, not just because it seems the easiest to find, but also because it seems good, but any other ones? I actually really enjoy non-fiction books about politics, so if there are any recs for any such for British politics in 17th-19th centuries, do rec!

And in unrelated but historical-book news, I started reading The Disappearing Duke: The Improbable Tale of an Eccentric English Family
by Andrew Crofts and it is craaaaazy.
dangermousie: (Bond by svilleficrecs)
Yesterday, I went and saw Amazing Grace, a movie about William Wilberforce, a British Parliamentarian who fought for (and got passed) the 1807 Abolition of Slave Trade Act. The movie stars Ioan Gruffudd as Wilberforce, who was a very young politician, in his early 20s when elected to Parliament, and who was apparently quite the idealistic cause-head, fighting his whole life against slavery, for prison reform, and the founder of the Society Against Cruelty to Animals.

It’s a good movie, well-acted, well-put-together, and it’s actually startling and refreshing to be reminded that yes, someone like that was a real person, and there are idealists in politics, it’s not all about sordidness and money-grubbing. Apparently, WW was a close friend of William Pitt the Younger, at 24 the youngest Prime Minister in British history (Pitt and Wilberforce were college friends) and I was all excited to see Pitt in the movie (looking hot, I might add). It’s also awesome to see intelligent and energetic real life politicians.

And hey, they had Charles James Fox (as he was one of WW’s supporters despite being in a different political party) in the movie too, and ever since reading The Aristocrats by Stella Tillyard, a biography of the Richmond sisters (one of whom was his mother), I’ve been rather interested in him. I also read a book “The harlot and the statesman: The story of Elizabeth Armistead & Charles James Fox,” by I.M. Davis in college, and it was a biography of Elizabeth Armistead, Fox’s wife, as Fox quite unusually (and very awesomely) married a professional courtesan. Woo-hoo for him!

Anyway, I am going to go looking for some books on Wilberforce and Pitt. Any recs? The funny thing is, I came across a novel about Pitt a long time ago, and I only read the beginning but it’s now bugging me as to what it was. Any ideas? Any clue as to where I might look?

In any event, I want some non-fiction books about them. What are good ones? I am going to get William Hague’s William Pitt the Younger, not just because it seems the easiest to find, but also because it seems good, but any other ones? I actually really enjoy non-fiction books about politics, so if there are any recs for any such for British politics in 17th-19th centuries, do rec!

And in unrelated but historical-book news, I started reading The Disappearing Duke: The Improbable Tale of an Eccentric English Family
by Andrew Crofts and it is craaaaazy.
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
First off, sorry for being bad about replying to flist stuff. Please let me know if I skipped something cool in the past couple days ([livejournal.com profile] fivil, I really want to reply to your drama recs post). I've been having a bit of a cold/mono relapse combo. So please let me know what I missed through skimming!

I still haven't watched Hanadan, because this evening Mr. Mousie and I went to see Breach with Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe. It's a movie based on real events that led to the capture of Robert Hansen, the most notorous spy in history of US. Cooper plays Hansen and Philippe the young agent who is supposed to keep tabs on him. Go See It!!!! I don't watch that many American movies in theaters any more (I got my dramas right here, after all) but this was totally worth time and money. It's intelligent, and tightly written and very character-driven. And it's superbly acted. The movie is all about Hansen and O'Neill and it's awesome to see the two actors interact and twist around each other. I have to say that out of the ex-couple, Reese might be the biggest star, but I find RP's movies generally more appealing as movies.

And tomorrow we are going to see Becket (with Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton) which being played on the big screen. Yes! Later in the week, I am going to see Amazing Grace with *slurp* Ioan Gruffudd (about 1807 anti-slavery British bill). Yay for movies I actually want to see!

And because I believe in bringing pictures, I close with the pictures of The Wind the Shakes the Barley, an Irish movie that will be opening in the States in March. A Ken Loach film, it stars Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney and is set in 1920 Ireland.



The plot: Damien (Cillian Murphy) and Teddy (Padraic Delaney) are brothers. But while the latter is already the leader of a guerrilla squad fighting for the independence of his motherland, Damien, a medical student at University College, would rather finish his training at the London hospital where he has found a place. However, shortly before his departure, he happens to witness atrocities committed by the ferocious Black and Tans and finally decides to join the resistance group led by Teddy. The two brothers fight side by side until a truce is signed. Bur peace is short-lived and when England imposes a treaty regarded unfair by a part of the population war resumes, this time pitting Irishmen against Irishmen, brothers against brothers, Teddy against Damien...

Gorgeous pictures behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
First off, sorry for being bad about replying to flist stuff. Please let me know if I skipped something cool in the past couple days ([livejournal.com profile] fivil, I really want to reply to your drama recs post). I've been having a bit of a cold/mono relapse combo. So please let me know what I missed through skimming!

I still haven't watched Hanadan, because this evening Mr. Mousie and I went to see Breach with Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe. It's a movie based on real events that led to the capture of Robert Hansen, the most notorous spy in history of US. Cooper plays Hansen and Philippe the young agent who is supposed to keep tabs on him. Go See It!!!! I don't watch that many American movies in theaters any more (I got my dramas right here, after all) but this was totally worth time and money. It's intelligent, and tightly written and very character-driven. And it's superbly acted. The movie is all about Hansen and O'Neill and it's awesome to see the two actors interact and twist around each other. I have to say that out of the ex-couple, Reese might be the biggest star, but I find RP's movies generally more appealing as movies.

And tomorrow we are going to see Becket (with Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton) which being played on the big screen. Yes! Later in the week, I am going to see Amazing Grace with *slurp* Ioan Gruffudd (about 1807 anti-slavery British bill). Yay for movies I actually want to see!

And because I believe in bringing pictures, I close with the pictures of The Wind the Shakes the Barley, an Irish movie that will be opening in the States in March. A Ken Loach film, it stars Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney and is set in 1920 Ireland.



The plot: Damien (Cillian Murphy) and Teddy (Padraic Delaney) are brothers. But while the latter is already the leader of a guerrilla squad fighting for the independence of his motherland, Damien, a medical student at University College, would rather finish his training at the London hospital where he has found a place. However, shortly before his departure, he happens to witness atrocities committed by the ferocious Black and Tans and finally decides to join the resistance group led by Teddy. The two brothers fight side by side until a truce is signed. Bur peace is short-lived and when England imposes a treaty regarded unfair by a part of the population war resumes, this time pitting Irishmen against Irishmen, brothers against brothers, Teddy against Damien...

Gorgeous pictures behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
First off, sorry for being bad about replying to flist stuff. Please let me know if I skipped something cool in the past couple days ([livejournal.com profile] fivil, I really want to reply to your drama recs post). I've been having a bit of a cold/mono relapse combo. So please let me know what I missed through skimming!

I still haven't watched Hanadan, because this evening Mr. Mousie and I went to see Breach with Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe. It's a movie based on real events that led to the capture of Robert Hansen, the most notorous spy in history of US. Cooper plays Hansen and Philippe the young agent who is supposed to keep tabs on him. Go See It!!!! I don't watch that many American movies in theaters any more (I got my dramas right here, after all) but this was totally worth time and money. It's intelligent, and tightly written and very character-driven. And it's superbly acted. The movie is all about Hansen and O'Neill and it's awesome to see the two actors interact and twist around each other. I have to say that out of the ex-couple, Reese might be the biggest star, but I find RP's movies generally more appealing as movies.

And tomorrow we are going to see Becket (with Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton) which being played on the big screen. Yes! Later in the week, I am going to see Amazing Grace with *slurp* Ioan Gruffudd (about 1807 anti-slavery British bill). Yay for movies I actually want to see!

And because I believe in bringing pictures, I close with the pictures of The Wind the Shakes the Barley, an Irish movie that will be opening in the States in March. A Ken Loach film, it stars Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney and is set in 1920 Ireland.



The plot: Damien (Cillian Murphy) and Teddy (Padraic Delaney) are brothers. But while the latter is already the leader of a guerrilla squad fighting for the independence of his motherland, Damien, a medical student at University College, would rather finish his training at the London hospital where he has found a place. However, shortly before his departure, he happens to witness atrocities committed by the ferocious Black and Tans and finally decides to join the resistance group led by Teddy. The two brothers fight side by side until a truce is signed. Bur peace is short-lived and when England imposes a treaty regarded unfair by a part of the population war resumes, this time pitting Irishmen against Irishmen, brothers against brothers, Teddy against Damien...

Gorgeous pictures behind the cut )

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