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Bright Star: Poetry made Image

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art —
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
             And watching, with eternal lids apart,
             Like Nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
             The moving waters at their priestlike task
             Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
             Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
             Of snow upon the mountains and the moors —
             No — yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
             Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
             To feel for ever its soft swell and fall,
             Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
             Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
             And so live ever — or else swoon to death.
                               John Keats

This beautifully woven words of romantic poet John Keats are at the very heart of the movie Bright Star, that focusses on the last three years of the poet's life and his romantic rel…

Tut: a quick review

Tut is a Canadian-American TV miniseries that aired this past July on U.S cable network Spike. It is a three-part miniseries that focuses on the life and intrigues of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Produced by the same company behind Pillars of the Earth, the production strives to be a big TV blockbuster.

The show stars Ben Kingsley, Avan Jogia, Alexander Siddig and Sibylla Deen, and it was brought to my attention due to the enormous controversy it caused (which I found out about during my research for the Cleopatra article).
On the one hand, it was praised for its ethnically diverse casting, but, at the same time, it was heavily accused of whitewashing Egyptian history. This really spiked my curiosity and drove me to google the show. Some of what I saw was really interesting, other stuff... not so much.
But, because I haven't seen it yet and won't have time to see it in a while (yes, it's a very long three-part show) I wanted to do a quick review focusing on first impressions (both…