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  • Nov 03 / 2016
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Book Review:
TROY: A Tragedy of a Movie!!!
★★☆☆☆

Image for Troy movie

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

SPOILER ALERT!

I remember back in 2004 being thrilled that Hollywood had decided to adapt the Iliad into a movie. I was very naïve back then, and so I thought they might do Homer at least partial justice. The movie was very well received by the general public, making almost $500 million worldwide, but it failed to understand what the Iliad actually teaches us. Now, allow me to explain the movie’s good and bad points and why I have given it only 2 stars. Continue Reading

  • Jul 12 / 2016
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Book, Film, and TV Reviews

Carmenta Book Review:
I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves
★★★★☆

From the television show I, Claudius

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Robert Graves’ famous novel I, Claudius was published in 1934 to great acclaim, and it has since enjoyed ongoing popularity. Unlike many novels, the book’s main character is not a strong, popular hero but a poor stammering fool despised by most of the other characters (and even by his own mother). At the same time, though, he may be the only honest man in the turbulent early years of the Roman Empire. Continue Reading