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  • Dec 07 / 2017
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Carmenta TV Review: Vikings ★★★★☆

TV series: Vikings

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Vikings is a historical drama TV series written and created by Michael Hirst for the History Channel, and it’s one of the best series I’ve seen in the past few years. In fact, I’m sure classics enthusiasts will have the time of their life watching this fascinating historical series. As always, though, the show has both good and bad points, which I’ll be addressing in this review. Continue Reading

  • Nov 23 / 2017
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Carmenta Film Review: The Emperor’s Club ★★★★★

Screen shot from the movie “The Emperor’s Club”

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

Right off the bat, I want to say that “The Emperor’s Club” is one of the best classics-related films I’ve ever seen. Every classicist should watch it! The story is set mostly at a fictional boys’ prep school, St. Benedict’s Academy, near Washington, D.C. Among its main characters are Mr. Hundert, the passionate classics teacher, Sedgewick, the arrogant son of a politician, and the Indian-American boy Deepak. In the movie the school holds an event called the Mr. Julius Caesar Contest, in which the competitors answer classics-related questions. Continue Reading

  • Nov 16 / 2017
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Carmenta TV Review: Outlander ★★★★☆

Screenshot of the movie “Outlander”

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

I first became interested in Scottish history after a trip to Edinburgh last year. In fact, when I learned about the Jacobite Risings and the Battle of Culloden, I thought they would make a great TV series! So I was thrilled when I heard they had made a series that referenced these aspects of Scottish history. I soon found out that “Outlander” wasn’t just an historical drama, but also a romance and time travel adventure. So, without further ado, let’s discuss the good and bad points of the show and why I chose to give it four stars. Continue Reading

  • Oct 10 / 2017
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Carmenta Film Review: 300 Spartans: A Greek Tragedy of a Movie! ★☆☆☆☆

Poster Artwork of the“300” movie

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This is part of a series of articles about classics-related books and movies. Today I will review the movie “300”, based on the historical Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, when three hundred Spartans held back a huge Persian army for three days. I really loved the 1962 movie adaptation of these events, Rudolph Maté’s “The 300 Spartans”version, but was very disappointed in this new version, so disappointed that I have given it only one star. Here’s why… Continue Reading

  • Nov 03 / 2016
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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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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