Film Review: Farewell, My Queen

Film PosterSurely you must be noticing a pattern that is revealing my deep interest in Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution. With a trip to Europe on the horizon, I have to say that I am most excited to visit Versailles and experience where history was made.

So it was only natural that when I saw that Farewell, My Queen was playing at the Bloor Varsity theatre (which plays the best films in all of Toronto, according to me), I knew I had to use up some of the Scene points that all this Eurotrip spending has accumulated. Continue reading

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Emily Haines’ Love Letter to Detroit

Who would have thought that an email subscription to METRIC‘s newsletter could be so relevant and meaningful in light of the upcoming US election? Yes, I’ll admit that I completely rely on these emails to let me know when METRIC is coming to a city near me or when their next album is going to drop. But when I read this email from band frontswoman Emily Haines, I was so excited that it was more than just an email about tour dates and merch sales. If I wasn’t completely enthralled by Ms. Haines before, I can say that it’s officially official. Continue reading

Let them eat cake? The process of re-discovering Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette was the controversial and tragic French queen who was one of many victims of the French Revolution in the late 18th century. Her life fascinates me, and I feel that she’s often misrepresented in history, or should I say, historical depictions of her aren’t quite as accurate as they could be. Haven’t we all heard the stories of a cruel queen who shouted “Let them eat cake!” when told that French peasants were starving because they had no bread to eat? Continue reading