The Five best Audiobooks

​Audiobooks are a fairly controversial topic in the world of books, possibly even as controversial as the raging debate over physical and ebooks. (You may think that I’m being dramatic, but these are big issues that companies pour far too much money into promoting one side or the other.) Many people see …

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Wade Hampton, the Red Shirts, and Anderson – Part II: The Hampton Campaign of 1876

​The rule of the Reconstruction Governors left South Carolina weak and deep in debt. As crippling as the financial crisis in the state funds was, however, many advancements had been made in race relations. Due to the implementation of Reconstruction by Republicans, former slaves (or Freedmen) were holding public office at local, …

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Summer Nightstand

​During the summer “What’s on Your Nightstand” event at the Des Plaines campus, the following books were discussed. Remember, if Oakton doesn’t own the book or our copy is checked out, you can request a copyto be sent from one of our consortium libraries for FREE! Most books take less than …

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Canada 150, Ontario

​Given the physical and population size of Ontario, this post includes excerpts from two chapters of Roaming the Big Land, one focusing on the urban and the other the rural character of the province: First an excerpt from the chapter, “Coming Home”: Peter Ustinov once described Toronto as “New York City …

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MAUDIE-Review

Director / Aisling Walsh (SONG FOR A RAGGY BOY)

Stars/ Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett and Gabrielle Rose

MAUDIE paints an intimate portrait of a 1930’s Nova Scotia woman who was born with a severe form of arthritis that increasingly limits her physical abilities. Residing with an over-protective Aunt (Gabrielle Rose), Maudie (portrayed by Sally Hawkins from BLUE JASMINE and HAPPY GO-LUCKY) is determined to move out and live an independent life. An opportunity to do so arrives in the form of a reclusive and gruff man named Everett (Ethan Hawke), who needs a housekeeper. As Everett reluctantly hires Maudie, he finds himself developing feelings for her while Maudie discovers her love of and talent for painting, which begins to catapult her to fame within the small community.


There really is only one actress who was ever truly destined to portray Maudie Lewis as genuinely and affectionately as this. That is of course Sally Hawkins, who gives an Oscar-worthy and utterly brilliant performance. Director Aisling Walsh, who previously worked with Hawkins in 2005 TV Mini-SeriesFingersmith, clearly knows this too, having confirmed that Sally Hawkins was the first name that she had penned for the lead role. She is indeed the bee’s knees of this Irish/Canadian co-production.

This gently paced and tenderly rendered biography film dedicates virtually all of its duration to the journey and the battles experienced by its titular character. Maudie is an admirable woman who is content in appreciating life’s most simple necessities, with an adorable sense of humour and a warm smile always in tact. As such, the ability for audiences to grow affection for her requires zero effort. It is here though it should be mentioned that the same cannot be applied to any other character in this film. Everett isn’t a character that will win many people over. He isn’t just rude and nasty, he’s also a chauvinist. The script does clarify why Maudie cares to be with him, however it doesn’t fully form Ethan Hawke’s character enough to justify his (sometimes extreme) temperament and behaviour. Furthermore, several other supporting characters are too one-dimensionally conceived and woodenly acted. Even a few sub-plots don’t entirely convince as a result of the screenplay’s tendency to avoid certain details that are essential to know.

Picturesquely filmed in Newfoundland and Labrador, MAUDIE remains absolutely worth watching for Sally Hawkins’ performance alone. She committed to several weeks of physically and mentally tiring training in order to transform herself. A sure bet to be an Oscar-nominee in February 2018!

3 stars

Viewer Discretion/ PG (Mild themes and sexual references)

Trailer / MAUDIE

Moviedoc thanks Transmission Films for the invite to the screening of this film.

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