A Film And Lit Lover

A Film and Lit Lover is all about books and films. Started as two blogs (Quoting Quotes and A Young Film Critic), it showcases must-read novels and must-watch films! Other than posting quotes from literary works, it also reviews films of every genre.

Currently Reading: Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (1857), translated by Lowell Bair

This exquisite novel tells the story of one of the most compelling heroines in modern literature—Emma Bovary. Unhappily married to a devoted, clumsy provincial doctor, Emma revolts against the ordinariness of her life by pursuing voluptuous dreams of ecstasy and love. But her sensuous and sentimental desires lead her only to suffering, corruption and downfall. A brilliant psychological portrait, Madame Bovary searingly depicts the human mind in search of transcendence. who is Madame Bovary? Flaubert’s answer to this question was superb: “Madame Bovary, c’est moi.” Acclaimed as a masterpiece upon its publication in 1857, the work catapulted Flaubert to the ranks of the world’s greatest novelists.

…man’s a strange being. If one looks from a distance at the dull life ‘fathers’ live here, drink, and know you’re behaving in the most reasonable way possible. But boredom prevails. One wants to deal with people if only to curse them; but, anyhow, to deal with them.
Yevgeny Vassilievich Bazarov, from Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons (1862), translated by Barbara Makanowitzky
…you understand love the same way all modern young people do: ‘Cluck, cluck, cluck’, you call to the little hen, but as soon as the hen comes close, you take to your heels!

Yevgeny Vassilievich Bazarov,  from Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons (1862), translated by Barbara Makanowitzky

Time, as is well known, flies at times like a bird, at times crawls like a worm; but a man is particularly blessed when he doesn’t even notice whether its passing is quick or slow.
from Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons (1862), translated by Barbara Makanowitzky
Young people used to have to study. If they didn’t want to be considered ignoramuses, they were forced to exert themselves, like it or not. And now all they have to do is say: Everything in the world is rubbish!—and it’s in the bag. Young people are delighted. In reality, while they used to be simply blockheads, now they’ve suddenly become nihilists.
Pavel Petrovich Kirsanov, from Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons (1862), translated by Barbara Makanowitzky

One-Second Film Review: Wang Xiaoshuai’s Zuŏ yòu (In Love We Trust, 2008)

Director: Wang Xiaoshuai

Producers: Isabelle Glachant and Huang Bin

Screenplay by: Wang Xiaoshuai

Starring: Liu Weiwei, Zhang Jiayi, Cheng Taisheng, and Yu Nan

Currently Reading: Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons (1862), translated by Barbara Makanowitzky

The publication of Fathers and Sons brought forth storms of controversy that were unprecedented even in a country used to taking its literature seriously. In this novel, Turgenev penetrated to the very roots of the basic conflict between the revolutionary spirit and the absolute monarchy. He not only dramatized the most important issue of his time, but also heralded one of the most tumultuous periods in his country’s history.

One-Second Film Review: Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)


Director: Martin Scorsese

Producers: Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff

Screenplay by: Terence Winter (based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, and Jean Dujardin

…sometimes it’s like you just meet someone and you just know that you’re totally connected, and that this person is, like, your brother – or your sister…Even if they don’t, like, recognize it, you feel it. And in a lot of ways it don’t matter if they do or they don’t see that for what it is – all you can do is put the feeling out there. That’s your duty. Then you just wait and see what comes back to you. That’s the deal.
Levi Belsey, from Zadie Smith’s novel On Beauty (2005)
It is easy to mistake a woman for a philosophy… The mistake is to be attached to the world at all. It will not thank you for your attachments. Love is the extremely difficult realization.
Jerome Belsey, from Zadie Smith’s 2005 novel, On Beauty

One-Second Film Review: The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas (2012)

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski

Producers: Grant Hill, Stefan Arndt, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski

Screenplay by: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski (based on the novel by David Mitchell)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant

when your chosen pursuit and your ability to achieve it—no matter how small or insignificant both might be—are matched exactly, are fitting. This…is when we become truly human, fully ourselves, beautiful…you were not faulty or badly designed, no, not at all. You were the fitting receptacle and instrument of your talents and beliefs and desires.
from Zadie Smith’s 2005 novel, On Beauty

One-Second Film Review: Josh Boone’s The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

Director: Josh Boone

Producers: Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen

Screenplay by: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (based on the novel of the same name by John Green)

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe