“Gosh, it’s awfully nice of you to read my poems. Usually, when I try this, the girl runs away… Where are you going?” Animated GIF


I have nothing against writers. I like them very much, in fact. But as a veteran of many a writing group, let me tell you that there is always someone who is… less than talented. This makes things very awkward during the feedback sessions, especially since the worst writers are often the nicest people.

This is from the almost-forgotten indie film Annabell Lee, based loosely on a Poe poem. Our hero is about to go to sea and he offers his lady love his poems. The look on the actress’s face indicates that she is less than delighted. The way he phrases his offer is an indication of what horrors await in those pages of poetry. (Bad poetry is somehow much, much worse than bad prose. I’m not sure why.)

(Read my full-length review of the film here. Fun fact: It’s my most-plagiarized review!)

Availability: The good people at Grapevine have released this film (with a very nice print, by the way) on DVD.

Fun Size Review: Annabell Lee (1921)

Very (very, very, very, very) loosely based on the poem Anabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe, this film tells the tale of a struggling author and his lady fair who are parted by circumstances. Tries to capture the spirit of Poe without all that, you know, death and stuff. Nothing offensive but not really exciting either. However, the scenery is wonderful.


How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

They live happily ever after. Meh.

If it were a dessert it would be:

Blancmange. A bygone confection that still has appeal but seems bland when compared to the newer recipes.

Read my full-length review here.

Availability: Released on DVD