2016年9月7日 星期三

cliffhanger, hokum, melodrama

"Despite all the chest beating by people no longer in government, there really wasn’t a prosecutable case," the director said in a memo.
Comey's assessment was notably blunt.
WASHINGTONPOST.COM|作者:MATT ZAPOTOSKY

"Life is not worth living, " she declared melodramatically.


The Washington Post leads with the slightly more remote aftermath of the Cheney vice presidency with another installment in its award-winning series, this time laying out the high-level play-by-play around the presidential wiretapping program. A picture emerges of lawyers in the office of the general council attempting to bring the program in line with the law and loop in the attorney general's office, each time to be thwarted by the vice president's top lawyers. The story ends with a cliffhanger, to be resolved in tomorrow's paper.

hokum
noun [U] MAINLY US INFORMAL
a film, play or television programme which is not realistic:
As a whole the series was never less than watchable - hokum, perhaps, but entertaining.


A sophisticated search engine for medical pros, researchers
Bizjournals.com - Charlotte,NC,USA
... research miles beyond what you'd get with a typical Google search, which is sullied with hits for unproved herbal remedies and other medical hokum...
1. A message that seems to convey no meaning.
徒然一吻
---bbc
美國和英國之間的文化差異有了一個最新的例證,據《每日電訊報》報道,根據英國女作家簡﹒奧斯丁同名小說改編的最新電影《傲慢與偏見》在美國的版本與英國版本有著不同的結局。

報道說,美國版的《傲慢與偏見》比英國版長8分鐘。英國版電影以女主角伊麗莎白(凱拉﹒奈特利Keira Knightly扮演)的父親同意女兒的婚事告終,而美國版的結尾卻是伊麗莎白與意中人達西先生(馬修﹒麥克法頓Matthew MacFaydyen扮演)婚後的熱吻。

報道說,製片公司經過調查,發現大多數美國觀眾非常喜愛這個浪漫的結尾,而英國觀眾卻認為這個結尾畫蛇添足。

儘管普通的美國觀眾喜愛新的結尾,但是北美簡﹒奧斯丁書迷協會的成員們卻對此大為不滿,他們批評說這個結尾與影片的其餘部分並不連貫,而且侮辱了觀眾的智慧。

ho·kum (hō'kəm)
n.
Something apparently impressive or legitimate but actually untrue or
insincere; nonsense.
A stock technique for eliciting a desired response from an audience.
[Perhaps HO(CUS-POCUS) + (BUN)KUM.]


Meaning #1: a message that seems to convey no meaning
Synonyms: nonsense, nonsensicality, meaninglessness
n. - 廢話 日本語 (Japanese)
n. - お涙頂戴の手法, 場当たり的せりふ, 馬鹿話, でたらめ

The Classic Novel: Adaptations of the Classic Novel
Page 93
6 Hardy, history and hokum Keith Selby It was David Lodge, in an early article
on The Return of the Native (1878), who first called Hardy a 'cinematic' ...


Page 94 為感情效果或譁眾取寵而加入文本的 噱頭 情節 材料 動作等等
If a tendency for hokum — 'theatrical speech, action, etc., designed to make a
sentimental or melodramatic appeal to an audience'

3 — is evident in the rural ...


Page 95
... the second paragraph puts the description firmly back in the hands
of language:
Hardy, history and hokum His Christian name was Gabriel, and on working ...


Page 96
However, the fact that Hardy himself did not conceive of the novel as hokum is
evidenced in the title itself — an ironic invocation of Gray's 'Elegy
Written ...


Page 97
... is, indeed, plenty of room for hokum: 'In this rather plodding film the
insufficiency of the foreground is partly ...


Page 99
Hardy, history and hokum I think it is fair to say that this is brilliantly
executed, and conveys precisely the overall thematic concerns both of its ...


Page 101
... history and hokum The law arrests the man or woman Who steals the goose from
off the common, But leaves the greater rascal loose, Who steals the common ...


Page 103
But it does mean that when we watch Schlesinger's adaptation of the novel, it's
not him we have to accuse of hokum. By the time of Tess of the d'Urbervilles ...


Page 105
... rural, agricultural community, and the new, social world, which is draining
the life out of the old: Hardy, history and hokum Between the mother, ...


Page 110
If Schlesinger is true to Hardy's hokum rather than Dorset's history,
... We know
the place, we may even share Bryson's particular hokum for the Windsor ...


3 This is the definition of hokum offered by the OED. ...


Books: Their Place in Democracy
Page 95 - necessary/amiable/well-meant/honest hokum
The actual amount of hokum varies considerably from club to club. ... If the
books themselves are not hokum and I can think of but one book issued by an ...

The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music
edited by Allan Moore, Jonathan Cross - Music - 2003 - 234 pages
Page 32 - A variation on this set-up, one that came to be known as
"hokum" blues, ...
Hokum blues typically used the verse form of couplet and refrain, ...









melodrama

n.

A drama, such as a play, film, or television program, characterized by exaggerated emotions, stereotypical characters, and interpersonal conflicts.
The dramatic genre characterized by this treatment.
Behavior or occurrences having melodramatic characteristics.

[Alteration of melodrame, from French mélodrame, spoken drama that includes some musical accompaniment, melodrama : Greek melos, song + French drame, drama (from Late Latin drāma; see drama).]






melodrama 

noun [C or U]

a story, play, or film in which the characters show stronger emotions than real people usually do:

a television melodrama

MAINLY UK The car's hardly damaged - there's no need to make a melodrama out of it (= make the situation more important than it is).



melodramatic 

adjective

showing much stronger emotions than are necessary or usual for a situation:

a melodramatic speech

mel・o・dra・ma


━━ n. メロドラマ; メロドラマ的事件[言動].

 mel・o・dra・mat・ic ━━ a.

mel・o・dra・mat・i・cal・ly ad.

 mel・o・dra・ma・tist

 ━━ n. メロドラマ作者.


A True Drama is an award-winning documentary




cliffhangern.
  1. A melodramatic serial in which each episode ends in suspense.
  2. A suspenseful situation occurring at the end of a chapter, scene, or episode.
  3. A contest so closely matched that the outcome is uncertain until the end.
cliffhanging cliff'hang'ing adj.

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