Coriolanus (2011)

Coriolanus (2011) – Shakespeare… Sometimes seeing Shakespeare’s words brought to life means seeing a very proper Englishman on stage in a doublet and tights enunciating vowels and trilling r’s. Other time it’s a fucking tank bursting through the wall. (That second example is from Richard Loncraine’s Ian McKellen-starring Richard III.) Acclaimed British person (and man … Continue reading

Hamlet (2009)

Hamlet (2009) – So I’ve probably read Hamlet maybe a half-dozen times. I’ve never seen a stage production but this is probably the fourth or fifth film version I have seen of it (favorite is still Franco Zeffirelli’s 1990 version). It’s from the Royal Shakespeare Company and features the same cast as the acclaimed stage … Continue reading

Modernized Shakespeare

The following article originally appeared on 12ftdwende.com on 1 April 2011… Regular readers (do I even have those?) have surely noticed by now that at the end of each article I have been merrily endorsing the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, reminding people that they can follow it on Twitter (@sacshakes), “like” it on Facebook, or particularly … Continue reading

The Tempest (2010)

The Tempest (2010) – The following review first appeared as part of a larger article (“Now in Theaters”) on 12ftdwende.com on 11 March 2011. Pretty well-written. That Shakespeare kid is going places, I think. Even if Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark completely obliterates Julie Taymor’s Broadway career, she can still make movies. Her previous Shakespearean … Continue reading

Game Change (2012)

Game Change (2012) – I am of the belief that film criticism should be based on nothing more than the quality of a film. However, human beings are fallible and not beyond their own biases. A film like Game Change seems impossible to separate from one’s own political predispositions so allow to me to state … Continue reading

Anonymous (2011)

Anonymous (2011) – I am a theatre student. I take History of Theatre and was offered extra credit for seeing this movie. I otherwise was not planning on it. An anti-Stratfordian drama from the director of Godzilla and The Patriot didn’t exactly pique my interest, but I’ll take my extra credit where I can get … Continue reading

The Ides of March (2011)

The Ides of March (2011) – I have been in college for a long time, mostly due to dropping out a lot and changing majors. At a certain point I figured I’d just pick a god damn major and stick with it so I could just get a degree and get it the hell over … Continue reading

As You Like It (2006)

As You Like It (2006) — I have seen two of Kenneth Branagh’s previous Shakespeare films. One, Much Ado About Nothing, I quite liked. The other, Hamlet, I have several issues with. As You Like It I like, mostly due to the cast and performances. The film is transplanted to Japan, after it was opened … Continue reading