2018 Books, Book Reviews, Life and Style, Movie Reviews, Uncategorized

Weekend Update: Murakami, Polar Bears, and Poirot

One of my goals for 2018 is to stick to a more regular posting schedule here on Book Fifty, and I've decided that means two posts each week. I've been posting general reading tips on Mondays and book reviews on Thursdays, if you haven't noticed that pattern yet! But tonight I have a sort of… Continue reading Weekend Update: Murakami, Polar Bears, and Poirot

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet

In the heat of the summer, there's nothing better than settling into a cool movie theatre seat with popcorn and a drink. One of my new favorite things is to go see theatre broadcasts at the movie theatre. I saw one last fall--Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet--so I was excited to see that Kenneth Branagh was releasing… Continue reading Film Review: Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet

Movie Reviews, Uncategorized

Downton Abbey and the Power of Happy Endings

Last night, after six wonderful seasons, Downton Abbey wrapped up its run as my favorite television show. I'm planning a post in the near future about my favorite moments from the show, but for today I thought I'd take a few minutes to talk about the ending of the series and about happy endings in general.… Continue reading Downton Abbey and the Power of Happy Endings

Book Lists, Movie Reviews, Reading Tips

Three Books For Sherlock Fans 

I'm the first one to admit that I arrived late to the Sherlock party. I didn't start watching this BBC show until a few months ago, but once I pressed play on episode one, I couldn't stop! I love that the show is a modern adaptation of a Victorian classic, and I really love all… Continue reading Three Books For Sherlock Fans 

2015 Books, Book Lists, Book Reviews, Movie Reviews

Henry IV, Part II

If you ever need proof that history repeats itself, read Henry IV, Part II. Just like Henry IV, Part I, this play focuses on King Henry IV, his son Hal, and Hal's less than perfect friends. In Part 2, however, Shakespeare plays on the reader's expectations. He knows we are all waiting for Hal's reformation, waiting for Hal to "banish plump Jack, and banish all the world." He knows we are waiting, and he makes us wait. And wait. And then wait some more.

2015 Books, Movie Reviews

The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part I

Confession time: About fifteen minutes into this film I had to go get my copy of the play and follow along. I could hardly understand what anyone was saying, and it was difficult to understand the plot. There are a lot of people in these plays, and none of them go by their real names! If… Continue reading The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part I

2015 Books, Movie Reviews

Review: NT Live’s Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch 

After three hours and twenty minutes (not counting the intermission), it’s official, y’all. Benedict Cumberbatch is my favorite Hamlet. My review is focusing on my own opinions—not the slightly mixed reviews I read of his stage performance. Take it for what it’s worth! I’m no theatre critic, but I do love me some Shakespeare.  1.… Continue reading Review: NT Live’s Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch