I'm 85% sure that I have read this novel in the past (I went through a pretty major Agatha Christie phase in middle school), but there's this 15% of me that keeps thinking If I'd really read this book in the past, wouldn't I have remembered the amazing ending?
I have a confession to make: I love the Oscars. I love watching the red carpet shows, the fake smiles, and the spectacle of the awards show itself. Why? I'm not sure, but I think my love for the Academy Awards has its roots in the same place as my love for Downton Abbey, The Olympics, and… Continue reading Film Review: La La Land
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
Other titles I considered for this post: Henry V: How many Henrys does it take to rule England? Henry V: I'm really only here for Tom Hiddleston. I am very glad to say that I have finished reading through "The Henriad," one of Shakespeare's two historical tetralogies. I decided to read the plays in the order… Continue reading Henry V: The Last King of 2015
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.
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
If I had to pick a theme song for the first two history plays I've read so far, it would be "Another One Bites the Dust." The play begins with a king who has blood on his hands. Once Henry deposes Richard, we see a new king with the same old problem. He's guilty as well, and his hands are not clean.
One of my long-term goals is to read through all of Shakespeare's works. Last year I started on his history plays, which was a larger undertaking than I realized. I only managed to read one--Richard II-- during 2014. This year, I'm determined to finish three more by January 1. I thought I'd share the process here… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Histories
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