In the course of my education, I've discovered that the best way to get anything done is to have something else to procrastinate about. At the moment, I'm procrastinating about Russian grammar. And Russian spelling, and Russian vocabulary. And the writing of long emails in Russian.
I'm procrastinating by means of Shakespeare. Which I guess is more productive, anyway, than procrastinating by means of Star Trek
, which was the other option.
Until fairly recently, I was actually -- as absurd as it may sound -- sort of opposed to the idea of seeing Shakespeare on film, or even at a theater: I was quite sure that the only way to really appreciate Shakespeare's work was by reading it. And I still hold that Shakespeare does need to be read
; but I've also finally realized how much one gains by watching different versions of the plays. Gods know when I'll ever actually get to see a Shakespeare play on a stage, but for the time being, I've been making use of Netflix for... slightly more academic purposes than usual. Sort of.
Anyway. Ten films so far. I'm sure you guys are dying to know what I thought of them. ;) There's some picspamming, anyway...( Hamlet - 1948: Laurence OlivierCollapse )( Hamlet - 1990: Kevin KlineCollapse )( Hamlet - 1996: Kenneth BranaghCollapse )( King Lear - 2008: Ian McKellenCollapse )( Othello - 1995: Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth BranaghCollapse )( Macbeth - 2010: Patrick StewartCollapse )( A Midsummer Night's Dream - 1968: Ian Holm, Helen MirrenCollapse )( A Midsummer Night's Dream - 1999: Kevin Kline, Christian Bale, Stanley TucciCollapse )( Much Ado About Nothing - 1993: Branagh, Emma Thompson, Robert Sean Leonard...Collapse )( Twelfth Night - 1996: Ben Kingsley, Helena Bonham Carter, Stephen Mackintosh...Collapse )( Oh, and also Titus, which was too bad to watch.Collapse )
Looking this over, I wonder if I should be ashamed that half of my reactions seem to consist of damn these guys look good in period garb
. Er. So much for my intellectual pursuits...
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Heh, I love how everybody is already making posts about how they feel about 2011 so far. As for me, I am definitely not off to a terribly productive start. So far, I have slept a lot and read a lot of Dinosaur Comics. And also my sister and I sat around and watched like two hours' worth of Flight of the Conchords stuff on YouTube. Oy. Though I did watch Becket
on New Year's, so that was at least something. (It was very good. Strange, though, seeing O'Toole play Henry II again
, but play him as such a completely different character. And once again, I have so much trouble picturing Peter O'Toole as not gay
. WHY IS HE ALWAYS SO GAY?)
Also, I've noticed that I suddenly seem to have started saying "twenty" when talking about the year, as in "twenty-eleven" instead of "two-thousand-ten." Maybe because "eleven" is just too many syllables already.
Anyway, to follow up my last post, which was about the books I read in 2010... Here's a 2010 book meme post! ( Book meme.Collapse )
...Okay, enough book posts for a while. Though somehow I made a lot fewer book-related posts than usual in 2010, in spite of reading more books than usual. So I guess I'm just making up for it after the fact.
I've now seen Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
. I had very little idea what to expect, since the last HP movie I saw was Prisoner of Azkaban
; I've been a little afraid to see any of the films since then, since the actors just look all wrong to me. But this one actually was not bad. I mean, it was about as convoluted and dragging as the novel, in spite of the fact that they left out a ton of stuff (including nearly everything pertaining to the Half-Blood Prince!), but for all that, I enjoyed it, and it actually inspired me to finally go to Blockbuster and rent the previous two films.( Mostly, the movie reminded me how much I still love Snape.Collapse )
So. I went ahead and saw the new Star Trek movie, since everyone is talking about it.
I was expecting to have more of a reaction to it. Like, to either like it more, or hate it more. My lack of reaction is probably due to the fact that I’ve been reading spoilers for a couple of days now -- something I normally would never, ever
do. Normally, I avoid spoilers like the plague. But this time... I figured I’d be better off preparing myself beforehand for just how much I was going to hate this movie. And it seems to have worked, because I didn’t hate it. But I definitely didn't love it, either.( Spoilers in here.Collapse )
I'm a traditionalist. What can I say. ETA
: ( One more thing.Collapse )ETA #2
: ( Okay, make that two more things.Collapse )ETA #3: THIS
. <-- (You probably won't want to read this if you liked the movie.)
1) The Spirit
has reminded me why I never go to the theater. ( Ten dollars for *that*?Collapse )
2) I'm a bit over 300 pages into War and Peace
. I was worried that it would be slow reading, and 1400 pages of it, at that -- but it's actually surprisingly fast-paced; more so than a lot of other authors of the period, anyway. My only difficulty with the book so far is in keeping track of its ( typical Russian superabundance of characters.Collapse )
Oddly, War and Peace
is also having the unexpected side-effect of making me ( really excited about Napoleon.Collapse )
3) I guess this post would be the place to tell me what books I should buy with my gift cards. ;) Of course, I've already got a list; foremost among the books I'm planning to buy are ( these.Collapse )
But anyway, I'm shopping at Bookman's, where everything is used and cheap, so if I have any money left over, I'll want to know what I should spend it on. And it's always nice to have options! :)