Monday, January 26, 2015

*That* is the Question (A Geeklet Morning Story)

Today over breakfast my 8yr son asked me, "What would rather watch, Hamlet or Midsummer Night's Dream?"

Good question.

In theory I'd like to say Hamlet, I think Hamlet is the better play with more depth to explore. But honestly Hamlet can also be incredibly boring if it's done poorly. Many times I find myself playing closer attention entirely in an attempt to find something about the secondary cast to interest me.

Midsummer, on the other hand, has that light and entertaining layer on top of its depth, so even a mediocre production is still likely going to be good for some laughs.

So my answer was, "Depends on who is playing Hamlet. If it's just another Hamlet with nobody special, well, I've seen that a bunch. But if it's a big actor of today, like say Daniel Day Lewis, then I'm totally picking the Hamlet. Otherwise I'll go Midsummer."

What do you think?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sweep Streets Like Shakespeare Wrote Poetry

Happy Martin Luther King Day, everyone.  It's not quite as famous as the "Dream" speech, but here's the good Dr. King name dropping our favorite playwright to make his point:

What I'm saying to you this morning my friends, even if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go on out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, "Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well."

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Trailer Game! Cymbeline becomes Anarchy

For those that missed it, Ethan Hawke's upcoming movie version of Shakespeare's Cymbeline has been renamed Anarchy. They've even released a new trailer.  But the marketing folks must think we're stupid, because it was only a few months ago that we got almost the exact same Cymbeline trailer.  Here's both!

First, Cymbeline:


Now, Anarchy:

Other than the name change and the really unnecessary "It's like Sons of Anarchy meets Game of Thrones!" graphic for those who didn't already feel hammered over the head enough, what are the most obvious changes you see?