This semester is coming to a close. As I’m cramming for finals and writing research papers, there is one assignment I’m actually looking forward to. After a semester of writing analysis papers in my Shakespeare, we actually get a “fun” assignment (they were all fun to me!) – we have to write a movie remake of one of the plays we read. Naturally, I’m doing my favorite play ever: Hamlet.
My favorite version of Hamlet is, surprisingly (even to me), a “modern” remake of it starring Ethan Hawke. Here is his delivery of, quite possibly, my favorite part of Hamlet:
I have of late – but wherefore I know not – lost all my mirth…
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how
infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like
a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet,
to me, what is this quintessence of dust?
I haven’t started writing my paper yet, but I think I’m going to set Hamlet in 1950s France. Why? Because I see Hamlet as an existential play, and he should be right there with Camus and Sartre!
Ok, time to get back to studying 🙂
Last night Eric and I saw “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.” I have been looking forward to this movie for FOREVER and I wasn’t disappointed! Of course, it wasn’t as good as the first one, but I didn’t expect it to be…. how could any movie be as good as the first!? My two biggest complaints: 1) the should have used Mozart again lol 🙂 and 2) They made Mary Stuart FUGLY. Which is weird since she was widely known for her incredibly beauty. But yeah.. it was AMAZING!!! Although historically inaccurate, but so is the first film (widely inaccurate!).
Cate Blanchett is SUCH an amazing actress, I just can’t even believe it…!! Even the people who didn’t like the film (whiners), agree on that much.
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We also saw “The Heartbreak Kid” which was horrible. I mean… just… TERRIBLE. One of the worst movies I’ve seen in the theaters in a LONG LONG time. and we finally watched “The Lives of Others” – a German film that was amazing!! Now THAT is good story telling and character development!
As far as books go (I know I know, boring, but I’ll try to be quick), the best one I’ve read since my last book-post was
– The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir. Seriously, Weir is the best historical non-fiction writer EVER. Her Elizabeth book was so ridiculously good..!!!!!!! but… I’m not going to gush about it anymore because I would take up pages and pages lol
– I also read The Way of the Gladiator by Daniel P. Mannix which is all about all the messed up stuff they did in the Colosseum. It basically scarred me for life. I almost couldn’t finish it because it was SO graphic. And I handle stuff like that pretty damn well!
– Next was On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. McEwan is one of the most incredible writers I’ve ever had the enjoyment of reading!! I *loved* his “Atonement” and “The Daydreamer” was one of my favorite books as a child. This book did NOT disappoint!!! A.Maz.Ing.
– Then I read The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins. For being an evolutionary biologist he is an amazing writer! I already knew a lot of the stuff he covered in the book, but he still entertained me with his wit and style.
– Next was Breaking The Spell: Religion As A Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennett. It was… interesting. Good interesting. but different from most atheistic texts I’ve read recently. It was like one long rambling account of all of his thoughts on the subject.. but they were interesting thoughts so I hung on. Not the greatest thing I’ve ever read, but not the worst… so, eh.
– And then…. I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen T. Colbert D.F.A.! One of THE FUNNIEST things I’ve ever read. The whole time I was just giggling my ass off!! it takes a lot for a book to make me laugh out loud… You must read it!
Ok I think I’ve bored you long enough 🙂
Now I’m off to get wasted at Outback Steakhouse with my family! hahaha (it’s my birthday dinner… even though my birthday was Sept. 6th….)