arisha: (escaflowne mystic moon)
One last post before we return to our regularly schedule programming - here is a list of the plays in the Shakespeare canon, roughly ordered based on how much I like them (although they are alphabetical within each category because otherwise I would be here all day). This list is more for future!Sarah to look back and laugh at, because I am 100% sure that at least some of the plays will move up or down in my esteem as I read them/rewatch them/learn more about them. The first time I read Macbeth I thought it was boring and the first time I read Romeo and Juliet I thought it was stupid, and now both of them are among my favourite plays of all time. So anything can happen really!

For me, the plays in the first three categories really made the Shakespeareathon worth doing. Can I just reiterate how happy I am to have discovered Richard II?

Sell when you can: you are not for all markets. )
arisha: (troy helen)
It's done, it's done! It took me from mid-October to June 3rd, but I have completed my goal of watching one version of each of the plays in the Shakespeare canon. I'm very happy to have done this Shakespeareathon and I'm pretty proud that I was able to finish it. I learned a lot about Shakespeare's plays and I'm excited to keep learning about them (as well as the plays of other Elizabethan/Jacobean playwrights).

UNFORTUNATELY, this excitement is only just returning some twenty days after I finished the Shakespeareathon. I didn't plan it this way at all, but the last three plays I watched were among my least favourite plays of the whole thing, and that definitely killed a lot of my Shakespeare-related enthusiasm. With all apologies for a belated entry, here are my thoughts on the last seven plays of the Shakespeareathon~

Shine out, fair sun, till I have bought a glass, that I may see my shadow as I pass. )
arisha: (ai takahashi)
Apologies to those of you with no interest in these entries! I am a mere seven plays from the end, at which point we will return to our regularly scheduled programming of Sarah and her boring life.

If one good deed in all my life I did, I do repent it from my very soul. )
arisha: (reina tanaka heart)
I am currently halfway through Shakespeareathon #27 and will post an update to that list soon, but in the meantime here is a short post about a Shakespeare-related movie I watched recently: Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela, a Bollywood musical adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet." Based on the previous very few Bollywood movies I'd seen, I went in expecting this to be a colourful movie with a light story, silly songs and a happy ending, and for a while it fit my expectations exactly - Ram, the Romeo character, has an introduction song that's the most ridiculous thing I've seen in a very long time - but, as is only natural for a "Romeo and Juliet" adaptation, the second half was rather darker and oh my gosh you guys I LOVED IT. This is totally one of those movies where you could list a whole bunch of things they could have done better (Ram and Leela's relationship is based on nothing except that they are both very pretty! Major events happen and are never mentioned again! Everyone has a gun except when it would be inconvenient for the plot!) and I would agree with every one of them but super not care. As someone who spends entirely too much time thinking about "Romeo and Juliet," here are some of the things I love about this movie: civil blood makes civil hands unclean )

(Also, if any of you know anything about Bollywood, feel free to recommend me some movies! I will totally seek them out. At the moment I've only watched six!!)
arisha: (escaflowne mystic moon)
In March, when I posted my updated list of Shakespeare plays I'd seen, I was less than pleased to find that in four years I'd only added two plays to my list. I meant to watch some more Shakespeare over the summer, but only managed the James Mason Julius Caesar. In the middle of October I was feeling quite frustrated with myself about this, something like: "Sarah, you keep saying you want to watch more Shakespeare, don't you? So just do it already!!" At which point I decided that, over the next few months, I was going to watch all of them.

let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs )

Three more till halfway!! :D
arisha: (troy words)
So I know that I have complained a lot about my situation here, and I'm sure I will complain again, but this weekend I went down to Saitama to watch the Yukio Ninagawa production of "Troilus and Cressida" that I was freaking out about a few months ago, and




I don't really have the time tonight to write about it in extreme detail (especially as I am sure that once I start I WILL NEVER STOP), but rest assured that I will do so!!! But you guys, you guys. I am so, so grateful right now that I am here and was able to go to this play. I mean, Ninagawa seems to be directing Shakespeare and Greek tragedy and other plays pretty much constantly, so I was confident I would be able to go see something by him, but how completely amazing a coincidence is it that my time on JET managed to line up with the summer he directed a play I have been pining for years to see. And clearly I am saying this as a total fangirl of basically everything to do with this production, but -- you guys. It was amazing.

ANYWAY you will definitely hear more about this (as well as the production of "Macbeth" that I saw in Harajuku!) before the week is out; I just wanted to whip up a super happy and positive post while I still felt this way. xD
arisha: (escaflowne merle)

1. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell
I've totally been failing at reading this year, unless reading Peru guidebooks counts. Pretty much every book I've borrowed, I've lost interest one or two chapters in. :| But I guess all I needed was some pop sociology, because I managed to finish this one! (It has a chapter on how Blue's Clues is an evolved form of Sesame Street, how could I not finish it?) It's a really interesting book, although as usual with books of this type, I don't have anything more to say about it.

2. Shakespeare: The World as Stage, Bill Bryson
I read this book on a recommendation from [ profile] lysanderpuck, and I really enjoyed it! It's a biography of William Shakespeare that's really honest about what exactly we do and do not know about him, and it also manages to put his life into context in an understandable way, something I didn't get from the other biographies I've read. Apparently some of the things I'd believe to be true about Shakespeare are in fact total guesses, which is good to know! I also very much enjoyed the last chapter, in which Bryson deals with all of the Shakespeare-didn't-write-Shakespeare theories in one fell swoop, by pretty much saying "ANAGRAMS ARE STUPID AND YOU HAVE NO PROOF FOR ANYTHING!!" Bill and I are now BFFs, just so you know. xD


18. Liar Game (Season 2), 2010
Oh Liar Game, how are you so amazing, and why can't you go on forever so I can watch a million episodes of you? :( It took me a few episodes to really get into this season, as it has a bit of a different look and feel from the first season, but soon enough I was hooked again. I kind of want to play that smuggling game in real life, not gonna lie. xD Also, Katsuragi is an awesome antagonist. The movie has just been released in Japan and I can't wait to see it; judging from the previews it looks like the writers have finally decided to act on the ~romantic tension~ that's existed between Nao and Akiyama since, I dunno, about five minutes into the first episode. ADFSlAE;HQkLAS FINALLY!!!!

I also feel the need to mention that I was quite amused when I realized that neither Nao's ailing father nor Akiyama's time in jail were ever mentioned in this season. And I had expected the former to turn into a big and obnoxious plot point!

19. Alice in Wonderland, 2010
My favourite part of this movie was that I watched it at an employee screening, and when one of my co-workers pulled out his cell phone, another one shouted, "Don't be a Tommy Texter!" hahahaha oh gosh.

My second favourite part of this movie was the dress that Alice wore when she was in the Red Queen's palace.

Yeah, that's pretty much it.
arisha: (koharu kusumi)
After reading its Wikipedia page, I feel like kind of an idiot thinking I should rush to my LiveJournal to announce to the world how Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" is like the second coming of Ace of Base, right down to the way she sings the lyrics, but seriouslyyyy! I know I don't talk about them that much anymore, but from the end of elementary school and all through middle school Ace of Base was my favourite group, and so it is a big deal to me that someone would write a song so obviously influenced by them. Seriously, how did I not know about this sooner, I love it. xD


14. Push, 2009
[ profile] the_wykydtron and I had been sorta kinda wanting to see this for over a year, and finally we did! And I think that she summed it up best when she commented on some new plot point, "This twist would be really interesting if I cared at all!" This movie had a really cool setting and some characters that potentially could have been really compelling, but somewhere along the way the writing and the editing failed. Which is frustrating! I would still watch it again though, just for Dakota Fanning as a psychic thirteen-year-old who goes out and gets drunk when she's frustrated with the other characters for never doing as she tells them. Seriously, how randomly awesome is that. xD

15. The 300 Spartans, 1962
Rounding out our evening of movies that have no interest in creating any sort of suspense at all is this tale about the Battle of Thermopylae. I don't think I hated it to the same extent that [ profile] the_wykydtron did, but it certainly wasn't great. I would love to see this film remade - less talking, more action, less secondary character romance, more greenscreen, and, I dunno, maybe that guy from The Ugly Truth in the lead. I mean, I dunno, I'm just sayin'.

16. Much Ado About Something, 2001
Lolariously enough, I don't think this documentary includes anything that the Wikipedia entry doesn't at least touch upon, but it was still an interesting watch. And surprisingly casual - we see clips from interviews that took place while the subjects were driving, eating in the cafeteria, and even gardening! Anyway, this documentary discusses the idea that Christopher Marlowe was not killed, but in fact went into exile, where he wrote all of the plays that today we believe to be Shakespeare's. I find the Shakespeare authorship theories kind of interesting, although I have yet to be convinced by any of them. This one doesn't rely entirely upon anagrams, which is a point in its favour, but I still didn't find it all that much more compelling. It basically goes like this: "Shakespeare wasn't smart enough to write the plays he wrote, but Marlowe was! Oh, he died in 1593, you say? Well, uh, no he didn't! He just went into exile! In, uh, Italy! Yeah, Italy! 'Cause Romeo and Juliet is set there! Here, have a list of lines from Shakespeare plays that are very similar to lines from Marlowe plays and obviously prove that they were written by the same person, completely ignoring how we already know that Shakespeare was a master at stealing inspiration from wherever he could get it!" So ... yeah. x)

While I'm on the topic: I have a bit of an inexplicable love for Christopher Marlowe, to the point that my favourite part of Shakespeare in Love is the way they handle his death. Especially when I went into that movie not expecting him to be in it at all! SO AWESOME.
arisha: (reina tanaka kanashiki koi)
51. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), 2000
I can count this as a movie if I want to count it as a movie, haha. I heard about this play when [ profile] the_wykydtron went to a local production (without me!! HOW DARE SHE), and so intrigued was I by her report that I looked to see if I could find a version of it on YouTube. Lo and behold, I found the entire thing! I finally finished watching it last night, and, while it was a little more ridiculous than I'd been expecting, overall I really enjoyed it! They actually manage to include pretty much all of Shakespeare's work, including my beloved but much-ignored "Troilus and Cressida," which is awesome! As a wannabe Shakespeare fan I was definitely laughing through the whole thing (except for the occasional serious moments, which were also very good), and I'll probably be looking into the Reduced Shakespeare Company's other productions in the future. xD

In other news, last night [ profile] trumpydoesmagic and I watched The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which was most excellent, and then I had a dream that Lady Gaga featured Morning Musume's Reina Tanaka in one of her songs. Uhm. Awesome?
arisha: (amadeus tagline)
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So I'm gonna go against the grain a bit here and say that if I had a time machine and was going to use it to go back and watch performances in the past, forget concerts! The first thing I would do is pay a visit to Elizabethan England and watch one of the very first productions of a Shakespeare play. I know there's a reproduction of the Globe now where they perform plays of the era, but oh man so not the same as actually being there! Theatre etiquette was totally different back then for one thing, hahaha. So yeah, that's first.

After that I would actually answer this question properly and go watch a Mozart concert or opera.

And then I would find out the truth behind the Trojan War!!

And then I would join the majority of my friendslist and go and watch pretty much every concert on the Bad tour, lol. xD
arisha: (vampire camera)
NEW MEME! List all the Shakespeare plays you've read/seen on film/seen live!

je te trouverai, roméo, je te tuerai, roméo )

I don't have an appropriate icon for this post so I'm just gonna use my sparkling new New Moon icon. :D Now off I go to work on the shirt I'm gonna wear to opening night!! (Exit, pursued by a bear.)


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