Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Netflix Worthy: ShakespeaRE-Told

The Netflix instant movies that you can watch online are great for when you're in between returning one disc and getting another. Or when, say, the lock on your mailbox is broken, leaving Season 2 of Mad Men trapped inside for a few days while the building tries to fix it. Just hypothetical situations like that. Anyway, one of the instant movies that I recently watched is ShakespeaRE-Told, a BBC miniseries starring famous British actors, like James McAvoy, that translates Shakespeare's plays into modern settings. It was one of Netflix's recommendations for me "based on my interest in Flight of the Conchords". I'm not really sure what the connection is there- maybe Brett's and Jemaine's lyrics are as beautiful as a Shakespeare sonnet? In any case, I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did. There are four in the series- Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. I've watched two of the comedies so far and both were really entertaining. Not exactly high culture, but fun and clever enough, and the British accents trick you into thinking they're very highbrow.

I may have to start an offshoot blog called Miss Anglophile

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