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text 2017-07-08 08:38
Fragile Cromwell: "Wolf Hall" by Peter Kosminsky


NB: I have not read the novels yet, but I'm afraid I'm going to be a little negative.


I had a “couple” of problems with this drama: firstly, I thought it felt a little 'empty' in terms of atmosphere. The camera-work, lighting and (to a lesser extent) the art-design was, for me, rather 'plain' - as if they were going for a very orthodox, no-frills adaptation of the novels. Likewise, I also thought that the soundtrack was rather dreary and 'safe' - although 'Tudor Pop' admittedly isn't my cup of tea. It would be nice - in general - if TV dramas would take more of a risk with their soundtracks: in the last week, I have re-watched Paul Thomas Anderson's “There Will be Blood” (with Jonny Greenwood's superb, experimental soundtrack) and then saw Birdman (which has a soundtrack almost solely composed of avant-garde jazz percussion) and was struck by how much these films were enhanced by a more original approach to background music.


If you're into period pieces, read on.

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text 2017-06-14 08:29
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 509 pages.
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1) - Christopher Paolini

Bought this book initially in hopes that I would like it but doubtful I would and if I didn't like it, I'd hope that one day, one of my sons would read it and like it. Push come to shove, I could just always take it back to the place I bought it, but, so far, so good. With this being over 500 pages, I just hope it continues on being a good read. :-)

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text 2017-06-11 08:43
Popcorn Shakespeare: "The Hollow Crown I - Richard II" by Rupert Goold, Starring Ben Whishaw


Well, was last night's "Richard II" well worth watching? 


The director conveyed the story, the plot, as clearly as any director is ever likely to. And the location shooting was superb, both indoor and outdoor, truly aiding the action and showing off this island's ancient history to the global market. However, although "Richard II" is entirely written in carefully-designed and charming verse, one only heard snatches of it, and then only from the actors David Suchet (expected from such an experienced and accomplished actor) and, surprisingly, from young Ben Whishaw. If other actors in this production thought they were delivering the verse, they failed to convey it. Rory Kinnear (Bolingbroke) seemed to have learnt his lines entirely unaware that they were not written in the form of prose. And how my heart sank when occasionally Shakespeare clearly intended for us to hear two adjacent lines rhyme but the actor intentionally avoided it, minimising it, as if honouring Shakespeare's intention would create a detraction or distraction!



If you're into Shakespeare and Richard II in particular, read on.

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review 2017-05-22 19:44
Throne of Glass (T.O.G. #1) by Sarah J Maas
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

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review 2017-05-20 04:41
The First Wife: A Tale of Polygamy by Paulina Chiziane
The First Wife: A Tale of Polygamy - Paulina Chiziane,David Brookshaw

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