Category Archives: Movies

“Iago” (Poem)

Recently re-read “Othello” and watched the 1952 “Othello” on videotape (yes, videotape) starring Orson Welles.  The 1995 version with a pre-Matrix Laurence Fishburne is also excellent with Branaugh as a superbly acted Iago.  Thinking about the dastardly character Iago, came … Continue reading

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Original Poem: “A. Karenina”

Big fan of Keira Knightley after seeing her in Pride and Prejudice.   Now she’s starring in the 2012 movie, Anna Karenina directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay written by Tom Stoppard based on Tolstoy’s novel.  The initial A (in … Continue reading

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George Romero Meets William Shakespeare

Currently #1 at the box office is the movie Warm Bodies directed by Jonathan Levine based on the novel by Issac Marion. Described as a “zombie romance,” (a zomrom, anyone?) with allusions to Romeo and Juliet, the protagonist zombie (Nicholas … Continue reading

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“Cesare Deve Morire” (Caesar Must Die)

“Since I discovered art, this cell has become a prison.” (Cosimo Rega, prisoner, who plays Cassius) Filmed at Rome’s Rebibbia Maximum Security Prison, the Taviani (Paolo and Vittorio) brothers’ documentary, Cesare Deve Morire, was winner of the Golden Bear at the last … Continue reading

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Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest”

Watched “The Tempest” ( 2010 ) on DVD a few months ago and am just now getting around to blogging about it. Directed by Julie Taymor and featuring Helen Mirren as Prospero – make that Prospera – and Felicity Jones … Continue reading

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Dylan Thomas and “The Edge of Love”

John Maybury’s “The Edge of Love” was finally available here for DVD.  The script, written by Sharman Macdonald (Keira Knightley’s mother) was based on David N. Thomas’ book, A Farm, Two Mansions and a Bungalow.  Two of my all-time favorite … Continue reading

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Anyone Can Write a Poem (In 4 Easy Steps)

“Anyone can cook.” Chef Auguste Gusteau, from Pixar’s Ratatouille If Chef Gusteau had been a poet, he might have said, “Anyone can write a poem.” With the kind of poetry being written today, it indeed looks like anyone can write a … Continue reading

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