Archive for February, 2014

R+JulietTwo households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

Romeo and Juliet is a famous theatrical play, written by William Shakespeare and published by the end of the 16th century. Two houses, the Montagues and the Capulets, hate each other to death; and the love that bonded their two children is the most tragic love story known to humanity. Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo-and-Mercutio-romeo-and-juliet-slash-27929061-460-300version in my opinion is the best there is.

The protagonists’ youth makes the ending even more tragic, but that is always how first (and in this case only) love feels; passionate, total, consuming, catastrophic, unforgettable. Putting the Shakespearean word in the mouths of two modern teenagers gave the film gravity and prestige, and Luhrmann’s cinematography made it understandable to the audience. The soundtrack of the film was amazing; it has one of my favourite songs by Radiohead. Finally, the final scene of Romeo going to see where Juliet lies is just beyond description. It is a most original scene that only Mr Luhrmann’s aesthetics could create.

For us who are not in our prime anymore watch it and remember how it feels to be young and in love again. For the younger generation,  well you can feel it for yourselves!

My only love sprang from my only hate…

Romeo + Juliet


knight's tale Can a man change his stars?

Last night I watched one of my favourite films of all times. And though it is quite old it is great entertainment. It’s fun, it’s great, I want to see it again! It is A Knight’s Tale!

The Knight’s Tale is the first of The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories written in the 14th century by Geoffrey Chaucer. The film having taken some of the themes of the story, it has turned it into a wonderful medieval adventure but with a very rock attitude. We have William Thacker who has decided to ‘change his stars’ and from a peasant become a knight. When the knight to whom he was a servant dies he grasps the chance and takes his place in the most important athletic event of the time, jousting. joustingWith the help of his two friends presenting themselves as his servants, and the sudden appearance of Geoffrey Chaucer as his herald, which I found very creative, he slowly starts to win the tournament. In the course of his ascent to knighthood he meets the love of his life and of course things get complicated.

What makes this film so worth-it is the blending of medieval with today. It was natural for the characters to stand in the middle of the road, have their argument while there were hanged men above their heads! At the same time the music is amazing; in the beginnng of the film the audience goes along with the rhythm of ‘we will rock you‘ and later on when Will has to show a dance from his country he dances in the music of David Bowie. And finally, what topped it for me was his Nike armour!!

Just watch if because… He’s blond, he’s tanned, he comes from Gelderland!