I am speeding through Ty Burr's Gods Like Us. I've read a few Hollywood/film books recently from the very dry text book type to the tabloidy gossip type but I was looking for something in between, a book which has a conversational style as well as a good historical thread running through it. One of the themes throughout the book so far is fan obsession and its beginings so its right up my street.
I'm really looking forward to this film, but trying not to let my hopes get to high. Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska are beautifully watchable and other worldly, perfect for a vampire flick. I'm interested to see what tom Hiddleston will bring to it.
I've been waiting, for what feels like ages, to see a film that I like as much as The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford. Oh there's been films I've liked a lot because they have had a theme I'm interested in or they look real pretty and drew me in that way. Ain't Them Bodies Saints has all of this. I like its frontier feel, even though it's set in modern day, the central love story (with a touch of Bonnie & Clyde), it's about love and loyalty, doing the right thing in a bad situation and the land, sprawling, dry and damp in turn, is a character in itself.
I'm watching and re watching it, trying to figure out all the things about it I like, all the layers and colours and pieces of dialogue.
I'm sitting here re watching The Escape Artist on the iPlayer. I'm a fan of David Tennant, a relatively new fan, I should add. His Dr WHO is my favourite since Tom Baker. Anyway I realised that I hadn't talked about Richard II at the RSC, which I saw as an extra special birthday treat recently.
I got restricted view tickets (all that was left) for one of the early preview nights. I would get restricted view again, much much cheaper and really not much of an issue with view at all.
I love the theatre but I never really 'get round to going' and I'm usually to late to get tickets for the plays I would really like to see.
David Tennant was so very good in Richard II. The long hair was a welcome surprise somehow (I'm more of a romance and comedies fan when it comes to Shakey) I didn't know a lot about the play. Tennant played it with a lovely graceful humour, even during the tragic parts. Richard seemed rather vain, very out of touch with his people and full of a belief that he was perhaps not of this world but somehow I found myself full of sympathy and affection for Richard.
I had a massive coughing fit during one of Tennants long important speeches. I was so embarrassed, it was because of the dry ice you see.