September 21, 2005 Archives

21 September 2005

Lost in Translation

This website lets you translate poetry (using google) from English to German to French and then back to English.

These are my favourites so far:

The cross of arm Insey Winsey is assembled the casing;  
* to come to the bottom the rain and to wash bad Insey outside.  
The sun came and dried the whole rain;  
The cross of arm Insey Winsey is assembled the casing again.
dickory the dock of Hickorys, 
ran the mouse the donor of synchronization.  
The donor of synchronization struck, 
the mouse fell to the bottom, 
dickory the dock of Hickorys

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21 September 2005

Pride and Prejudice

  • Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Judi Dench and others...
  • 127 minutes - U - UGC Cinema
I guess the question everybody wants to know is how the film compares to the BBC TV series. Personally, I reckon the two complement each other quite well. The TV series has the advantage of 5 hours to play with, allowing much more of the original plot to be captured, particularly the slowly evolving relationships. The film version has the advantage of getting the plot across to you in one go, so it in someways makes more sense (I didn't religiously follow the TV series, so I may have missed important bits along the way). Equally the acting is, arguably better, particularly with some of the more minor roles: Each of the Bennett sisters has a distinct personality; Mr Collins is fabulous; etc.

The buildings, scenery, costumes and choreography all play their own part in the atmosphere and magic of the film.

In summary: A must see for any P&P fan, and anybody who doesn't actively hate happy endings.

Rating: 4/5

Posted by Robert Hart | Permanent Link | Categories: Films

21 September 2005

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof poster On Saturday, we went to see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Nottingham Playhouse. This was my second trip to the theatre this year (last time we went to the Theatre Royal)

The play seems to be relatively famous (i.e. I've actually heard of it ;-)) but I couldn't say I knew anything about it. We even had an argument before hand about whether Tennessee Williams is a man or a woman. I have to say that I was pretty disappointed by it. The plot is dull, the characters are unlikeable, the acting was bad, and the script is far too dialogue heavy.

Rating: 1.5/5

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