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Thesis/TV/Film - Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
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normandie_m
normandie_m
Thesis/TV/Film
I should e-mail Rick about the prospective resource list for the thesis, but I'm feeling lazy at the moment. Must, must do it tomorrow so he has time to reply, since he'll be away from Australia Day onwards for a week. I'm hoping to start writing this thing in February, so I need to be sure that I'm on the right track and all set up for a relatively stress-free time.

The Tudors starts screening on cable here in a few weeks. I shall be watching, and trying not to nitpick. I'm not sure that I'm going to buy Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII, but only because I can't imagine him ageing into an obese redhead with gout. Much more pleased at seeing Sam Neill playing Cardinal Wolsey, he acts well in everything he's in. And Peter O'Toole will be playing the Pope in series two! What's not to love?

Someone on the flist needs to tell me that the new series of Crotchwoot sorry er, Torchwood is worth watching. I've heard good things about James Marster's guest appearance, and I really hope that the script quality's improved since series one. I want to enjoy this show and not cringe at the clunking lines and character development. Also if Captain Jack never again appears in DW, I want to be able to enjoy him in this show.

Sweeney Todd is finally out here this week. Yay! Toying with whether or not I should see Cloverfield too....I love J.J. Abrams, but the trailer makes it out to look like a Godzilla-type film. I'd rather stick with just watching Lost, where the monster is inflicts psychological harm and kills people violently.

Current Mood: curious curious
Current Music: Josh Pyke- Sew My Name

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fannyfae From: fannyfae Date: January 21st, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you are going to nitpick, I will tell you that. I bought it on DVD earlier this year and I am debating on whether or not to actually re-sell it on eBay. The period under Henry VIII is not my favourite part of Tudor history, but I suppose because the series was made for cable, and so gratuitous sex is a part of that entertainment formula. I suppose that it could be worse. I think the show is more about Henry and his incredible ego than it is about history, anyway.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: January 21st, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the show is more about Henry and his incredible ego than it is about history, anyway.

This is the impression I got too, from the trailers. I thought that since it was created by the writer who wrote the scripts for the two Elizabeth films that it might be an intelligent drama about the earlier years of of Henry's reign. Given what you said though, looks like I'll be waiting for The Other Boleyn Girl for that (though I don't mind, because I think Eric Bana looks pretty damn good as Henry in the promo shots).
fannyfae From: fannyfae Date: January 21st, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
The writer for the two Elizabeth films had the advantage in both of those cases of Shekhar Kapur over his shoulder. Shekhar, though far from perfect historically in either of those two scripts, has some pretty specific visions as far as the history and sovereignty etc. I think he has some interesting ideas and he expresses them alot better than when the writer was left on his own to do with The Tudors. I think he got it pretty right on as far as the degree of madness that Anne Boleyn drove Henry to.

Watch it, see how you like it. I haven't sold my copy yet, so I may just keep it. As far as The Other Boleyn Girl, I am rather anxious to see that one, too.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: January 22nd, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really have to ask whether you (as someone who admires Elizabeth I) saw the BBC's 'The Virgin Queen' from 2006? You mention 'Elizbeth I' and the films, and was just wondering whether you'd seen this production too?

I found it hugely enjoyable, not the least for the amazing soundtrack and a very strong supporting cast. And it adheres to history a bit more than the Elizbeth films have. It is worth checking out if you haven't already. :)
fannyfae From: fannyfae Date: January 22nd, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually own that one! A friend of mine taped it from Cable and the copy wasn't the greatest, but when it came out on DVD I was certain to get a copy. I think Helen Miren is absolutely phenomenal as an actress - and at least she got the speech right before Spain's attempt to invade England. I liked the fact that they did not flinch at all from history - they did the whole thing where Mary Queen of Scot's head fell when they grabbed by the wig, and all the nasty little details of what interrogation and torture were about.

normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: January 22nd, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I'm not actually referring to the Mirren telemovie, sorry! It's this one made by the BBC I'm talking about. You simply must see it. :)
carolinebishop From: carolinebishop Date: January 21st, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, two things:
1. I freaking *love* that icon. But I think I've already told you that.

2. The Tudors is sooo bad that it actually becomes good. You have to resign yourself to some bad acting, but the costumes are fabulous and it's really fun.
ciliandis From: ciliandis Date: January 21st, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not willing to judge the entire season on the premiere, but ... OMG, the premiere is AMAZING. *_* Mostly for Ianto. And Jack, duh, but they did some really, really great things with Ianto. <3 Also, massive potential for Jack's backstory.
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