As We Like It
By Jonathan Cox, Aven McMaster, and Mark Sundaram
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Examining film adaptations of Shakespeare movie by movie
||CleanEpisode 16: Michael Almereyda's Cymbeline||We review Ethan Hawke & Ed Harris's Cymbeline (2014), a movie that wasn't well received when it came out, but may offer interesting insights into the Shakespearean play it adapts.||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Charlton Heston's Antony & Cleopatra||We discuss Heston's Antony, how little his Cleopatra gets to say, and the perils of rewording Shakespeare's text.||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Westside Story||We discuss the classic musical adaptation of Romeo & Juliet.||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Slings & Arrows, Season 1 (Hamlet)||Aven & Mark introduce John to their favourite tv show about Shakespeare, Slings & Arrows. They discuss how it casts new light on Hamlet as a play and as a cultural force, its commentary on art and commercialism, Canada/US relations, and our connections||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Zeffirelli's Romeo & Juliet||All four co-hosts convene to discuss the classic Zeffirelli version of Romeo & Juliet, with its young co-stars, beautiful architecture, lush scenery and costuming, and evocative score. Jon, Aven, Mark & John elaborate on the cuts to the text, the emphas||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet||After a longer than usual break, we return with a longer than usual movie--and episode! John Kelly joins Aven and Mark to discuss this lavish, star-studded, and unabridged version of Hamlet.||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnight||Aven & Mark are joined by a guest host, John Kelly, to discuss Orson Welles's adaptation of several plays into the story of Falstaff. A stylish, moving, and fascinating piece of cinema, it gives us lots to discuss about the plays, the characters, and th||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Verdi & Zeffirelli's Falstaff||We explore some of the history of opera in our discussion of this filmed version of Zeffirelli's production of Verdi's Falstaff at the Metropolitan Opera. A comic romp with some lovely music and lavish staging, the show provides some interesting insight||10/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Kenneth Branagh's Henry V||Join us this month as we watch Kenneth Branagh's Henry V, an excellent adaptation of this history play which proves startlingly relevant in the after man of the Brexit vote. His first movie as director, Branagh delivers a sharp and thrilling adaptation||7/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7: River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves in My Own Private Idaho||In this episode, Mark, Aven, and Jon we watch and discuss Gus Van Sant's 1991 indie classic My Own Private Idaho. A visually stunning and inventive movie, it incorporates the story of Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V into a tale about love and loss amon||5/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Michael Fassbender's Macbeth||In this episode we watch 2015's filmed version of Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Akira Kurosawa's Ran||In this episode, Jon, Mark, and Aven watch and discuss Akira Kurosawa's 1985 movie Ran.||3/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: She's the Man||Jon, Aven, and Mark temporarily skip over Ran to watch 2006's She's the Man. This movie takes 10 Things I Hate About You's approach to Twelfth Night, albeit less successfully than 10 Things took on The Taming of the Shrew.||2/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Much Ado About Nothing (1993)||In this episode, Aven and Mark show Jon one of their favorite movies, Kenneth Branagh's 1993 adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. The movie is by far the most traditional of the three they've watched, and also, the most charming.||12/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: 10 Things I Hate About You||In this episode, Aven and Mark watch one of Jon's favorite movies, 1999's 10 Things I Hate About You, for the first time. A modernized retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, the movie goes out of its way to address a lot of the somewhat problematic momen||11/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Julie Taymor's The Tempest||In this inaugural episode, Jon, Aven, and Mark discuss their intentions behind the project and why they chose to start with Julie Taymor's 2010 movie The Tempest.||10/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Great premise with lots of varied mileage
I've enjoyed this podcast for a year now. The varied perspectives on film and the texts is good, and the wide array of adaptations (from traditional to musical, from teen comedy to opera) gives a nice variety.
I have never wanted to jump through my iPod and join in the discussion more than during the most recent West Side Story episode.
I also want to thank Aven and Mark for introducing me to Slings & Arrows. We had it at my local library and I have binged the first two seasons.
I look forward to whatever episodes are to come (keep hoping for Peter Brooks' King Lear). The only flaw in this show is the wait between episodes.
The Branagh Hamlet discussion revealed the possibility that some of the commentators don't know much about Shakespeare. Give it a listen, you'll see. The Shakespeare-related knowledge level of the loquacious gentleman on the phone seemed particularly shallow.
For the Fassbender Macbeth, all we really hear, over and again, is that the poetry is missing. Unaccountably, none of the commentators had any opinion about the presence of the dead baby or the significance of Lady Macbeth witnessing the murders, which, among Macbeth films, is unique. One commentator admitted he had never seen a theatrical production of Macbeth.
I wondered why I was listening.