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Jan. 28th, 2010

Hm, I just watched Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet movie, all four hours of it, and now I'm feeling bad for having complained about David Tennant. I think I've simply fallen out of love with the play as such; I'm not really getting anything out of it any longer. There still are a few quieter moments where I can recapture some faint echo of my original love for this film (most notably the graveyard scene), but generally speaking, meh. A bit too shouty sometimes, although OTOH at least it's not crazy!Hamlet all the time, and certainly too grandiose and choreographied, which is a pity, because what Branagh is good at is reducing a story to its purely human components and just letting it play out. The filmed illustrations of text/dialogue are more than a little awkward.

Horatio was the Prime Minister in CoE. He.

It's things like this that make me increasingly wary to make any kind of quality judgement beyond, Yay, I liked that. I loved that film a lot at the time, and now I couldn't honestly say any longer if it's good or crap, or it it's just me who has changed. And I'm probably the only person ever to worry about this kind of stuff. *headdesk*

On that note, something I still haven't got tired of watching yet is Stephane Lambiel's exhibition performance from the Europeans. Except for the enthusiastic Russian commentator being vocally enthusiastic over the first few seconds, but nobody seems to be willing to upload another version that is good quality, not squished into the wrong size or has an obnoxious pink frame. And I didn't think of recording it. But otherwise, wow. 'Speechless' pretty much covers it.


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Jan. 28th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm so happy your posted Lambiel's exhibition performance from the Euros, I missed it on the telly and had quite despaired I'd see it anywhere. He is utterly fabulous and oh my god his spins!
Jan. 28th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
I have lambiel_ru on my flist, they're usually pretty quick linking new Lambiel stuff... ;)

What I love about figure skating is that sometimes that fine balance between sport and art creates real perfection, especially when the skaters are a bit more experienced, but still skating in competition. And I just realised I'll be in Salzburg during the Olympics, no TV or no internet for everything after the Men's short program. *sigh*
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