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  1. I actually didn't re-watch the movie for this episode as I've watched it numerous time, and I'm pretty well-versed in it.

    For me, Love's Labour's Lost makes sense in the overall scope of what Branagh was doing at the time. It was mentioned in the episode, that Branagh thought of himself as "the guy" to update Shakespeare for this generation. The idea was to make Shakespeare's plays more accessible to your average viewer, that they weren't just dusty old words in a text book, but vibrant stories that encapsulated a full range of genres. Branagh was pointing out that Shakespeare wasn't writing for the educated elite, but for the commoners. He was making commercial entertainment for the masses that had more in common with Michael Bay, Nora Ephron, and Mel Brooks than Ingmar Bergman.

    Branagh's illustrates this throughout his career. He started out making Henry V, an action movie. He then moved on to Much Ado About Nothing, a Rom-Com. Afterward, he did a grand, historical epic with Hamlet. Love's Labour's Lost is Branagh showing Shakespeare doing screwball comedy. It's supposed to be closer to Bringing Up Baby, than Macbeth. It's not meant to have much of a plot. It's pure farce. There's no deeper meaning to it.        

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  2. Paul, June, and Jason discuss the 2000 adaptation of the comic play Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare directed and starring Kenneth Branagh. They talk about the basic dancing, dead eyes, the panicked and broad performances, and much more.
     
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  3. 36 minutes ago, Cinco DeNio said:

    I thought he did but your response makes sense.  I was hoping at least he stayed on the original base but now I...don't think so.

    To clarify, I think the ending is meant to be a huge bummer, so if they wanted to give Jackson some kind of a happy ending, they would have. There would have been a picture or a woman with him at the end. The feeling I get from the end of the movie is that this was the first time he had left America since he was discharged.

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  4. 6 hours ago, tomspanks said:

    My second favorite song from the movie was Free As A Bird.  I held it together even when the group was shot (hope that's not a spoiler), but when they started playing that song over the credits and the group pics, I lost it.

    I think this would work better for me on a second watch. "Modern Love" was introduced kind of gradually, so when it kicked in, I was ready for it. When the first slide on the guitar hits for "Free as a Bird" hit, I found it pretty jarring. If I knew it was coming, though, I think I would appreciate it more.

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  5. One of my favorite bits was the moment where the dudes are in the tent and one of them is like, "Don't talk about the food you want to eat or about your past, otherwise you'll be the first to die." Then they all proceed to do just that and are immediately killed. I like meta moments like that. The entirety of Saving Private Ryan can be mapped out this way.

      

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  6. 5 hours ago, sycasey 2.0 said:

    I'm with those who don't remember this version of Love's Labour's Lost being a particularly bad movie. I guess it's a weird concept and not really a great movie, but I wouldn't have considered it HDTGM material.

    Honestly, I didn't really consider any of these Shakespeare adaptations mentioned here especially bad, including the Mel Gibson or Ethan Hawke Hamlets. They all have their interesting elements. I guess I've never really hated any Shakespeare movie that used the original language.

    I have to agree, especially when so much of it relies on knowledge of Shakespeare. Like, as a writer, Shakespeare's pretty unassailable. So, really, that just leaves the actual filmmaking and casting, and, meh, I don't hate either in this case. I'm not saying it's my favorite Shakespeare adaptation ever, but it's certainly not HDTGM, Garbage Pail Kids/The Peanut Butter Solution terrible or anything. 

    Personally, I found it to be pretty ballsy of both Branagh and the actors to stretch outside of their comfort zones. Overall, I think it works.

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  7. 3 minutes ago, theworstbuddhist said:

    Sounds like everyone has forgotten Mel Gibson's Hamlet.

    This made me curious so I went googling bad Shakespeare adaptations and this page has some pretty interesting suggestions, most of which I had not heard of (Cymbeline? Also with Ethan Hawke?).

    I didn’t hate the Gibson Hamlet as much as I thought I would. I heard about Hawke’s Cymbeline about a year ago. From the description, it seems to be about a Son’s of Anarchy type motorcycle gang. I’m curious.

     

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  8. 21 minutes ago, Elektra Boogaloo said:

    He had an affair. 

    Unsurprised.

    We talked about this movie a while ago in our Musical Mondays thread. When I was in college, also an English major (*high five*) a theater major friend of mine introduced me to it. As I recall, her feelings about it were mixed. Personally, I have always enjoyed it. I don’t think it’s supposed to be a highly polished movie or anything, just Branagh having fun after his exhaustive production of Hamlet. I find its flaws charming rather than detrimental.

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  9. Is Andrew Lloyd Webber a thief? Are cats human sized? These questions and more are answered on this week’s mini! Paul offers up advice on the Help Line, goes through Corrections and Omissions from Cats, and announces next week’s movie.
     
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  10. On 11/24/2020 at 10:54 AM, theworstbuddhist said:

    Hello. You may remember me from such posts as "here is some Canadian trivia related to this week's movie" or "I'm baked and I could still make a better movie than this!" You may also recall that even though I'm part of the queer community, I watch a lot (I mean, a LOT) of Hallmark-style low budget made for TV romcoms. When my also queer friend Nicole discovered this, she proposed that we do a podcast about them in a very unusual format: an advent calendar. So since late October, we have been feverishly watching, making notes, and recording episodes of A Podcast in a Queer Tree, which will air a new episode every day in December up to and including the 25th. We have something like 10 episodes left to record and I have a ton of editing left to do but we are on track to get it all done. You can check out our still-in-progress website or check out our Patreon, where the episodes will be hosted. We will have no sponsors and there is no charge to listen to the main episodes. We're basically just doing it for fun and experience and to add a little cheer to our (and hopefully your) holidays.

    There is a short intro episode available if you need further convincing. Hope you enjoy. xo

    PS- we also made bingo cards thanks to some maniac online who has a script that generates bingo cards. So enjoy that.

    This is a really cool idea!

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  11. 1 hour ago, Bat Facts said:

    I think the film would have been better received among a certain demographic if they had leaned further into the weird horniness and went full-furry instead of falling into the uncanny valley.

    I said something similar in my Letterboxd review. I feel like this movie would have been better with either practical costumes (like the stage show) or been a full on CG animated movie. Like, you’re watching this movie for the dancing, and ultimately, even the real stuff looks fake.

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  12. 1 hour ago, Cam Bert said:

    While I think Phantom of the Paradise is legit too good for the show, they would have a lot to talk about with it for sure. All great choices. Seeing the Rockula poster just makes me want to rewatch it.

    Yeah, I think Phantom would definitely fall into “Thank God this Got Made” territory.

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  13. While I respect that Jason doesn't like Musical, here are three suggestions that HDTGM should honestly cover:

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    (Because it's gross and I think it would blow Jason and June's minds.)

    MV5BMTMwMjg5Mjg4NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTM0

    (A Cannon film and all that entails)

    PhantomOfTheParadise_30x40_USA_RichardCo

    (A legitmately amazing cult classic)

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