Hot cute girly geek goes Shakespeare!

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. I’ve been on a bit of a cultural tour the last couple of weeks. I started with Shakespeare live, in between watched Captain America Civil War and ended last night with the musical Beauty and the Beast.

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But let us start with Shakespeare live. I started with Coriolanus a couple of years ago and that made me fall in love with Shakespeare. The fact that some well know actors play in the parts is a big help as well.

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I mentioned before we Dutchies are not being raised with Shakespeare as the British are. But I thank National Theatre live and the Royal Shakespeare company for transmitting the live plays to cinemas all over the world. For me this means I have access to amazing plays for a couple of euros and can enjoy going to theatre more often. As plays go I’ve watched Coriolanus, Hamlet, Frankenstein (both versions) War Horse and now Shakespeare live. I also watched Richard the III in London with Martin Freeman starring. (And I visited the Globe theatre a couple of years ago).

It’s amazing to think that all this happened because I had a lower back hernia, started blogging, reviewed Wicked, met one of my best friends thanks to this, who introduced me to Doctor Who and Sherlock, which eventually let me to love Shakespeare. The world is a funny place.

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On the 23rd of April the UK marked the birthday of Shakespeare himself as well as his 400th anniversary of his death. (How sad is it to die on your birthday). Together with loads of celebrations throughout the country the Royal Shakespeare Company prepared a special event, hosted by non-other than David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

It was a truly magnificent evening where a wide range of sketches were prepared to celebrate this event and the works of Shakespeare.

It had interpretive dance, rap, ballet, opera, singing, monologues and dialogues, comedy sketches, and loads more. I can honestly say I was in awe that evening, I laughed, I cried, I cried from laughter. I think not even epic can truly catch the meaning of the evening.

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The line-up was amazing and I’m always in awe that most UK actors who to television and films are schooled in theatre as well. For me that is a sign of a true actor.

If you live in the UK you can watch Shakespeare live from BBC iPlayer and it will still be hosted in cinemas in the US and Australia, and I’m hoping a DVD will be made.

Unfortunately the BBC has blocked pretty much all the sketches from YouTube, I really wanted to show you a line of Hamlets. So have a pic instead.

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Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

 

Coriolanus: a theatre review

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course, this time, something different. A theatre review. If you don’t like Shakespeare, skip this one.

I went to see Coriolanus.

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A couple of months ago, my DCC friend Lokke, asked me if I had bought tickets to see Coriolanus… Nope. Didn’t know what it was about, Tom Hiddleston was in it (sorry, not a huge fan, I know he’s a good actor and looks hot, but I don’t know. I’m just not Lokied.)

But as the date drew nearer to the NTLive screening I suddenly got excited (read, the morning of the screening on the 30th). And I found out Mark Gatiss played in it as well!!!

A friend of mine had some tickets left for Amsterdam. But after some quick calculations, me going to Amsterdam to see the play would be too expensive, plus I had to work the next day, so I would be home in the middle of the night.

But I checked the site for the cinema venues and found a show was also playing in The Hague, as in much closer to home and about half the train fare I would have to pay instead of going to Amsterdam. Plus I had time to travel home first to dump my workstuff and eat dinner.

So I asked my fellow collegue and fellow blogger Tekira if she wanted to join me, and she did!

We quickly bought tickets and decided to meet up in front of the cinema, oh I was excited.

And I loved half my twitter timeline was going as well, not only The Hague, but Amsterdam, Ede and London!

I tweeted like a proper fangirl, both me and Tekira got lost in The Hague (damn you google maps!) and we were just in time to see the show. Also big surprise, one of my fellow DCC lovelies Lilia turned out to be in the same cinema as well, although a different room then we were. (Epic hugging afterwards!!)

So what is Coriolanus about?

Synopsis according to the NTLive site:

National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC’s The Hollow Crown) in the title role and Mark Gatiss (Season’s  Greetings at the National Theatre, BBC’s Sherlock) as Menenius, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of real politic and the voice of an angry people.

Cast:

  • Jacqueline Boatswain: Valeria
  • Peter De Jersey: Cominius
  • Alfred Enoch: Titus Lartius
  • Deborah Findlay: Volumnia
  • Hadley Fraser: Aufidius
  • Mark Gatiss: Menenius
  • Tom Hiddleston: Caius Martius Coriolanus
  • Birgitte Hjort Sørensen: Virgilia
  • Elliot Levey: Brutus
  • Rochenda Sandall: Ensemble
  • Helen Schlesinger: Sicinia
  • Mark Stanley: Ensemble
  • Dwane Walcott: Ensemble

My thoughts:

First of all, I have to state, as you all know, I am Dutch. That means I didn’t grow up with Shakespeare like the British. We also don’t have a rich theatre culture like the UK. And most people only come in contact with Shakespeare when they watch those awful Hollywood remakes. (Or the occasional Doctor Who episode.)

This was my first Shakespeare play I saw. And I loved it. Coriolanus is one of the more unfamiliar Shakespeare plays and I had no clue prior to watching what it was about. Or roughly translated, to freaking lazy to check, Mark Gatiss was in it, what more do I need to know?!

But I think for me it’s the perfect play to start with. It’s full of action, blood, humour, tension, epicness and a lot more (ok, don’t expect me to go into all the themes in this Shakespeare play, it’s more of an, I really freaking loved it review.)

Mark Gatiss as Menenius is brilliant. I know his work as Mycroft in Sherlock, both actor and writer for Doctor Who and his work in the League of Gentlemen. And a lot can be said about these somewhat less serious roles. I’ve never seen him on stage before and that is a whole different kind of acting then in front of a camera. And I was blow away by it. The way he plays his role is… I don’t know, epic, brilliant, amazing, just about every positive word you can come up with? He does it with a posture and delivering his lines is something I can only stand in awe of.

Tom Hiddleston I only know for his role as Loki, and I acknowledge his acting as good. The dark edge he gives to this character. I’ve seen bits and pieces of him on YouTube interacting with fans and general craziness. He’s good. But as I stated before, I’m not Lokied. Ok, if I had to choose between Loki and Thor, I’d go for Loki. And I loved I got the chance to see him in a theatre play. His role as Coriolanus is wonderful. He plays the lead role and, just like with Mark Gatiss, I’m in awe of his acting. He can transfer every emotion so brilliantly, you see his anger and pain and doubt as no other. And the fact he has to (I think) shower in between the scenes about 3 times due to all the blood, rotten tomatoes and other foul stuff he got dumped on him. The fight scenes are superb, the raw pain and tears are emotional and heartbreaking and I have to mention this for my fellow fangirls… the sheet! I will say no more.

The last cast member I’m going to mention is Deborah Findlay as Volumnia, Coriolanus’ mother. There was something familiar about her and as I’m writing this review with some research, she was in Torchwood. Seriously, the UK has about 10 actors, hihi. But she is brilliant as the crazy-ass mother, wanting her son to be a hero, to show him off to the world, being proud, although according to modern standard, not in a good way. She would rather have him a dead war hero then beaten and alive at home. Although how she changes her opinion at the end of the play, wow.

The whole cast was amazing not only the three I picked to tell something about and I sat on the edge of my seat for about three hours.

I will definitely try to see more of these NTLive screenings in the future, and who knows, maybe some live plays when I’m back in London.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

A geeky valentine’s day. Gift ideas for your geeky man or woman

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks. As you all know Valentine’s Day is coming up. You have must seen those cards and sweets in the shops already.

I, for one, don’t like Valentine’s Day. It’s corny and not in a good way. But maybe some of my fellow readers do love it. So that’s why you are getting this lovely post. My fellow blogger Theta and I teamed up for this and decided on 10 popular fandoms at the moments and gifts that go with those fandoms. I hope this will narrow it down for you to pick that special gift for your fellow and lovely geek.

M:  stands for male gift ideas picked by Theta

F:  stands for female gift ideas picked by me

  • Game of Thrones
    • M:  Unfortunately, I’m not too well up on the Game of Thrones fandom, so I can really only recommend the DVDs and Blu-Rays to be honest – especially as Season 2 is due out on 4 March in the UK.
    • M:  So if you want to catch up, how about the Game of Thrones Season 1 & 2 box set. Okay, it’s bit pricey, but it’s a “win win”. The guy in your life gets the box set of his favourite fandom, whilst you can bask in the handsomeness that is Sean Bean. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Game-Thrones-Season-Complete-Blu-ray/dp/B007V3OY0G/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1358671548&sr=8-11
    • F:  Winter is coming, or already here based on the snow. And now you can smell the part, yes
      you heard me right, smell. Think geek has this awesome Fire and Blood Perfume, a scent worthy of the blood of the dragon, or your own Khalesi: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ee0d/?srp=21ee0d_game_of_thrones_perfume
  • The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings
    • M:  Remember in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” when Bilbo was told that his Elven sword “Sting” was nothing more than a letter opener? Well, giftwa94046_jpg_size-285_maxheight-285_square-truere company The Noble Collection has taken that literally with the “Sting” letter opener which is available at Forbidden Planet and other good stockists. http://forbiddenplanet.com/94046-the-hobbit-letter-opener-sting/
    • M:  And, if the love of your life is a bit of completist, you could always look at getting him the letter opener set which includes “Sting”, “Glamdring” and “Orcrist”. (Just watch out for the price tag). http://forbiddenplanet.com/94055-the-hobbit-letter-opener-set/
    • F:  We can start with the obvious jewellery that was hot like 10 years ago when Lord of the Rings made its entrance to the screens, thinks like the Evenstar necklace, but that is so redundant. Why not get your lovely geeky lady one of these mini plush toys she can cuddle up to for night when you don’t spend together: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ee25/?srp=6
    • F:  Or these beautiful the one ring earrings to put on your favourite hobbit/elf/dwarf lady. Now only hope she won’t disappear while wearing these: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f265/?srp=37f265_hobbit_one_ring_earrings
  • Sherlock
    • M:  I am already going to assume that the chaps will already have both series on either DVD or, if you are male and follow that trait of having the latest technological gizmos, Blu Ray or downloaded it on Love Film or Netflix. Therefore, I have chosen the book “Sherlock: The Casebook”.

51OK4LK4ucL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_This isn’t just a companion book that accompanies the series. It explains the cultural impact of the Sherlock Holmes mythos, has an episode-by-episode breakdown of series one and two – along with the influences from the original Conan Doyle stories and where they figure in the episodes, and for the fans who have an eye on fan fiction (Nooooooo, not that kind of fan fiction), there’s an insight into the world of Sherlock from the point of view of Sherlock and John Watson themselves. Plus there’s the usual array of photos that are the fixture and fittings of a “making of” book. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sherlock-Casebook-Guy-Adams/dp/1849904251/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358664662&sr=1-22508726_jpeg_size-285_maxheight-285_square-true

    • F:  If your geeky girl likes board games, check out this special edition for Cluedo, you and your lady can play the parts in being Holmes and Watson and solving crimes: http://forbiddenplanet.com/92556-cluedo-sherlock-edition/
    • F:  As my lovely fellow blogger won’t touch the subject of that kind of fan fiction, I however will. You know what I mean. It is too bad there isn’t much Sherlock merchandise out there but if you want something special, you can always browse the Devian Art site. A lot of artists do commission work and you can order the most beautiful art pieces to give to your geeky girl, just go to the site: http://www.deviantart.com/ and search for Sherlock or Johnlock and contact the artist for your own commissioned work.
  • Vampires
    • M:  This one I am going to cheat a little by combining this and the next category, whilst throwing in a ghost for good measure.

511DVPj61tL__SL500_AA300_“Being Human” is a bit of a cult phenomenon in the UK. Whilst it isn’t on any of the mainstream BBC channels, it continues to get a loyal viewership on BBC3.

For those, who don’t know, “Being Human” revolves around a group of housemates – difference is, these housemates are a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost. To make it extra geeky, you get quite a few cast members who have appeared in other genre productions most notably Russell Tovey (“Doctor Who” and “Sherlock”), Lenora Critchlow (“Doctor Who”), Aidan Turner (“The Hobbit”) and Sinead Keenan (“Doctor Who”) – plus it’s created by Toby Whithouse who has scripted a few episodes of “Doctor Who”. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Being-Human-Blu-ray-Region-Free/dp/B007N6N6VY/ref=sr_1_5?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1358693737&sr=1-5

  • Comics and movie adaptations
    • M:  Comic Book adaptations in the movies have been a bit hit and miss – for every “Avengers” you’ll get a “Punisher” (and I mean the Dolph Lundgren version from the 80’s… shudder). But, if you ask who is the geek of the superhero world, only one name comes to mind and that is ol’ web-head himself, Spider-man.

61XAzAp6nwL__SL500_AA300_Now, whilst I liked Tobey Maguire’s interpretation of the role, I prefer the latest reboot “The Amazing Spider-Man” starring Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”, “Never Let Me Go” and the “Doctor Who” two-parter from Season Three, “Daleks In Manhattan” and “Evolution Of The Daleks”). He is who I imagined Peter Parker to be – a loner, intelligent, awkward around the girls, loves his aunt and uncle – and he also manages to pull off the “Spider-man” part of his persona – smart mouth, brave and the everyman of the Marvel Universe.

And if that’s not enough, you get a great supporting cast including Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field, Martin Sheen and Denis Leary and brilliant direction by Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer”)

Plus, if you’re fella is a real film geek like myself, there are loads of extras to get his teeth into including a Second Screen App for the iPad or Sony Tablet which gives more information on the film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElA7xxJU91s

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Amazing-Spider-Man-Blu-ray-Copy-Region/dp/B005OIYCN4/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1358674089&sr=1-1

  • Books:
    • M:  Okay, I’m going to go with a film adaptation of a book that seems to be catching a lot of interest at present, especially due to the fact that it’s being released near Valentine’s Day itself (dependent on where you live) and that’s “Warm Bodies”. I’ve already read the novel written by Isaac Marion and the film is being billed as a zom-rom-com.

Basically, it’s the story of a zombie who is known as “R”, portrayed by Nicholas Hoult from “Skins”, “X-Men: First Class” and “About A Boy”, who is a bit of an unusual type – even for the undead. During a hunt, he meets a living girl by the name of Julie, portrayed by Teresa Palmer from “I Am Number Four”, “Bedtime Stories” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, and through a series of circumstances he starts developing emotions for her and starts getting in touch with his human side again.

I loved the book and I am really looking forward to the film, especially as it’s directed and scripted by Jonathan Levine who directed “50/50” which was one of my favourite films of 2011.

STK520312_jpg_size-285_maxheight-285_square-trueAnyway, IDW comics are releasing a four part prequel called “Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness” written by Robert Orci, who is one of the script writers on the 2009 “Star Trek” film and the forthcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness”, and Mike Johnson, who is responsible for the ongoing “Star Trek” series for IDW. http://forbiddenplanet.com/94623-star-trek-countdown-to-darkness-1/

These Blu Rays include not only extended cuts, in some instances of the feature films, but also special features which are more in depth than the standard releases. Currently, films 1-6 have a release in the format in the UK with films 7 and 8 recently being released in the US as a double pack. http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=sr_il_ti_dvd?rh=n%3A283926%2Ck%3Aharry+potter+ultimate+edition%2Cp_n_binding_browse-bin%3A383380011&bbn=283926&keywords=harry+potter+ultimate+edition&ie=UTF8&qid=1358708075&lo=dvd

I hope you loved the ideas in this massive post. I know Theta and I had loads of fun browsing the net to find you the perfect gift ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Love, from both Theta and your hot cute girly geek, Mendy.