lareinenoire: (Elegance)
I almost posted earlier today in a panic because I have hit a Research Crisis. It is definitely a good thing that said research crisis happened roughly an hour before I was supposed to meet [livejournal.com profile] nineveh_uk for cocktails and Quantum of Solace. Alcohol and Daniel Craig shooting people was precisely what I needed.

As a result, this post will not be about the Research Crisis. It will be about Bond. Which is far, far more preferable.

Not so much a review as a series of observations. Cut for ramblings, possible incoherence, and gratuitous quoting of John Webster. Also spoilers. )

In all, Bond films are about location porn, car porn, fashion porn, and people dying in unconventional if not often spectacular ways. The location porn was quite fun here, although it would take a lot to beat Casino Royale for sheer gorgeousness. And, well, it's a Bond film, so the fact that it has any plot at all, let alone a half-decent one, should be impressive in and of itself. I'm probably reading far more into it than was necessarily there, but this is what I do to films, and I happen to enjoy it. Plus, it really was a very enjoyable film, and a really fun evening altogether.
lareinenoire: (Studious Veronica)
Met with my supervisor yesterday and arguably survived. Will post about it later.

More importantly, however, for anyone who likes Jacobean drama, or John Webster, or Jonathan Slinger, or anything that is good and wonderful in this world.

BBC Radio 3 did an amazing Duchess of Malfi on Sunday night.

Sophie Okonedo plays the title role, and she is just marvellous. As is the rest of the cast, including Slinger, who is terrifying as Ferdinand, and Bertie Carvel as a fantastically conflicted Bosola.

It's available online for the rest of the week.

You know you cannot resist.
lareinenoire: (Crystal Ball)
I had a truly bizarre idea pop into my head last night, fully fledged enough that I literally got up out of bed to write a few notes before going back to sleep.

The first season of Veronica Mars and the revenge tragedy (specifically Hamlet and The Duchess of Malfi)

Details (minor S1 spoilers) )

a. Conceivable topic for a conference paper?
b. Complete and utter crack. Your brain deserves a proverbial straitjacket.

Still trying to come up with something for 'Retelling Tales'. Who'd have thought producing an abstract from something you've already written would be so damned difficult?

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