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November 27th, 2011
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[film] Anonymous
Have you ever been arrested before? - Robert Cecil
I'm a writer. Of course I've been arrested before. - Ben Jonson

maegwynn and I went to see Anonymous last night at the Carolina Theatre. An Elizabethan England period piece alleging Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare's plays (as well as other alternate history variants I don't remember from history classes). We found it nice to look at if a little choppy due to timejumps, but didn't happen to modify our thoughts as to the authorship question partly due to my reaction to the fictional elements: if you're trying to change my mind on a matter of history, have less fiction in your expose of history.

Fletcher Hall, the thousand-seat performance and screening space in the 1920s Carolina Theatre, is one of my favorite places in the area to see a film, so that was nice.

Good performances by Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, and the central cast. I thought Kit Marlowe was a little too villainous in that he was made to look like a competent and dangerous Blackadder. Bookending intro and outro monologues for the film provided by Derek Jacobi.

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* The Descendants - George Clooney as an estranged father pulled back into his family by a crisis. Billed as by the people who did Sideways and About Schmidt. Probably skipping.

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From:babbleon1
Date:November 27th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Heh - the Descendants has *Matt Lillard* as the alternative to George Clooney. I thought I was the only woman in the world who would be interested in Matt with George around. I want to watch just to see Matt in a live action film again, and one where he might actually get a chance to act.
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