janne_d: (tennantstill)
So there is a download of David Tennant and Cathering Tate in Much Ado About Nothing available (not yet DVD sadly, though there was a release date that seems to have now vanished) at Digital Theatre. It took running 4 different Microsoft installations to get it to work, but it was totally worth it (and if you have Adobe AIR already it won't be an issue).

Anyway, I watched the whole thing yesterday afternoon, and it was So. Much. Fun. I love Beatrice and Benedick anyway, but with DT and CT playing them they are the most adorable characters ever - the way they portrayed the scenes after they fall in love were just hysterical because there was this... joyous incredulity that this was actually happening to them, and they're laughing at themselves for being romantic even while they mean it, and it made me grin like a fool with delight. And when they were serious it was beautiful.

I am also completely in awe of how natural DT sounds doing Shakespeare - it's gorgeous. And his Benedick is charming and delightful (and Scottish!) and so hilarious I have a deep desire to see him do slapstick comedy for ever more. The scene where the Prince, Leonato and Claudio are manipulating him while he eavesdrops made me laugh so hard I had to pause the playback to recover, and his soliloquy afterwards melted me into a gooey puddle.

Catherine Tate is a fabulously spiky Beatrice too - the scene where she rejects the Prince was funny and awkward all at once, and her reactions in Beatrice's eavesdropping were just as funny as DT. And her grief and anger at the interrupted wedding are amazing - the "Kill Claudio" line is heartstopping.

Not that the play is just about them - the rest of the cast were great too (and the Watch were genuinely funny instead of annoying which is an achievement in itself). They did the set up of Benedick in a way I hadn't seen before - a lot less smooth and planned and a lot more scrambling to say the right thing with frantic gestures between the conspirators that they all played beautifully. A lot of the way things were played seemed quite fresh to me, actually, though I've only seen a couple of other versions. It was all warm and mischievous and I loved it.

The one thing I don't like (and it is something that can't be fixed as it is part of the play) is that I always want Hero to tell Claudio where to go at the end and stay single! This production at least managed to supply reasons that make it understandable that he acts like such a dick, but I still ended up going "why do you still want to marry him?" at Hero. Ah well. It's the Beatrice and Benedick plot that I watch it for, and that part of it was glorious.
janne_d: (holmeswatson)
I don't think I've recced any part of this before, but if there is anyone on my flist who liked Sherlock and hasn't already read this, run don't walk to The Paradox Series by [livejournal.com profile] wordstrings.

Links to all parts are here. This is without doubt the most fascinating take Sherlock/John I've come across. It is a Not Good Sherlock who knows he's Not Good and a John who is just mad enough for them to fit perfectly, and it is intense and amazing and fucked up and really rather beautiful.
janne_d: (tardishome)
Passing on a rec by [livejournal.com profile] trobadora because it is brilliant - check out the Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover vid by [livejournal.com profile] di_br here. I now want that episode so, so much!
janne_d: (holmeswatson)
Barring further interruptions by a fez-wearing neighbour (that will never stop being bizarre and amusing), here are another 7 Sherlock recs:

More fics that I liked under here )
janne_d: (holmeswatson)
In the last week, I have memoried over 20 Sherlock fics. God, I love new fandom explosions (and the rate [livejournal.com profile] sherlockbbc has been updating has been amazing).

So! Anyone fancy some recs?

Cut for possible spoilers and in no particular order: )

As I unexpectedly got hijacked by my neighbour arriving at my door in a fez and sunglasses in the middle of this and persuaded next door for drinks and strange music, I will continue this another day when I am not so sleepy...
janne_d: (merlintilt)
Check out [livejournal.com profile] selenak's Merlin Episode Guide. As the writer asserts "every episode description is entirely accurate! From, as Obi-Wan Kenobi would say, a certain point of view". Entirely accurate and totally hilarious, what more could you want?

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