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(Deadline)   Turns out, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's classic comedy of errors about star-crossed lovers, teenage suicide, and parental indifference, was missing a key element: Drag racing   (deadline.com) divider line 42
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2013-11-06 07:12:44 PM
Bill was such  a numpty when he wrote all that old stuff
 
2013-11-06 07:55:02 PM
It's not a comedy, much less A Comedy of Errors, which is an entirely different Shakespeare play.
 
2013-11-06 08:05:40 PM

propasaurus: It's not a comedy, much less A Comedy of Errors, which is an entirely different Shakespeare play.


It is a hilarious tragedy though.
 
2013-11-06 08:13:43 PM

thamike: propasaurus: It's not a comedy, much less A Comedy of Errors, which is an entirely different Shakespeare play.

It is a hilarious tragedy though.


You must be a riot at funerals.
 
2013-11-06 08:18:42 PM
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thamike: propasaurus: It's not a comedy, much less A Comedy of Errors, which is an entirely different Shakespeare play.

It is a hilarious tragedy though.


An Irish friend once complained that the movie Angela's Ashes wasn't as funny as the book. She meant it.
 
2013-11-06 09:47:02 PM
The original performances did include quite a bit of drag, though.
 
2013-11-06 09:52:16 PM
Well, Juliet did have a heart like a wheel.

propasaurus: It's not a comedy, much less A Comedy of Errors, which is an entirely different Shakespeare play.


Altogether?
 
2013-11-06 09:52:37 PM
Wait, wasn't The Fast & The Furious based on the a tale of two-star crossed lovers? Or was that a base tale that got two stars from anyone who wasn't a ricer-lover? I get confused.
 
2013-11-06 09:55:36 PM
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Verily, mine own life is exist'd
eight hundred and eighty cubits a-time.
For that period of one-sixth minute
a weight becomes litf'd from atop me.
Brian, I know thou art a constable
for thine habits of movement betray thee.
I care not; becuase thou never hadst me!
Thou never hadst your horseless chariot!
Thou oweth me a sixth-minute carriage.
Now welcome thine self to Wars of Racing!
 
2013-11-06 09:59:34 PM
Wait; Nascar drag racing or Ru Paul drag racing?
 
2013-11-06 10:04:16 PM

Texian: Wait, wasn't The Fast & The Furious based on the a tale of two-star crossed lovers? Or was that a base tale that got two stars from anyone who wasn't a ricer-lover? I get confused.


That's what I came here to post. WTF Hollywood...
 
2013-11-06 10:06:29 PM
It didn't have any song and dance numbers either, but that worked OK.
 
2013-11-06 10:09:11 PM

Texian: Wait, wasn't The Fast & The Furious based on the a tale of two-star crossed lovers? Or was that a base tale that got two stars from anyone who wasn't a ricer-lover? I get confused.


Google is SORELY lacking the "American Dad" images and quotes I'm looking for. Internet, I am disappoint.
 
2013-11-06 10:09:36 PM
Star crossed lovers and drag racing?  Pretty sure they covered it

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2013-11-06 10:13:11 PM

buntz: Star crossed lovers and drag racing?  Pretty sure they covered it

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Gah! I'd gone over a month without thinking of that atrocity. Thanks.
 
2013-11-06 10:14:03 PM
I hope they leave out the suicides at the end. Downer, man
 
2013-11-06 10:17:59 PM
Do you rev your engine at us, sir?
 
2013-11-06 10:44:45 PM
Juliet was working security in Verona for the Prince while Mercurtio was stuck on the island.
 
2013-11-06 11:08:34 PM
Jesus, this is the third time I've had some really stupid idea for a movie and then within a year or two learned it was actually being made. Only thing was my idea was Hamlet + car chases, rather than Romeo and Juliet.

I actually wrote about 20 pages of the script before the joke seemed to get too old to be worth the trouble.
 
2013-11-06 11:18:00 PM
Next up: Hamlet with ultimate fighting
 
2013-11-06 11:28:10 PM

Dwight_Yeast: Next up: Hamlet with ultimate fighting


Survivor: Tempest
 
2013-11-06 11:48:39 PM

JasonOfOrillia: Dwight_Yeast: Next up: Hamlet with ultimate fighting

Survivor: Tempest


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"Hell is empty and all the devils are here."
 
2013-11-06 11:49:42 PM

JasonOfOrillia: Dwight_Yeast: Next up: Hamlet with ultimate fighting

Survivor: Tempest


A Midsummer Night's Dream with zombies.
 
2013-11-06 11:56:50 PM
The version of Romeo & Juliet that I like has always had drag racing...

www.alicia-logic.com
 
2013-11-07 12:12:41 AM

Twilight Farkle: JasonOfOrillia: Dwight_Yeast: Next up: Hamlet with ultimate fighting

Survivor: Tempest

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"Hell is empty and all the devils are here."


I loved that game!  It was one of the first arcade games I ever played besides a pinball machine.

/csb
 
2013-11-07 12:18:05 AM

fusillade762: JasonOfOrillia: Dwight_Yeast: Next up: Hamlet with ultimate fighting

Survivor: Tempest

A Midsummer Night's Dream with zombies.


The Merry Wives of Beverly Hills
 
2013-11-07 12:29:34 AM

Texian: Wait, wasn't The Fast & The Furious based on the a tale of two-star crossed lovers? Or was that a base tale that got two stars from anyone who wasn't a ricer-lover? I get confused.


Tybalt: He (Mercutio) was in my face.
Romeo: I'm in your face.

Exeunt, persued by a bear.
 
2013-11-07 12:34:54 AM

the_celt: Twilight Farkle:

"Hell is empty and all the devils are here."

I loved that game!  It was one of the first arcade games I ever played besides a pinball machine.

/csb


CSB: This retrospective with Atari designer Dave Theurer centers around the creation of Missile Command, but a sidebar on Tempest mentions that he originally fashioned the game as a first-person space invaders after being inspired by one of his own recurring nightmares. The game went for a more abstract approach due to hardware limitations, and the rest was history. Now I'm wondering if, in part, the name wasn't so much about the swirling maw or the vortex, or if there wasn't a Shakespearian reference intended.

Lulz: And then I found this Lovecraftian twist which had altogether too many Shakespeare quotes not to include here.
 
2013-11-07 12:46:19 AM

ZeroCorpse: The version of Romeo & Juliet that I like has always had drag racing...


Westside Story didn't really have drag racing, per se...
 
2013-11-07 01:48:08 AM
What about Gnomeo and Juliet?

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2013-11-07 05:16:08 AM

MrBallou: thamike: propasaurus: It's not a comedy, much less A Comedy of Errors, which is an entirely different Shakespeare play.

It is a hilarious tragedy though.

You must be a riot at funerals.


You have no idea.
 
2013-11-07 05:28:11 AM

T-Servo: [31.media.tumblr.com image 600x250]

thamike: propasaurus: It's not a comedy, much less A Comedy of Errors, which is an entirely different Shakespeare play.

It is a hilarious tragedy though.

An Irish friend once complained that the movie Angela's Ashes wasn't as funny as the book. She meant it.


Ha!

/seriously though, Romeo & Juliet is a melodrama, and not because Shakespeare somehow lost his mind and really thought this group of teens stabbing each other over bullsh*t was a poignant tearjerker.  There is sardonic mockery littered throughout.  It's Scream meets Juno (meets Shakespeare) for the 16th century.

//directors and filmmakers who go into an adaptation or production of R& J with "tragicomedy" in mind inevitably f*ck it up.  It's supposed to be played straight. Like one of those ridiculous after school specials or a Lifetime original Movie.  That's what makes it funny.  Also, it makes it much more poignant about the actual themes being touched on--the impulsiveness of youth, the resulting cynicism of adulthood, and how both are unnecessary and avoidable.
 
2013-11-07 07:08:20 AM
I'm partial to this version:

2.cdn.nhle.com
 
2013-11-07 07:48:29 AM
Sword 9mm is already the greatest offbeat addition to Romeo + Juliet of all time.

/OF ALL TIME
 
2013-11-07 08:43:00 AM
How bout just some punks and dancing?

www.cityartsonline.com
 
2013-11-07 08:54:12 AM
The whole thing that makes Romeo and Juliet work as a comedy is that it appears to be unintentionally funny. Shakespeare went so far as to list it among his tragedies, even though the play makes it clear that this reference is sarcastic. You can't play it off as comedy without killing the joke: you have to play it as tragedy while remaining aware of how hilarious it is.

What I'd like to see is someone do Romeo and Juliet back-to-back with A Midsummer Night's Dream. The only problem is that I'm not sure which one should go first.
 
2013-11-07 10:03:23 AM
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2013-11-07 10:27:13 AM
didn't the 90s version romeo+juliet have motorcycles?
seems i remember motorcycles. not drag racing, but chasing.
did i dream this? it was a long time ago, and i would never watch it again.
 
2013-11-07 02:02:26 PM
God dammit, can we stop trying to "update" this tale? ONE update was good (and that's largely because they changed just about everything that didn't fit a "modern" setting). Then EVERYONE had to update it. And then one update attempted to further update the one good update and it was shiat (and further convinced me that Leonardo DiCaprio was a pretentious dork of an actor).

Shakespeare's works, for the most part, work best in his time period. Leave 'em there.
 
2013-11-07 11:02:16 PM

Broktun: [images.moviepostershop.com image 580x839]


Here's the thing about "Tromeo & Juliet." Troma started pre-production on that before the Baz Luhrmann movie was a thing. But since everything moves so slowly in Tromaville, it wound up being released after. Therefore, a lot of people thought it was a parody of the Luhrmann flick. It wasn't.
 
2013-11-08 05:23:46 AM

GreenAdder: Broktun: [images.moviepostershop.com image 580x839]

Here's the thing about "Tromeo & Juliet." Troma started pre-production on that before the Baz Luhrmann movie was a thing. But since everything moves so slowly in Tromaville, it wound up being released after. Therefore, a lot of people thought it was a parody of the Luhrmann flick. It wasn't.


It's a good thing too.  Lurhmann's movie was a farce.
 
2013-11-08 08:40:19 AM

thamike: GreenAdder: Broktun: [images.moviepostershop.com image 580x839]

Here's the thing about "Tromeo & Juliet." Troma started pre-production on that before the Baz Luhrmann movie was a thing. But since everything moves so slowly in Tromaville, it wound up being released after. Therefore, a lot of people thought it was a parody of the Luhrmann flick. It wasn't.

It's a good thing too.  Lurhmann's movie was is a farce.


fixed, and such
 
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