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2021-07-10 2:59:04 PM  
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2021-07-10 3:08:31 PM  
"I want to remind people this movie actually happened and it was based on Shakespeare."

Uh, so was Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You?
 
2021-07-10 3:21:02 PM  

bostonguy: "I want to remind people this movie actually happened and it was based on Shakespeare."

Uh, so was Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You?


And West Side Story.

I'm a fan of the 1996 version of Romeo and Juliet. Still watch it occasionally to this day.
 
2021-07-10 3:24:23 PM  

SurfaceTension: bostonguy: "I want to remind people this movie actually happened and it was based on Shakespeare."

Uh, so was Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You?

And West Side Story.

I'm a fan of the 1996 version of Romeo and Juliet. Still watch it occasionally to this day.


And this...
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2021-07-10 3:25:32 PM  
John Leguizamo and Harold Perrineau were the best parts of that movie.  Saw it in the theater and bought the soundtrack. Great songs from Radiohead, Garbage, etc. The sets and costumes were gorgeous. Some scenes were filmed at the late Gianni Versace's mansion too.
 
2021-07-10 3:32:01 PM  
Huh. The one I saw was idiots trying to argue Kobe Bryant is a top 5 basketball player of all time.

/12-15 at best
 
2021-07-10 3:33:53 PM  
It was so over the top white teen fake edgy that I couldn't help but laugh at it. And I was a teenager when it came out.

Leo is about as hard as a My Pillow.
 
2021-07-10 3:34:56 PM  

bostonguy: "I want to remind people this movie actually happened and it was based on Shakespeare."

Uh, so was Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You?


Clueless was Jane Austen's Emma, but yeah.
 
2021-07-10 3:35:28 PM  

Diamond Joe Biden: John Leguizamo and Harold Perrineau were the best parts of that movie.  Saw it in the theater and bought the soundtrack. Great songs from Radiohead, Garbage, etc. The sets and costumes were gorgeous. Some scenes were filmed at the late Gianni Versace's mansion too.


Pete Postlethwaite was great. Claire Danes was horrendous. Leo was at least trying.

Also apparently Paul Rudd and Jamie Kennedy were in this.
 
2021-07-10 3:36:29 PM  

tudorgurl: bostonguy: "I want to remind people this movie actually happened and it was based on Shakespeare."

Uh, so was Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You?

Clueless was Jane Austen's Emma, but yeah.


Ah, crap. You're correct!
 
2021-07-10 3:59:48 PM  
Franco Zeffirelli or gtfo.
 
2021-07-10 4:12:54 PM  
It was a movie for its time.

Much like how Charles Bronson used a sock full of change in Deathwish, 20 years later we got to see that. As well as Claire Danes being super cute.
 
2021-07-10 4:34:33 PM  

bostonguy: "I want to remind people this movie actually happened and it was based on Shakespeare."

Uh, so was Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You?


Ten Things I Hate About You  was based off Taming of the Shrew. It was an enjoyable movie. I saw Heath Ledger and knew he would be a star.
 
2021-07-10 4:40:30 PM  
I'm pretty sure it was vastly more entertaining and creative than anything "Alex Lee Moyer's Crack (aka Scooter)" has ever done. Or Tweeted, for that matter.
 
2021-07-10 4:50:04 PM  
I liked the idea. Unfortunately they declared it a "Who can blurt out the lines the fastest" contest for the entire movie.

<deep breath>
"Twohouseholds,bothalikeindignityInfai​rVerona,wherewelayoursceneFromancientg​rudgebreaktonewmutinyWherecivilbloodma​kescivilhandsunclean.Fromforththefatal​loinsofthesetwofoesApairofstar-cross'd​loverstaketheirlifeWhosemisadventuredp​iteousoverthrowsDowiththeirdeathburyth​eirparents'strife."
 
2021-07-10 5:06:32 PM  

SurfaceTension: bostonguy: "I want to remind people this movie actually happened and it was based on Shakespeare."

Uh, so was Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You?

And West Side Story.

I'm a fan of the 1996 version of Romeo and Juliet. Still watch it occasionally to this day.


And Warm Bodies.
 
2021-07-10 7:48:25 PM  
The thing about this version is they used Shakespeare's dialogue as written.
 
2021-07-10 7:48:44 PM  
No.
 
2021-07-10 7:50:35 PM  

bostonguy: "I want to remind people this movie actually happened and it was based on Shakespeare."

Uh, so was Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You?


Yeah and so was the Iron Giant
 
2021-07-10 7:51:13 PM  
it wasn't.  debate over, thread closed, lights out.
 
2021-07-10 7:59:19 PM  
Around this time, a bunch of avante garde theater companies were doing interpretations of Shakespeare which is where I think Baz Luhrmann cribbed the idea. It wasn't horrible.

I'm not sure if it was the same year. Kenneth Branagh did a Hamlet film. I saw it at the Paris Theater in NYC. It was quite great.
 
2021-07-10 8:03:45 PM  

Shostie: Diamond Joe Biden: John Leguizamo and Harold Perrineau were the best parts of that movie.  Saw it in the theater and bought the soundtrack. Great songs from Radiohead, Garbage, etc. The sets and costumes were gorgeous. Some scenes were filmed at the late Gianni Versace's mansion too.

Pete Postlethwaite was great. Claire Danes was horrendous. Leo was at least trying.


Pete was always great.  Maybe the movie wasn't, but he pretty much always was.
 
2021-07-10 8:04:58 PM  
I remember thinking it was pretty good when i was 16, in 1997.  I particularly doubt that it holds up now though!
 
2021-07-10 8:18:13 PM  
Whenever someone compares their love to Romeo and Juliet I like to reminds them it lasted three days and six people died
 
2021-07-10 8:20:25 PM  
So was Die Hard.
 
2021-07-10 8:31:15 PM  

Ragin' Asian: Around this time, a bunch of avante garde theater companies were doing interpretations of Shakespeare which is where I think Baz Luhrmann cribbed the idea. It wasn't horrible.

I'm not sure if it was the same year. Kenneth Branagh did a Hamlet film. I saw it at the Paris Theater in NYC. It was quite great.


I figured he got the idea from Magneto's Richard III set in a fascistic 1940s England. That came out in 1995. Had to drive into Montrose in Houston to watch it at the indie theater, but it was great. make plan's movie was based on a stage play that he had been doing for years.
 
2021-07-10 8:33:09 PM  

dsmith42: Ragin' Asian: Around this time, a bunch of avante garde theater companies were doing interpretations of Shakespeare which is where I think Baz Luhrmann cribbed the idea. It wasn't horrible.

I'm not sure if it was the same year. Kenneth Branagh did a Hamlet film. I saw it at the Paris Theater in NYC. It was quite great.

I figured he got the idea from Magneto's Richard III set in a fascistic 1940s England. That came out in 1995. Had to drive into Montrose in Houston to watch it at the indie theater, but it was great. make plan's movie was based on a stage play that he had been doing for years.


make plains = McClellan's I need to turn off auto correct.
 
2021-07-10 8:35:45 PM  
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2021-07-10 8:37:42 PM  
I thought it was a good movie, but more for the artistic choices that the director made - like keeping it verbatim to the play. It was also a spectacular cast.
 
2021-07-10 8:38:50 PM  
The one with Claire Danes partly nekkid?  I like that a lot.
 
2021-07-10 8:41:28 PM  
"Based on?"

It was literally Shakespeare, they just filmed a performance of the play using the play's script plus or minus a few lines.

Ten Things I Hate About You was based on Shakespeare, where they took the premise and general storyline of Taming of the Shrew and wrote a new thing with it.  See also Ran for King Lear, or Kiss Me, Kate for also Taming of the Shrew.  That's what being "based on" Shakespeare is.  "Romeo + Juliet" was literally the actual play, with frankly a lot less creative license taken with the props and costumes than a lot of stage performances I've seen.

// It was also not really a good movie.  Not like every performance of Shakespeare is gonna be gold just because the script is a classic.
 
2021-07-10 8:41:59 PM  

phimuskapsi: I thought it was a good movie, but more for the artistic choices that the director made - like keeping it verbatim to the play. It was also a spectacular cast.


No kidding, almost every character actor ever is in it.
 
2021-07-10 8:42:34 PM  

dsmith42: Ragin' Asian: Around this time, a bunch of avante garde theater companies were doing interpretations of Shakespeare which is where I think Baz Luhrmann cribbed the idea. It wasn't horrible.

I'm not sure if it was the same year. Kenneth Branagh did a Hamlet film. I saw it at the Paris Theater in NYC. It was quite great.

I figured he got the idea from Magneto's Richard III set in a fascistic 1940s England. That came out in 1995. Had to drive into Montrose in Houston to watch it at the indie theater, but it was great. make plan's movie was based on a stage play that he had been doing for years.


That was a great film. Ian McKellan crashing through a wall with a tank and just going to town with a machine gun was twelve flavors of bad ass.
 
2021-07-10 8:42:40 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Whenever someone compares their love to Romeo and Juliet I like to reminds them it lasted three days and six people died


This particular movie helped Kip Kinkle go over the edge. He got kicked outta school, shot both his parents, then put the soundtrack on a loop and stayed up all night listening to it, then went back to school and shot eleven people
 
2021-07-10 8:45:56 PM  
I think I had the soundtrack, as ainwqs a teenager and had an insatiae gullibility "soundtrack only" singles, but for the life of me I can't think of any songs on it except for The Cardigans. And as cute as their singer was, I don't think I bought it just for that.
 
2021-07-10 8:54:34 PM  

detonator: Crewmannumber6: Whenever someone compares their love to Romeo and Juliet I like to reminds them it lasted three days and six people died

This particular movie helped Kip Kinkle go over the edge. He got kicked outta school, shot both his parents, then put the soundtrack on a loop and stayed up all night listening to it, then went back to school and shot eleven people


25 more people.
 
2021-07-10 8:55:32 PM  

baorao: I think I had the soundtrack, as ainwqs a teenager and had an insatiae gullibility "soundtrack only" singles, but for the life of me I can't think of any songs on it except for The Cardigans. And as cute as their singer was, I don't think I bought it just for that.


It had that Garbage song where Shirley Manson sang "I would die for you" over and over. And a Radiohead song. I was 13(?) when the movie came out and I remember buying the soundtrack for those two songs, specifically.
 
2021-07-10 8:58:24 PM  

detonator: Crewmannumber6: Whenever someone compares their love to Romeo and Juliet I like to reminds them it lasted three days and six people died

This particular movie helped Kip Kinkle go over the edge. He got kicked outta school, shot both his parents, then put the soundtrack on a loop and stayed up all night listening to it, then went back to school and shot eleven people


Well no, one song on the soundtrack was played on repeat - Liebestod by Wagner. I wouldn't exactly link the movie to the event which happened 2 years after the movie was released.
 
2021-07-10 8:59:59 PM  

dsmith42: Ragin' Asian: Around this time, a bunch of avante garde theater companies were doing interpretations of Shakespeare which is where I think Baz Luhrmann cribbed the idea. It wasn't horrible.

I'm not sure if it was the same year. Kenneth Branagh did a Hamlet film. I saw it at the Paris Theater in NYC. It was quite great.

I figured he got the idea from Magneto's Richard III set in a fascistic 1940s England. That came out in 1995. Had to drive into Montrose in Houston to watch it at the indie theater, but it was great. make plan's movie was based on a stage play that he had been doing for years.


Orson Welles' Julius Caesar: Hold my stabby blade before its time.
 
2021-07-10 9:04:42 PM  
No love for Titus starring Anthony "Let Me Fix You Dinner" Hopkins? That was a weird adaptation of an updated Roman Empire.
 
2021-07-10 9:05:09 PM  

sarajlewis83: baorao: I think I had the soundtrack, as ainwqs a teenager and had an insatiae gullibility "soundtrack only" singles, but for the life of me I can't think of any songs on it except for The Cardigans. And as cute as their singer was, I don't think I bought it just for that.

It had that Garbage song where Shirley Manson sang "I would die for you" over and over. And a Radiohead song. I was 13(?) when the movie came out and I remember buying the soundtrack for those two songs, specifically.


Yeah I just looked at the track list and Garbage, Everclear and Radiohead would have done it. Especially with many/groany remix on #1 Crush.
 
2021-07-10 9:06:20 PM  

phimuskapsi: detonator: Crewmannumber6: Whenever someone compares their love to Romeo and Juliet I like to reminds them it lasted three days and six people died

This particular movie helped Kip Kinkle go over the edge. He got kicked outta school, shot both his parents, then put the soundtrack on a loop and stayed up all night listening to it, then went back to school and shot eleven people

Well no, one song on the soundtrack was played on repeat - Liebestod by Wagner. I wouldn't exactly link the movie to the event which happened 2 years after the movie was released.


He had a crush on a girl in his English class that was studying Romeo and Juliet at the time, and the hip teacher thought this version would be cool to teach to.
You're right that it was the one song.
/Eugene-Springfield resident.
//have a good friend who was teaching at Thurston that day. Kip walked right past her class.
/// etc
 
2021-07-10 9:12:05 PM  

detonator: phimuskapsi: detonator: Crewmannumber6: Whenever someone compares their love to Romeo and Juliet I like to reminds them it lasted three days and six people died

This particular movie helped Kip Kinkle go over the edge. He got kicked outta school, shot both his parents, then put the soundtrack on a loop and stayed up all night listening to it, then went back to school and shot eleven people

Well no, one song on the soundtrack was played on repeat - Liebestod by Wagner. I wouldn't exactly link the movie to the event which happened 2 years after the movie was released.

He had a crush on a girl in his English class that was studying Romeo and Juliet at the time, and the hip teacher thought this version would be cool to teach to.
You're right that it was the one song.
/Eugene-Springfield resident.
//have a good friend who was teaching at Thurston that day. Kip walked right past her class.
/// etc


The girl obviously wasn't interested in him
 
2021-07-10 9:14:46 PM  

sarajlewis83: baorao: I think I had the soundtrack, as ainwqs a teenager and had an insatiae gullibility "soundtrack only" singles, but for the life of me I can't think of any songs on it except for The Cardigans. And as cute as their singer was, I don't think I bought it just for that.

It had that Garbage song where Shirley Manson sang "I would die for you" over and over. And a Radiohead song. I was 13(?) when the movie came out and I remember buying the soundtrack for those two songs, specifically.


#1 Crush
 
2021-07-10 9:16:43 PM  
What about this one?

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It even has "anus" in the title.
 
2021-07-10 9:21:08 PM  

dsmith42: Ragin' Asian: Around this time, a bunch of avante garde theater companies were doing interpretations of Shakespeare which is where I think Baz Luhrmann cribbed the idea. It wasn't horrible.

I'm not sure if it was the same year. Kenneth Branagh did a Hamlet film. I saw it at the Paris Theater in NYC. It was quite great.

I figured he got the idea from Magneto's Richard III set in a fascistic 1940s England. That came out in 1995. Had to drive into Montrose in Houston to watch it at the indie theater, but it was great. make plan's movie was based on a stage play that he had been doing for years.


Oh man McKellen was having SO much fun in that movie, he rightly carried the whole thing.
 
2021-07-10 9:21:26 PM  

WhippingBoi: What about this one?

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It even has "anus" in the title.


I had hopes for that one, but I think it just solidified that the whole juxtaposition gimmick doesn't work.

nobody would ever make a period piece where everyone spoke in modern slang and expect it to work. A Knight's Tale was about the closest you could get, but that wasn't meant to be serious.
 
2021-07-10 9:28:14 PM  

bostonguy: "I want to remind people this movie actually happened and it was based on Shakespeare."

Uh, so was Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You?


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2021-07-10 9:35:03 PM  
This was more fun
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2021-07-10 9:43:59 PM  
So it's a mashup of 1968 Romeo and Juliet and The Warriors, but with guns instead of swords or clubs.

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With a little of The Warriors mixed in:

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The costumes are almost as silly.  Now someone is probably going to tell me The Warriors was based on Shakespeare too.

Is that Juliet standing there in the middle?  Sure, she doesn't die, but she went against her own gang to hook up with Swan. Maybe it wasn't Romeo and Juliet, but The Warriors do seem to recall a number of classic themes in literature and if you look hard enough has even been compared to Shakespeare.

"What do you get when you mix Shakespeare, West Side Story, Adam West's Batman, Greco-Roman warfare, Homer's Iliad, and some clown make-up?" - Blake Globe (alleged film critic)
 
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