So yes, I have been running more of late, YAY! For Mother’s Day, I took myself out for a leisurely run, intending to run 5 miles. On my way back from the halfway point, I ran into Larry (our flip-flop man), so I turned around & ran with him to catch up. I ended up getting in 6 miles altogether at a very slow pace – except while I was running & chatting with Larry. He was running again, not walking – and running at a nicely challenging pace, too! :)
This morning I got a later start than I wanted, so I only got in 3 miles. I’m still waiting on my new vibrams, so my toes & heels were a bit smooshed & complaining. I love them so much, but the 6 miles did make my feet a wee bit sore.
A Marathon of Another Sort
In honour of the release of Hamlet here in the U.S. on the 4th, I had myself a fantastic celebration… with a Hamlet marathon! Before Hamlet (Tennant) was done, I had already seen 5 film versions of Hamlet. It is, without doubt, one of my favorite Shakespeare plays & has been for a long time. I was over the moon when I heard that my favorite actor had taken on the role – and even more so to hear that they were doing a filmed version as well. :)
I managed to find another filmed version via Amazon, so my marathon was made up of watching a total of 7 film versions of the play. Each version has its own merits & downfalls, of course. Here are the versions that I watched (of the 7 below, I had already seen 5 of them previously) in order of my favorites:
7. Ethan Hawke – I’m not against modernizing Shakespeare, but this version was what I call “Speed Hamlet”. His ‘To Be or Not To Be’ soliloquy consisted of a short clip of a video showing him holding a gun to his head & stating “To be or not to be”. And that was it. What I like best about it: I’m not sure, to be honest – I’d have to watch it again to decide.
6. Kevin Kline – He overacted the bulk of the play in a way that left me speechless. Ophelia is quite possibly the one that I like the least (though I naturally do not like the character much). What I like best about it: the scene with Polonius & Hamlet – sticking the page from the book to Polonius’ forehead was a stroke of genius.
5. Mel Gibson – There is little in this version that is of value to me. I physically cringe when Gertrude lunges for Hamlet in the bed scene. What I like best about it: the set, the costumes & Helena Bonham Carter as Ophelia – she is my 2nd favorite Ophelia.
4. Laurence Olivier – I know that for many, Olivier is the perfect Hamlet. Not so for me, I’m afraid. He is too cold, cunning & emotionless for me to enjoy. And a huge crime: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern have been cut from it! NO! What I like best about it: the Gravedigger scene, I think.
3. Derek Jacobi – I love Jacobi, I really do. He is awesome. His Hamlet is a happy in between of Branagh’s Hamlet and Tennant’s Hamlet. He is both quiet, but emotional with moments of fantastic sarcasm. The downside of this version for me? Patrick Stewart as Claudius. There are few differences between Stewart’s Claudius here & in Tennant’s Hamlet, sadly. What I like best about it: the Nunnery scene
2. Kenneth Branagh – for years, my all time favorite Hamlet. His Hamlet is quietly sincere & intense. I love that nothing has been cut from it. I normally can’t stand Ophelia, but Winslet knocks it out of the park in this role. She is the best Ophelia of all that I’ve seen. Plus, Jacobi as Claudius? BEST one evah! What I like best about it: Branagh, Winslet & Jacobi!
1. David Tennant – actually knocked Branagh off the #1 spot. He is so expressive – if you were to mute the audio while watching, you could still tell just what Hamlet is feeling at any given moment simply by watching his expressions and body language. Mercurial, physically expressive, with an amazing ability to convey the comedy in the play as well as the pathos – Tennant brings Hamlet to life like no one else has. Oliver Ford Davies is the best Polonius I’ve seen, as is Penny Downie as Gertrude. The setting, costumes & filming are all incredible & beautiful – simple, clean & classic with just that touch of modernizing. Who would have ever thought that Hamlet in a t-shirt & jeans would work so perfectly?! For those of you in the U.S., you can watch the whole thing on the PBS website here. How can you not love PBS?! :) What I like best about it: Everything except Claudius and Ophelia’s mad scenes.
Making slow progress on the next sock pattern. I’m not used to cuff down, so I’ve had to knit/rip back a few times to get it right! I’m also working on a scarf for myself out of yarns leftover from making a Sheldon for a friend’s son that just turned one. The yarn is Opium, a blend of cotton, silk & acrylic – it is wonderfully soft & I just cannot bear to toss out the leftovers! I had a skein of it in cream, so the scarf I’m making has cream, purple & green in it. I’m really loving how it is working out & hope to have it finished before too long so I can post pics of it! :)
Today’s Ravelry Search
I decided to do a slightly different search today. This one is for those of you looking for pretty shawls/wraps to make out of sock yarn. They are all also free patterns available through Ravelry! None of these are mine – please click the picture to go to the Ravelry page.
* Free pattern
Happy Wednesday, everyone!