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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cultural Opportunity – The Tempest

           Last Tuesday I went to see the Tempest. Duh! You were there too! I had a really good time hanging out with my friends and annoying my English/Lit professor before curtain. I think that's how they say it. Anyway it was really fun, having never seen anything of Shakespeare with the exception of watching Romeo and Juliet for high school English.

            The most prominent emotion I felt during the play was.. Confusion! I don’t seem to be the only one, as me and the guys have had some very intriguing conversations about what we think actually happened. We’ve resolved this problem with one simple answer, it was all a dream. We stole that from Inception. I really enjoyed watching the people emote, and the drunken guys running around. I lol’ed. I remember being exceptionally tired that day, I don’t know why, but I think that bit of drowsy was what made the play seem almost impossible to sit through. I was really enjoying myself, though you wouldn’t have known by looking at me. I’d like to talk about how the text "affected me," or whatever, but I don’t really feel like it did. I saw the show, I took in what the author had to say, and it was confusing. I couldn’t tell who the protagonist(s) and who the antagonist(s) were or was! I did enjoy the “I’ve known you for two minutes and you’re my SOULMATE!!!!!” thing they had going on. I never would have seen that coming in a million years! If I didn’t know that Shakespeare had also written Romeo and Juliet. And what was the deal with that Asian fairy guy??? I wish I had taken the time to read this story before I saw it, but it’s hard to find time for luxuries such as this these days. I wish more of class could be days like this, and less of those crumby lit letters. J

Cultural Opportunity – Where the Buffalo Roam

            This was more confusing than the Tempest! We spent at least half of the movie trying to figure out what Bill Murray’s character’s name was. And then there was an attorney who worked for drug using hippies, who himself became a drug using hippy? Is that stuff real?? If whoever made the movie or wrote the book the movie was based on was trying to confuse the heck out of me, they succeeded with flying colors. Obviously that Hunter S. Thompson was an incredibly eccentric man. Or somebody messed up, big time. There were several scenes that I enjoyed, but the majority of the movie was crazy insane; some of this may have been due to the fact that I was watching it with Eric and Steven, who weren’t very into it. Obviously, this guy knew how to get along with everybody, and how to bring people together, something that appealed to my personality. How am I supposed to reflect on how the author combines different ways of expressing ideas? It’s a biography, not fiction! The movie, although it seemed batshit INSANE at times, felt like it really fit in with the era it was trying to portray, and I could see every word of it being absolutely true. Having sat through the whole thing, I can now safely say that I know there is something cooler about Hunter S. Thompson than simply his name. 
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