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I appreciate the reviews and agree that Moira should have been a reviewer by profession. You do it so well.

I'm getting from the reviews, however, that Gerry's part is much less than everyone else's. Is this the case?

I'm certain he will be brilliant in it, but is his screen time so much less than Ralph's? I hope this is not the

case. I have not read Coriolanus. I tried, but the copy I got is so confusing that I set it aside. Granted I've

been sick lately and lack much of my vigor but it has just seemed more of a task than a joy to read this.

I will see it no matter what and own it if I can, so I will watch it many times. I just hope Gerry's part gives

him much screen time to develop his character.

I must say I am not that impressed with Ralph. I have not seen him in anything that I can remember, so I have

a new experience coming. I can't believe it will be November before this hits the theaters. We will see MGP first,

and this was finished before it was started. Does anyone know why it will take so long to be in the theaters?

Love him absolutely,

Sandy

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I appreciate the reviews and agree that Moira should have been a reviewer by profession. You do it so well.

I'm getting from the reviews, however, that Gerry's part is much less than everyone else's. Is this the case?

I'm certain he will be brilliant in it, but is his screen time so much less than Ralph's? I hope this is not the

case. I have not read Coriolanus. I tried, but the copy I got is so confusing that I set it aside. Granted I've

been sick lately and lack much of my vigor but it has just seemed more of a task than a joy to read this.

I will see it no matter what and own it if I can, so I will watch it many times. I just hope Gerry's part gives

him much screen time to develop his character.

I must say I am not that impressed with Ralph. I have not seen him in anything that I can remember, so I have

a new experience coming. I can't believe it will be November before this hits the theaters. We will see MGP first,

and this was finished before it was started. Does anyone know why it will take so long to be in the theaters?

Love him absolutely,

Sandy

Sandy, here's a link to the entire play, act by act.

http://www.shakespeare-literature.com/Coriolanus/index.html

Delene

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I used to work in a cinema part-time in my late 20s early 30s and had a film review spot on my local radio every Saturday morning. I go to the cinema so often I really should start a blog doing film reviews. You never know where it might lead :lmao:

Moira

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<br />I used to work in a cinema part-time in my late 20s early 30s and had a film review spot on my local radio every Saturday morning. I go to the cinema so often I really should start a blog doing film reviews. You never know where it might lead <img src='http://www.gerardbutlergals.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/lmao.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lmao:' /> <br />

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Moira<br />

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Need a career change?!? ;-) You definitely should consider a blog. Wordpress is a good one :-)

Ciao Bella,

Me ;-)

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I used to work in a cinema part-time in my late 20s early 30s and had a film review spot on my local radio every Saturday morning. I go to the cinema so often I really should start a blog doing film reviews. You never know where it might lead :lmao:

Moira

Well you certainly are good at it, and thorough. If you want a career change you might consider that, I'm sure

you would be successful in it.

Sandy

I appreciate the reviews and agree that Moira should have been a reviewer by profession. You do it so well.

I'm getting from the reviews, however, that Gerry's part is much less than everyone else's. Is this the case?

I'm certain he will be brilliant in it, but is his screen time so much less than Ralph's? I hope this is not the

case. I have not read Coriolanus. I tried, but the copy I got is so confusing that I set it aside. Granted I've

been sick lately and lack much of my vigor but it has just seemed more of a task than a joy to read this.

I will see it no matter what and own it if I can, so I will watch it many times. I just hope Gerry's part gives

him much screen time to develop his character.

I must say I am not that impressed with Ralph. I have not seen him in anything that I can remember, so I have

a new experience coming. I can't believe it will be November before this hits the theaters. We will see MGP first,

and this was finished before it was started. Does anyone know why it will take so long to be in the theaters?

Love him absolutely,

Sandy

Sandy, here's a link to the entire play, act by act.

http://www.shakespea...anus/index.html

Delene

Thanks, Delene. I read 2 acts already. I find this easy to read. I can be ahead of the game by the

time the movie comes out. Thanks again for the link.

Sandy

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I had no idea where else to post this, and I didn't think it deserved its own thread so I hope no one minds my riding on Moira's coattails. :)

A good review, but the sole reason I wanted to post this:

"Gerard Butler his fiercest enemy, in a lion-like portrayal of Tullus Aufidius; both with an intense male sexual energy that is rare on screen."

http://technorati.com/entertainment/film/article/gerard-butler-ralph-fiennes-in-coriolanus/

I thought that description was incredible. :)

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I had no idea where else to post this, and I didn't think it deserved its own thread so I hope no one minds my riding on Moira's coattails. :)

A good review, but the sole reason I wanted to post this:

"Gerard Butler his fiercest enemy, in a lion-like portrayal of Tullus Aufidius; both with an intense male sexual energy that is rare on screen."

http://technorati.com/entertainment/film/article/gerard-butler-ralph-fiennes-in-coriolanus/

I thought that description was incredible. :)

OH, I love that description!!! It is so true that you rarely see the sexual energy in males on screen these days. I love REAL men!!

~HUGS~ Kathy

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Big, big thanks to everyone in this thread for reviews and the like. Every review I have read from outside Gals grants accolades to all the performances. That's rare and makes me even more anxious to see it...seems like so far away right now.

I love Shakespeare and studied it in college with an excellent professor. It was one of my favorite subjects and I love to see it performed. And though I consider myself saavy to Shakespeare's work, I also know that to truly enjoy and understand any of his plays, it is a very good idea to study the piece first. I always have had to. I heard that Cliff Notes are available for I believe all of Shakespeare's plays and are an excellent way to understand the story and the language. Shakespeare was a genius with subtle undertones and ironies. Studying those things adds a great deal to his story lines.

Unfortunately here in the US Shakespearean "movies" have not done well overall. 1999's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" -- which featured an AMAZING cast including Kevin Klein, Michelle Pfeifer, Rupert Everett, Stanley Tucci, Calista Flockhart, Anna Friel (Timeline), Christian Bale (Reign of Fire), Dominic West (300), David Strathairn (Harrison's Flowers), and Sophie Marceau -- is remarkable. But unless you've studied the language you would be lost, and it never made a big splash here, but should have. The same is true of the version of "Hamlet" starring Mel Gibson, and there are several others. It's not hard to understand the "difficulty" of gaining widespread appeal when the types of films that do well in the US are the likes of spoofs of bad horror films. You get my drift.

I hope against hope that I'm wrong and Coriolanus is widely distributed, well received, and LOVED here...but I hold my breath until we see that happen.

The greatest news is that although Gerry is not the "lead" male in Coriolanus, he is in what is being considered to be a first class, elegant film. That's lovely in and of itself. No wonder he's smiling these days. He has much to be proud of. I can't wait to see Coriolanus and MGP!

:kisswink:

Leslie

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well said! and I agree with you 100 percent by the way. There are some wonderful Shakespeare films that have been done over the years, the best ones are fewer and far between, but they are there, such as Branagh's Henry V or Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, the later being an excellent example of sucessfully taking one of the Bard's plays, modernizing the setting, but keeping the most important part, the dialogue, as written. And honestly, from what I've heard anyway, Gerry's role may not be the largest in this movie, however, that doesn't matter to me in the least. The man has such an over-powering screen presence, so even when he isn't on screen at the moment, you can always "sense him there". And in a way a smaller sized role is good for something like this, and subtlety in performing Shakespeare is key. And I understand completely about the language barrier, believe you me, I understand so well....but I've always felt and will always feel that that language, as other wordly as it may come across, is so painfully beautiful, it hurts my soul how beautiful it is. How Shakespeare was able turn a phrase or capture humor or tragedy in its most pure and human forms in a mere few words, it leaves me speechless every single time.

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I had no idea where else to post this, and I didn't think it deserved its own thread so I hope no one minds my riding on Moira's coattails. :)

A good review, but the sole reason I wanted to post this:

"Gerard Butler his fiercest enemy, in a lion-like portrayal of Tullus Aufidius; both with an intense male sexual energy that is rare on screen."

http://technorati.com/entertainment/film/article/gerard-butler-ralph-fiennes-in-coriolanus/

I thought that description was incredible. :)

So now someone notices Gerry's "intense male sexual energy"? I like this review! It's positive and succinct and it's obvious the writer loved the movie! Perhaps Gerry brings out that "energy" even in his own gender. Hey, a man that can reverse menopause has got to have some pretty special powers, baby!

Delene

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To give my own opinion about Shakespeare, I have loved the plays since I was a kid. My first introduction was when I saw The Taming of the Shrew on TV in 1976 with Marc Singer (thud) and loved it. I started trying to read the plays but was still too young to really "get it". Then when I was in junior high, I got into The Who, and the lead singer Roger Daltrey did a production of A Comedy of Errors. My grandmother bought me this HUGE complete works of Shakespeare (which has since been lost in my many moves - how you lose a gigantic book is beyond me), and I started reading them slowly to understand the language. I pretty much taught myself, and really love it.

When I saw Baz Luhrman's Romeo & Juliet it re-kindled that love for Shakespeare on film. Both my sons list that as one of their favorite movies of all time. :) It was so incredibly done and ridiculously beautiful. Fast Forward to being a teacher and we took an 8th grade class to see Othello in the theater. That was total hit and miss with the kids (remember where I live now), but I also realized (and forgive me those of you who are Bard purists) but I prefer the productions on film now. I have yet to see Laurence Fishurne's Othello but I want to.

Anyway, I am REALLY looking forward to this and I would be seeing it even if Gerry was not in it; however, he is and so I am doubly enthused to see it!!!! Seeing and hearing our very own LION reciting Shakespeare is worth waiting for. :wuv:

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Thanks Moira and Theresa for your wonderful reviews! Posted Image

I really can't wait to see the film-you've totally set the scene -it sounds incredible ...just wish Gerry 's talent could be showcased a little more in terms of more screen time but I'm

eagerly anticipating Machine Gun Preacher for that!!

Thank you so much again girls

Hugs

N

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and can I just that I am truly proud of him for doing this role and for being involved in this movie...I know how difficult it is to perform Shakespeare, and it's even harder to perform it well. And moreover, Gerry should be so proud of himself as well. My love of the Bard started when I was very young. My father was English and an enourmous Shakespeare enthusiast and he would read to me for hours from this gigantic book of Shakespeare's complete works, plays, sonnets, ballads, the whole nine yards; and I in turn would spend hour after hour on my own reading and surrounding myself with this language that was so foreign to me and yet so oddly familiar. I know all too well what it is like to be the only person of an age group to love something so much and not have anyone else you know feel that same way about it...but I prefer it that way, I don't know why, I just do....Viola or Prospero or Mercutio, they're like friends to me.

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Thanks for the excellant reviews ladies!! Moira you out did yourself again! :wave:

I think this sounds brilliant and I can't wait to see it. I personally love Shakespeare and am in no way worried about the language. Seems to me the best to get us "Americans" to appreciate it..is by exposure. I must admit I get tired of the industry assuming we "Americans" won't like to go see a movie based on it being "English/British" or Shakespeare...Same damn thing happend when RocknRolla came out and that annoyed the hell out of me too.

The King's Speech did great and given that Weinstein knows how to promote...I hope he goes balls out for this and puts it out there. I also hope the those who are big Fiennes' fans and Ralph himself will draw an audience.

Again, thanks for the info and well...like you all said......it's Shakespeare...someone HAS to die!! LOL.

:wave::kiss:

Sparty

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I appreciate the reviews and agree that Moira should have been a reviewer by profession. You do it so well.

I'm getting from the reviews, however, that Gerry's part is much less than everyone else's. Is this the case?

I'm certain he will be brilliant in it, but is his screen time so much less than Ralph's? I hope this is not the

case. I have not read Coriolanus. I tried, but the copy I got is so confusing that I set it aside. Granted I've

been sick lately and lack much of my vigor but it has just seemed more of a task than a joy to read this.

I will see it no matter what and own it if I can, so I will watch it many times. I just hope Gerry's part gives

him much screen time to develop his character.

I must say I am not that impressed with Ralph. I have not seen him in anything that I can remember, so I have

a new experience coming. I can't believe it will be November before this hits the theatres. We will see MGP first,

and this was finished before it was started. Does anyone know why it will take so long to be in the theatres?

Love him absolutely,

Sandy

:detect:Sandy; Ralph played in a sequel to "Silence of the Lambs" and the title was "The Red Dragon"; it was there that I noticed him AND his tattoo; great actor; very deep character.

Delene remember what I said about the movie "Titanic"; wait for it people....the boat GOES DOWN! Never stopped me from going to see it three times in the theatre nor owning the DVD. I hate spending money on a movie with high expectations; only to be let down by the plot or actors and having paid to be ripped off. You wouldn't buy a car "sight unseen"; the road test and other owner's input is always recommended...

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