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The Merchant of Venice (1980) BBC TV Movie

By: Alex Phuong (Two Beers) – *(Possibly) Minor spoilers ahead!* This is perhaps William Shakespeare’s most controversial play.  Some people might believe that Macbeth is cursed, but The Merchant of Venice is one of the darkest “comedies” from the Bard.  However, this play is no laughing matter, considering what happens to (as well …

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Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (2001) TV Documentary Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) – It was one of the most (in)famous movies ever made. Some would consider it the biggest flop in cinematic history. Behind the glamour and visual beauty of Cleopatra (1963), this behind-the-scenes documentary strips away the gaudy splendor of this notorious film to reveal how …

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Othello (TV Movie Review 1981 BBC)

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) – *Mild Spoilers Ahead/Potential Spoiler Alert!* Even though his rhetorical language might be a bit hard to understand, William Shakespeare’s plays continue to endure as timeless masterpieces.  Some would argue that Romeo and Juliet is the greatest love story of all time, and that Hamlet …

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Twelfth Night (TV Movie 1980 BBC) Or What You Will

By: Alex Phuong (Two Beers) – A recent trend in Hollywood is gender-swapping and race-bending characters. Audiences are excited (but also flabbergasted) by the idea of Hailey Berry playing Ariel in Rob Marshall’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. However, one of the biggest flops within this current decade …

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