Forbidden Planet

The 60th Anniversary of Forbidden Planet: From Shakespeare to Star Trek

With Star Trek now celebrating its fiftieth Anniversary, and with yet another Star Trek feature released earlier this summer that pays further tribute to Gene Roddenberry’s vision and legacy (as well as the cherished memory of the original Mr. Spock, the late, great Leonard Nimoy, and the young and tragically ill-fated new Chekov, Anton Yelchin),…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
Coriolanus Shakespeare

Understanding Coriolanus: The upside of obsession

When I decided to attend my local screening of the National Theatre Live production of Coriolanus (2014) I was expecting to see rows of empty seats. The audience for Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth (2013) had been no more than a dozen people, and it is a far more appreciated play.  This time, the theatre was packed.…

By Dawn Oshiro
Henry V - Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s history plays: Precursor to the film franchise?

Ahh, the film franchise.  A popular film with interesting characters and a decent premise soon spawns a sequel, then becomes a trilogy, and so on, until it becomes unprofitable, unpopular, or both.  If the franchise is based on a book series, every effort will be made to keep the money factory running as long as…

By Dawn Oshiro