Articles Posted in the " Shakespeare " Category

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    The original Shakespearian dialogue, the modern setting, the American accents on iambic pentameter; seeing Gatsby billboards loom over Much Ado About Nothing’s posters isn’t the only shadow that Baz Luhrmann’s films cast over this new romantic comedy. But director Joss Whedon’s adaptation has little else in common with Romeo and Juliet’s, making for a very…



  • Cheat Sheet: Liev Schreiber

    This week we’re celebrating a man whose mere presence in a film adds an extra star to the rating, as written in BFF’s many by-laws. Starring alongside Toni Collette in this week’s Mental, Liev Schreiber proves himself as reliable as ever, being the best thing about a film that isn’t likely to inspire many ‘the best thing about that…’ conversations. He can do no wrong even when all around him brings new definition to the word. It’s a rare effect to have on films, and we wait with bated breath for the day he finally appears in something genuinely brilliant. For now, cast an eye back and remember why Scream 3 was any good.




  • Top 10 Reasons Why Joss Whedon Is The Best

    Remember how good Buffy was? And Firefly and Serenity? And Angel? And Firefly? DO YOU REMEMBER? DO YOU? Here at BFF we remember because, much like elephants well-versed in the art of watching films and TV shows and writing nonsense about them, WE NEVER FORGET ABOUT THOSE FILMS AND TV SHOWS. To cut a long story very short (because we’re all wetting ourselves over the release of Cabin in the Woods and need to get to the toilet pronto) we bring you a Top Ten list that would make even Terrence Malick quake in his hermit boots. So here, take these words and read them knowing there’s no way you will ever be as good a person as Joss Whedon. Oh, and, we should probably say….SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS.


  • Friday Drinking Game #35 – Shakespearean Films

    Did you know Billy Shakespeare wrote thirty seven plays? That’s more plays than number of tears we’ve wept about how few plays we’ve written. And approximately four of them are still knocking about today. One of those plays isn’t Coriolanus, but that didn’t stop Ralph Fiennes making an adaptation of it. What a mess. Do you need a drink yet? Us too.


  • Top 10 Films that Messed With History

    In honour of Roland Emmerich’s latest film Anonymous, which claims Shakespeare didn’t write his plays, BFF brings you the Top 10 list of films which have messed with history over the years. Whether it’s romanticising a horrible tale for the purposes of not making children cry, or casting Johnny Depp as an English detective, this list explores the ten films which over the years have taken History and punched it repeatedly in the face. WARNING: this article contains spoilers and several references to Mel Gibson.