Episode 184: The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)

We pray you now, to our podcast give ear,
Sweet Apple offers Shakespeare to us here!
Denzel will don the mantle of the Scot
A king, but every inch? I’faith, ‘tis not!
The Brothers Coen now split, one stands alone
To build a castle hewed from filmic stone.
His goodly wife McDormand treads the boards
A wondrous soundtrack, movie full well-scored!
Join Mike and his most humble counsel Max
To watch this boldest of the streaming acts!

[Exeunt, pursued by Bumpy]

Poll question: Has Hollywood finally erased the “stigma” of TV, meaning, is there still a perceived lesser quality to productions on tv or do movies still reign supreme? Do we “look down” on tv, expect less from it than movies, that kind of thing?

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5 thoughts on “Episode 184: The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)”

  1. I think the stigma has reversed in recent years. Quality TV is considered serious art and handling much deeper subjects with giant budgets while movies are more superhero and escapist with even higher budgets but not as serious. Actors, directors etc can do both now and not have either work against them career wise. I think in the public mind, movies in the cinema are still “real” movies but in practice the distinction is blurred now.

    1. Thanks, Snowman! Always good to hear your opinion. “TV Movie” no longer has the meaning it once did which, as we both know, usually meant something awful. When movie actors showed up on TV, it often meant their careers were over. Now? Not so much. Appreciate the comment and your listening. Thanks!

      1. Forgot to mention. This was an A24 production and the third recent film they produced in the that square format which is the the same as movies made before the push towards wider screens. All the classic black and white films are in this format and it seems to be an artistic trend. The Quebec film “Mommie” was filmed in it but when the main character’s life gets better the screen opened up to 16:9.

        1. It’s a weird choice and I don’t understand the reasoning behind it. Hearkening back to older films is fine, I guess, but Shakespeare goes back a lot further than that. So…eh? Lessening the impact of a movie, removing screen real estate is a decision I can’t really get behind, especially when this was really only meant to be seen at home. Last thing you want to do, as far as I can see, is make your audience feel that this is NOT as much a movie as going out when showing it on a streaming service. But then again, I’m not Joel Coen. Thanks, Vince!

  2. I guess it’s like all those super long thin super scope formats, a trend that might work with some films but not others. It doesn’t bother me, but I watch a lot of silent films and they are all in the format. “The Lighthouse” was in b&W and filmed with original silent film lenses and looks amazing in the square format. I don’t see the Marvel movies going in that direction though!

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