Opera season at the Canadian Opera Company continues with their production of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian. It’s the tale of Roman emperor Hadrian, whose lover Antinous drowned when he was still young and beautiful. Hadrian spent the rest of his life mourning the loss.
We saw the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. It’s the tale of a man who insults a woman, kills his friends, and spends a few years moping about how rough he’s had it. A tale of toxic masculinity as old as time, but somehow still relevant today.
We saw Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle, 2018), a new documentary about three triplets who were separated at birth, only to accidentally find each other as young men. The film begins with their happy moment of rediscovery—but soon unfolds several darker twists to their tale.
We caught a screening of The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood (Andy and Michael Jones, 1986), a cult classic comedy which was also the first feature film made entirely in Newfoundland by Newfoundlanders.
Adam and Michael, who had seen it before, took Chris to see it for the first time. Was it too Newfoundlandic for him? Would it play as well for audiences who weren't at least Newfoundland-adjacent? We discussed all this and more immediately after the screening.
[We won’t link to it, but you can find the film on YouTube. Adam’s article on the movie from the Newfoundland Quarterly is, sadly, not available online. Also check out these two tributes to the late Michael Jones.]
We watched the original Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954). A giant monster is attacking Tokyo: Why? And how can its destruction be stopped? What sacrifices will required to put an end to this destruction?
Over at It’s Just A Show, your deep-dive podcast about Mystery Science Theater 3000, we talk about a lot of goofy giant monster movies. But when Adam realized that Beth and Chris hadn't seen the original Godzilla movie before, he arranged a viewing. Do they fall in love with this tragic anti-hero?