This year, April 23 marks the 455th birthday of William Shakespeare. From thrillers that will “make your hair stand on end,*” to Broadway musicals, these are not adaptations put to film. Rather, these movies use Shakespeare as a foundation to tell a story relevant to its audience.
Finch explores Shakespearean rumor, English history, mystery, and a bit of a quest adventure. He winds together the Dissolution of the Monasteries, steamers on the Thames, riddles, and the complicated dance of high society.
Of Ghosts and Spirits, Walking by Night, And of Strange Noises, Cracks, and Sundry Forewarnings, which commonly happen before the death of men: Great Slaughters, and Alterations of Kingdomes.
Drawing on the themes of Shakespeare’s MacBeth, Katherine is a fierce woman, tired of living by her husband’s rules and she has no problem committing murder to get what she wants. And, as is the sign of good storytelling, the audience is tempted to cheer for her.
In M.L. Rio’s debut novel, the characters are a close klatch of seniors about the graduate from an intense arts conservatory and the intense bond they have formed over the years stretches taut in the final months of school.