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View Poll Results: What did you think of Anonymous?
Best movie ever! 0 0%
Pretty good movie 1 16.67%
Harmless, neither good nor bad 1 16.67%
Eh, it was pretty bad 1 16.67%
It was offensively terrible, worst movie ever! 3 50.00%
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Old October 26 2011, 04:16 PM   #1
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Anonymous is being unleashed ... or is that released? ... to theaters in two days. In anticipation, shall we have a vote?

What did you think of this bloody disaster? Does it soil Shakespeare's good name? Is it a mess of epic proportions? Is it something that cat left in the litter box?
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Old October 26 2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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Have you seen a preview?
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Old October 26 2011, 04:18 PM   #3
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Have you seen a preview?
Indeed, I saw it last night.

I was hoping for a typical Roland Emmerich movie ... You know, Independence Day, Godzilla, 2012 ... Instead, it was mostly yawn-inducing boring material, with a few jolts of "let's shock the audience!" ... in the same way you can be shocked by an elementary school play.
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Old October 26 2011, 04:27 PM   #4
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Looks like a different change of pace for Roland Emmerich. Before seeing the preview or reading through the above posts, I thought this was a movie about the hacker group of the same name.
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Old October 26 2011, 11:53 PM   #5
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I'm interested to see what they do, but as someone who graduated from college with a degree in English, I find the basic premise of this film completely ridiculous.

And, as one of my good writer friends tweeted the other day:

"There seem to be a disproportionate number of explosions in that new Shakespeare movie."


That being said, I'll wait till I see it before making my final assessment.
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Old October 27 2011, 12:19 AM   #6
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Roland Emmerich is a douchebag.
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Old October 27 2011, 12:25 AM   #7
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Hasn't there been a longstanding idea that Shakespeare really didn't write any of his plays, that it was actually someone else? Or is that just a silly conspiracy theory? I admit to not being a huge Shakespeare expert; my favorite Shakespeare production is 10 Things I Hate About You.
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Old October 27 2011, 01:07 AM   #8
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Hasn't there been a longstanding idea that Shakespeare really didn't write any of his plays, that it was actually someone else? Or is that just a silly conspiracy theory? I admit to not being a huge Shakespeare expert; my favorite Shakespeare production is 10 Things I Hate About You.
The idea that William Shakespeare didn't really write the plays in his canon began in the 19th Century, about the same time that the idea began that Shakespeare is an unsurpassed and unsurpassable genius against which all other writers of English literature shall forever be measured and found wanting.
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Old October 27 2011, 01:48 AM   #9
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Hasn't there been a longstanding idea that Shakespeare really didn't write any of his plays, that it was actually someone else? Or is that just a silly conspiracy theory?
As Sci mentioned, the questioning of Shakespeare's authorship began in the 19th-century. Ironically, it began as a joke. The author Samuel Mosheim Schmucker was trying to combat then-in-vogue Biblical criticism that was questioning the historicity of Jesus. In his work titled "Historic Doubts Respecting Shakespeare, Illustrating Infidel Objections Against the Bible," Schmucker was trying to argue in parallel that while we can't prove that Shakespeare wrote his plays we know that he did, just as we can't prove that Jesus actually existed and yet he did. Unfortunately, Schmucker was too clever by half, and suddenly people began to think that, just maybe, Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare.

Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford, is the leading alternate candidate today, but he wasn't always. Anonymous is using a particularly insane version of the Oxfordian theory called "Prince Tudor II," that not only did Oxford father a child on Queen Elizabeth, Henry Wriothesley, but Oxford was himself the child of the then-Princess Elizabeth (so Oxford incestuously fathered his own half-brother).

Despite that bit of insanity, I'm genuinely curious about the film and will likely see it.

I think the Doctor Who audio The Kingmaker treates the Shakespeare Authorship Question with all the seriousness it deserves -- King Richard III wrote Shakespeare's plays.
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Old October 27 2011, 02:32 AM   #10
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Well, whether the movie is based on fact or fiction, it doesn't really matter to me. I think it looks entertaining enough. If nothing else, we can call it "alternate history."
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Old October 27 2011, 02:55 AM   #11
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I'm interested to see what they do, but as someone who graduated from college with a degree in English, I find the basic premise of this film completely ridiculous.
Well, doubleohfive, you and I have something else in common. I could say exactly the same thing.

It always struck me as the ultimate bit of snobbery when people assume that some middle class, self taught man couldn't possibly have written these great plays; only someone of noble birth could possess such talent.

BULL. PUCKEY.

I had no idea that this was a Roland Emmerich movie. That makes me want to see this even less.
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Old October 27 2011, 03:30 AM   #12
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I t really looks like a nice piece of eye candy and I love historical dramas. I don't mind Roland Emmerich's movies and this doesn't seem like his typical movie. I will rent it wen it comes out.

But other than seeing clips of this on You Tube and other movie related sites I have not seen one add for this on TV.
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Old October 27 2011, 03:40 AM   #13
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Jacobi must be really strapped for cash to be involved with this abomination.
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Old October 27 2011, 04:04 AM   #14
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Jacobi must be really strapped for cash to be involved with this abomination.
No, Jacobi is an Oxfordian. I believe he was quoted as approving of Emmerich's "bravery" in making Anonymous.
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Old October 27 2011, 04:29 AM   #15
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Oh, awesome! I took ENG 201 with Dr. Syme back in the day, during his first semester ever as a professor. He seems to have done well for himself.
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