The Hollow Crown (2012)

“The Hollow Crown” is a series of acclaimed 2012 TV film adaptations of Shakespeare’s Henriad, his epic historical tetralogy covering the reign of multiple English kings. I’ve reviewed them separately as films, but will compile those reviews here to address the overall series. The Hollow Crown: Richard II An excellent adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s…

The Hollow Crown: Henry V (2012)

“The Hollow Crown: Henry V” opens years after the events of the play it’s based on, showing the titular character’s funeral procession, lingering on a shot of his dead face as the title card “Henry V, by William Shakespeare” flashes on-screen. This inclusion is not part of Shakespeare’s play, nor of most other adaptations. It…

Norse Mythology (2017) by Neil Gaiman

Gaiman skillfully retells and arranges numerous Norse myths here into a cohesive novelistic arc, bringing aspects of the modern novel (character development, worldbuilding, linear plotting, cohesive thematics) to very ancient, very disparate folklore. Gaiman makes it feel natural, well-integrated, compelling, so much so that it seems an obvious direction after-the-fact, but Gaiman was the one…