2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and for that reason this year affords fans of the bard a huge number of opportunities to experience his work. Taking into account the many offerings from the BBC and from theatre companies around the country, there are just too many to list. However, Oxford may be better supplied than almost anywhere else.
Shakespeare Oxford 2016 is a huge festival created by a consortium of Oxford-based organisations. Collectively, these organisations are making a large chunk of Shakespeare's work available through stage productions, film, and dance as well as putting on numerous talks and exhibitions. Having set out to absorb as much Shakespeare as I can in this special year, I caught Love's Labour's Lost performed by the Oxford Shakespeare Company in the gardens of Wadham College.
In June, various celebrations marked the 25th anniversary of the release of the original 1991 Sonic the Hedgehog game. A key game on the Sega Mega Drive (or Sega Genesis as it is known in North America), Sonic the Hedgehog has sold over 15 million copies on that platform as well as spawning a large franchise which continues to this day.
Coincidentally, I recently picked up all of Sega's Mega Drive Classics on Steam. One of the 58 games contained therein is the original Sonic, allowing me to play the game for the first time since around 1998 or 1999. The crucial difference between playing on my friends' Mega Drives and playing the Steam version is the ability to save: something which actually enabled me to complete the game for the first time, and to share a few belated thoughts on our blue friend's big milestone.
Sometime film reviewer, Letterboxd user, novice Blu-Ray collector. Top 3 directors: Woo, Hill, Leone.
Henry V (UK, 1989) ★★★★½
The Fast and the Furious (USA, 2001) ★★★★
Goodfellas (USA, 1990) ★★★★★
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