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Newsies on Broadway – Better Than the Movie?

21 May

When you love something as much as I love the 1992 movie, Newsies, you don’t want a single, minute detail changed.

So naturally I was apprehensive for the Broadway adaptation.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to see it or not (would I hate it? Love it? Hate that I loved it?). In the end, I entered my name in the Newsies ticket lottery and let the outcome decide.

I won. So I saw it.

Original Concerns

When I heard all the theatre buzz, my two main concerns were Jack’s transformation from cowboy to artist, and the reporter who’d followed the strike being a woman instead of a guy.

Actually sitting through the show, those weren’t the issues I had at all.

Although, if you’re going to make Jack an artist (a change which I don’t think was necessary, by the way), why make one of Pulitzer’s lines be:

“Time’s running out kid, so what do you say/Cowboy or convict, I win either way.”

Cowboy or convict.

Cowboy or convict.

Actors

I gotta say kudos to Jeremy Jordan (pictured below) for playing such a great Jack. He’s charismatic, cheeky, a natural leader, and quite sympathetic. As a huge fan of Christian Bale in this movie, I think Jeremy stepped into the role very well.

Jeremy Jordan Jack Kelly

My friend and me with Jeremy Jordan aka Jack Kelly 🙂

The same can’t be said for Ben Fankhauser, playing David. I’d never even stopped Continue reading

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What Would You Title This Blog?

3 Apr
The eponymous Fellowship from left to right: (...

Image via Wikipedia

I was very eager to start this blog.

I’d just finished a Lord of the Rings marathon; I read all the books and then watched each movie (twice).

So you can imagine my mind was a bit preoccupied with LOTR at the time. I needed a blog title, and “I Know What Hunts You” is – you guessed it – a Lord of the Rings reference.

Specifically when Aragorn asks Frodo if he’s frightened – Frodo replies, “Yes,” to which Aragorn says, “Not nearly frightened enough. I know what hunts you.”

Bah dah dah dum.

It might have been a good title for a blog post, but it wasn’t the smartest choice for my blog name and URL, which is not as easily changeable.

Still, I’m seriously considering changing my blog name, maybe relocating my blog, and I’d like your help! If you have any ideas for a blog name that fits the scope of my blog, please let me know. Nothing’s too silly or obvious, so leave your thoughts in the comments, or contact me directly.

If I end up using your idea, you’ll get a special mention!!

Is The Hunger Games Movie Better Than the Book?

30 Mar

Back in November, I wrote about my excitement for the Hunger Games movie, and my hope that it wouldn’t be a total flop or butcher the story too much.

I went to see  it on Wednesday.

It was a very interesting experience for me because though I read the books, it’s been a while. I only had a vague memory of the general storyline, but as I watched, the scenes came back to me like a half-remembered dream (apologies for the cliche, but that’s how it felt).

I didn’t like Katniss Everdeen in the book version. In fact, it’s probably safe to say that I actively disliked her. I don’t remember why, but it might have had something to do with her prickly personality. Katniss, as portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence, is much more likable. Possibly because the audience can’t tell what she’s thinking. The reaping scene where she screams, “I volunteer! I volunteer as tribute!” gives me chills every time I watch it.

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

Peeta Mellark was probably the most Continue reading

Have You Been With Too Many Guys?

31 Jan

I’m not judging; that’s just the premise for the romantic comedy, What’s Your Number?

About the Trailer

I’m always wary about showing trailers since so many, like this one, give away the entire movie. In fact, sometimes I can watch a trailer and feel the same sense of satisfaction that I get from watching a whole movie.

I think, in the end, it’s good to watch a trailer so you know if you’d want to see the movie, and then wait a long-enough period of time so that you don’t really remember anything about it, other than it made you want to see the movie.

About the Movie

Yes, a lot of romantic comedies Continue reading

I Am Sherlocked

23 Jan

For a long time, my knowledge of Sherlock Holmes didn’t surpass the Sherlock Holmes-themed episode of Wishbone (see Best Kids TV), based on “A Scandal in Bohemia.”

I knew that Sherlock Holmes was a great detective, that he worked closely with Dr. John Watson, and that he was partial to pipes and deerstalker hats.

But there is so much more awesomeness to be had in this legend.

Exhibit A

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There and Back Again: My Journey

22 Dec

The HobbitThis past year I read the Hobbit, and then I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy (hereafter dubbed “LOTR”).

I liked the writing style, and it was an interesting story, but those books were long and never-ending. Seriously, every time I thought the book was winding down, Tolkien just kept on writing.

Initially wary, I was persuaded to watch the movies and I’m so glad I did. In fact, I liked the LOTR movies so much, I watched the whole trilogy twice. And I was lucky enough to watch the last film in theaters when LOTR was re-released again this past summer.

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Ordinary People

10 Dec

Because, like Dead Poet’s Society, this understated, ’80s-style movie packs quite a punch (emotionally speaking).

Because Timothy Hutton, Donald Sutherland, Judd Hirsch, and Mary Tyler Moore are star performers in their respective roles.

Because you feel for them (except for Moore as the mom), and feel with them (except the mom), and cry with them (except the mom), more than you probably should since it’s fictional. Then again, maybe not, since it’s a very real reflection of real life events and consequences.