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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.

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My friend and me with Jeremy Jordan aka Jack Kelly 🙂

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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

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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

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Sam and Frodo

30 Nov

Lord of the RIngsSam: It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding on to Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.

Hungry for The Hunger Games?

14 Nov

The Hunger GamesSpeaking of books becoming movies, here’s another one: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

The trilogy is set in a post-apocalyptic future where children from different districts of the former U.S. compete in a fight-to-the-death, while the rest of the country watches.

Welcome to the future of reality television.

The books are great – the idea is original, the writing is good, and the story is moving. I suggest reading the books before the movie comes out.

Unlike with One for the Money by Janet Evanovich, I was really excited when I found out that The Hunger Games was becoming a movie. Maybe because I think it’ll translate better on the big screen. Maybe because the cast seems more suitable.

Either way, I can’t wait for it to be released, but for now I’ll settle for the trailer:

Are you excited for The Hunger Games movie?

When Books Become Movies

12 Nov

It’s always a little nerve-wracking when books become movies.

You read this book, you think it’s awesome, you draw similarities between it and your own life, you really invest in it. Then along come these hotshots from Hollywood and they tweak the story, they add faces to the names, they make the story their own.

And by doing so, they take it away from you.

The next time you read the book, or go on to the next book in the series, you’ll see the actors’ faces instead of the ones you dreamed up and it’ll all take place on the film sets, as opposed to the settings you had in mind. So much for your imagination.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I like movies-based-on-books (Harry Potter comes to mind).

Sometimes the movies are even better than the books (like Lord of the Rings).

But sometimes the story gets butchered. One for the Money

The reason I bring this up is because one of my favorite books will soon be in a theatre near you.

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Dead Poet’s Society

10 Nov

Because the movie is so profound. Its understated quality leaves you wrecked with emotion.

Because this is one of the few movies where I like Robin Williams:


Because it’s one of those movies that’s more than just entertainment. If you let him, Robin Williams will be the teacher you wish you’d had.