Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Les Mis

I've now watched Les Mis four times. Three times in the theater (once was a sing-along, hey-o!) and once at home on my very own blu ray that I will get to watch over and over forever and ever.


Not that I'm excited or anything.

I've been looking forward to this movie for seventeen years. Yes. Since I was thirteen and first discovered the musical and wished that it was a movie, that's how long I've been looking forward to this movie. And, yes, I know they made the Claire Danes one, but that one didn't have the music. And the music is what makes this movie.

And I love it.

It's seriously everything I ever wanted it to be.

And, back when I was writing Fantasy Casting, and they announced that they were going to make this movie-musical, I picked Hugh Jackman to play Valjean.

And I was right.

I should have retired from blogging right then and there.

Lucky for you all, I didn't, though, and I'm still here.


What was I talking about? Oh. Yes. Hugh Jackman.

Here's what I love about this movie: 

- It's the quintessential Christian dilemma: How do justice and mercy coexist? Where does one yield to the other? Both are eternal principles of the gospel, yet neither can exist where the other does. 

- Hugh Jackman. He nailed this. Except for "Bring Him Home," but that's really not fair, because it's outside the range of the rest of the part and that song is just basically setting every actor up for failure. (Yes, I think this applies to the great Colm Wilkinson, whom I didn't love anyway)

- Anne Hathaway. I love her performance. I love her hair. I love that she has deliberately avoided talking about her weight-loss methods because she doesn't want to glamorize the near-death-skinniness she achieved for her work. 

- Eddie Redmayne. Who knew? 

- Aaron Tveit. He deserves parades in his honor. 

- SBC and HBC. I love that he's the only one who put on an accent for this and that it is completely absurd. I love that she plays Mme. Thenardier differently than anyone else has before (at least that I've seen, in the two concerts, four live performances, a movie, and OH YES, the original novel). 

- The stark juxtaposition of "One Day More" against the silence preceding "Do You Hear the People Sing." The organic way the latter began and built. So much more powerful than the play (this is where the intermission goes, so the power of "One Day More" gets swallowed up in bathroom breaks and dessert-purchasing)

- Fantine slapping the foreman. It felt so organic. (Yes, I know that's the second time I've used that word, but it's apropos both times, I promise). 

- The discreet, yet raw and real, way they handled prostitution. 

- The students. So much more lively and authentic than the play usually sets them up. 

- Gavroche. I know, he's supposed to be a lot older, but I loved this kid. He was so sweet and so adorable and just so stinking talented. 

- The nods to the fans. I.E. - Enjolras' death scene, the original Eponine playing a whore, Colm Wilkinson, etc. So many fun little Easter Eggs, and it shows they cared so much about the fan base. 

Tell me what you loved about this movie!!! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Top Ten Movie Blogfest

The fabulous Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting a Top Ten Movie Blogfest today. I have decided to jump in last minute. (I'm also going to copy Julia King and put my favorite quotes on here, too). Here, in no particular order are my favorite movies. For right now.

10. Grease. 
This one is my all-time, old-time favorite. I watched it every single day after school when I was in high school, and could easily recite the entire thing, word-for-word. You might call me "obsessed." You might. And you might get punched for it.

Favorite quote: "Hey, don't worry about it. If she screws up, she can always fix your hair so your ears don't show."

9. Avengers
A new addition to the list, but it's really just THAT GOOD. The super-comedy-action-flick is quickly becoming my favorite genre, and I think this is the best example of it so far.

Favorite quote: "You and I remember Budapest very differently."

8. Count of Monte Cristo 
This has been our go-to at-home-date-night movie pretty much since we got married. It has a little of everything, and it's one of those adaptations where I think the changes from the book were necessary and even made the story better. (I know, the line for floggings starts over to the left)

Favorite quote: "I swear on my dead relatives, even on the ones who don't feel too good, I am your man for life."

7. Elf 
It's rare that a holiday-themed movie is good enough to watch all year round, but this one totally is. I never get tired of it, and this is pretty much Will Ferrell's greatest accomplishment (and I'm a WF fan, so that's saying something). I'm pretty sure that if Will Arnett was in this, it would be at the top of the list.

Favorite quote: *ridiculously long belch* "Did you HEAR that?!"

6. Newsies
I cannot stress enough how much I love this movie and how much I think this was Christian Bale's finest moment, despite his apparent embarrassment of it now. Santa Fe is such a heartbreaking piece, and I just love that the hero is so deeply flawed. However? One of the worst on-screen kisses ever.

Favorite quote: "I got a hot tip on a horse. Sure thing." "Yeah." "Yeah. Not like last time."

5. Sherlock Holmes
This movie was so good that I sat through to the end of it even though I had confirmed that I was in labor. I had my baby less than an hour after leaving the theater, it's that good. (It's a long story, but I promise it wasn't nearly as dangerous as it sounds.)

Favorite quote: "It's not in your face it's in my hand." "Get what's in your hand out of my face."

4. A Lot Like Love
On the surface, it sounds ridiculous. Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet have a will-they/won't-they relationship that spans seven years. But it's adorable and heartbreaking and funny and just so doggone sweet.

Favorite quote: "I know how much you love Bon Jovi."

3. Dirty Dancing 
Much like Grease, this is one of those movies that I cannot remember ever NOT loving it. Also, like Grease, it is one of those movies that when I got to be about sixteen I looked at my mom and asked "WHY did you let me watch this?!?!?!" It's a good story, so long as you don't look too closely at all the statutory rape and illegal abortions and ethnic prejudices.

Favorite quote: Both of Baby's speeches. Too long to post here, but suffice it to say that I am so, so, so sad that Jennifer Grey had her nose done and killed her career. She was a talented actress.

2. Mean Girls
There's a saying among my internet circle of friends that there is a Mean Girls quote for everything. And there totally is. True story: The scene where Regina George compliments the girl's skirt and then says "That's the ugliest effing skirt I have ever seen." ... ? Yeah. That happened in real life. And I was Regina George in that scene. I'm not proud of it, but that line in the preview made me line up to see that movie on opening night.

Favorite quote: "Oh my gosh, Danny DeVito, I love your work!" or "You smell like a baby prostitute." or "Oh, yeah, we made your face smell like a foot." (this could go on for a while. hit me up on twitter and we'll trade Mean Girls quotes for an hour or two.)

1. When Harry Met Sally...
Nothing compares to this movie. Anytime I catch it on TV, it never fails to make me smile. There's just something about the friends-who-realize-they-love-each-other theme that just gets to me every time.

Favorite quote: "I'm never going to want this coffee table."

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How to Tell if Somebody Sucks at Twitter.

I've blogged about this topic once before, but I've found new ways that people suck on twitter. Sometimes you'll follow somebody and THEN find out they suck. Here are some tips for recognizing  that a tweep isn't worth following, broken down into what part of their profile you can find these offenses in:

THE AVATAR: The little picture that tells you who you are talking to. It can be a real photo, a heavily photoshopped pic, a cartoon character, a logo, an image from a movie/book/tv show, anything really. Anything... except for the following:

- Their avatar is of their torso.

- Their avatar is of their butt, probably clad in skimpy panties.

- Their avatar is of their cleavage.

- Their avatar is of their duck face.

ALSO: Don't make your avatar a GIF. That's not a dealbreaker, but it's pretty freaking annoying.

THE BIO: The 140 characters you have to tell the world who you are, what you stand for, what they can expect to see in your tweets. 

- Their bio is full of nothing but hashtags. This:

#writer #author #books #novels #fiction #YA #paranormal #hot #vampires #blood #sex #romance #love #story #horror #writing #amwriting #writeclub #words #grammar #vampirewords #vampirebook #bestseller 

is not a description of a person. It is a (poorly) calculated method of attracting viewers.

- Their bio consists of nothing but links to their books being sold on Amazon. Or their etsy shop. Or... you get the idea. Posting these links, or linking to a website that features your work is COMPLETELY FINE. But that does not describe you. If you are absolutely nothing but the sum of your sales, then you need to rethink your life.

THE TWEETSTREAM: Their tweets, plain and simple. Make sure you click on their complete profile to look at these (the preview window shows only their most recent original thoughts... and that can be deceiving).

- Their tweetstream is nothing but links to their old blog posts. Posting blog links is COMPLETELY FINE. Just make sure you're doing other stuff, too. And only tweet the oldies if they're goodies.

- Their tweetstream is overwhelmingly RTs (Re-tweets). They have no original thoughts of their own? They just keep sending out what everybody else says? Also, ten-to-one these RTs are their own version of spam anyway.

- Their tweetstream is nothing but quotes, quips, and impersonal nonsense.

- They've tweeted the phrase "#TeamFollowBack" in the last week. Unless they're making fun. And then that's okay.

- They are misusing common internet lingo (lol = lots of love), are signing their name to every tweet, or are otherwise obviously clueless. The only exception to this is if it's a family member that you want to help out. And they're eighty. And really sweet.

- Related: They are obviously talking to somebody, but not using the @ feature. Or are using the @ feature to talk to the whole world. Just basically looking like they have no idea what they are doing. If they're nice, help them out, otherwise, come back in a few weeks when they've figured things out.

- No @ mentions at all. Or the @ mentions only say "Thanks for the follow, here's where you can buy my book: LINK."

Those are the biggest ways I think people abuse twitter. What do you think, folks?

Oh, BTDubs, the links will take you to the tweep who suggested the infraction. Thanks to Suz, Jes, Darci, Amber, Sarah, Sarah (yes, both), Rachel, and Xe for participating!

And, if you're not on twitter... why the heck not??? It's where all the cool kids are eating lunch now. Or something.