(recreating my draft LJ ate last night - twelve years on this thing and I don't recall that ever happening before.)
Snarktastic Les Mis review , spoilers
If you're completely unfamiliar with this story, a caution: it's very sad. The title is a hint.
Saw Les Miserables with maegwynn last night at Mission Valley.
Liked the performances. We were ok with the singing not being uniformly superb, in particular Russell Crowe's much-maligned-in-reviews and poor in comparison with some of the others' singing didn't bother us. Costumes were gorgeous.
The set design was interesting to me, mostly the main barricades sequence. From time period reminded me of the apartment building in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, but this building had an odd double-bend kink vertically that strongly reminded me of the sets for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (and by extension the city of the dead the crew of Firefly land in in Serenity, which looks to me even more strongly influenced by Caligari).
Also from Foreign Policy a consideration of Les Miserables as a lesson in COIN (counter-insurgency) tactics. Yes, spoilers.
* Beautiful Creatures - young teenage girl, coming of age in a family of magic, has to choose good or evil, has a boy she's interested in. Looks pretty. Feb 13.
* Warm Bodies - Teenage boy is a shambling Romero zombie. He hangs out with other shamblers, more of an inarticulate slacker than most teenagers but not that far off if you ignore his occasional hunger cravings. He meets a not-dead girl, falls in love at first sight, his heart starts beating. Starts to get over being a zombie, look less dead, talks better but not any better around her. Her dad doesn't like him as the kid is from the really, really wrong side of the living/dead tracks. Looks like a John Hughes horror-comedy study in class warfare. Feb 1.
* Oz - I will note that James Franco, the man who would be Oz, participated last month in a public recreation of a magickal ritual associated with Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons, and L. Ron Hubbard. Given the Crowley association, the k was intentional. Manners. March 2013.
* The Great Gatsby - Baz Luhrmann's Art Decoglam with modern music rendition of the novel by way of HBO's Boardwalk Empire with Tobey Maguire as Nick the narrator, Carey Mulligan as Daisy, and Leo DiCaprio as Gatsby. I like Luhrmann's films more than most people, so I'm already there. May 2013.