Category Archives: Movies

Bricked in

My sister and I are planning a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter later this year.

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Two childless women. Headed to an amusement park. I can’t wait.

Luckily, Universal Orlando welcomes people without children to their properties. Sure, the Harry Potter books were originally written for a young adult audience, but the franchise has an appeal that defies age.

I’m glad they recognize that.

Legoland is not quite as open-minded.

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Only adults accompanied by a child are allowed in the Legoland locations during regular business hours. They do have occasional adults-only evening sessions, but the message is clear:

If you don’t have a child, you are guilty until proven innocent.

Is it so hard to believe that someone would want to visit Legoland to be inspired by the design?

Disappointing.

I’m a Veronica

I bought a ticket to see Heathers: The Musical in late March.

I finally got to use it tonight.
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Is it as dark as the movie? Definitely.

Is it funnier than the movie? Definitely.

Does its soundtrack feature some of the wildest lyrics I have heard on a stage to date?

Most definitely.  (We’re talking blue balls, ‘sword fighting’ — yes, you should take that in a dirty way — and a salute to ‘my dead gay son’ that rocks the house.

If you’re a fan of the movie, you will love it.  If you have never seen the movie — like my friend Beth, who joined me tonight — you will love it.  And if you love great parody…

You’ve probably already seen it.  Go again.  You deserve it!

 

 

Creature feature

I have a home office, and often keep the TV on for a little background noise in the apartment.

This afternoon I am working on the couch in front of the TV.  The sound is down low, so it’s more of a pleasant hum than a distraction.

But then this image filled the screen during a commercial break –

natalie portman black swan

Geez oh pete, HBO…don’t throw around the Black Swan willy-nilly.

That’s some seriously scary shit.

Spooky

My train to Boston was only ten minutes late today.

That’s an improvement of roughly four hours over last Friday.

But now that we are en route, I wonder if I should get off the train –

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It looks like a horror movie out there!

Don’t go in the woods…”

Picture perfect

What is your passion?

British photographer Jack Daly is asking people this question, and staging photographs on his website People with Passions to tell their stories.
lamp passion
Simon, lamps

book passion
Rob, books

archery passion
Jemma, archery

I love the simplicity of the images…and I like thinking about what passion I would want photographed if I had the opportunity.  Perhaps movies…or theatre.

What would be your passion?

Coming soon

I began the third class of my publishing certificate at NYU tonight.

The instructor, a literary agent at a boutique firm here in New York City, was describing some of the ways authors have promoted their books above-and-beyond their publisher’s efforts.

press playEric Devine gets my vote for most creative.

His young adult novel Press Play is being published in October.  It tells the story of a high school student who accidentally captures footage of the violent hazing practices of the lacrosse team while filming his documentary film project.

Devine had the idea to create a book trailer — like a movie trailer, but for his book — and display it at the local movie theatre in his home town of Waterford, New York

On an agreed-upon evening, Devine’s book trailer will air multiple times before the movies, inviting viewers to purchase Press Play at the mall bookstore where the cinema is located.

I think this is inspired.

A film features prominently in the book, and Devine is using the movies to promote it.  He’ll probably get local publicity for this unique angle, too.

I wish I could go watch!

 

No fault

I saw the movie The Fault in Our Stars today.

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I hadn’t read the book, so I could judge it on face value. No expectations. No preconceived notions. No condemnation for any meandering from the original plot.

But I’m pretty sure that, even if I’d been watching with a more critical eye, I still would have been bowled over by Augustus and Hazel Grace.

I am not a fan of cancer movies — when you have experienced the unhappy ending in real life , it’s hard to get on board for the journey on film — but I was transfixed by theses two kids’ humor and courage and life in the face of certain death.

The cast was exceptional all-around, and while I don’t know what parts were true to the original text and was what added later, to my eye it was seamless and sensitive.

Okay? 

Okay.

Show me

Today I took a two-hour guided tour of Paramount Studios.

It was awesome.

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The property is gorgeous and well-maintained…by only four people, I learned.  The studio has several television shows under production,  so the lot is filled with people and activity. And the tour guide offers a nice balance of history, trivia and fun banter.

Plus you get to ride in cool little golf carts.

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If you have ever thought a studio tour would be too touristy, think again.

I didn’t want this one to end.

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Someone had to

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Monster advantage

Earlier today I got a “GODZILLA ALERT” via text message from AMC Theatres, making sure I was aware that the legendary lizard arrives tomorrow.

godzilla 2014From what I’ve read, this rendition of the mythical monster is the largest ever.

(Apparently Godzilla has gotten more ginormous with each creature feature.)

But he still can’t use a mobile phone or tablet.  So I clearly have the advantage in this situation.  I can get the heck out of Dodge, or run to the theatre and watch him wreck havoc on the folks who didn’t get advance warning.

Gotta join AMC Stubs, people.