Archive | November, 2005

If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It

30 Nov

The Good News? The Producers is great. Just like the show, it’s funny, the songs are catchy and memorable, there’s priceless chemistry between Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, and you want to leap to your feet with applause throughout.

The Bad News? Did I mention it’s just like the show? More so than even the movie of Chicago was, The Producers is basically a filmed version of the show. It’s like there was a camera on stage documenting the whole thing. There’s no attempt to make it more real by filming in real locations (aside from some quick scenes in Central Park), and with many of the characters performing right to the audience/camera just as they would on stage, there is no pretense that it’s anything more than a film of the show. It’s just bigger (more dancers, larger sets, etc.).

So yeah, that’s the mixed news. But I have to emphasize that while The Producers: the movie is almost exactly like The Producers: the show, it is a really well done filmed version. As I said, it’s bigger in scope, really funny, and I was actually tempted to burst out in applause more than a few times. I mean, let’s be honest: The Producers is a great show (it did win 11 Tony Awards, after all). And what’s different about the movie version — some new jokes, Will Ferrell, fun cameos — is generally really enjoyable. (Then again, Uma Thurman is not so good. The first scene with Leo and Max goes on a bit too long. And by the way, what happened to the “King of Broadway” song?) I really enjoyed the movie, so I’ll give The Producers a B+ and highly recommend it.

(And by the way, when you see the movie, make sure you stay all the way to the end, after the end credits.)

… So Falls Witchita Falls

28 Nov

It’s entirely possible that I wasn’t in a movie-going mood yesterday, but despite that, I went to see The Ice Harvest. I’m not sure exactly what the movie was about; it was something about stolen money and Christmas Eve. Oliver Platt was his usual boorish self, there wasn’t enough Billy Bob Thornton, and nor was there enough nasty holiday humor. I was kind of under the assumption that the movie would be more along the lines of Bad Santa, though not so holiday-specific. Anyway, the film really didn’t do anything for me. Still, I’m giving it a C-.

Quote of the Day

27 Nov

“You always do that.”
— a woman to her boyfriend at Shaw’s, as he tried to put his credit card into the “Insert Cash Here” slot in the self-service check-out line

… it could also apply to me, since I always seem to end up behind stupid people like that, especially when the line is short and should move quickly (and of course, it never does).

Where Are All You People?

27 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving, indeed.

Maybe I was smart this year, or maybe I just got lucky, but I hit zero traffic this weekend. None. Nada. Zip. Continue reading

City on Fire

27 Nov

I attended the tale of Sweeney Todd Saturday night.

Regular readers of this site may recall that I interviewed Michael Cerveris a few months back, but that was before the show had opened. (Actually, I spoke with him before he had even begun rehearsals.)

So now that the show is a month into its run on Broadway, I figured it was a good time to get some tickets. Continue reading

The Pilgrims Would Be Proud

24 Nov

I was going to make a list of all the things I’m thankful for today — the cake at Shaw’s, Jennifer Garner (in spite of how much Alias sucks this year), my Bubby, Jamie Cullum’s music, all the folks who read my blog regularly, etc. — but right now, the thing I’m most thankful for is Thanksgiving itself. Continue reading

Number 1,200

22 Nov

Congrats to Dan Friedell, my 1,200th visitor (at least since I started counting on September 28). Did you know I was counting visitors? Well, I am. And it’s been pretty exciting seeing the traffic that’s been coming my way over the past three months that I’ve had this site.

So, good on you, Dan, for visiting today even though I didn’t have much to say until now. In your honor, here’s a link to your site, so now all my visitors can go to your site and drive up your traffic count. I hope you’ve got something new to say …

Come Fly With Me

19 Nov

It’s nice to be in New York today. Hell, it’s nice to be anywhere today.

Because I had a Bar Mitzvah today and have a wedding Wednesday night, both in New York, I decided to fly home this weekend instead of drive. And because Jet Blue was running a special on Boston to New York fares, I flew with them. In fact, Jet Blue is utilizing nice, brand new planes to go between Boston and New York.

So here’s what happened to me: My flight was supposed to leave Boston at 8:35 p.m. Shortly after that time, we pulled away from the gate, and just as we started to accelerate on the runway, the pilot hit the brakes and stopped. Uh oh. “It seems we have a computer glitch and need to return to the gate,” the pilot said. “Should only take about 20 minutes to fix this, so we should be able to be in the air not too long from now.”

About a half hour later, we learned the problem wouldn’t be fixed anytime soon and that we would have to change planes. So we all picked up our things and headed over to another gate and another plane. Because we had done whatever with our boarding passes, we had to show an ID and get checked off the manifest in order to be let on the new plane, and there was no semblance of order in getting people on, i.e.: how it usually is done, by row.

So now we’re all set on the second plane, and it’s more than an hour after we were supposed to have left. My parents, who were practically at the airport in New York to pick me up when I had called them from the first plane, tell me that they had called Jet Blue, and Jet Blue said the plane had taken off at 9:05.

We pull away from the gate, and as we’re turning toward the runway, the pilot comes back on the intercomm: “Folks, you’re not going to believe this. We have another computer glitch.” So we go back to the gate, but this time it’s fixed pretty quickly. Just some quick paperwork to fill out before we can go, we’re told. But we sit there. And sit there. And then we’re told that two passengers, who were en route to Syracuse via JFK, will miss their connection so they need to get off the plane with all their stuff, and they’ll be staying in Boston for the night.

Fifteen minutes or so later, we’re still sitting there, and these two passengers come back on the plane. A little while later, three other passengers are asked to leave for an unspecified reason. (Oh, and did I mention yet that the much heralded DirectTV system is not yet working on this brand new plane? And did I mention that the guy next to me, who is a 24-year old medical student from Long Island who had been traveling around all week going on residency interviews, has been on and off and on the phone with his parents almost the entire time complaining about the situation? Perhaps it’s also worth noting that Jet Blue does not have an inflight magazine, unlike some airlines.)

Finally, at around 11:30, we leave from the gate again. Third time’s the charm, and as we leave the ground, the passengers all erupt in applause. About 45 minutes later, we land in New York to the sound of more applause and the news that we’ll all be getting $50 vouchers for our troubles. And at about 1:30 a.m., my parents and I finally arrive home in White Plains. That’s five hours after the plane was supposed to leave, and amazingly, six hours after I left my office to head to the airport. I could have driven home to New York and back to Boston in that time.

Yes, it could have been worse. But suffice it to say, Wednesday morning I’ll be happy to be driving home for the wedding, even if it means I’ll be stuck in traffic for part of the way. And Monday morning when I head back to the airport, I’m just hoping all the glitches have been fixed.

Opening Salvo

17 Nov

my friend todd has started a blog,
he’s writing all in rhyme.
some people think that i slack off
but he clearly has more time.

if you want a laugh, go check him out
and see what the rhyme is all about.
but come back here when you’ve read his rap
’cause my friend todd is full of crap.

(hee hee hee hee hee)

There’s Always Tomorrow

16 Nov

I wanted to like Rent.

I really did.

I’ve seen the show three times (twice with the original cast — once in New York and once in London) and I really like the music.

And yet the movie was such a disappointment for me.

I mean, aside from the fact that it would have had more emotional impact if it was simply a concert film of the cast singing the songs. Rent the movie was a letdown and it really bummed me out. Continue reading