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 …