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Entries Tagged as 'Musical'

Crazy Heart

June 6th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Drama · Musical · Rating · Romance

Nine

May 17th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Fergie is pretty great. That’s something I’d never have imagined being in a position to say. As a cinema lover, though, there’s a lot more going for Nine than just Fergie. But none was as big of a surprise to me as she – and the choreography of her number, “Be Italian,” with its direct [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Drama · Ensemble · Musical · Romance

Fados

May 27th, 2009 · No Comments

A wonderful man died early this morning. Tony Malone, a fixture of live entertainment throughout Ireland, made his way to his next act long before his earthly career should have come to a close. He was full of life, at times larger than life, great with a joke, infectiously fun-loving, and a marvelous singer. He [...]

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Tags: Documentary · Foreign Language · Musical · Review

Sita Sings the Blues

May 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Filmmakers, especially screenwriters, sometimes run afoul of good storytelling by assaulting us with thinly-veiled personal stories of the tortured and misunderstood artist (usually a writer) who makes some journey that is of tremendous importance — to one person on earth. Nina Paley’s innovative, eclectically animated feature, Sita Sings the Blues, avoids the vortex of self-obsessed [...]

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Tags: Animation · Capsule · Drama · Musical

Honeydripper

May 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Writer/director John Sayles is a good storyteller. Having authored or contributed to nearly 35 screenplays (including some Hollywood doozies, like Piranha, credited as his first) and directed 16 features, it would be fair to call him a prolific one as well. And while his personal projects as writer/director aren’t all brilliant, they are all well constructed, satisfying [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Director · Drama · Musical

The Burmese Harp

April 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Japanese director Kon Ichikawa died last February at age 92 and after directing nearly 90 films. The Burmese Harp is the first of two films (followed by Fires on the Plain) which tackles the post-war Japanese ethos. In this one, a Japanese unit in Burma must submit to the allied forces after Japan officially surrenders. The [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Drama · Ensemble · Foreign Language · Musical · War

Singin’ in the Rain

March 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Prior to today, Singin’ In the Rain was a film I had only seen on television. I’m sure that’s true with most people, unfortunately, even those who are fond of the film. Until seeing it today on the big screen, I would have never guessed what a shame that is. First of all, Singin’ In the Rain [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Drama · Ensemble · Musical · Popcorn · Romance

The Last Waltz

March 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

When I bought a Blu-ray player many months ago, a promotion allowed me to choose five free discs from a generous selection of, say, ten available titles. I am sure that those behind the promotion would argue that they tried to pick titles that would appeal across the widest possible audience, but there we’re any [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Director · Documentary · Musical

Idlewild

February 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Idlewild was the name of my hometown roller skating rink, a place where my elementary and junior high schools would occasionally have “skating parties.”  Like that place, this Idlewild is an outlandish, anachronistic spectacle that allows a couple of hours to pass enjoyably enough, yet ultimately leaves a lingering sense of disappointment.  There is much to admire [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Drama · Musical · Romance

The Magic Flute

January 31st, 2009 · No Comments

When one of the masters of both cinema and the theater decides to make a film (albeit for television) of a beloved opera, chances are that the results will be unexpected. Such is the case for Ingmar Bergman’s retelling of The Magic Flute. Because it is faithful to Mozart, there are fewer clues than one [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Comedy · Director · Foreign Language · Musical · Romance · Sci-Fi/Fantasy

La Vie en Rose (2007)

January 29th, 2008 · No Comments

As I walked through the streets of Cannes last February, a local cinematheque was awash in posters for one of the current films. Although I knew nothing of Edith Piaf, and had no way of knowing that the film would end up with three Oscar nominations a year later, there was something about the image [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Capsule · Comedy · Drama · Foreign Language · Musical

The Band Wagon (1953)

May 10th, 2007 · No Comments

This Fred Astaire musical is in the list of 1001 must-see movies, and for the first half of the film, I was seriously doubting why it deserved special recognition. Whether as a result of a bold mirroring of the film’s plot or simply coincidence, however, the last reel is truly extraordinary. Like many musicals, the [...]

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Tags: Capsule · Comedy · Musical · Popcorn

A Prairie Home Companion

December 18th, 2006 · 1 Comment

By now everyone with any interest in cinema knows that A Prairie Home Companion can now be called Robert Altman’s last film. His recent passing and the upcoming Oscar push lead my mind to the strange fascination I have with the “In Memoriam” segment of each year’s show. Those few minutes of the perennially overlong [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Comedy · Director · Drama · Ensemble · Musical

The Singing Detective

November 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Before seeing the 2003 adaptation of The Singing Detective at the Chicago International Film Festival a couple years back, I was not familiar with the original BBC TV mini-series. The reason for the film’s lukewarm reception was exactly why I found it compelling: the story and structure of the film were unabashedly camp and irreverent. [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Crime/Noir · Drama · Musical

Rent

June 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Please shoot me with 525,600 bullets. How do you measure just how unbelievably bad a movie can be? Sorry, all you fans of the musical out there (and apparently you are legion). I never had any interest. And yet, I thought, through the benevolent power of cinematic adaptation, that mystical force that can transform any [...]

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Tags: Ensemble · Musical