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I only saw one movie in the theatre in June--the French film A Prophet (Un Proph├Ęte). It was nominated last year for an Oscar, and had amazing reviews. I thought it was a very well-made and interesting movie, but the violence was a bit much for me. I mean, it's an intense drama set in a French prison, so the violence wasn't gratuitous or unexpected, but I watched the movie through my fingers for a good portion. Overall, I still thought it was a very compelling story, with great performances.


On DVD:

My friend S has a great knack for going to the video store and picking totally random, weird little movies that I haven't even heard of--and I've heard of most! To wir: Peacock, a totally random, weird little movie starring Cillian Murphy as a man with a female second personality. When a train crashes into his backyard, some townspeople meet the female personality for the first time and assume she's the protagonist's wife. Also starring Ellen Page and Susan Sarandon. Not bad, pretty odd.

CJP was distressed to learn that I had never seen Searching for Bobby Fischer, so we rectified that. It was great! Very compelling.

A Time For Burning was nominated for the best documentary feature Oscar in 1967, which is how it made its way to our Zip queue. It's a fascinating look at a church in Nebraska, and its pastor's attempt to start a dialogue between his congregants and members of a local black church. Definitely worth searching out.


TV-on-DVD-wise, I'm still working through Bones, and just got through Season 3. I'm definitely still really enjoying it. On a side note, CJP and I just started a Buffy re-watch (well, re-watch for me, first time for him!) and man, does David B look young!!


I saw a lot of live theatre this month, because, oh yeah, I went to New York!!! Always a fantastic trip.

Sondheim on Sondheim is a revue of SS's work, coupled with cool multimedia components. Between songs, there are big video screens showing old-and-new interviews with Sondheim talking about his writing process and even his personal life. Very cool. Neat staging, too, and excellent performances. It was a real treat to see Barbara Cook! My other favourite was Norm Lewis, who can feel free to sing to me any time. His "Being Alive" was insane. Love love love.

Why stop at one Sondheim show? We next took in the revival of A Little Night Music starring Angela Lansbury (!!^*#*&^*&@^!!!) and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who were both excellent. It was a somewhat scaled-down revival in terms of sets, cast size and orchestra, but it was still really effective. "Send In The Clowns" may be a bit (!) of an old warhorse at this point, but in the context of the show, it's devastating, and C Z-J brought it.

Having forgotten that some shows have different weekly show schedules, we weren't able to see the show we were planning for on the Wednesday night we were there (Next to Normal), so we somewhat spontaneously chose Everyday Rapture as a fill-in. It's a semi-autobiographical basically one-woman (there are also two backup singers and a brief cameo by a kid) show starring Sherie Rene Scott, one of my favourite theatre singers. She takes us, through the use of pop songs and stories, from her childhood as a half-Mennonite in Kansas all the way to the semi-big time on Broadway. She has a great voice and a totally winning, weirdo kook persona. I dug it!

After three pretty small shows by Broadway standards, we wanted to see a big old serious capital-B Broadway Musical! Mary Poppins did not disappoint. We chose it because a theatre school friend of mine was in it, and I'm glad we did! It was big--big cast, big set, big Disney Magic. I totally enjoyed it--not to mention, it was awesome to see a friend on Broadway! After the show, he met us at the stage door and gave us a tour of the stage area. Awesome!

Speaking of friends in shows, when I got to Vancouver, one of the first things I did was go see a production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee that several friends and acquaintances are in. It was excellent. I love having talented friends!!
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