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Some movies:

I loved The Social Network. Loved the performances, the screenplay, the direction. Really well done! I know Aaron Sorkin is apparently a jerk in real life, but the man can write some snappy fast dialogue, which is one of my favourite things.

Easy A was a pleasant surprise--I totally enjoyed it! It wasn't perfect, for sure, but what great performances! Emma Stone was great, but Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as her parents just stole the whole movie for me. "So, where are you from, originally?" is a line that still makes me burst out laughing, when I remember the context. (Seriously, I'd recommend renting it just for that line.)

Waiting for “Superman” is a documentary about the public school system in the US. Quite compelling, somewhat polarizing (let's just say that the teacher's union comes off reeeaaaaaally badly, which, as a child and sibling of teacher's union leaders, I found pretty unfortunate), definitely worth checking out.

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger is the latest Woody Allen and it's...not good. CJP thought it was possibly the worst movie he's EVER seen, which, while I wouldn't go that far, is pretty damning. I just thought all the characters were unpleasant and that the plot was boring and lame. Blerg.


A couple of musicals:

I've always enjoyed the score to The Fantasticks, but hadn't seen it done since I was a teenager. The Vancouver Playhouse's production was just lovely--a great cast, whimsical set and direction.

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is hardly a show at all--mostly an excuse to hear a bunch of fabulous Patsy Cline songs. Luckily, this Arts Club production has the songs belted out by a good friend of mine, Sara-Jeanne Hosie, who is insanely talented. She is a joy to listen to for an evening of great old tunes.

Date: 2010-12-29 02:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarcasma.livejournal.com
I remember wanting to see Easy A when it came out -- maybe I'll manage to remember long enough to actually rent it!

Date: 2010-12-29 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vestra.livejournal.com
It's definitely worth it!

Date: 2010-12-29 04:49 pm (UTC)
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I have Easy A on the Zip list - my Dad really liked it, too.

And I agree with you on The Social Network.

(Too bad about the Woody Allen!)

Date: 2010-12-29 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vestra.livejournal.com
Oh, the Woody Allen. Boo!

And, yay, Social Network! And Easy A!

Man, I love movies. I love them a lot.

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