Dec. 28th, 2010

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I really like compiling my year-end lists, but I'm so far behind still! I gotta get going...

In the theatres in September I saw:

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, an excellent and compelling documentary. I do find it fascinating how so often funny people are totally damaged and sad inside. Definitely recommended.

Going The Distance is a rom-com with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long that I barely remember. I think I liked it ok! Man, I gotta write these posts quicker. Sigh.

I do remember that I liked Never Let Me Go quite a bit. I read the book a few years ago, and I think the movie did it justice. Great moody atmosphere, good performances, great overall creepiness. Good!



I continued my Bones-watching with Season 5. Fun stuff.



September is Fringe month in Vancouver, so my month was theatre-riffic!

TJ Dawe's latest, Lucky 9, was my total favourite. Is it a cliché to say that I laughed and I cried? 'Cause I did! So good.

Also quite good: Every Job I’ve Ever Had, Die Roten Punkte: Kunst Rock, 52 Pick-Up.

Decently fine: Raccoonery!, Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog (I was excited for the live-action version of this, and it was fun, but not as great as I was hoping...)

Not my cup of tea, although I'd always heard such great things about him: Jem Rolls: One Man Riot


I also saw Tear The Curtain!, a super-cool show at the Arts Club that blended theatre and film and was bezonkers. I'm not sure it added up to anything, but it was sure fun to watch.
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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.

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