Atomic Blonde

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Atmoic Blonde is a film based on a graphic novel, The Coldest City. It stars Charlize Theron and is directed by David Leitch.

While this film may not be for everyone, the violence is brutal and the plot can be tricky to follow, it still is a clever and interesting ride. Mostly due to the work of Charlize Theron.

If you enjoyed her performance in Mad Max:Fury Road, consider this a more lipstic version of her kick-ass persona. It’s like watching Jason Bourne with a mix of Deborah Harry and Madonna.

The 80s setting provides a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The music chosen pulls from some of the best of the era. “Father Figure”, “Voices Carry”, “99 Red Luft Balloons”.

The director is a stunt man, and therefore, the stunts are incredible. Unrelenting and so tightly choreographed. How they do it is a mystery.

If you are looking for a Berlin wall, platinum hair, neon glow, action-spy thriller, this is the movie for you.

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Hello, Dolly!

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Well Hello, Dolly!

It’s so nice to have you back where you belong.

Recently had the pleasure and opportunity to see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway in NYC.

And throughtout the show I was grinning ear to ear. (Except when I was crying)

Clearly the story is Bette Midler, and why shouldn’t it be?

She is worth every penny of the expensive ticket. Her incredible career is on full display during the show. By that I mean, she is the consumate professional, actress, musical theatre icon, who deserves the praise, and Tony award, heeped upon her.

It’s like a dream come true. An woman who has had a decades long career, never won a Tony before, getting a chance to celebrate and be celebrated in NYC. Brava I say, Brava.

But that’s not it. The show itself is glorious, beautiful, and like a life long friend. I was surprised by my own joy during the show. There is something so special about Hello, Dolly! It reminds us all about living life fully, finding love, and to keep moving on.

And while Bette Midler is taking her final bow January 14, 2018. (So run, don’t walk to see her). The truth is Dolly will never go away again. She lives on and on.

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Come From Away

Come From Away is a new musical based on true events from September 11th, 2001.

It tells the story of how 38 planes were diverted to Newfoundland, Canada with a population of around 7K and about that many passengers decended on the town.

This musical is a story about kindness in the face of tragedy, openness in a time of fear, effort in a time of panic.

It’s moving, heartfelt, memorable, and important.

If you get to NYC or have a chance to see it on tour, do it.

It will be worth the trip.

SYTYCD Season 14

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So happy to report that one of my favorite shows, So You Think You Can Dance, has returned for Season 14 better than ever.

Last year they changed formats by allowing very young dancers to compete. While I support the arts and endeavors of younger dancers, this was a successful approach. Honestly, I stopped watching the show entirely.

This year, I reluctantly started watching again. Much to my surprise, they seemed to have breathed new life into the series. The talent is incredible and they have given the All-Stars a more prominent role.

Now, when the aspiring dancers audition, they do so in front of their peers. The energy is different, and it seems the performers are bringing their very best to impress the professionals.

An exampe of this fresh take can be seen in this opener for the “Academy”, replacing the Las Vegas concept, with an academy location.

Take a look below at the exciting outdoor dance.

Bravo SYTYCD! You’re back!!!

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Baby Driver

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Baby Driver, a new film by Edgar Wright, is one of the best films of the year. It tells the story of Baby (Ansel Elgort) who is the getaway driver from bank robbers. It’s also a love story.

The twist on this story is the character’s use of music, which he uses to score the soundtrack of his life. I’ve never seen such creative use of music and sound in a film before. It almost crosses the bridge into being a musical. The songs are integrated into the film, filming choregraphed, and even the dialogue has a specifc cadence.

Also starring Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and John Hamm.

There is so much thought and care that goes into this suprising, action-packed, and moving film.

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Songlist: https://www.amazon.com/Driver-Music-Motion-Picture-Explicit/dp/B071P9SZDT/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499888887&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+driver+soundtrack

http://www.babydriver-movie.com/

Simon’s Cat

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Simon’s Cat is an animated series created by Simon Tofield. It was first seen online in a film titled Cat Man Do, but can now be seen in books, games, and comic strips (according to the website).

The series first caught my attention on Facebook. Being a cat owner I immediately started following the series. Having 3 cats of our own, it’s really funny to see common wild behaviors played out.

It’s clever and kind of awesome how it’s simply drawn, and yet full of heart, and truth, and meows.

 

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https://simonscat.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/simonscat

 

 

The Greatest Showman

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The Greatest Showman is a new film coming out December 25th, 2017 starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya. It is also the next film for the writing team of Pasek & Paul who wrote music and lyrics for La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen.

This film is a new musical telling of the tale of PT Barnum and his creation of the circus, The Greatest Show on Earth! as well as the birth of show business. Sure to be filled with incredible songs and performances.  Take a look at the trailer below.

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