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Re: Sweeney Todd

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I think that Sweeney Todd is a great musical. I loved Alan Rickman in the film ... actually, I love his performance in anything that he does!

I see that a filmed musical called Heathcliff with Cliff Richard is available on DVD. Does anyone know anything about this? The music is from ALW collaborator Tim Rice, but I have never heard of this musical.
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Re: Who are the most beautiful voices in musical theater?

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Down Under here in Australia my favourite for many years has been Marina Prior who has been part of television's Carols by Candlelight for many years. Marina started off in Les Miserables and eventually Phantom of the Opera with Anthony Warlow and then Rob Guest.

After watching the Oscars today I would like to see pop singer Pink get a chance in a musical theatre or movie. Her singing voice was so clear and powerful when she sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow!



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Re: What was the last movie you watched and what did you think about it?

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GRAVITY.

On display is great cinematograph and CGI, as well as the wonderful acting of Sandra Bullock who also shows that at age 49 someone can still look absolutely fantastic.



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Re: ALW's new musical in trouble at box office

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It is called Stephen Ward and is based on the sex and political scandal in Britain in the 1960s. To me, this doesn't lend itself to anything amazing being created.

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Re: ALW's new musical in trouble at box office

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I would like to see him concentrate on bringing some of his musicals like Sunset Boulevard to DVD.

Maybe he could also collaborate with Cameron Mackintosh, Stephen Sondheim, Boubil & Shonberg, and others in bringing some of their efforts to DVD. I wonder if the current like of Sherlock Holmes would make it an interest to bring Baker Street to film?

It seems that he has lost his touch for the time being. Perhaps in the future he may be a force in writing again.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched and what did you think about it?

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Dracula Prince of Darkness.

This movie was just bad. Christopher Lee did not speak a word and his performance (?) was just phoned in. I picked it up as a DVD / Blue Ray combo because I don't have a Blue Ray player. It seems the BR has three additional minutes - but I don't think that it would be any better.

I also just finished watching Game of Thrones series 3. Now this was excellent!




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Re: What's your favorite scary movie?

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Some years ago I picked up the DVD of House of Wax and the great bonus on it was the original Mystery of the Wax Museum.


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Re: What's your favorite scary movie?

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Mystery of the Wax Museum is a great film - better than it slicker remake House of Wax with Vincent Price! Unbelievable colour film from the early 1930s.

The Old Dark House is very nice also. James Whale really made some great films Including the first Frankenstein films, The Invisible Man, and the original Man in the Iron Mask.




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Re: What's your favorite scary movie?

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I love the old-time classics, mostly from Universal: WEREWOLF OF LONDON, THE BLACK CAT, INVISIBLE MAN, DRACULA. These are good mainly because a lesson is given to us that research into supernaturally evil things and forbidden sciences is not a good idea - there will always be a price to pay!





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Re: Does anybody like silent films?

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Bleeding_Masque,

Thanks for that! I forgot about Metropolis - a great film.

I also have the DVD The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari but I have never been able to watch it all the way through yet. Someday I will and will be able to comment on it.



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Re: Does anybody like silent films?

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Also worth a look:
NOSFERATU
DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE - John Barrymore
HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - already mentioned




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Re: Stephen Ward

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It is based on the Profumo, Christine Keeler sex scandal in England in the 1960s. I think some of them were in the U.K. government.
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Just read that they are going to extend the run to May 31st.

Not a long run at all

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Stephen Ward

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Stephen Ward ... WHO IS HE?

Baffled? But this is the new musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber - about the scandal in Britain in the early 1960s. Are you interested?

I am not.

It has been A REALLY LONG TIME since this great composer of some of our favourite music has had a real hit. I hope that it goes well for ALW ... but I am fearful that it may not.

And the newspaper, The Telegraph, reports that Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed that he may not have enough money to do many more musicals and admitted his own career would have been "very different" if he started out in the modern age of blockbuster. ALW added, "I haven't had a hit in twenty years. I've written six musicals in that time. I'm resigned now to the fact that anything I do probably nobody is going to like."

Sad, isn't it!

I would like to see him put some of his other musicals on film like he did with the filmed stage shows Cats and Love Never Dies.

Would you like to see Sunset Boulevard? Aspects of Love?


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Re: Had any magical experiences before?

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Amethystrose, I just rewatched The Mists of Avalon yesterday and I think that it is a visually stunning film and tells quite a good tale. Reading some reviews of it, it seems that the popular opinion is that the book is much better than the film.

As you say, the story revolves around the religions of Britain - Christianity and the pagan Goddess religion. The kings and warlords of the time mostly want to accept Christian ideas but the believers of the old forms of worship have a powerful sway over how much of Christianity can be accepted.

Being a Christian, I cannot accept any form of pagan beliefs as being acceptable, and in the film it seems that the old Goddess religion fades from Britain, until the final scenes when this pagan belief seems to have come into a revival. I won't give away the ending in case someone wants to watch the film (or read the book).


I was particularly impressed with the actor who played Mordred, the young son of King Arthur. Mordred was interpreted nicely as someone who was not comfortable in being the enemy of his father.




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Re: Movies you watched that you thought would be good but ended up being terrible

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Born of Hope looks interesting even though it seems to be a low budget fan-made film. Is it on DVD?

On another thought, I have read that Warners and Guy Ritchie are looking at making a six part telling of the King Arthur saga. I would like this ... even more if Peter Jackson could become involved with the texture of the films. I just want a proper telling by getting away of the clunky plate armour that Boorman's Excalibur had them wear for everything ... at the dining table, making 'love,' etc.
And I would like a departure away from the dark ages interpretations of the mini-series Camelot and Clive Owen in King Arthur.

Let us see these films modelled after the book The Boys King Arthur and the artwork of N.C. Wyeth. That would be glorious!



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Re: Movies you watched that you thought would be good but ended up being terrible

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IamErik said referring to POTO the musical:

"Now we have the anniversary concert . . . So I don't need to think too much about the movie anymore."

Exactly! Well said Erik. Apart the great and overpowering opening music which held so much promise, the movie went downhill from there.

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Re: Had any magical experiences before?

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Here in Australia there have been quite a few so-called magicians on television. It seems to me this new type of performer started around the time of David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy, but now we have Dynamo, David Blaine and Chris Angel. I watch parts of their programs and I cannot see any 'tricks' involved - all I can see is something very sinister and dark! Unless the participants of the tricks and the camera crew, etc. are involved in these tricks, then this is something entirely different from the magicians that performed some years ago, Harry Houdini comes to mind.

I am a Christian and what I believe that I am seeing is nothing less than what G-d's prophet Moses experienced in the court of pharaoh when Moses was confronted by pharaoh's magick men.

Sometime, maybe even in the very near future, I believe that a man will come on the world scene who the Bible calls the Antichrist and he will have a sidekick, The False Prophet, who will perform lying signs and wonders. What Blaine, Angel, and Dynamo are now showing us will look small-fry* compared to what this coming person will be able to perform to deceive the world.


Just sayin'!


*I say 'small-fry,' and I would like to add that the man who will become the Biblical Antichrist will make evil men like Adolf Hitler look 'small-fry' when he take control of the world. I believe that this man is active somewhere on the world stage right now - ready to bring about his world government, world economy, and world religious system that embraces all religions in one huge Babylonian style of worship.



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Re: What's your favorite Phantom movies?

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The 1925 silent black & white version with Mr. Chaney.

No competition!




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HadleysMustache, I thought that Ann Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne sang and played their parts wonderfully. Jackman, Crowe, and Siefried were adequate but you correctly say that Tveit and Barks were great.

Sorry, I think the casting of the Thenardiers was woeful! Master of the House never gets going!





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I really liked the film
LES MISERABLES. Okay, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman could have sung their parts a bit better ... but they were certrainly quite adequate in the roles they played.

I am looking forward to a future release of the film of the director's cut.




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Winnie 1955:

Carousel: I remember reading one time that Oscar Hammerstein
considered the music in this show/film to be his best ever.

And, I also read a couple of years ago that Hugh Jackman would like to do a remake of this film. There is some great music in the musical, this cannot be denied.

Okay, the original film with Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones is somewhat dated by today's standards. And it is regrettable that a couple of the songs - A Whalin' We Will Go and You're a Queer One Julie Jordan - have been edited out of the film that is available today due to 'political correctness,' but this still stands up as an outstanding motion picture.

I have no problems with this film as being a great part of the history of the musical theatre and also filmed musicals. It will remain a classic IMO.






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FIRST, I have tried to watch Dr. Zhivago but always ended up putting the video in the pile of something to watch later. My wife says that it is a great and glorious film, but I just cannot see that! Most of the films of David Lean, except for Bridge on the River Kwai, are somewhat of a huge bore to me!

NEXT, I quite like Shalyaman's Signs. Scary and very interesting. Lady in the Water also held my interest for the most part.

I liked Nicolas Cage in the two National Treasure films and also Knowing. He seems to be a little strange. Just as an added note, Mr. Cage was a producer of Shadow of the Vampire, a very strange and wonderful film about the making (ficticiously I hope!) of the 1925 silent horror classic Nosferatu.

AND, when watching the three LOTR films they are wonderful in the extended DVD versions. The extra footage just fills in so many gaps in the story and makes the film(s) flow much better. I would have like to have seen twenty minutes taken away from the first Hobbit film, or preferably one epic three hour film made as previously suggested.




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Big mistake by Jackson to split up a relatively short book (compared to Lord of the Rings) into three films. One two-and-a-half hour film would have done the job!

Guess the backers saw lots and lots of $$$$ when they made their decision.





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I gotta say that the first instalment of the Hobbit trilogy was a big let-down! Way, way too many overly extended scenes just for the sake of action at the expense of story. Uubelieveably ridiculous. This was a movie that could have easily been decreased by twenty minutes or so ... but yet, they brought out an extended version of DVD.

I haven't seen the 2nd film Desolation of Smaug yet. I hear that it is better. Guess I will just wait for the DVD to come out.

The three LOTR titles were all excellent in their extended versions. The plot became richer and and the story flowed much better. Perhaps someday I will watch the Hobbit films in the longer version.



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Swansong, that video of the previous production looked great! Is Taranaki a big town?

My wife's nephew who is from Dunedin has performed in Les Mis (and other shows) on the stage professionally for some time. His name is Chris Fennessy - have you heard of him? He has even performed the part of Valjean many times on the stage in London, but I believe he is now based in Queensland. We saw him when he stood in for the late Rob Guest as Valjean when the show was in Perth. He was every bit as good as the well-know Guest who we also saw in that run.





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