Movies I've Seen

Everything today is thoroughly modern . . .

This weekend, I was bopping around YouTube (as I often do) in search of clips from my favorite musicals. I came across a user who had the entire movie version of a show that I haven’t seen in years – Thoroughly Modern Millie. The movie version stars Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing (just to name a few) and it is just so adorable! I challenge anyone to watch it and not grin the whole time.

The story follows Millie, a young woman in the 1920’s. She has come to New York to become a modern woman. Her ultimate goal? To find a job working for a good looking, single boss and marry him. I guess that was modern thinking for women back then. Along the way, she meets Jimmy, a young man who she almost immediately falls for, Miss Dorothy, a young lady fresh off the train who is even more naive than Millie is, and Muzzy, a wealthy woman who lives her life to the fullest.

These characters are wrapped around a slight mystery about girls from the hotel where Millie lives disappearing suddenly with no word. The show is very politically INcorrect (sorry to any Chinese-Americans who watch it – they’re the very stereotypical bad guys in this), but the goofiness of the rest of the show is worth it. It’s a whole lot of fun.

A few years ago, there was a revival of the show on Broadway. Here’s a video of their performance on the Tony Awards, featuring Sutton Foster (who I adore) in the title role. Enjoy!

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Les Mis Forever!

So . . . the first trailer for the new Les Miserables movie is out.

First thing you need to know – I have loved this musical ever since middle school. Yes, I realize that the story is a bit deep for a thirteen year old, but what can I say. I fell in love with the music, with the characters, with everything. I did try to read the novel, probably when I was in high school, but barely made it through. That thing is huge! I’ll have to try it again sometime. When I first heard they were making this into a movie, I was excited. And then I was concerned. Until I heard the cast list.

Hugh Jackman as Valjean? Bring it.

Russell Crowe as Javert? As long as he can sing well enough (I’ve never heard him), he definitely has the acting chops for it.

Anne Hathaway as Fantine? I adore her!

Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as the Thenardiers? Holy cow, what perfect casting!

So I am cautiously optimistic about this, especially after seeing the trailer. It looks like they’ve captured the essence of the show perfectly. I’m sure there have been some cuts, and usually that’s where my complaints lie whenever a longer work is being reduced for film. But so far, it looks wonderful.

In other news, Camp NaNoWriMo started today. One day in and I already have 2,090 words. Pretty good, considering that my daily goal is only 1,667. I’m trying to get extra words in per day before I get burned out. We’ll see how well that works out.