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December 20th, 2007


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01:37 am - They Named the Wrong Movie "There Will Be Blood"
As some of you may have noticed, I am totally mentioned in the latest news post. And if that weren't enough, I got a pony for playing Spot the Photoshop. (ETA: Oh, I guess the pony is just because marta likes me, as chasethestars hasn't v-gifted people yet! Aha, snowflake!)



But I am not as awesome as Allyson and Kristen, who have, in a matter of days, whipped up Cash for the Crew, a donation drive to benefit crew members affected by the WGA strike. Please go and check it out! All you have to do is donate to the Work Stoppage Relief Fund, which will help those out of work actually have a happy holiday, and, after you send your receipt to Allyson, you'll be entered into a raffle to win all sorts of fabulous prizes like signed scripts and posters and whatever else they can get their hands on.



I think it's probably inherently weird and awkward to go out (not "go out") with a co-worker (especially one of the opposite sex, even if she's eleven years older) because you're out of your natural interaction environment. But it gets even more awkward when, after talking about her eight-year relationship that "went on way too long," she asks:

"What's your longest relationship?"
"... ... ... ... ...None?"
"Come on! None??"
"It's...a complicated thing."
"No, it's okay, you don't have to talk about it. And you're 26?"
"Yeah."



We saw a free preview of Sweeney Todd tonight, which was exciting since I'd just seen the show three months ago.

And it was really good! I was pretty impressed with how good it turned out. As you might expect, it looks fabulous, and the movie really serves the story well, making it easy to follow even for someone unfamiliar with the musical. It makes use of its being a movie in a couple key songs and a few extra-grisly deaths.

The question on everyone's mind, of course, is, "Can Johnny Depp sing?" And the answer is yes, but, unfortunately, he thinks he's in Rent. He tends to sing everything like it's a soulful ballad, which de-emphasizes Sweeney's rage and insanity. (There is one moment, however, where that works to his advantage: the reprise of "Hole in the World" is much angrier and more cynical, as well it should be, and it's one of the few times where it feels like Sweeney is singing, not Johnny Depp. The contrast to the song in the beginning of the movie is striking.) He just doesn't have the booming intensity in his vocals (and, well, you get used to it), but he makes up for it in his eyes, which are deliciously dead inside.

The rest of the cast is good as well. Special note goes to Sacha Baron Cohen, though, who can act. In his introductory scene as Pirelli, he is of course totally zany and Italian like the character is supposed to be, eliciting lots of laughs, but in his next scene, we really get to see the other side of him. It was very interesting to see him play a scene like that, since I've only ever seen him as Borat and Ali G.

And speaking of laughs, the movie does retain some of the musical's black humor, but I don't remember how funny it was in the first place. The movie is much more with the bleak and dour; it's incredibly jarring when we get a shot of daylight. What was probably most funny was the extremely excessive amount of blood on display. Seriously, it may be bloodier than fucking Grindhouse. Since Sweeney's always slitting throats, there's always blood spurting everywhere. The movie is rated R, after all.

So it gets a definite thumbs up from me. Hell, even my co-worker, who hates musicals, liked it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 20th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
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The singing is not bad! I mean, it doesn't really sound like an opera (except for Anthony and Johanna, who I presume are real singers), but the singing is more than passable.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 20th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
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HBC is decent. And, really, she doesn't even act all that crazy.
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From:miniglik
Date:December 20th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
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It was very interesting to see him play a scene like that, since I've only ever seen him as Borat and Ali G.


I'm glad you put this sentence in there, because I was sitting there going "who is Sacha Baron Cohen? I know I've heard the name and should know, but BRAIN NOT WORKING!"

Sounds like a good movie. I'm actually a fan of musicals-on-film, so I may check it out.

Sorry about the awkward relationship question with your coworker (the first time I read it I thought you said "11 year old coworker"-- it's obviously too early for me to be reading posts).

You continue to be awesome!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 20th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm actually a fan of musicals-on-film, so I may check it out.
Oh, then you'll like it! It's very well done as a musical-on-film.
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From:tamarai
Date:December 20th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Special note goes to Sacha Baron Cohen, though, who can act.
So that WAS him in the trailer. I thought so.

I definitely want to check it out. Not sure who will go with me, though. Which is fine, I like to go to the movies alone occasionally. That's how I saw Brokeback Mountain. Speaking of which, my love for Heath Ledger grew even more vast after catching the Dark Knight trailer. Have you seen?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 20th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
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I have seen! I want movie now!!
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From:tamarai
Date:December 20th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Me too!!! Waiting is nooo fun.
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From:outoffashion
Date:December 20th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
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I just an email from LJ and the picture you took is in it, and your name is credited. And then I was like 'he's on my F-list!' and its like knowing a famous person.
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From:incidentist
Date:December 20th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Gotta see it. Just gotta.
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From:sabra_n
Date:December 20th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
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EEE SWEENEY.

I whine and bitch and moan about the adaptation, but in the end I am a pre-sold Sondheim junkie, and I will so be there this weekend. I'm glad you liked it!

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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 20th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Here is a deleted phrase from my post:

"Surprisingly, given sabra_n's constant reservations..."
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From:sabra_n
Date:December 20th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
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That's...flattering? I don't just whine; I whine memorably!

I still contend that Johnny Depp can't sing (or at least not sing the right way for this), and that this is going to be all-around vocally compromised, but the rest of it has a fair chance of being good, which I didn't think when I first heard Burton was in charge.

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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 20th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
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You're absolutely right that he can't sing the right way for this, but the rest of it is very good.

SO MUCH BLOOD.
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From:sabra_n
Date:December 20th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Eeeee!

(Just my kind of Christmas movie.)

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From:beeker121
Date:December 20th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
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I am so excited about Sweeny Todd! I read in an article somewhere that when Tim Burton got the movie he told the execs that it would be an R rating because there would be buckets of blood and he wasn't taking them out. Loved that.

I'm not expecting the best sung Sweeny ever, oddly enough I'm willing to forgive the vocals a lot more in a movie than I am onstage. As long as they do justice to the vocals (no obvious wrong notes) I'll be happy.
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From:allsunday
Date:December 20th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
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I can't wait to see Sweeny Todd! I've been looking forward to it for months. I had no idea that Sacha Baron Cohen was in it, though! That just makes me want to see it even more. :)

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From:chasethestars
Date:December 21st, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
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I have a co-worker of the opposite sex who is eleven years older that I don't think would be weird or awkward to "go out (not 'go out')" with. I would find it weird and awkward to hang out with someone 11 years younger than me though!

So no Johnny Depp at the screening? Sweeney Todd does sound good, especially all the blood and gore.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 21st, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
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No Johnny Depp! I think we just got really lucky. I haven't heard about any other Juno screenings with Ellen Page or anyone else.
From:harriettheelf
Date:December 21st, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
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::jealous that they were sold out last night::

::oh well, dinner at Foreign Cinema was pretty awesome too::

You know the other thing about Sacha Baron Cohen that I always forget: underneath that goofy Borat disguise, he is actually pretty hot. I just saw a picture of him clean-shaven and was totally shocked.

I am currently trying to set boundaries for conversation topics with my coworkers. It's ... not the easiest thing.
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From:ethanvahlere
Date:December 22nd, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
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I liked Sweeney Todd, didn't love it. I've never seen the show, so I have no point of comparison. My problems were twofold: (1) I thought while Depp was good when he was angry (and his singing voice and Cockney accent were decent), he didnt' quite access the deeper emotions enough for me (that might have been Burton's fault), and (2) SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET I knew the beggar woman was his wife the minute I laid eyes on her, which would have been okay except it seemed the movie wanted it to be a surprise. Also, Alan Rickman seemed way too trusting of Depp during their second meeting. Still, it was well done, the songs were fine, and I agree with you about Sascha Baron Cohen (btw, did you hear he's no longer going to do Ali G or Borat?).
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 22nd, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
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he didnt' quite access the deeper emotions enough for me (that might have been Burton's fault)
Yeah, I'd agree with you there.

I knew the beggar woman was his wife the minute I laid eyes on her, which would have been okay except it seemed the movie wanted it to be a surprise.
Yeah, I was wondering how that would play. I think it's more of a surprise in the show because she's around more often, so you just see her as a background character rather than a Potentially Important Random Character We Keep Showing Sometimes.

Also, Alan Rickman seemed way too trusting of Depp during their second meeting.
Ha, seriously.

(btw, did you hear he's no longer going to do Ali G or Borat?)
I didn't hear that! Huh. So is he still doing Bruno?

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