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Both the Longest Week and the Shortest

I spent a lot of time in the office this week -- more overtime -- but I took the time and didn't loose momentum on getting exercise. Yay me. But I did seem to have a mild case of food poisoning some of the week, after eating some leftovers; nothing that actually put me down, but made itself known a few times (blah).

Things I mused about this week:

Listening to my "Showtunes" playlist, I have come to the conclusion that, at least for the shows I've heard, that any time they write new material to expand an old movie into a new musical, the new music REEKS. This is particularly noticeable in shows like Victor/Victoria, where the original Mancini songs sparkle and the new material lays there like soggy Wheatabix (particularly the song they wrote for King). That it suffers from a severe "lack of Robert Preston and James Garner" is quite beside the point. There's a couple of others; on the whole I've taken to skipping the new material and sticking to the old.

On a similar note, as I analyzed a while back on the difference between the original cast recording of Evita and the Madonna movie, noting that while Antonio Banderas is not a bad singer, he's no Mandy Patinkin. Likewise, I downloaded the soundtrack for the new Johnny Depp Sweeney Todd and listened to it without watching it -- Depp is a perfectly serviceable tenor. Problem is, he's no Len Cariou (he's not even George Hearn) -- nor is he a baritone, something Tim Burton was not savvy enough in his desire to cast Depp in the part to consider. And as much as I love and adore Bonham-Carter, she's no Angela Lansbury (or Patti Lupone). Also, without visuals, leaving out the chorus (particularly in "God, That's Good!") makes the song sound really... freaking... odd.

I found out by accident that my favorite group has disbanded (Cross Canadian Ragweed) -- one of the members had family business that required him to give up show business, and they agreed that without all four of them, they were not going to go on. The lead singer/guitarist has gone solo, but I've only heard one of his songs. He's gone more strongly rock rather than Americana/southern-roots, but it's still pretty good.

I worked this morning. Very tired, though, since I stayed up too late last night watching Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 -- I liked it a LOT, one of the best of the films, really, IMHO. Some of that, I think, is due to the fact that Radcliffe has grown into a fine actor (as well as all the rest of his supporting cast), but also some tight writing and tense directing. If the rumors of David Yates doing a Doctor Who movie ever come true, he could do a good job with it (although Steven Moffat says it ain't true).

Bloggess on CNN.


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Apr. 15th, 2012 10:48 am (UTC)
Yikes for food poisoning -- have a good weekend full of music and awesomeness. :-)
Apr. 15th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Yikes, indeed -- but it seems better now! YAY for weekend!
Apr. 15th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Though I don't know much about the comparisons between the original Sweeney Tood and the Tim Burton version soundtracks. I know that the movie itself suffered due to real life issues. During the filming of it, Johnny Depp's daughter almost died due to her kidneys almost failing and Burton cut down on a lot of his filming in respect to her health and allowed Johnny to be with her. So it's not exactly what he wanted, he might one day to a remake and we might see a better version. While many people don't like Burton, you can't say it when it comes to people he works with he that he doens't factor in real life matters. Acourse I think Johnny Depp's daughter is his goddaughter so it was really a family affair at the time. And you do see the rush and cutting of the filming and the movie suffered from it.
Apr. 15th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
That's when you put a movie on a shelf for a while. All the interviews and information I read on the topic came down to Tim Burton saw the old illo on the cover of the original cast recording and thought, "That looks like Helena and Johnny," and went from there. None of the problems with the film seemed to have anything do with Depp not being there -- they had to do with specific cuts (removing all of Joanna's part didn't involve Depp, neither did completely cutting out the choral voices, including the all-important "Ballad of Sweeney Todd" which could have--and should have--run over the final credits, or the CRUCIAL first meeting of Todd and the Beggar Woman) and the simple fact, as I stated, that Depp is a tenor and the part of Sweeney Todd is baritone. Burton certainly didn't cut very much of the dialogue or songs from the Sweeney Todd character (except for, as again I stated, the first meeting of Todd and the Beggar Woman).

Burton may be very fine to his actors, and for that I applaud him, but he has been very cruel to some very good stories.
Apr. 15th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
glad you are getting back into a rhythm with the exercise.

I did really enjoy the last HP movie
Apr. 15th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
I just hope I can keep it up.

It was very good.
Apr. 15th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
I think the one problem with the final Harry Potter films was that they didn't spend long enough on the fact that so many died. It felt, to me, like they just kind of glided over it so they could get to the final sequence. In the books, I cried first over the loss of Hedwig, and finally over the loss of so many of Harry's friends. I wish they had been able to make those deaths as impactful as they did with Dobby.

I LOVED seeing Jenny on CNN. Poor Randi Kaye. She's not one of the strongest anchors to begin with, and she was obviously no match for The Bloggess. I think she was expecting a more intellectual, political conversation and instead she got mentions of lady gardens and pleas for addition of a zombie apocalypse plan to all political platforms. I know Don Lemon would have been cackling so hard.
Apr. 15th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
The loss of Hedwig did get glossed over a bit compared to the movie, but I think the movie did more with the deaths of George and Tonks and Lupin, even as rushed as they seemed. It was deeply poignant when the past image of Lupin told him to make sure their deaths had not been in vain.

Yeah, that anchor didn't know the first thing to do with Jenny! She was completely disarming and delightful.

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