I have always loved and adored musicals but I am fully aware that the genre seems to be the most difficult to please people who aren’t the biggest fans of them. After rewatching Chicago and the up and coming release of In the Heights it has me thinking about musicals going from stage to screen. Then if you have actually seen them on stage before the film adaptation or if you see the film first and then the stage musical. For obvious reasons a lot of changes have to be made when taking a show from the stage and putting it on screen, this is the main reason I feel Wicked has been left in production for around 12 years now. It’s one of my favourite stage musicals that I have currently seen nine times, but I really cannot picture how it will transfer to film without losing its magic and quite frankly being rather ridiculous on screen?
In the Heights is a show that I have been very lucky to see on stage twice, the first time on Broadway the night before it won the Tony Award for Best New Musical in 2008 and then in the West End in 2016. Both times I appreciated the unique nature of the music and quite frankly I think it is better than Hamilton. Both obviously coming from the genius mind of Lin-Manuel Miranda, seeing him perform on Broadway was certainly very special. I have been looking forward to seeing the film adaption of In the Heights since it was announced and that is now only a few weeks away. The reviews that have been released so far have been extremely positive and this increases my excitement to see the film. As we always seem to go through phases with musicals and one often leads to more being released.
I am really hoping that people who are not the biggest fans of musicals will give In the Heights a watch though as it really is not like any other musical you have seen before, we have come a very long way from the traditional musical numbers and acting. The rap/hiphop style is something so unique and different that it is a true joy to witness, I feel I have now moved more into begging people to see it, even though I haven’t myself yet either. I just hope audiences will be open minded and see something that dares to be different.
If you fancy yourself a film buff and think you know your movie cars, Peter Vardy have created a quiz to put your expertise to the test over the festive season.
They’ve collated the number plates of 24 movie cars to test the knowledge of movie fans, asking them if they can identify cars the famous number plates belong to. Just a pre-warning: it’s much harder than it sounds.
Is anyone else truly excited that this year the London Film Festival is going to more cinemas around the UK and also premieres happening online?
I certainly am, I have been lucky enough to get to a couple of films over the years while in London during October. But being based in the north east does make this very difficult given the hotel prices around the time of the festival also going up.
I really do hope that this new format will ensure more people can actually watch the films and I guess I have to also hope that cinemas in the north east will not be missed out (we often are for things like concerts etc up here).
Two weeks to wait as the line up is being announced online on Tuesday 8th September!
Lockdown and the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic has brought many challenges for everyone, along with so many issues. Personally for me the cinema being closed has been one of the toughest adjustments, while many people may not actually understand this and see the cinema as somewhat of a luxury and somewhere they only go every so often, maybe even every couple of months to see the latest big blockbuster films. That is not the case for myself, I go two/three times a week and sometimes even more depending on what is being released. Managing to balance this in with work and occasionally being able to have a double feature with two films straight in a row.
Today is World Book Day and what better way to celebrate on a film blog than putting together a list of 7 films that are based on books? I thought it was a great idea too, the thing with the list though is that I have to have read the book and seen the film for it to make the list.
This was something I meant to post a lot earlier so we can all see when different awards nominations are going to be announced as well as the actual ceremonies taking place!
Thursday, Jan. 2: Oscar nominations voting opens
Friday, Jan. 3: American Society of Cinematographers Awards nominations announced
Saturday, Jan. 4: National Society of Film Critics winners announced
Sunday, Jan. 5: Golden Globes ceremony
Monday, Jan. 6: Writers Guild of America Awards nominations announced
Tuesday, Jan 7: British Academy of Film & Television Arts Awards nominations announced
Tuesday, Jan. 7: Oscar nominations voting closes
Tuesday, Jan. 7: Producers Guild of America Awards nominations announced
Tuesday, Jan. 7: Directors Guild of America Award nominations announced
Tuesday, Jan. 7: New York Film Critics Circle Awards Gala
The 2020 Golden Globes took place last night and I have to admit that I am very happy with some of the wins. Missing Link for Best Animated film has to be a highlight, well done to the voters for picking the only original film from them!
Tom Hanks picked up the lifetime achievement award!
Best Motion Picture – Drama = 1917
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy = Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Best Motion Picture – Animated = Missing Link
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language = Parasite
Best Director – Motion Picture = Sam Mendes, 1917
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama = Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama = Renée Zellweger, Judy
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy, Musical = Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy, Musical = Awkwafina, The Farewell
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture = Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture = Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture = Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Best Original Song – Motion Picture = “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman
Best Original Score – Motion Picture = Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
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