Litlets

January 23, 2008

Link of the Random Interval of Time (LotRIoT): LOLThulhu

Filed under: Humor,Links,LotRIoT — crcb @ 10:40 pm
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Mood: gibbering

Double-header:

  1. The LOLCats site is all well and good, but you’ll find the cognoscenti at LOLthulhu (based on the works of H. P. Lolcraft, of course). R WE HAVING FTAGN YET?
  2. When you’re done cackling inanely at the soul-eating antics of LOLThulhu, head on over to The Home Page for Evil and take a look at the Cthulhu for President campaign. After all, “why vote for the lesser of two evils?” While you’re there, check out the candidate’s positions and follow the lawsuit of the Elder Gods against Microsoft (dated, but still funny).
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January 20, 2008

What I’m Reading, 1-20-2008

Filed under: reading — crcb @ 1:37 pm
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Mood: telestic

I usually have 2 to 4 books going at once, and now is no exception. My current list:

  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to 20-Minute Meals, by Tod Dimmick; Alpha Books, 2003; Cooking; ISBN 0-02-864419-0
  • Friends, Partners & Lovers: Marks of a Vital Marriage, by Warren Lane Molton; Judson Press, 1993; Relationships; ISBN 0-8170-1187-0
  • Paul Claudel, by Harold A. Waters; Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1970; Nonfiction
  • The Rattle Bag, edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes; faber and faber, 1982; Poetry anthology; ISBN 0-571-11976-X

January 6, 2008

Movie Review: Sweeney Todd

Filed under: Movies,Musicals,Reviews — crcb @ 5:47 pm
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Mood: tonsorial
 
I’ve been familiar with this musical for a long time. I’ve seen it on stage, I’ve heard the Broadway cast recording, and I’ve seen the Angela Lansbury/George Hearn version on video. I approached this movie with equal parts hope and fear; the hopes were mostly fulfilled, and the fears mostly groundless.
 
Director Tim Burton understands well the differences between stage and screen, and he adapted Stephen Sondheim’s musical wonderfully to a more intimate medium. Sondheim has expressed a preference for actors who can sing over singers who can act, and that’s what we get here. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter sing well enough (at least, if you already know the lyrics and can fill in the occasional inaudible word), but the acting is outstanding. The interpretations of the characters are both darker and more vulnerable than others I’ve seen: Sweeney is more obsessed, Mrs. Lovett scarier and more pathetic, Judge Turpin less conflicted and more self-aware. One small part is changed in a big way: Toby is no half-wit, but a streetwise, gin-loving urchin who hasn’t — until the end — lost his innocence.
 
I do have minor quibbles. The relationship between Todd and Mrs. Lovett is too distant for all of the lyrics to make sense, for instance, and Antony is a little too sweet and sensitive. But on the whole the movie works as (take your pick) a revenge fantasy, a dark comedy, or a modern Victorian melodrama.
 
It might be too early to call, but I nominate Sweeney Todd for the best movie of the 21st century.

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