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Les Mis

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Last night I went to see Les Miserables at Her Majesty’s Theatre, and I’ve got to say, it was amazing. I hadn’t seen it or read it or anything before the movie came out, but I did really like the movie, so I was looking forward to the stage show a whole bunch. And I was not let down at all. The singing was beautiful, and all the actors’ voices were really strong – way stronger than in all the other shows I’ve seen. Everything was just so well done, and Les Mis has actually surpassed Wicked as my favourite musical now.

  1. Les Miserables
  2. Wicked
  3. Hairspray
  4. Legally Blonde
  5. King Kong
  6. Fame

Now about the actual story, and this will contain spoilers, so stop reading if you haven’t seen it. I went in prepared. Well, as prepared as I could possibly be. But I am a huge crybaby when it comes to fiction – I’m not very emotional in real life, but if something even slightly sad happens in a show or book, my eyes pretty much become waterfalls. So being prepared for tears does not really mean anything for me other than knowing they will occur. And boy, did they occur.

I cried when Fantine sang I Dreamed a Dream. I cried when she died. I cried when Gavroche was introduced. I cried when Enjolras was introduced. I cried every time Enjolras sang. I cried when Eponine died. I cried when Gavroche was about to die. I cried when Gavroche died. I cried when Enjolras was about to die. I cried when Enjolras died. I cried when everyone else died. I cried when Enjolras’ body was brought out on the cart. I cried when Gavroche’s body was added to it. I cried when Marius sang Empty Chairs at Empty Tables. I cried when they sang the Epilogue. I cried when they took their bows. I cried afterwards when remembering what happened. Basically I cried the entire second half of the show and then some.

Oh, and the songs. So many songs gave me shivers. On My Own (which has been stuck in my head ever since and is just so beautiful that I can’t stop singing), Do You Hear the People Sing?, and the Epilogue in particular. And the Thenardiers were hilarious! Most of the songs were better in the stage show than in the movie, and theirs definitely were. I think the only two songs I prefer in the movie are I Dreamed a Dream and Castle on a Cloud.

But yes, Les Miserables was an absolutely amazing show. It astonishes me that some people avoid it on the sole factor that it is literally all singing. Yes, they may sing all of their lines, but it doesn’t take you very long to get used to it and forget that there’s no actual dialogue. Those people are really missing out. I loved the movie, I loved the show, and now it’s time for me to read the book. I hear it’s supposed to murder my emotions even more. How fun.

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Misfits and Intimacy

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A while back, someone recommended that I watch the show Misfits. I was watching other things at the time, so I didn’t watch it for ages, but they kept on trying to force it on me. They told me that one of the characters was an immortal, arrogant, narcissistic sociopath, and that I would like him. Now, I don’t know if it was the case, but the way they said it (and the fact that our relationship with each other was extremely temperamental) sounded like they were having a go at me, and saying that I would like him because I was the same.

Well I finally started watching Misfits last night. And let me tell you, I am addicted. I’m already up to the fourth episode of the second season. Thankfully I had forgotten about the immortality part by then – because who the fuck spoils the end of the first season as part of their recommendation of a show? But I spent the first couple of episodes wondering about this arrogant narcissistic sociopath. I figured out pretty quickly that Nathan was pretty arrogant and a tad (in the colloquial sense) narcissistic. But he’s definitely not a narcissist, and there is no sociopath in sight. And even more problematic – I do not like Nathan. Nathan is a dick. I can picture myself in a school or college environment with these people. Nathan and Kelly would be the classmates I actively disliked. They would be the Madisons and the Taylors who were antagonistic to me for no reason other than the fact that they could be. Curtis and Alisha would be the classmates who were too different to me for us to get along. We wouldn’t fight or anything; We’d just be in different groups. But Simon… Simon would be me. He would be quiet, and when he spoke it would seem forced and awkward. He would feel so invisible that he would be shocked whenever someone noticed him or knew who he was. He would retreat to his shows and games so much that they would be the only things he really knew how to talk about.

Simon is the character I like the best, because he is the only character I identify with. And if that person did in fact mean that comment the way I thought they did at the time, then it just shows that they knew me even less than I knew them. And that is just the final confirmation that we were never meant to be.

Impossible Inventions

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There are some things the world just needs. Unfortunately, many of those things are a tad… impossible.

1. Brain Printer:
We’ve all had it happen to us. In our heads, we imagine it like this:
Mona Lisa
But then once we’ve drawn it, it ends up coming out more like this:
Drawing
I think we definitely need a ‘print’ button on our brains, so that we can avoid catastrophes like the above lady in the purple dress.

2. Brain Recorder:
I can’t tell you the number of awesome dreams I’ve had that I wanted to have again and again, only for them to be completely forgotten ten minutes after waking up. And what about all those ones where I’ve written a masterpiece song or poem? We need brain recorders so that we can press ‘record’ every night before going to bed, and never have to forget a dream again.

3. Find:
Finding specific words or phrases in printed documents is AIDS. Unlike PDFs, we can’t just press ctrl+f and have our words highlighted for us. Oh no. We actually have to look for them ourselves. At least glossaries have it half-right. But even so. This lack of a non-computer ‘find’ button makes it really hard to choose essay references via skimming.

4. Copy + Paste:
As with the ‘find’ button, copying and pasting is a very important part of life! Surely I’m not the only one who gets driven insane having to copy handwriting onto multiple sheets of paper, or enter information into a computer.

5. Temporary Mind Wipe:
This is one of my more brilliant impossible inventions. I am a huge bookworm, and I particularly love series and the whole fandoms surrounding them. When you’re a fan of a book (or even a television series or film), nothing beats that excitement you get waiting for the next instalment, and that feeling you get upon finally reading/seeing it. Now, I’ve been a huge fan of Harry Potter for over ten years. I started reading the books when I was about eight or so (when only the first four were out), and between the time I started and the time the fifth book was released, I read the first four books over twenty times each. Every time a new book came out, I bought it immediately, and usually had them read within about two days. Then the movies came out, and I had those to be excited about as well, even if they did involve a lot of complaining about important events they cut. When the last book was released, I read it within twenty-four hours. It was thrilling, exciting, tear-inducing, and full of ‘oooh’ moments, and I loved it. It may have been it, but at least I could focus on the fact that the movies were still going. But then they ended as well. I saw the last film with my mum and my sister, and then again with the Melbourne Muggles. But I would never get that new feeling again. I can read them over and over, but that initial feeling of reading something for the first time will never return. And that makes me sad. I would love to be able to temporarily delete things from my memory before reading/watching something, in order to experience that feeling again, and then get all the memories back afterwards. I would love to be able to read Harry Potter for the first time, and watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the first time, and meet every other fandom I’m a part of for the first time, all over again.

Winds of Winter Predictions

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  1. Jon Snow will die for a short time, during which he will meet Ned in the afterlife, who will tell him that his parents are actually Rhaegar and Lyanna, before being brought back to life by Melisandre. This will free him of his Night’s Watch oath, as his watch “shall not end until [his] death”. The spirit-Ned bit is terrible and lame, but the dead->Melisandre->alive->free bit totally makes sense.
  2. Brienne’s word to Lady Stoneheart was Arya – she tells her that Arya is alive, and they go on a quest to find her.
  3. For this one I have to give credit to the guy from uni with the awesome accent who I keep forgetting to ask his name (finally found out his name – credit to Pontus): We find out that Benjen died and was brought back as a wight. Being a Stark, he was a warg, but because he didn’t have an animal for his spirit to take over, he instead took over his wight-self, becoming Coldhands.
  4. Arya will come to discover that the life of a faceless man is not for her. She will return to Westeros and use her skills to be a rogue assassin, killing the remaining people on her list. She will then meet up with Nymeria, and help lead her giant wolf-pack in a war against the Lannisters and whatnot. By the way, she was totally the first faceless man with a face – faceless men are supposed to lose their identities in the training, but rather than lose hers, she gained control of her true self for the first time, warging into a cat and using its vision to help complete her training.
  5. Aegon will be revealed to be the mummer’s dragon, and Daenerys will kill him. And even if he is real, Daenerys will still kill him, because he’s an arrogant sonofabitch.

Stupid Changes in Game of Thrones

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The first season of Game of Thrones was brilliant. It was the season I watched before reading the books, and when I did end up reading Game of Thrones, I was just having major deja vu the whole time. Yes, there were a few small changes, but overall, the show was extremely similar to the book. But after that, everything changed. They made enormous changes that didn’t seem to benefit the plot, and they even changed events in ways that contradicted themselves, or made things make no sense. If you have not read the books, I advise you to stop reading, even if you are up-to-date in the show, because there will be spoilers for Storm of Swords (book three/seasons three and four).

Arya at Harrenhal:
In the show, Arya becomes Tywin’s cupbearer. They have surprisingly deep conversations, and Tywin knows she is a Northener who is lying about where she comes from – but still doesn’t suspect that she is the missing Stark girl his family needs. She is also owed three kills by Jaqen, and names the Tickler as her first kill, and Amory Lorch, who is just about to rat her out to Tywin for stealing a letter, for her second. In the books, Arya works as a servant for a man called Weese. For her first kill, she names someone who bragged about being a part of a gang rape, and for her second kill, she names her master Weese, for abusing her. In both the book and the show, Arya names Jaqen himself as her third kill, to make him help her so that she will unname him. In the show, however, Arya simply gets him to help she and her friends escape Harrenhal, which he does by killing the guards, whereas in the books, she gets him to help free Northmen who are locked in the dungeons, and only escapes when the Goat takes charge of Harrenhal, killing a guard herself in the progress. In the book, she meets the Tickler a while after her escape, and stabs him over and over, repeating back to him what he would say while torturing people at Harrenhal.

Jaime & Cersei’s Reversal:
When people start reading a Song of Ice and Fire, they always hate Jaime, and when a friend who has already read the books tells them that they’ll change their mind eventually, they say they most definitely will not change their mind, and are horrified at the thought. And then they do. Jaime doesn’t get particularly likeable in the sense that we know, but he does become remarkably less unlikeable, and in a world like that in a Song of Ice and Fire, less unlikeable is pretty damn likeable.
Cersei is a bitch. In the books, she does not become likeable. Eventually she is introduced as a point-of-view character, and even the insight into her thoughts don’t make her seem any more likeable. They make her seem more stupid. They make her seem more batshit insane. But they don’t make her seem particularly likeable or sympathetic.
In the show, however, they seem to be reversing this. Kinslaying is one of the two ultimate criminal acts, yet Jaime kills his own cousin in order to escape imprisonment. Cersei seems less like a bitch and more like an out-of-control mother.

Alton Lannister:
Not only is his death a ridiculous change to the books, but so is Alton himself. In the books, there is a character called Cleos Frey, who has a Lannister mother. Now that makes sense. His name is Frey, which he got from his father, but he’s still part Lannister on his mother’s side. But Alton Lannister is supposedly the son of Cynda Lannister. So unless there’s some obvious incest going on, he got the wrong surname.

Sansa-Tyrell Marriage Plot:
Um, hello? Loras is a member of the kingsguard. Members of the kingsguard forsake all titles and lands, and cannot wed. Tyrion and Tywin just had a conversation about how he should be entitled to Casterly Rock because of this. In the books, the Tyrells plot for Sansa to marry Willas, a cripple. There is even some dialogue about how disappointed Sansa is to not be marrying Loras, and the Queen of Thorns tells her he’d be a dreadful husband. Seriously, why change it from Willas to Tyrell? I mean, it’s not like they’d need to cast anyone new, seeing as the wedding doesn’t actually happen.

Lack of Prophecies:
Okay, this one probably isn’t that important, but prophecies are fun! It’s awesome being able to read Patchface’s little songs, think of them as nothing but crazy talk, and then a few chapters later realise that he had actually just predicted someone’s death. What even was the point of the House of the Undying in the show, when they removed all the prophecies and left only a vision of Dany’s dead husband and son? When prophecies are explicitly said to be prophecies, it is fun to try and guess what they’re about. I was so proud of myself when I accurately deciphered “I dreamt of a roaring river and a woman that was a fish. Dead she drifted, with red tears on her cheeks, but when her eyes did open, oh I woke from terror”.

News of Bran & Rickon’s ‘Death’:
In the books, when Lady Catelyn hears of the deaths of her children, she sends Jaime off with Brienne, in an attempt to get her remaining children back. When Robb hears of the deaths of his brothers, he is sent grieving into the arms of Jeyne Westerling, and then marries her out of honour. In the show, Cat frees Jaime before ever hearing about Bran and Rickon, and Robb starts seeing Talisa Maegyr long before Bran and Rickon are ‘killed’.

Talisa Maegyr:
In the books, Robb marries Jeyne Westerling. Her family is aligned with the Lannisters, and after hearing about the wedding, the Lannisters, the Freys, and Jeyne’s mother plot to overthrow King Robb. Jeyne’s mother even gives her potions to stop her from getting pregnant. So why would the Lannisters align with some random Volantine girl’s mother? Perhaps they just see the marriage as an opportunity to get the Freys.

Daenerys’s Entire Storyline:
Good God, do not get me started. The House of the Undying. Everything in Qarth. Her incessant whining. The replacement of the assassination attempt by the sorrowful men with an assassination attempt by a little girl warlock. The lack of Strong Belwas. The deaths of her blood riders. The deaths of her other people. The lack of prophecies, as mentioned above. The entrapment of Xaro Xhoan Daxos and the ridiculous pronunciation of his name.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love the show. I just love the books a whole lot better. I feel as though some aspects of the show wouldn’t make sense alone, and that they’re dumbing down and watering down a fair few otherwise brilliant characters.

Top Fives

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I made a list of my five favourite poems, when I realised “why don’t I make a list of my top five everythings?” instead. So here are a bunch of my top fives!

Poems:

  1. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (Dylan Thomas)
  2. A Poem Written By A Bear (Tao Lin)
  3. The Painter (John Ashberry)
  4. The Raven (Edgar Allen Poe)
  5. Sonnet 73 (William Shakespeare)

TV Shows:

  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. Doctor Who
  4. Firefly
  5. Supernatural

Actors:

  1. Johnny Depp
  2. Helena Bonham Carter
  3. Enver Gjokaj
  4. Alan Rickman
  5. Amy Acker

Books:

  1. Harry Potter (JK Rowling)
  2. A Song of Ice and Fire (George RR Martin)
  3. Dollanganger Series (Virginia Andrews)
  4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
  5. The Chronicles of Narnia (CS Lewis)

Superpowers:

  1. Shape-shifting
  2. Telekinesis
  3. Technopathy
  4. Dimensional manipulation
  5. Regeneration

Fictional Characters:

  1. Arya Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  2. River Tam (Firefly)
  3. Tyrion Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  4. Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
  5. Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead)

Mythical Creatures:

  1. Witch
  2. Vampire
  3. Reaper
  4. Dragon
  5. Nymph

Time-Travel:

  1. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
  2. 12 Monkeys
  3. The Terminator
  4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
  5. Lost

Short-Stories:

  1. The Egg (Andy Weir)
  2. The Monkey’s Paw (WW Jacobs)
  3. Snow, Glass, Apples (Neil Gaiman)
  4. The Last Question (Isaac Asimov)
  5. The Tell Tale Heart (Edgar Allen Poe)

Television Overload

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It is official. I watch far too many TV shows. Now, I don’t think I watch too much TV in general. Just that I watch too many shows at once. To be honest, I think it’s lucky I’m not my mother. She gets confused when watching two shows at once. But me? I’m watching nine.

On DVD (or downloaded, just what I can watch whenever I want) I’m currently watching Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones, and Doctor Who for the first time. I also recently started watching Robin Hood (well, I watched the first episode for Harry Lloyd, and then decided I liked it). And I’m rewatching Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I would be watching less shows, but every time I watch a show alone, my mum walks in and decides she likes it. First it was Charmed. Then it was Once Upon a Time. Soon I won’t be able to watch Doctor Who without mum there either. Game of Thrones is the only show that I have to wait for everyone to watch. Thank goodness. Otherwise I’d never see anything!

Out of shows that are actually on TV, I’m only watching Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Desperate Housewives. Well, I’m also kinda-sorta watching Castle and Packed to the Rafters, but since it’s only kinda-sorta, I don’t think I’ll count them.

I did finish the first season of the Walking Dead not long ago, so I’m technically still watching it, but not really, since I’ll have to wait a while for Tara to get the second season. Same with the next season of Dexter. Mum and I were also watching the Vampire Diaries for a while there, but we kinda lost interest a few episodes into season three.

And then there are the shows I still have to watch! Once we’ve finished watching Game of Thrones, Tara’s making us watch Rome. And then after that, I’m making everyone watch Robin Hood (I’ve still only seen the first episode). I also bought the first episode of Farscape the other day, so I’ve still got that too watch, too.

Bloody hell. That is a lot of shows. I think that’s more than I originally thought. That’s like sixteen! Bloody hell. I really am overloaded on TV shows.