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All about movies I have seen. Thoughts, reviews etc.

So Pretty and So Dark

I may have mentioned before I saw the film So Dark at the Freakshow Film Festival during Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Halloween Weekend and I thought it was really good.  I enjoyed it so much (and met the film makers) that I sought out the first short of the series So Pretty on YouTube.

The film makers are planning a third installment in this short film series.  Please contribute to their  efforts of these locally made films.   They are made in Miami and the Palm Beaches here in Florida. Yes, the train is Miami Metrorail.

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Lords Of Salem

What a piece of crap that movie was.

I am a fan of horror. I am however not a fan of Rob Zombie.

I have seen three Rob Zombie movies

    Halloween (reboot)
    Halloween 2 (reboot)
    Lords of Salem

The only one I liked was Halloween. I consider myself a fairly intel event person but Halloween 2 made me scratch my head and say what?

Lords of Salem had me doing much of the same. The basic plot is this. A radio DJ, Heidi, gets an durge of a recording by a group called The Lords. They are dubbed by the radio show group as the lords of Salem since they reason they must be from Salem. This record affects her in a bizarre way and she starts acting weirdly.

There are these three chicks played brilliantly by Patricia Quinn (Rocky Horror), Judy Geeson and Dee Wallace Stone one of which owns the building that Heidi lives in.

Those ladies are possibly the best thing about the movie.

There is a whole mythology about the Salem witch trials and the diary of Reverand Nathanial Hawthorn in which he referees to the some 25 witches that died during the Salem witch trials.

There is a revelation, thanks to Francis Mathias, that Heidi is actually Adelaide Hawthorn, a descendant of Nathaniel Hawthorne. One of those witches cursed the women of Salem and the descendants of Nathanial Hawthorne.

There is a mass suicide and Heidi is missing.

That is really way over simplifying the plot of the movie. The premise and the twist seems like it would be interesting but it just wasn’t. The imagery was just confusing overdone and loud.

I wish I could get 101 minutes of my life back. It has been said that Rob Zombie understands horror as an aural-visual experience that should gnaw at the nerves, seep into the subconscious, and beget unshakeable nightmares. Well yeah, this movie gnawed at my nerves but not in a frightful way but it simply got on my nerves period.

I watched The Last Exorcist 2 just prior to Lords of Salem and enjoyed that more.

I think I’ll have to give up on you Rob Zombie.

Blackfish

I so want to see this documentary.

Running on Vegan

Blackfish Movie Ticket

As I sat in the theater waiting for the movie to start, I tapped my foot with anxiety unsure of what was about to be revealed. I was rattled with nerves, anticipating a horror scene to unfold before my eyes. Within two minutes of the documentary starting, my eyes welled up with uncontrollable tears of grief.

When I first heard about Blackfish, I knew I had to see it while also realizing that it was going to be extremely devastating. I bought tickets ahead of time because I wanted to see it on opening night with the main reason being Dr. Lori Marino, a neuroscientist and professor at Emory who was featured in the film, planned to do a Q&A after the movie.

Blackfish is a documentary that reveals the extreme cruelty and unfortunate reality of what happens to mammals at marine parks, specifically SeaWorld. The whole film was very…

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Crystal Lake Memories

Crystal Lake Memories

I got my copy of Crystal Lake Memories in the mail today! I am so excited!

Even if you are not a horror movie / 80’s slasher movie fan you should get the reference to Camp Crystal Lake otherwise referred to as Camp Blood from the FRIDAY THE 13TH series of films. So yeah this is a long awaited documentary about The FT13 series brought to us by the same guys who gave us the NEVER SLEEP AGAIN Nightmare on Elm street documentary. I have high expectations for this documentary because NSA was so great!

Previewing interesting facts about Friday the 13th.

  • Betsy Palmer said that if it were not for the fact that she was in desperate need of a new car, she would never have taken the part of Pamela Voorhees. In fact, after she read the script she called the film “a piece of shit”.
  • The movie was filmed at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in New Jersey. The camp is still in operation, and it has a wall of Friday the 13th paraphernalia to honor that the movie was set there.  They refer to the film on their website. They sometimes offer private tours of the normally closed to non-boyscout public.
  • There is a township named Voorhees, New Jersey, which is about eight miles away from Haddonfield, New Jersey, which was inspiration for the fictional town where the movie Halloween took place. The documentary _Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006)_ shows a picture of a road sign that lists Voorhees right under Haddonfield. The township was named for Foster McGowan Voorhees, the governor of New Jersey from 1899 to 1902. The surname “Voorhees” is of Dutch heritage, and is also a common family in New Jersey.
  • Often thought of as Kevin Bacon’s first film, which it is not.  It was Diner. (1982)
  • This is the first of two films in which Jason is not the killer.  Can you name the other?
  • There is actually a Camp Crystal Lake in near Starke, Florida.
  • 48 seconds were cut from Friday the 13th part 2  by the MPAA to avoid an X rating.
  • Friday the 13th part 2 takes place five years after the first, which was set in 1979 according to Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. Meaning that this film takes place in 1984. During both summers, both the Friday the 13th’s occurred in July making this film take place exactly five years after the events of the first film.
  • Friday the 13th Part 3  was the first of the Friday the 13th films to use the hockey mask, which has been in every sequel since.
  • Friday the 13th part 3 actually Actually takes place the day after the events of Part 2, making it Saturday the 14th. While the beginning of the movie takes place on the evening of Saturday the 14th, when the store owner and his wife are killed, the majority of the movie takes place on the following day, making it Sunday the 15th.
  • Friday the 13th The Final Chapter Takes place on Sunday the 15th, the second “Friday” film to not actually take place on a Friday at all. While the beginning with the coroners takes place during the night of Sunday the 15th, the rest of the movie takes place Monday the 16th and Tuesday the 17th being the climactic night.
  • In Friday the 13th The Final Chapter ,according to Corey Feldman, the screams he made when Jason  grabbed him through the window were genuine; he was truly terrified.
  • Friday the 13th A New Beginning was written for Corey Feldman to star at Tommy Jarvis but he was working on the Goonies at the time and could not film. He had a cameo in this film.
  • This is the first film in the Friday the 13th series where Jason is actually referred to by his full name: Jason Voorhees. In Parts I & II, he is only referred to as Jason, while he is not referred to by name at all in Part III.
  • A New Beginning is the second movie in the series in which Jason is not the killer.
  • Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI was filmed in Camp Daniel Morgan, Covington, Georgia, a suburb about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta.
  • Jason lives has the highest body count (18) until Jason X which has 28.
  • Jason Lives is the first and only”Friday the 13th” film (including New Line Cinema’s three “Jason” films as well as the 2009 remake) which features absolutely no nudity, though there is a sex scene.
  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood was originally intended to bring Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger together onscreen for the first time. But when Paramount Pictures (at that time was holding the rights to the “Friday the 13th” franchise) and New Line Cinema (who holds the rights to the “Nightmare On Elm Street” series) couldn’t agree behind the scenes, the script was rewritten to pit Jason up against the telekinetic Tina Shepard instead.
  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood was the first of the series to feature stunt man Kane Hodder as Jason.
  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is set in Manhattan. The prologue of the film foreshadows all the places that Jason will chase the teenagers: downtown with the gang members, the diner, the alley with the drug addicts, and the subway.
  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday was the first film in the series to be handled by New Line Cinema after the series was moved from Paramount after dismal box office returns from the last installment.
  • The original title of the movie was “Friday the 13th Part IX: The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees”.
  • Jason Goes to Hell At the end, when Freddy’s glove grabs Jason’s mask, was meant to be an inside joke, referencing the fact that a screenplay putting Jason and Freddy against each other had been in the works since 1987, and had been intended to be Friday the 13th part VII. However, it took too long to come up with a good script for that film, so another film (Jason X ) was produced in the interval. Since New Line owned both properties, a joint project should have been easier to develop, but Freddy vs. Jason took several years (and sat untouched after several false starts) to come to fruition.
  • Jason X takes place in Space.
  • Jason X is the first film in the Friday the 13th series to rely on digital effects for death and gore shots. All the previous were practical effects
  • Freddy VS Jason pits New Lines Freddy Krueger  and Jason Voorhes together in battle.
  • The call letters of the news station shown on the TV in the hospital are KRGR, obviously a reference to Freddy Krueger. It is also the name of the radio station that Glenn (Johnny Depp) is listening to right before he dies in A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • Kane Hodder did not play Jason in this film.
  • A sequel was planned but never materialized. Wildstorm did publish a six issue comic series in late 2007/ early 2008. This added “The Evil Dead”‘s Ash Williams to the mix.

I can’t wait to watch this documentary which also came with a Bonus Disk.  I have no idea what is on it.

See also Horror Series Friday the 13th

Book:  Crystal Lake Memories

Documentary: Never Sleep Again

Documentary: His Name Was Jason

Good documentaries

Yesterday I watched two documentaries. The first was Hunger for Change which talked about how you can change your body, your skin and your general health (ie cure disease) my eating simply, not processed foods. Fruits and veggies, rare animal fats and less grains. Two of the gentleman (one of them from the doc Fat, sick and Nearly Dead) talked about juice fasting. All you consume is Fresh veggie and fruit juice that you juice yourself. Everyday. And intriguing concept.

They stated that we put so many chemicals in our bodies that its all retainer in our fat cells. So when we lose weight those chemicals reenter our blood stream and then we add more chemicals and toxins on top of that so our bodies cannot detox themselves. This one guy cured his autoimmune disease and lost 92 lbs.

They also talked about how the artificial sweetener, aspartame causes neurological damage and kills brain cells. Very enlightening.

I’ve been feeling awful lately so I decided to try this juice fast just for 3 days. The juice is delicious. I put tomato, spinach, celery, an apple and carrots in it. It doesn’t fill me up for Lin however an today I’ve already finished all my juice and I don’t have access to my juicer since I am at work today.

I also learned that chia and aloe are good for you since they bind with bile salts but they do so much more. Check out this article

http://butterbeliever.com/should-you-eat-chia-seeds/

The Second documentary is called Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. Tells the story of two men (the first was in the first documentary) and the second was a truck driver who was 400-something lbs. he did the juice fast for 60 days and lost something like 92 lbs. and altogether lost 202 lbs. he is much healthier. Good for him.

I highly recommend these two documentaries.

Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

*Contains spoilers

When Chernobyl Diaries was released on May 25, 2012, I couldn’t wait to see it.  Alas, I never did see it in the theater and I’m glad I didn’t spend $12 to see it.  The concept of this film is fairly interesting but the execution of this concept was not great.

Cast

Jesse McCartney as Chris
Jonathan Sadowski as Paul
Devin Kelley as Amanda
Olivia Taylor Dudley as Natalie
Nathan Phillips as Michael
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Zoe
Dimitri Diatchenko as Uri

Running Time 86 minutes

Plot summary

Chris, his girlfriend Natalie, and Amanda go to Europe to visit Chris’ brother Paul who lives in Kiev, Ukraine.    They planned to go to Moscow the next day and Chris planned to propose to Natalie in Moscow.  Instead, Chris suggests they take an adventure in extreme tourism, by taking a guided tour of  Pripyat, Ukraine, the abandoned city north east of Chernobyl Nuclear power plant disaster site from 1986.  He manages to talk them into the tour and they go to meet Uri, the tour guide  the next day to take the tour.  They are jointed by another couple, Zoe and Michael.

Uri takes them to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone check point and are turned away, the guards stating that the check point is closed for maintenance.    Uri, however knows another way into Pripyat and he takes the old VW van to the old abandoned check point in the woods.    They make it to the city, tour the city streets and take pictures.  They go into buildings and at one point a brown/ black bear rushes them inside one of the buildings.

Eventually it is time to leave Pripyat and they go back to their  van it will not start.  They check out the engine and they discover, much to their chagrin, that the wires have been CHEWED.  Yes, folks, chewed.  Was it animals? Who knows?  They attempt to call the same military that refused them entry into the exclusion zone for help.  They receive no response.  They have no choice but to spend the night.

They hear some noises and Uri and Chris go out to investigate these noises.  A few gunshots are heard and Paul goes out to find them and brings back Chris whose leg has been mauled pretty badly.  (by dogs?) He is unable to find Uri.  The next day, Paul, Michael, and Amanda go looking for Uri.  Chris and Natalie stay behind.  They follow a trail of blood to find Uri’s mutilated body in an underground reactor complex.  They find a parking lot of cars and look for replacement wires for the van.  They find them but are chased by dogs.  When they get back to the van they find it torn to shreds and overturned.  Natalie’s video camera reveals that she and Chris were taken by the mutants. While searching for the two, the group is chased by more mutants.

During their escape, Natalie is rescued and then captured again by the mutants.  The rest of the group is then swarmed by a group of mutants. While retreating to a fallout shelter, Michael is captured. As they continue, they come upon Chris’ engagement ring for Natalie, with no sign of Chris. They start to climb a ladder and a gang of mutants pull Zoe back down, forcing Amanda and Paul to leave her behind.

Paul and Amanda continue through the fallout shelter, emerging right to the reactor. As they navigate the reactor, their eyes and skin begins to burn.  How is it possible that they are inside the reactor? Chernobyl is 7.5 miles from Pripyat.    Just doesn’t seem feasible, to me.  They find Natalie’s body and manage to make their way out of the reactor but run into the military.  Paul is now blind from the radiation poisoning and attempts to approach the military personnel and is shot dead.

Amanda is taken to a hospital by the military personnel. A few doctors inform her she is in the hospital and that the mutants are actually escaped patients that have been recovered.  The doctors decide that Amanda knows too much and throw her into a cell where she is attacked by mutants (a la Wrong Turn and The Hills Have Eyes)   as the doctor throws the shutter on the door.  Chilling ending to the movie, no?

This movie was filmed in Hungary and Serbia (That’s just creepy in itself. Eastern bloc countries freak me out anyway. )  I did read that it was filmed in old Nazi bunkers in Serbia.  It wasn’t the greatest movie and I thought more could have been done on this premise.  This film tries to capitalize on the popular “found footage” film of today but does not deliver. It seems this theme was abandoned during the filming.

Many people hate this movie.  See the link Friends of Chernobyl below.

This film has prompted me to learn a little more about the history of the Chernobyl Disaster since I was only 15 years old when it happened and did not fully understand what had happened.

LINKS

Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl.

Friends of Chernobyl

Inside Chernobyl (37 minute  documentary film.)

Chernobyl Tours

The Evil Dead, now and then

Yesterday my husband and I went to see Evil Dead (2013) in the theater.  We also watched the original The Evil Dead with Bruce Campbell in the evening.  I hadn’t seen The Evil Dead in 20 years at least.  If you haven’t seen the new one stop reading now…..

This is the first in the evil dead series not directed by Sam Raimi but rather by Frede Alvarez, a director from Uruguay.  It is however co-written with Sam Raimi and Diablo Cody and produced by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell.  While I do not want to tell the tale of both movies here I wanted to touch on some compare and contrast points between the movies.

Cast (2013)

Jane Levy – Mia
Shiloh Fernandez- David
Lou Taylor Pucci- Eric
Jessica Lucas- Olivia
Elizabeth Blackmore- Natalie
Inca – Grandpa the dog.

Cast (1981)

Bruce Campbell- Ashley (Ash) Williams
Ellen Sandweiss- Cheryl Williams
Hal Delrich- Scotty (the token asshole)
Betsy Baker- Linda
Sarah York- Shelly

Setting:  Both The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2013 are set in a creepy broke down isolated cabin in the woods. While the first is in Tennessee, the second cabin is located I believe in Michigan (although filmed probably in New Zealand.) The Cabin from 2013 looks a lot more creepy on the inside than the outside and the 1981 film is the complete opposite, in my opinion.    Frede Alvarez says this about the sequel,

“Now, the way I personally like to see Evil Dead (2013), it’s as a story that takes place 30 years after The Evil Dead ended. The car is there, the cabin is there (a family bought it and did some work on it more than 20 years ago) and the book has found its way back to the cabin… New kids will encounter it and suffer its wrath.”

The Set Up:  Evil Dead 2013 opens with some back story about the Book of the Dead and a young women who is burned at the stake to “give her peace.  That was pretty grim and gruesome as it turns out it is her father who does the burning.

“Evil Dead 2013 spends much more time in character set up.  We get to know these characters beyond what you do the characters in The Evil Dead. It seems that the original cast of characters were college students from Michigan State (and some of them wear Michigan state sweat shirts to illustrate this fact.) The new cast seem a bit older in their 20’s as they are all working and Olivia is a registered nurse (important for the plot.)  Mia, our protagonist, is a heroin addicted young women who is up here with her friends at another attempt at detoxing herself. (with the help of Olivia who somehow has access to all these medications.) She is there with her estranged brother, his girlfriend,  Natalie (the token dumb blonde), their friend (the 70’s called and they want their hair back) Eric  and Olivia the RN.  There is some back story to David and Mia’s story.  Apparently their mother died in a mental hospital. This fact figures strongly into the plot later.  In The Evil Dead (1981), they arrive at the cabin and jump right into the action, not major character development.

The Catalyst:   In Evil Dead (2013) the group finds the Naturom Demonto, or Book of the Dead wrapped in a plastic bag and Barbed wire. This book which is bound in human flesh contains spells and incantations.  Eric opens the book with wire cutters and looks in it.  He takes rubbings from the book and says the incantations that you aren’t supposed to say out loud, unbeknownst to his fellow cabin mates. It is his fault that the events of the movie occur although the rest of them don’t know that until much later in the film.  Who reads something you are clearly told not to??  Obviously, 70’s guy.

The Evil Dead however, they kids find the book and a reel-to-reel tape recorder which they play and it is a professor talking about the Book of the Dead and his experiences in the cabin and he reads the incantations. So it is through no fault of their own that the events unfold as they do.

The Tree Rape: Both The Evil Dead and Evil Dead (2013) have a ‘tree rape’ contained in the story line. During her  detox, Mia saying she cannot stand the smell anymore (of the skinned animals hanging in the basement,) and seeing images of a white yellow eyed girl,  she runs into the woods and is attacked by the possessed tree vines in what can only be described as a rape.  Shortly after Mia becomes possessed herself.

In The Evil Dead, Cheryl hears demon voices and goes into the woods looking for the source of the voices.  She calls to them and ends up getting attacked and raped by the possessed tree vines in the woods. She soon becomes possessed.

The Style:  The Evil Dead was a comedy horror or a “hormedy” of sorts with it’s silly demon possessions and dialogue.  The original was funny and didn’t take itself seriously.   Evil Dead (2013) is serious business.  Nothing funny there.  I watched much of the film slackjawed with disbelief of what I was seeing.  I only laughed once and it was a nervous laugh like a I had just had a scary “jump” moment.

The Gore Factor:  The Evil Dead was a little gory. A few squished eyes, skin cuts, etc.  Nothing too bad.  The stop motion practical effects were okay and you could definitely tell the real from the fake.  Give it a break, this was 80’s stop motion special effects.  Certainly you have seen other low budget 80’s horror films, no?

Evil Dead (2013) was a complete gorefest. Arms were cut off, people were chainsawed in half, people are burned, the sky rains blood and it doesn’t end there.   Holy shit, this was graphic. Not for the squeamish for sure.

The Evil Dead still holds up after all these years as an enjoyable film which spawned two sequels, The Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness.  Evil Dead (2013) was good in it’s own right and a really good ride.   A sequel for Evil Dead (2013) is already in the works.

I can’t wait.

 

 

Trailers

Redband Evil Dead Trailer.

The Evil Dead (1981)

 

Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence

As I have stated before in this blog I am a huge fan of horror.  Some people like to be scared.  I am one of those people. However, I enjoy being scared by a movie as opposed to being physically in danger as on the rollercoaster or things like the Tower of Terror at Disney Hollywood studios.  That type of thing is too much for me.   This entry might insult peoples sensitivities and maybe make you dislike me.  I am not sick. I know this stuff is not real.  No  one is being harmed in the making of these films.  I am not the only one out there. There are thousands of fans of horror films from all walks of life as evidenced by plethora of podcasts, magazines and movies made each year.

After my husband and I watched Human Centipede I made the decision that I would not watch Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence. The second installment of Tom Six’s  Human Centipede series which was born from a joke that a child molester should be sewn to the anus of a big fat trucker.  I thought that the first one was kind of sick.    Well, the other night I broke my vow.  My husband had fallen asleep on the couch and our DVR was recording two things one of which was wrestling (yuck) and the other The Following which I didn’t want to watch without him.  So I turned to good ole Netflix streaming. I searched an searched and searched for something and ultimately decided to watch this film.

This movie is entirely in black and white making what happens in the last 30 minutes of the film a bit more easier to tolerate   The story follows Marin Lomax, a fat, asthmatic, strange, bug eyed,  car park attendant that lives with his suicidal mother.  Martin, we learn shortly, was molested and physically abused by his father who is now in prison to the chagrin of his mother who blames Martin for this fact.  Martin is obsessed with the movie Human Centipede: first Sequence and the movie opens with him watching the final scene of First sequence on his lap top computer in the toll booth of the car park.

The first 50 minutes of the film are basically Martin renting a disgusting warehouse and kidnapping his victims.  He captures his victims in various ways.  One of his victims is Ashlynn Yennie playing herself.  Somehow Martin lures her into coming on the guise of a movie audition.  The last 30-35 minutes of the film is his building of his 12 person centipede a la the first film in this warehouse. Since he is not a doctor he uses duct tape and heavy duty staples to connect his victims.

There are scenes of him knocking out teeth of his victims, rape, masturbation, bludgeoning ,  babicide (although unintentional), shootings, neck slashing, and  people shitting on each other.  Some seriously sick and disturbing stuff.  This film is intentionally controversial and intentionally disgusting. Torture porn in it’s worst incantation.

The first part of the movie really bored me but the second half had me simultaneously riveted and repulsed repeatedly saying “Oooo, that had to hurt.”  It was seriously more disturbing than the first.  I will never watch that movie again.  There really is no need because those images will be forever branded on my brain.  If you like the Hostel series (well the first two anyway) you may enjoy Full Sequence.    To me the HC: First Sequence is more like Hostel in horrible images but HC: Full sequence really goes quite far, almost too far.  I wish I could un-watch it, honestly.  You have been warned.

 

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

I went to see Les Miserables on December 27th, with two good friends and my husband. We chose a Forks and Screen showing so we could have spacious comfortable seats, a quiet audience and good food and drink.

It has been years since I saw this show on stage and had forgotten the full impact of this show until the movie opened with Jean Valjean on the prison ship. I had forgotten how rich the orchestrations were, how grand the lyrics were how sweeping the story was.

At first I was not impressed with the live take singing. I know that Hugh Jackman can sing better than that. Then I thought about it and when you see a show on stage all the voices are pitch perfect and polished not a sour note sung- ever. But in the movie, the singing is live with each take and not overdubbed later and emotions can be better conveyed this way especially when all the emotional takes were in tight close up. Every furrowed brow, every tear, every emotion that is on the actor face. It is priceless to see.

Anne Hathaway was amazing as Fantine, the single mother who sells her own hair after losing her job in the factory, which I read was done live on film as the character has it done. she then becomes a reluctant prostitute to provide for her child, Cossette. Her singing of “I Dreamed a Dream” was amazing, emotional and powerful. She is a very close second to my favorite Fantine, Ruthie Henshal, although Hathaways performance has deeper nuance as compared to Henshal’s stage Fantine.

Eddie Redmayne is amazing as Marius.  He has the look of a young college boy appropriate for Marius, with a powerhouse voice.  Empty Chairs at Empty Tables hasn’t sounded this good since Michael Ball performed it in the West End.

I did think however, that Amanda Seyfreid as Cossette was okay.  Her voice sounded like Minnie mouse or a recording that was played back too fast.  This was especially true in “A Heart Full of Love.”   I realize that this is her voice but I’ve heard to better in Mamma Mia.

The stinker of the group was of course, Russell Crowe as Javert.  Yes, he can carry a tune and stay on pitch but as far as singing technique he doesn’t have it.  My friends and I were hoping he would jump during “Stars.” so we didn’t have to listen to him sing anymore.  I was really surprised to learn from the movie production notes that he had  started his career in musical theater in Australia. That may sound cruel but everyone else in the movie was brilliant.

One very unexpected and very awesome treat in the movie was the appearance of Colm Wilkinson, the original Jean Valjean as the Bishop of Digne the man who sets Jean Valjean on the right path of life after his release to parole by Javert.  He’s still got the chops!

 

I do plan to buy this movie when it comes out on Blu-ray so that I may enjoy it time and time again.