Tuesday March 19, 2013
I will have nothing here that will spoil the surprise of the movie I know I hate that when it happens to me.
After some return to the Shire with Frodo and Bilbo as we last saw him at the Shire an older man, we travel back to when Gandalf first comes calling upon Bilbo and for him to join the dwarfs on their quest to get Thorin's city back.
The film starts off on the adventure where we meet strange & wonderful people and trolls goblins & Gollum.
|Ragadast The Brown starts to worry that something is wrong in the forest|
|Trolls getting their fire ready for the groups 2 horses.|
|The Great Goblin looks to take care of the Dwarves all on his own|
|Gollum waits for Bilbo to finish his riddle.|
There are of course the familiars that are from the other chapters of Tolkien's fantastic storytelling.
|Saruman greets Gandalf at Rivendale.|
|Elrond The Elf King checks the map for Gandalf, Bilbo & Thorin.|
|Galadirel speaks to Gandalf|
Then September this year brought up more anticipation for the film in the 2nd trailer(below)
This is where it get's really wild is that my two boys and I were wanting to go to opening night. In the mail, & by courier for the past couple of weeks I had been receiving DVD's in the mail with "For Your Consideration" on them well that day I had already received 3 dvd's. The boys and I were watching "Rise of the Guardians" when the courier showed up with this film. Wow to say I was surprised, happy and squeling like a little child is correct. I know this all has to do with my writing for "Cinema Editor" magazine and once again I thank Walter for this honor of receiving these dvds. They say with a letter that I am asked to consider their film in all catagories and that I keep it until the Awards season is over, Feb, 2013.
So without any doubt this is the best film I have seen this year.
Friday 'arch 22, 2013
This was a film that I had no real desire to see myself, however I had received it amongst all the other DVD's in the mail for me to watch, I watched it this evening and enjoyed it quite alot.
Les Miserables, 1980 Paris, 1985 London, 1987 Broadway, Claude-Michel Schönberg, lb Alain Boublil (English lyrics by Herbert Kretzman) (>11,200 in London (the longest-running West End musical in history); 6,680 on Broadway) (1987 Tony Award winner; nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won eight)
This is a fantastic production with a group of people who have a varied range of vocal sounds that work well together.
I have not seen any of the stage productions or any of the previous versions of this film, so I will review it on it's own merits alone.
Having seen many, many films in my life I enjoyed this and this was a very well done production I would like to take a moment and acknowledge the people behind the music etc as this is a musical after all and I think the Academy and everyone else kind of misses the boat when these people are not noticed for their work.
Below is from IMDB
(Internet Movie Database)
|Jonathan Allen||....||music mixer|
|Jonathan Allen||....||music recordist|
|Chris Barrett||....||assistant engineer|
|Christoph Bauschinger||....||music editor and programmer|
|James Bellamy||....||music editor|
|Becky Bentham||....||music supervisor|
|Alain Boublil||....||original French text|
|Stephen Brooker||....||additional stage orchestrations|
|Stephen Brooker||....||musical director|
|John Caird||....||music adapted by|
|John Cameron||....||original stage orchestrations|
|Liz Caplan||....||vocal coach|
|Fiona Cruickshank||....||assistant engineer|
|Dave Daniels||....||musician: cello|
|Roger Davison||....||on set pianist|
|Roberta Duchak||....||vocal coach|
|Anne Dudley||....||additional music|
|Anne Dudley||....||music producer|
|Anne Dudley||....||musician: piano|
|Michael England||....||crowd chorus preparation|
|James Fenton||....||additional material|
|Olga FitzRoy||....||assistant engineer|
|Catherine Grieves||....||assistant music supervisor: HotHouse Music|
|Isobel Griffiths||....||orchestra contractor|
|Mary Hammond||....||vocal coach|
|Dave Hartley||....||band: Master of the House|
|David William Hearn||....||music editor and programmer (as David Hearn)|
|Nick Hill||....||assistant programmer|
|Robert Houston||....||music editor (as Rob Houston)|
|Chris Jahnke||....||new stage orchestrations|
|Rael Jones||....||additional orchestrator|
|Rael Jones||....||music editor|
|Skaila Kanga||....||musician: harp|
|Linda Kerns||....||vocal coach|
|Herbert Kretzmer||....||lyrics by|
|Joan Lader||....||vocal coach|
|Adam Langston||....||end titles arranger|
|Ollie Lewis||....||band: Master of the House|
|Gerard McCann||....||supervising music editor|
|Stephen Metcalfe||....||additional stage orchestrations|
|Mary Meyland||....||vocal coach|
|Jean-Marc Natel||....||original French text|
|Trevor Nunn||....||music adapted by|
|Sam Okell||....||additional engineer|
|Paul Pritchard||....||assistant engineer|
|Simon Rhodes||....||additional engineer|
|Matt Robertson||....||music editor and programmer|
|Claude-Michel Schönberg||....||music by|
|Claude-Michel Schönberg||....||music producer|
|Liam Steel||....||musical staging|
|Neil Stemp||....||music editor and programmer|
|Marcus Tilt||....||band: Master of the House|
|Claire Underwood||....||vocal coach|
|Lucy Whalley||....||assistant contractor|
|Jennifer Whyte||....||on set pianist|
|Rolf Wilson||....||orchestra leader|
|Dave Foster||....||music preparation (uncredited)|
|Toby Hulbert||....||score mix assistant engineer (uncredited)|
|Charlotte Matthews||....||assistant orchestra contractor (uncredited)|
Overall I do not go out of my way to see musicals but knowing it was out tomorrow my curiosity got the better of me and I am so glad that it did.
Here is a special look "Behind The Scenes"
that lets you look in at the process at the first
musical ever where all the vocals were recorded
live on the set, the actors sang their roles on film!