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Joe and I saw the stage musical of Rocky Horror Show at Turtle Lane in 2011, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie off our DVR in 2012. So of course we had to watch Fox's remake, which aired last night. I liked the 'movie within the movie theater' setting so the audience could participate with newspapers over their heads and throwing toilet paper. Laverne Cox made a great Frank-N-Furter. It was a little strange to see Dorian Gray as Riff Raff. Somehow I managed to watch all of Penny Dreadful without realizing that Reeve Carney is American, let alone that he originated Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.

And I still like Time Warp the best.
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Parkway Concert Orchestra begins its 72nd season with 'A Percussion Fiesta!' on Sunday, November 6 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 100 Winter Street, Norwood. Music Director Geneviève Leclair conducts the 50 piece non-profit orchestra in Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Star Trek Into Darkness Suite, and The Moldau (Vltava) by Smetana. The program will feature Dan Bauch, Assistant Timpanist, Boston Symphony Orchestra, in Milhaud’s Concerto for percussion and small orchestra.

The program is supported in part by a grant from the Norwood Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Donation is $15; $10 for seniors and students; and free for children under 12 years old. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit the orchestra's web site at www.ParkwayConcertOrchestra.org.

Hope to see you there!
16th-Oct-2016 06:59 pm - Storks (2016)
Last weekend we took Alex and Jake to see Storks. My favorite scene was the silent battle with the penguins so as not to wake the baby.

Jake's takeaway was 'there were so many babies.'
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I finished reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs, in the nick of time last night (well, early this morning) before we saw the movie this morning. I enjoyed both the book and the movie, and didn't mind the differences.

The vintage photographs described and shown in the book are kind of fun. The cast of the movie was great, especially Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, and Judi Dench. Totally didn't recognize Rupert Everett.

The image of the bomb slowing down and stopping over the house before the Reset was beautiful.
14th-Oct-2016 11:13 pm - How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
We watched How to Train Your Dragon 2 off the DVR tonight. I didn't like it as much as How to Train Your Dragon, but then we saw that one in IMAX 3D. And the flying was definitely enhanced by the IMAX and 3D. My favorite part might have been the sheep, though.

After the movie and before the credits, suddenly a short began: Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury (2011). Everybody looked much younger. Eventually we figured it out.
25th-Sep-2016 10:31 pm - Kinky Boots (2005)
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I've been looking for the movie version of Kinky Boots since we saw the stage musical at the Opera House last year. It finally showed up on cable and we watched it off the DVR tonight.

The basic plot was quite close to the musical--and there was a lot more music in the movie than I'd been expecting. Chiwetel Ejiofor was amazing as Lola.
25th-Sep-2016 10:22 pm - Stranger Things, season 1
We just finished the first season of Stranger Things. It was very well done, if somewhat gross at times. The cast was great, especially Winona Ryder as Joyce, David Harbour as Hopper and Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven.

Favorite image was Winona Ryder crouched in an alcove, talking to the ball of lights, in Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly.
25th-Sep-2016 04:25 pm - Company
Joe and I saw Lyric Stage's Company yesterday, and it was amazing. It's been at least 30 years since we've seen a production of Company, and possibly 35 or more. The modular set worked well, and the cast was excellent.

So many wonderful songs! Favorites include: 'You Could Drive a Person Crazy', 'Getting Married Today' (sung extremely well by Erica Spyres), 'Another 100 People', and 'Ladies Who Lunch'.
24th-Sep-2016 11:17 pm - Doc Martin, series 2
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We watched the last episode of series 2 of Doc Martin tonight. We didn't realize it was a double episode---it turned out to the the entire production in 2006 (because of cast scheduling)---and it was rather fraught. It was just three weeks since we finished series 1, though of course series 2 was just nine episodes.

The scenery and village characters are fun to watch. And they get some great guest stars:
Old Dogs (#1): Margaret Tyzack
The Family Way (#6): Claire Bloom
On the Edge (#9): Chris O'Dowd
18th-Sep-2016 10:49 pm - Sunday in the Park with George
We saw Sunday in the Park with George at the Huntington this afternoon, and it was wonderful.The cast, costumes, set and orchestra (complete with harp!) were all excellent. Much better than Vokes' production a few years ago, which was itself pretty good.

I especially liked Jenni Barber as Dot/Marie.
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