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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
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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
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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
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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.
11th-Sep-2016 08:39 pm - Alias Jesse James (1959)
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We watched Alias Jesse James tonight, It was very silly and non-PC. But it was fun to see Bob Hope as an insurance agent. The cameos in the gunfight (including Bing Crosby and Gary Cooper) were funny.
10th-Sep-2016 04:13 pm - Limitless, season 1
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Joe and I finished watching the first (and evidently only) season of Limitless last night. I'm sorry it didn't get renewed; it was a lot of fun to watch. I liked it more than the movie, maybe because it had more humor.

My favorite parts were Brian's constructs to analyze cases, and Brian's conversations with his smarter self.

Other highlights:
Probably #2 or #3: the soundtrack Brian added to liven up boring cam footage
When Pirates Pirate Pirates (#8): Greg Germann as ADIC Grady Johnson
Sands, Agent of Morra (#16): comics and great movie scores
Finale: Part One! (#21): Rebecca's line about Brian's construct being crafty and strangely functional; Legion of Whom's meeting in a volcano, wearing super villain costumes; Taylor Swift, conqueror of the world
8th-Sep-2016 11:34 pm - Parks and Recreation, season 1
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We finished the first season of Parks and Recreation in record time, though of course it was (a) a 6-episode season of (b) 20 minute episodes. Still, quick for us.

This show seems to have been a stepping stone for Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, and Aziz Ansari. So much fun to see Rashida Jones as Ann. Favorite characters to watch: Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Andy (Chris Pratt)

In Rock Show (#6), I liked that Chris Pratt did his own singing and guitar playing, and wrote the song 'Ann.'
5th-Sep-2016 11:01 pm - Roadies, season 1
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Joe stopped watching Roadies after a couple episodes but I finished the season. I liked the music, and the little bits about what roadies actually do. In fact, I would have liked more about what roadies do. And of course it would be nice if Shpilkes had some roadies.

My favorite character was Rafe Spall as Reg, though I also thought Luke Wilson was very good as Bill.
5th-Sep-2016 02:36 pm - Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
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We saw Kubo and the Two Strings in Framingham this morning. The visuals were absolutely beautiful, and the magical origami was fun. I especially liked Kubo's banjo music while he told stories.
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