Month: January 2013

Les Miserable

Highly anticipated, Tom Hooper’s Les Miserable had a lot to live up to as a musical.  Considering it was based on the classic musical from the 80s (which in turn was based on the classic French novel from Victor Hugo), this should come as no surprise.  The movie featured Hugh Jackman in the lead as Jean Valjean with Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, and Eddie Redmayne as Marius.  And the cast was rounded out by Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as Mr. and Mrs. Thenadier with Samantha Barks as their daughter Eponine and Colm Wilkinson in a cameo as the Priest. 1812 was the year of this film’s beginning with Jean Valjean being given his parole from prison.  This led to him being given a second chance by a priest and eventually becoming mayor of a town.  Over time, he indirectly contributed to a young woman being forced into prostitution.  And to make up for his mistake, as she was dying he promised to take care of her daughter.  This led to him getting involved in the French Revolution, as well as his identity being discovered by Javert (who had been chasing Valjean for nearly 20 years). Of course, since this was a musical the thing that needs to be talked about most is the music.  Having previously seen the...

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark is a film of such fun that it’s incredibly hard to dislike it. There’s a lot of action and humor, and everyone involved seems to be having a good time. You’ll simultaneously laugh and feel scared, which is quite the feat. A film that can get your heartbeat up while also making you clutch your stomach from all the laughing you’re doing is definitely a movie that you’re going to want to watch — probably more than once. The year is 1936. The lead is an archaeologist and professor named Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford). The basic idea: Stop the Nazis from getting a magical box called the Ark of the Covenant. Go nuts. That’s the basic idea of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which has its lead go through action scene after action scene, sometimes with others and sometimes alone, all in order to stop the Nazis from gaining a power that could destroy the world. He’s no ordinary archaeologist, of course, as daring adventures are his forte, but it’s still ridiculous when you think of what he goes through on a daily basis. You’ll be amazed by the sheer amount of places and set pieces that Indiana goes through. There is never a dull moment in the film, which our hero takes in stride. While he doesn’t exactly acknowledge how crazy the few...

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