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17. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Movies

I’d really like to see this …

There is a Kickstarter campaign for it. In case you’re interested.

17. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Movies

I doubt I’ll be able to watch this … I am really horrible at dealing with suspense movies. I usually just go to ruinedendings.com and read about them instead!

03. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Movies

I read about this movie here.

08. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Movies, Opera

… about this:

08. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Movies, Opera

Don’t forget! Tomorrow … Magic Flute. Mozart. Kenneth Branagh.

Okay, so Mozart probably won’t be in the theater, and Branagh (as far as I know) won’t be singing. But I’m not about to miss this one!

And maybe this explains the Queen of the Night ear worm I had on my walk yesterday. Hmm.

Here’s your friendly reminder:

The Magic Flute

Opens 6/9/2013
Coming to: Camera 3 Downtown San Jose

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Cast: Rene Pape, Tom Randle, Lyubov Petrova and Silvia Moi

Synopsis: U.S. Premiere, followed by Q&A via webcast with Director (Sunday only)! Mozart’s classic opera is breathtakingly transformed in Branagh’s spectacular film version set against the backdrop of World War I, with a newly-adapted libretto by Stephen Fry. With musical director James Conlon conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the film showcases opera stars Rene Pape, Tom Randle, Lyubov Petrova and Silvia Moi in a romantic adventure story of humanity and fellowship, weaving drama with comedy in a brilliant marriage of opera and cinema.

Running Time: 134 Minutes

Seen here. It’s showing in places around the US. To see if it’s in your area go here.

03. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Movies, MozartMusicMatters™, Opera

I’ve been waiting for this!

The Magic Flute

Opens 6/9/2013
Coming to: Camera 3 Downtown San Jose

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Cast: Rene Pape, Tom Randle, Lyubov Petrova and Silvia Moi

Synopsis: U.S. Premiere, followed by Q&A via webcast with Director (Sunday only)! Mozart’s classic opera is breathtakingly transformed in Branagh’s spectacular film version set against the backdrop of World War I, with a newly-adapted libretto by Stephen Fry. With musical director James Conlon conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the film showcases opera stars Rene Pape, Tom Randle, Lyubov Petrova and Silvia Moi in a romantic adventure story of humanity and fellowship, weaving drama with comedy in a brilliant marriage of opera and cinema.

Running Time: 134 Minutes

Seen here. It’s showing in places around the US. To see if it’s in your area go here.

04. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Movies, Ramble

Yesterday my sister and I went to see the movie Quartet. I really enjoyed it. I really laughed at times, too. For the right reasons, that is. I won’t fill you in on the plot, and no spoilers from me.

I usually struggle with music movies. They just don’t portray my world in what I think is an accurate way. Sometimes they make me laugh for all the wrong reasons. Sometimes I just get annoyed.

Quartet didn’t bother me in the way most music movies do. Except for one thing.

I noticed that when they are setting up the lights for a show, you hear the sound of the lights being screwed in and it’s right in sync. When a woman is mopping you hear the mopping in time with her movement. But at one point in the film there’s a string group playing and the bowing sure didn’t work with the music we heard. I found it terribly distracting. Surely if they can get that mop sound timed perfectly, along with the bulbs being screwed in, they can watch the bowing and someone could say, “Hey, that’s not right!”

Ah well.

In any case, it was a fun movie, and I was happy to get out with my sister and enjoy it. I so rarely go to movies … maybe one or two a year. I suppose I should get out more often!

02. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Movies, Opera

This is a recorded live performance (September 24, 2011) of Mozart’s opera Idomeneo presented by Opera San Jose and The Packard Humanities Institute in the California Theatre. King Idomeneo returns home to Crete after the Trojan War. Terrified by a violent storm, he vows to Neptune to sacrifice the first person he meets on shore. That person is his son, Idamante, who meanwhile has fallen in love with the captive Trojan pricess Ilia. Idomeneo’s dilemma is how to satisfy Neptune without killing his own son. Idomeneo is set in ancent Crete, and this unique production has sets and costumes based on Minoan art. It also includes Mozart’s ballet msic, which is often omitted. Idomeneo was Moaart’s favorite of all his operas. It was first performed in Munich in 1781.

Where & when, you ask? Here you go: California Theatre, Sunday, March 10 at 7:00PM

I do hope to get to this. Being as it’s in the California Theatre I probably won’t have any playing work, after all!

I read it here.

I struggle with movies about musicians. I see the mistakes and they interfere with my enjoyment. But gee, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken? I just might have to see this one!