Feb. 23rd, 2014

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I saw him play in Chapel Hill in the late 1990s and he played this live, including standing up and playing a giant acoustic upright bass just for that bit, then back to the turntables and samplers. I can't tell you he did it at midnight, but it was perfect.
badger: (badgerman)
After seeing the news the last few weeks from Kiev and Caracas, it was a little odd seeing Les Miserables at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium last night. Standout performances for us were Chuck Wagner as Javert and English Bernhardt as Eponine. I've seen Wagner as the lead in Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde and hope to see more performances by Bernhardt, who is a senior at a local high school.
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* The Returned: Zombieism as a metaphor for AIDS: not curable but controllable with medication, which is running short. Nicely done, solidly written and paced.

* Big Bad Wolves: A horror movie in the way Reservoir Dogs is a horror movie. I liked it, M didn't very much.

* Grand Piano: Elijah Wood as a piano virtuoso who's been in retirement for five years with crippling stage fright whose return to the stage is met with a note in the score that if he plays one wrong note he dies. Like Big Bad Wolves, not a bit of supernatural. Grand Piano is essentially a very good early Brian De Palma thriller. Strongly recommended.

* They're Coming to Get You, Barbra! - US comedic short films.
Killer Kart - "I look at him and I see a lot of years - not all of them good." I think of it as Avram Davidson's "Or All The Seas With Oysters" done as a horror film.
The Root of the Problem - Dentist.
Songs in the Key of Death - Zombies have perfect pitch, so a piano tuner uses them in a morning tv show local business feature.
Call Me Crazy - Pretty good.
Rope-A Dope - Wordless Groundhog Day bit filmed by stunt men. Really nicely done.
Out of One’s Misery - Filmed in West Jefferson NC.
Christmas Carvings - Filmed locally at the Myers House in Hillsborough.
M is for Mime - Almost as short as the next and last. Very well done.
Welcome to Dignity Pastures - Very short, one-liner of a flash film. Funny because it doesn't drag itself out.

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