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Sister date!!! [Aug. 1st, 2008|09:46 am]
Zoethe
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Kris and I went to Mama Mia! last night. We were surprised by the packed house, but this movie definitely has legs. The story may be a little bit thin and a tad bit absurd, but the energy was amazing. The audience actually clapped along and cheered at the end. The only real problem was Pierce Brosnan's singing. Dear gods, they needed to dub in a different voice. The first time he sang, the audience laughed at him. After that, there was groaning every time he opened his mouth. But Meryl Streep was fantastic and obviously having oodles of fun. As was Christine Baranski, who is one of the great character actors out there these days.

Kristi and I literally came out of the theater dancing and singer and so revved up on the musical energy that we were practically bouncing off the walls. We were obviously far from done with having fun, so we walked back to my house and watched Hairspray, which she hadn't seen before. Lo, there was much giggling.

And continued poking fun of Pierce Bronan. Because, damn.
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[User Picture]From: pjhandley
2008-08-01 02:22 pm (UTC)
1st off, Icon Love! The Boondock Saints is one of my fave movies.
2nd, I figured I'd see the movie when it hits dvd, as I very rarely see anything in the theater any more. And the few exceptions to that rule are usually at the IMAX out at Henry Ford.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-01 02:43 pm (UTC)
The scenery is sumptuous, and our local theater is only $4.25 on weeknights, so it was worth it for me to go and see.

And yes, it is a great icon from a terrific movie.
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[User Picture]From: uplinktruck
2008-08-01 02:24 pm (UTC)
Hairspray was actually pretty good. Until I saw the movie, it never crossed my mind that it actually had a socially significant plot. John Travolta was really good in his roll. (No spoilers here...)

Based on your recommendation, I'll seek Mama Mia out.

Hmmm... Do you think the musical is coming back?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-01 02:45 pm (UTC)
I hope so. Since Chicago we have definitely seen more of them. I love musicals quite fiercely, so the more the merrier! See Across the Universe, too, if you haven't.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2008-08-01 04:07 pm (UTC)
My sister and I get together bi-annually to celebrate our birthdays; maybe we'll do Mama Mia this time! We both LOVE musicals and participated in them in high school (my sister had the lead in "The King and I").
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-01 04:57 pm (UTC)
What fun! It's definitely fluffy and bouncy.
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[User Picture]From: bec76
2008-08-01 04:30 pm (UTC)
Kudos to you - Abba makes me shudder. But it sounds like you two had an awesome time, and I'm bit jealous of the relationship you have with your sister. My sister and I are years apart in ages, and on totally opposite ends of the spectrum most of the time. Glad you had a fun night out, though! Speaking of musicals, I'd love it if they adapted Into The Woods as a movie. Also, total icon love.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-01 05:00 pm (UTC)
I've always loved pop music. It's a failing, I know. I make up for it somewhat by loving classical and opera.

Kris and I are very different, but we do find and exploit our points of sameness.

And my henna looks awesome. I have pictures, but my Blackberry and my laptop don't want to talk to each other right now, so I haven't had time to figure out what that is all about. Once I do, I promise to get pictures up.
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[User Picture]From: bec76
2008-08-01 09:08 pm (UTC)
Aw, some pop music is ok! At least, that's what they tell me.

I'm so glad your henna came out well! I'd like to see pictures when your techtoys are talking again. :)
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[User Picture]From: zzzzsleep
2008-08-01 11:44 pm (UTC)
Did you know that they released Into the Woods on DVD?
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[User Picture]From: bec76
2008-08-02 01:02 pm (UTC)
NO! Awesome! I must have it. *hits up Amazon*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-01 05:02 pm (UTC)
I felt bad for him. At times he looked like he was concentrating so hard and completely aware that he was adrift in a Fail Boat.

We were fortunate to be in an audience section where everyone else was dancing in their seats as well. We wanted to get up and start dancing in the aisles, but we chickened out.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2008-08-01 08:26 pm (UTC)
You're proving my point blogwise. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-01 08:54 pm (UTC)
I'm here for ya, ba-bee
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[User Picture]From: miripanda
2008-08-01 09:10 pm (UTC)
What I loved about Pierce Brosnan's ridiculous performance was that he clearly has dreamt all his life about being an American Rock Star and dammit he is going to sing like one. He's having as much fun as Meryl, I think, but the end product isn't as good. I love how much acting substance Streep gave to all her scenes, but then as soon as the music came up it was like "I'M IN A MUSICAAAAAAL".... The worst was "Winner Takes it All," I think..

That said I freaking adored every ridiculous second, especially when all the women of the island drop everything to go dance on the pier.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-02 04:45 pm (UTC)
I loved the women all dancing on the pier, And I eve liked "The Winner Takes it All."

But Pierce looked pained to me. Apparently in an interview he conceded that when he was practicing his kids would holler for him to stop.
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2008-08-02 01:55 am (UTC)
We enjoyed it lots. You should seek out the actual ABBA movie, although I don't know if it's on DVD or VHS, it IS scrumptious.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-02 04:48 pm (UTC)
Apparently it is available on DVD. I will have to look for it!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-02 04:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, and thanks for the invite that evening. I couldn't accept because I'd promised my sister I would go with her and was over at Chez Meyer helping deal with a fussy baby who'd was unhappy about her vaccinations. By the time I picked up the message, it was too late to call. But I appreciate that you thought of me!
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2008-08-02 05:02 pm (UTC)
Not a problem at all. If you do find the ABBA movie, xhollydayx will probably want to watch it with you. As for me, once was enough - but I saw it in an actual movie theater :-)
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[User Picture]From: twoofdtm
2008-08-02 03:30 am (UTC)
Incidentally, I just saw this yesterday too, and I'm totally in love. I wrote some of the best girls I know and told them we needed to make a night of it.

I'd have loved to have been there with you. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-02 04:51 pm (UTC)
It was tremendous fun.
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[User Picture]From: tlknfrgs
2008-08-02 03:26 pm (UTC)
my friends and I decided that he sang with a look like he was constipated

"I'm singing about gut wrenching love! Or is that a turd?"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-02 04:52 pm (UTC)
Lovely mental postcard - but appallingly accurate!
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[User Picture]From: irishgalinabq
2008-08-05 11:58 am (UTC)
Ok, just back from "Mamma Mia". I was excited for it as I am the worlds biggest musical fan! However, I was a bit disappointed as in the theatre we saw it in, although the surround sound seemed fine for all other aspects, it seemed that the music was quiet even though the singing was loud. Was it like that when you saw it or was it a theatre defect?

OMG, Pierce...why???

Meryl Streep-you rock!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-05 03:00 pm (UTC)
I didn't notice that problem at all - sounds like a theater sound system balancing problem.

I hope that we continue to see musicals - it's just wonderful to have them back again!
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