Monthly Archives: August 2015

Remember When I Said I Wanted Hunchback to be a Stage Musical?

Well, it is. I’m still learning about it, but in the meantime, feast your eyes on these glorious clips.

This song, “Made of Stone”, wasn’t in the original Disney film, but it’s awesome, and I think it’s one of my new favorites.

I think this is now on my list of musicals I really, really want to see live.

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Underwhelming and Vaguely Disappointing…

…aka my reaction to the 1984 version of Dune.

I’ve mentioned a few times on my blog that I have wanted to see this movie since it is an adaptation of one of my favorite novels. Now that I’ve actually seen it, I thought it only fair that I share my impressions with you.

It. Was. Terrible.

They changed several of the established facts for how the Dune universe works (how the Guild Agents navigate through space, some of the Bene Gesserit powers), cut major scenes (no dinner party and no duel with Jamis), and added things that didn’t entirely make sense (how could the Guild have known about Paul’s powers before Paul himself did? Why did the sandworms have lightning to herald their arrival? Why did the Atreides have a pug?).

What was left of the plot felt forced and rushed, and we didn’t really have a chance to get to know characters like Stilgar and Chani. Oh, and Paul and Chani didn’t have a son.

The one redeeming point of the movie was the sandworms. They were appropriately awesome although, as I said, there was the weird lightning effect to mark their approach. I’m still not sure what that was for.

So, yeah, I wasn’t pleased with this version. Several years ago, however, I remember seeing a miniseries of Dune that originally aired on the SciFi (I think it’s SyFy now) Channel. Even though it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it, I seem to remember that it was much closer to the book than this was.

This is just example 1,941 of the book being better than the movie.

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That Time I Unknowingly Predicted the Future

I was looking back through some of my season 8 Doctor Who reviews when a particular paragraph from my review for “The Caretaker” grabbed my attention. During my review I hypothesized:

Clara later admits that she loves both Danny and the Doctor (although the Doctor in clearly a different way), and she is not the first companion to do this in recent history. But what will come of this? Rose chose the Doctor; Amy chose Rory. What decision will Clara make? My guess is that if Moffat wanted to shake things up a bit, Clara will choose neither of them. If her departure is imminent, something will happen that will cause her to leave the TARDIS, but she won’t necessarily go off with Danny either because he’s dead or their relationship is toast.

Without realizing it, I had predicted the end of the season 8 finale “Death in Heaven”. If you’ll recall, Clara did leave the TARDIS at the end of that episode, but she didn’t go off with Danny due to his untimely demise and his decision to return the boy he killed in Afghanistan to the land of the living rather than return himself. Granted, she returned for “Last Christmas” and looks to be resuming her full-time companion status in season 9, but still…I got it right. I think that’s the first time I ever correctly predicted the outcome of a season of Doctor Who. I wonder if I can pull it off again for season 9…

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