Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Scar For A Scar- Simple Yet Perfect

This weekend, I bought ticket to a limited run of Lemieux and Pilon’s La Belle et la Bete at  BAM.

It ran only three performances, but if this production comes to a theater near you, I highly reccomend it.

There have been numerous adaptations of Beauty and The Beast over the years, most famously, the Disney movie from the early 90’s.

But none as simple and powerful at this adaptation.

Stripped down to a 90 minute three act play with only three characters on a nearly empty stage, the special effects assist the story and the actors without overwhelming them.

The thing that makes this adaptation so memorable is that a single line in the play is all you need to know about the lead characters “A scar for a scar”.

Stripped of the 16th century trappings of the original story and the Disneyfied singing and dancing household objects, Beauty and Beast is a very simple, beautiful and timeless tale. It is the tale of two people, who have been knocked down by life, who feel like outsiders, who each bear scars from their pasts. Through their interactions with each other, they begin to heal, accept themselves and find the internal peace they have been searching for.

I wish it had a longer run, but I am glad I had a chance to see it this weekend. I would most certainly see it again if it came to my area.

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Evening

*-These characters belong to Disney and the creators/producers of OUAT. I am simply a humble fan temporarily borrowing them.

 *Takes place sometime in season 3

*Rated M for slightly mature content.

   Evening

“Belle?” Rumple called out from the front hallway.

 “Upstairs” she called back.

Entering their bedroom, he found her sitting up in bed, reading.

“How was dinner?”.

“Good” After returning from Neverland, Rumplestilskin had a renewed energy and a desire to maintain a relationship with his son and grandson. That resulted in a monthly boy’s night out dinner with Neal and Henry. That dinner was scheduled for tonight.

“How was the library?”.

“Good” Once a week, Belle closed up at 8 instead of 6:30. Tonight was that night.

“Did you miss me?” Rumple uncrossed her legs as Belle put the book on the night stand.

“Of course I did” she wrapped her legs around his waist as he crawled on top of her and began to undo the top buttons of her shirt.

“What is that delicious smell?” he murmured, burying himself into her cleavage.

“The library”.

“Perhaps I should visit the library more often”.

“You can visit anytime you want”.

She captured his lips with her own and the rest of the world was forgotten.

The next morning, Rumple woke up a very happy man, wearing a smile. Belle slept beside him, wearing the same smile. Perhaps they should have more evenings together.

 

 

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Thor: A Dark World Sequel- Just As Good The Second Time Around

There are some movies where one movie is more than enough, making a sequel is a waste of time for the film makers and the audience.  Thor: The Dark World, is not one of those movies.

The movie starts 2 years after the previous movie. Thor (Chris Helmsworth) has been fighting to bring peace to the nine realms. When Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is pulled into the conflict between Asgard and The Dark Elves, led by Malekeith (Christopher Eccleston), Thor must choose between his destiny and the woman he loves.  In his desperation, he must turn to Loki (Tom Hiddleston) for help.

Despite what some reviewers have said, this movie is so good. Its just about 2 hours long, but it doesn’t feel 2 hours long.   While Thor is the title character, Hiddleston is dynamic and unpredictable as Loki.

My only complaint is that the Jane Foster is, except for a few scenes, relegated to the traditional love interest/damsel in distress. The only scenes with strong female characters are not as numerous as I would like.  But overall, this movie is excellent and highly recommended.

And don’t leave right after the credits. There is some fun stuff afterwards.

 

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