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Blu-ray Review: ‘Love Never Dies’ Fails to Conjure Power of Original ‘Phantom’

5 June 2012 2:47 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The astonishing financial success of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” is a testament to the enduring power of spectacle. Sure, Charles Hart and Robert Stilgoe’s pedestrian lyrics may have all the charm of plywood, but audiences couldn’t care less with an unstable chandelier dangling over their heads and a wealth of atmospheric scenery filling their field of vision.

What made “Opera” so memorable wasn’t the lyrics or even the love triangle between the beautiful Christine Daaé, the prissy Raoul and the mysterious Phantom. It was Webber’s melodies, particularly the iconic half-tone chords that open the show (which Roger Waters alleges was plagiarized from his song “Echoes”) that truly linger in audience’s memories. “Phantom” may not be a great show, but it certainly makes for a great night of live theatre.

Blu-ray Rating: 1.5/5.0

Webber’s inexplicable sequel, “Love Never Dies,” feels »

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Shall We Play A Game?: Indiewire @ Hulu Inspired by SXSW Interactive

14 March 2012 8:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

SXSW's massive Interactive conference launched this past Friday, showcasing new technology and games on the cutting edge of the digital world. The selections in Indiewire's latest curation of Hulu's Documentaries page are loosely inspired by the increasingly important event, focusing on gaming then and now, as well as considerations of the impact of technology on our lives. With the thousands of options available to today's gamers, sporting inventive concepts and advanced graphics and gameplay, it's hard to imagine simpler times when players spent hours trying to manipulate a small silver ball around obstacles. Brett Sullivan's "Special When Lit" aims to reintroduce the world to the wonders of pinball and remind them that it was one of the most popular and lucrative forms of popular entertainment in the 1950s and 1960s, even outstripping the profits of the Us film industry. Fast forward a couple of decades, and we enter the Golden Age of. »

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