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Based on the play, loosely based on the book.
Where are the songs "My Name" and "That's Your Funeral"? Those were some of the best ones in the musical and the movie version left them out. But enough of my complaining. Here we go.
OLIVER TWIST-A young and idealistic orphan who seems to find trouble at every bend. He seems to be a bit naive though. Isn't it obvious that Fagin doesn't run a laundry?
THE ARTFUL DODGER-A charismatic young boy who likes bright clothes. Working for the thief Fagin, he's become the best pickpocket the old man has. Becomes Oliver's mentor.
FAGIN-An elderly criminal who has trained a group of boys to pickpocket for him in exchange for food and shelter. Although he seems caring and sentimental at times, the crook would abandon his crew if the need arose.
NANCY-A prostitute who works at a bar, she's madly in love with the murderer Bill Sykes. Occasionally working with Fagin, she takes a liking to young Oliver.
BILL SYKES-Or Sikes, if you like the book's spelling. He's a murderer with a sadistic streak. Despite all the pain he's caused her, Nancy can't bring herself to leave him.
MR. BUMBLE-The cruel and bumbling beadle of the workhouse where Oliver spends his first nine years. He later marries the Widow Corney solely for her money, and regrets the decision later. He's out to make his life easier and other lives worse at any cost. He even sells Oliver away.
MR. BROWNLOW-A kindly old gentleman who takes Oliver in after the latter is wrongly accused of picking the former's pocket. He later notices the resemblance between his daughter Agnes and young Oliver....hmmmm.....
MR. SOWERBERRY-The morbid and proud of it undertaker that buys Oliver from the workhouse for 5 pounds. He's intimidated by Mrs. Sowerberry, who wears the pants in the family. He has a bigger role in the theatre version than in the movie version.
NOAH CLAYPOLE-The bully undertaker's apprentice who bullies Oliver, finally going too far when he insults the orphan's dead mother. He later joins Fagin's gang.
DR. GRIMWIG-AN old friend of Mr. Brownlow's, he inspects Oliver after the young boy's arrival at Mr. Brownlow's house. He doesn't trust Oliver, and continually promises to eat his own head. He is a very bad doctor.
Up the Down Staircase (1967)
The staff, the students, and what makes them tick.
Note: This is copied word for word out of the script for the play published by the Dramatic Publishing Company.
SYLVIA BARRETT: She is a very sensitive and attractive teacher teaching her first class. She cares deeply about her profession, but has a wonderful sense of the absurd which is one way she clings on to her sanity. She has a resilient enthusiasm, a genuine concern for her students, and ultimately great strength.
PAUL BARRINGER: He is a very handsome English teacher and accordingly much admired. In a sense his refuge is in being an unpublished writer, apparently poised to flee the school the moment his writing is published. His fear of involvement makes him appear insensitive.
BEATRICE SHACHTER: She's a little older than Sylvia and much more experienced. In spite of having "been through the mill," she retains a great zest for both teaching and life. She is a natural "befriender" and can't resist helping Sylvia in every way she can.
J. J. MCHABE: "Administrative Assistant" is his title, but he's the disciplinary force that holds the school together. His manner is strong, sometimes angry, and at times he would be considered a would-be dictator. That would be an unfair judgment however, as he goes about his job with a blazing determination.
JOE FERONE: He's a hostile, handsome young man with a high I.Q. but failing almost every class. He's been hit hard by the world outside, so hard that he protects himself by expecting the worst out of every situation.
Song is good.
The song that Jack and Algy sing is the best (only good) part of the movie. That is, if you're sober and watching this movie. I'm fully convinced that Judi Dench should be shot for doing Bracknell so poorly. Colin Firth, however, was a single bright star among other dead ones.
it's alright.. - SPOILERS.
Kou is an obvious ripoff of Amuro Ray, as they share the same characteristic of being socially awkward but good with machines. Anavel Gato is obviously the better pilot, but why did he kill himself so that Kou, the ripoff idiot, could live? Gato's GPO2A was one of the best Gundams I've seen in recent Gundam series. Cima's death was unnecessary, although I didn't like her.
As for the Uraki-Purpleton romance, it was nice, but unoriginal. The defining moment in the series was when the La Vie En Rose commander was shot and killed. That was tragic.
Kidô senshi Gandamu (1979)
Characters that shape the One Year War
AMURO RAY-A socially awkward teenaged boy that's good with machines. His father designed the Gundam, which Amuro pilots for the Federation once he becomes a member of The White Base. Turns out to be a new kind of human known as a Newtype.
CHAR AZNABLE-The masked and enigmatic piloting ace for the Principality/Duchy of Zeon. Known as The Red Comet, his mobile suits are always custom made with a red color. Also a Newtype, he will become Amuro's rival.
BRIGHT NOA-The highest ranking survivor of the remaining crew of the White Base after it is attacked. A strict person, he simply cares about the people serving under him. He shows a natural aptitude for command.
SODO DEGWIN ZABI-Patriarch of the Zabi family who rules over the Zeon forces.
FRAU BOW-Amuro's neighbor and wannabe girlfriend. She takes over as communications officer for the White Base in the later series.
KAI SHIDEN-A cynical pilot for the White Base. Often viewed as a coward.
HAYATO KOBAYASHI-Amuro's wannabe rival, a short and spunky kid. Pilot for the White Base.
MIRAI YASHIMA-Amateur pilot, she serves in this capacity for the White Base.
SAYLA MASS-First communications officer, then pilot searching for her long lost brother believed to be an ace pilot.
RYU JOSE-A large and gregarious man who serves as piloting instructor for the younger pilots onboard White Base.
LALAH SUNE-A Newtype who is used by the Zeon forces for warfare. She begins a relationship with both Char, her commanding officer, and Amuro, whom she meets by chance.
LXG not for bookworms like me. *SPOILERS*
Before we go on, there are spoilers in this review. A great many. Read along at your own risk.
In LXG, the fragile peace between European nations at the turn of the century are threatened by a villain calling himself the Phantom. When he strikes, nations respond by blaming one another. Desperate, the British government sends for hero-in-exile Allan Quartermain, who has secluded himself to Africa. At first unsuccessful in recruiting Quartermain, the adventurer changes his mind when the Phantom's henchmen ambush and eventually destroy his house.
Taken to Britain, Quartermain meets other members of the League. Namely, Captain Nemo (Neseeruddin Shah), an Invisible Man (Voice of Tony Curran) and the vampire Mina Harker (Peta Wilson). The audience is also introduced to the mysterious M, who has assembled the League (Richard Roxburgh)
Soon they recruit the immortal Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend). We learn that Mina and Dorian may have had a romance in the past. Once again the Phantom's henchmen crash the party after one of the Phantom's guards fire on his own fellow minions. I must say that Stuart Townsend is absolutely captivating in this fight sequence. After all is said and done, the traitorous henchman steps out and introduces himself as American Special Agent Sawyer-Tom Sawyer (Shane West). Although the League is only supposed to consist of 6 people, Sawyer is admitted on Quartermain's say-so.
The League then goes to Paris, where they 'recruit' Edward Hyde/Henry Jekyll (Jason Flemyng).....They more like CAPTURE him. While Hyde is demanding, rude and rather beastly, Jekyll is meek, timid and very shy. He harbors a crush on Mina. Around the same time, the Phantom's master plot is revealed, he wants to blow Venice sky-high! Well, it's off to Venice.
En route, Quartermain gives Sawyer shooting lessons, and we learn more about Quartermain's history. He has buried two wives and a son. In this interlude from action, we see Quartermain and Sawyer develop a father-son relationship. Below deck on Nemo's submarine, the Nautilis, Jekyll discovers on of his elixirs that turns him into Hyde is missing. Since the Invisible Man is a thief by profession, everybody suspects him. Also, nobody has heard from him in a while.
In Venice, a big carnival is going on. It's up to the League to find the bombs hidden by the Phantom before they explode. One bomb explodes, and everything is thrown into confusion. Everybody hops into a car except for Jekyll, who is determined to never let Hyde out again. Eventually, everybody gets out but Sawyer, who shoots a flare before crashing the car. In the end, Venice is saved, but not without damage. Quartermain and and the Phantom face off, and it is revealed that M and the Phantom are one and the same.
Dorian is the first to get back to the ship. He proceeds to shoot Nemo's first mate, Ishmael, which reveals him, and not the Invisible Man as the traitor. Then, Dorian escapes with a sample of invisible skin, vampire blood and a bottle of Jekyll's elixir. The Invisible Man has snuck on board and telegraphs the League the whereabouts of the Phantom's HQ, snowy and cold as heck Mongolia. The Nautilis is attacked, but is saved from sinking by reluctant hero Jekyll/Hyde.
At the Phantom's HQ, the team splits up. Jekyll and Nemo go to free the prisoners and unwilling scientists who are forced to make the Phantom's weapons. Mina goes off to find and kill Dorian Gray. Quartermain and Sawyer are to find and kill the Phantom. While freeing prisoners, Hyde and Nemo come face-to-face with an imitation Hyde, who is bigger, uglier and stronger than the original. I mus comment and say that Nemo's ability with a sword is fully shown here, as he holds the monster at bay while Hyde recovers.
Dorian is preparing to leave when Mina shows up. After some banter, they inflict horrible and normally fatal wounds on each other. Since they're both immortal, this has no effect. Mina eventually pins Dorian to a wall and makes him look at his own portrait. It should be said that Dorian is an immortal because his portrait ages and not him. Once he glances at the portrait, Dorian shrivels away to bones, while his portrait regains its original beauty.
While chasing the Phantom, a man with a flamethrower and an imitation Invisible Man attack Sawyer. The original Invisible Man shows up and kills the impostor, but not before being burned badly. Sawyer takes care of flamethrower man.
Quartermain and the Phantom face off then. Long story short,
Phantom stabs Quartermain and escapes. Sawyer arrives. Quartermain tells Sawyer to use his rifle to shoot the escaping Phantom, who can be seen through the window. After taking his sweet time, Sawyer shoots the bad guy and Quartermain dies.
In Africa, everybody pays their last respects.
The ending left something to be desired. I'm okay with Quartermain's death, but the paying respects was not a good way to end. Townsend and Shah were the stars of the show.
There are a few things I'd like to point out here, although they have already been pointed out somewhere else. This movie will disgust people who expected the characters to act like their book counterparts. The LXG Dorian Gray was nothing like Wilde's Dorian Gray. Here we go. 1. Quartermain, Nemo, Jekyll/Hyde, Gray all died at the end of their books or series
2. At the end of 'Dracula', Mina is human again
3. The Nautilus is not 10 stories tall
4.Nemo didn't have a first mate called Ishmael
5. The canals of Venice are not going to admit something as big as the Nautilus
6. Considering that this takes place in 1899, and 'Tom Sawyer' takes place in mid 1800's, Tom Sawyer would be about 50 when this took place.
7. Cars weren't out in 1899. They were in production in France at the time.
Got Me Out of The Couch.
I have to admit that I didn't have high hopes for Pirates of the Caribbean. Orlando Bloom speaks in a flat monotone voice, I had no idea of who Keira Knightly was, and I hadn't heard a peep out of Johnny Depp or Geoffrey Rush for ages. Besides, wasn't I too old for Disney movies anyway? After the poor special effects job I saw on Ang Lee's `The Hulk', I was wondering how the people at Disney could pull off pirate skeletons. What I expected and what I got were two very different things. Cursed undead pirates led by Captain Barbossa (Rush) kidnap the aristocratic Elizabeth Swann (Knightly) in hopes of removing the curse that turns them into walking skeletons by full moonlight. Her long-time admirer Will Turner (Bloom) sets out to rescue her with the help of wanted pirate Jack Sparrow (Depp). It's a conventional plot with conventional characters, and if I said any more, I'd ruin the whole story. Everybody played his or her roles very stereotypically. The person who single-handedly saved the show was Depp. Of course it looks like he's getting electric shocks to his face, and with all that makeup he might be an exotic dancer in the off-season, but Depp really got involved with his character, and it shows. He's always there to provide some hilarity to an otherwise dry movie. His dueling scenes with Bloom and Rush are easily among the best fighting sequences in the movie. (The rest of the fight scenes were pretty bad) Depp even had a handful of his teeth replaced by gold ones just to look the part. He had to take some out, or risk overacting.
Although he'd reportedly like to be in a movie that doesn't involve swords, Bloom is certainly good with them. It's a long jump from a blonde archer elf to a swashbuckling blacksmith-turned-pirate, but he excels at it. All the sword handling he used as Legolas certainly hasn't gone to waste. However, the big fluffy hat with a feather in it that he used wore in the last few scenes looked terrible on him. Disney took a big risk on this movie. This is the first movie made by Disney to get a rating higher than PG. By getting a PG-13 rating, they risked alienating the moviegoers who thought that this movie would be more kid-friendly. The title was even changed from `Pirates of the Caribbean' to `Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' in hopes that there could be a sequel. This is also the first live-action movie made by Disney in a long time. It's obvious that Disney poured a lot of money into this project, and Disney and viewers certainly got what they paid for. But this movie does have its downsides. Bloom and Knightly couldn't make a less convincing couple if they had been in separate movies. The movie did stretch on just a little bit too long, and it's hard to create life-and-death situations with pirates who just can't die. Too much of the pirates' conduct is governed by a set of rules, which are more like guidelines anyway, as is pointed out several times in the movie. Captain Sparrow spends too much time in jail, and past events are hinted at too much. Despite the length of the movie and all the rest of its shortcomings, Pirates of the Caribbean has revived a genre I thought was long dead and buried. A genre I thought belonged only to yesteryear. That's all I have to say about that.
The Amuro-Char rivalry could not have ended better. I'm not going to say how, but the ending was totally satisfying. I also liked Bright Noa's predicament here. He's always been the flawless starship captain, and now he has to deal with his son Hathaway being underfoot. I'll leave the telling of the plot to somebody else. The ending theme, "Beyond the Time" was what got my attention the most. Wow.
The thing with this movie is that it suffers from Red Shirt Syndrome (RSS). Red Shirt Syndrome is when lots of extra characters are brought into a story and then killed off for no apparent reason other than adding to the tragedy/seriousness of the story. Red Shirt Syndrome is so named because on the original 'Star Trek', a crewmember would accompany Captain Kirk and crew down to the planet...and the red shirt wearing crewmember would be killed for no apparent reason.
Char seems to have gone through quite a bit of change in this movie. Compare this Char to the Char in the original series, and you'll see a difference. In this movie, Char begins to become like his father, Zeon Zum Deikun. He gives speeches and becomes a political figure...a change that started when he was going under the name Quattro Bagina in Zeta Gundam. On the other side, Amuro hasn't changed much. He's lost a bit of his idealism, but he's still the same Amuro. Basically.
I think that Quess and Hathaway would've made a charming couple. That's all I have to say about that.
The Second Series....- SPOILERS
The second series, with Ichiro and the others, is by far better than the original. Especially the end. This is a huge improvement over the first series. They scrapped all the characters except Jiro and the evil doctor (I can't remember the name), sent Jiro on a new adventure, gave him two brothers to fight with and ended it all in a big bloodbath. It's known that the evil doctor died, so did Ichiro and the other brother, but it's an open question as to whether Jiro survived....and that is just fine with me.
It's still not the best, but I think that if we judge this series alone, it would make a top twenty anime list.
Kingdom Hearts (2002)
I did not have high hopes for this movie. I said that it could not be done and please RPG gamers like me, I said that this game would be a stain on the reputation of Squaresoft.
I was wrong.
This game is simply amazing. I loved seeing Aeris again, after she was killed in Final Fantasy 7. Disney characters and Final Fantasy characters compliment each other perfectly. The game plot, characters, animation and humor are perfect. If this entire game is not perfect, I have not a clue what is.
All gamers should play this game. It reignited my love for RPG's.