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Review-Love is Strange

“Love is Strange” is a new movie starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina about a gay couple, George and Ben, who are forced to live apart after they get married and George (Molina) loses his job with the Catholic Church. It’s not a feel good movie.

This is one of those movies that is almost too real. I found the trailer to be a misrepresentation of what the movie is about, as it makes it seem almost lighthearted and more cheerful than it is. There are no attempts to add levity to make the subject matter more palatable. I got the feeling I was watching their lives, not a Hollywood version of reality. And it was painful to see. The basic storyline is that George and Ben have been together as a couple for 38 years, and finally decide to get married. They had no idea that the Catholic Church would object, as George had been open about living with Ben. George was fired just after the wedding, forcing them to move out of the apartment they had lived in for many years, and live with relatives. It’s a story about adjusting to living apart, feeling like an imposition and not being wanted in their new homes, and the sadness of having their lives decimated by discrimination. They had lived a joyous life together, and it was ripped apart after what should have been a joyous celebration of a lifetime together.

This is definitely a movie worth seeing. But bring the tissues.

Portland-Rocky Horror Show is a Delight

IMG_0028Let’s begin with the disclaimer-and it’s a shocker! I have never seen the movie, Rocky Horror Picture Show and before last night, had no idea what it was about. I know. I should immediately surrender my gay card. AND my Portlandite card. I have been intrigued by it, but honestly have always been a little nervous about seeing it due to all the stories I’ve heard about it. Audience participation seems like a great idea-but also a bit intimidating. Let me say upfront that the play version by Live On Stage was not at all as I imagined the movie viewings would be.  Yes, there was some audience participation, but nothing was thrown at me or at anyone, and I left the theater unscathed. Admittedly, I was somewhat disappointed that there wasn’t more audience participation, but this was likely due to the requests in the playbill to not do things to disrupt the show. This is a big difference between the movie and a live performance, since the movie would not be affected if someone threw something at the screen.

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Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

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I know this review comes a little late as Guardians of the Galaxy has been out for several weeks now, but you know how life goes, and I’ve only just seen it.

When I first saw the trailer, I thought this was going to be cheap attempt at using another Marvel comic for (strictly) commercial gain. But after repeatedly hearing about how great the movie was I had to check it out. I set my worries aside and jumped in, and holy hell am I glad I did!

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: A great sequel!

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This is one of those rare cases, where the sequel is just as good, if not better than the original film. I loved The Amazing Spiderman 2. I thought it kept with the girtty superhero theme nicely while keeping Spider-Man’s (Andrew Garfield) character personality intact. Spider-Man is supposed to be this funny, punny, witty superhero, and he’s got that in spades.

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300: Rise of an Empire – Review

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During my St Paddy’s Day celebration over the weekend, I saw 300: Rise of an Empire over the weekend.  I must admit, after the original 300 came out, I immediately went out and bought several books on the Battle of Thermopylae and Sparta in general.  Then of course I promptly skimmed through them and never looked at them again, such is the life of an impulse-book buy.

Having seen and enjoyed 300 many times, I was happy to see the storyline continued, however while I enjoyed watching 300: Rise of an Empire there were several things that greatly lessened the experience for me.

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