You-review-it Monday

January 19, 2009
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So, did you catch "Love Person" at the Phoenix? "Defiance" at the multiplex? Comic Joel McHale at the Murat? Or did you listen to frequent blog contributer Hope Baugh talkin' Lincoln with Storytelling Arts?

I regretably missed all of that this weekend. But I did finally see "Tropic Thunder" on DVD.

Share your thoughts on the A&E you experienced over the last few days.
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  • I've been on a movie spree the past three weekends. This weekend we saw Revolutionary Road and also The Wrestler. The previous weekends we saw Milk and Slumdog Millionaire. When I saw Milk I thought there's no way Sean Penn wouldn't get an Oscar for this... but now I'm not so sure after seeing The Wrestler. Mickey Rourke is very good in it and it's a really good movie. The way it was filmed makes you feel like you're in his life seeing things just as he sees them and living it with him. I have to say it was quite depressing too.

    Revolutionary Road had really great performances by Kate and Leo. Both were really, really excellent. I also liked the crazy guy, not sure who that actor was. It was a good movie, but The Wrestler stands out more in my mind than Road and I had been more excited about seeing Road. Both were thought provoking movies though that I'm still thinking about days after seeing them. Definately worth the price of a ticket.
  • I've been on a Mahler spree the past seven days, from Nashville, TN to two performances in NYC, and this past weekend I heard the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra play his First Symphony, which was spectacular. All performances were well worth the drive/plane ticket!
  • If you're a McHale fan, see if you can find any copies of his early work on Almost Live - Seattle's version of Saturday Night Live. Every time I see McHale, all I can think of is Green River Dance.
  • Usually I write about other people's work here on Lou's blog, but this past weekend I premiered my own original storytelling piece for adults and teens called Of the People: Stories and Images of Abraham Lincoln at the Indiana History Center.

    The audience was WONDERFUL - very supportive and responsive. And, to my delight, they were creative sources of Lincoln stories themselves. I loved hearing their answers to the question, What do you think of when you think of Abraham Lincoln? during our impromptu story swap at the end.

    This program is part of the Sharing Hoosier History through Stories collaboration between the Indiana Historical Society and Storytelling Arts of Indiana. The collaboration includes grant money to help other organizations who want to host this new Lincoln program in 2009, which is the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. People may call Erin Kelley, Coordinator of Public Programs at the Indiana History Center, for more information. Her number is 317-234-3161.

    Hope Baugh
    www.IndyTheatreHabit.com
  • I went to the Chinese New Year Celebration in Carmel. It was attended by about 1500 people. Part of the celebration included performances of traditional Chinese dance, songs and Tai Ji. There were some really outstanding performances - and all by local folks who generally have a day job. This was a celebration of culture and history and was a marvelous experience.
  • I, too, have been on a cinematic bender lately. While I would heartily recommend several current movies, I believe Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood gave transcendent performances in The Wrestler. I've seen other stellar performances by these actresses but I have never actually seen another Mickey Rourke film. I don't know if he was playing a character that is typical of his acting style. All I can deduce is he either really is this character or he did a tremendous job of crawling into this script and animating the main character into an extraordinarily believable realm.
  • Don't belive reviews that tell you Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino is just an updated Dirty Harry. It's far better than that. Well worth your money to see it in the theater.

    Each interaction with the priest is priceless. The family relationships are so real they'll make you cry and rush out to correct your own mistakes before it's too late.

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