Monthly Archives: April 2011

Musicals: Rizzo and Jud in ‘Grease’ and ‘Oklahoma’

A few weeks ago, I wrote about why musicals so rarely have satisfying plots. I wanted to look closer at two iconic musicals, and two characters I’ve always found kind 0f fascinating: Rizzo from Grease and Jud from Oklahoma. Grease … Continue reading

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Rebecca Black: Making Viral Happen

On February 10, 2010, a teenager from Anaheim named Rebecca Black posted a music video called ‘Friday’ to YouTube.  One month later it went ‘viral,’ getting millions of viewers within a matter of days. Today its hit count is at … Continue reading

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Musicals: Rock of Ages

I detested musicals as a child. I remember being dragged to watch Les Miserables and Miss Saigon while on vacation in Toronto, and loathing every moment. I needed action.  There had to be some kind of contest (preferably a fight with … Continue reading

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Movie Review: ‘Source Code’

Why are time loops in movies so darn fun? We’ve seen them a dozen times and filmmakers use the same basic routines to draw us in: repeating minor accidents like spilling coffee or stepping into a puddle until the protagonist … Continue reading

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Best Cartoon Universe Part 4: Sesame Street and Warner Bros.

#2 Warner Bros. vs. #3 Sesame Street Growing up, we never had Sesame Street playing in my house. I think it’s because my parents immigrated to America when I was five, and didn’t understand English well enough to realize that … Continue reading

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Best Cartoon Universe Part 3: Muppets vs. South Park

#2 The Muppets vs. #3 South Park At first blush you would think it would be almost impossible to compare these two. South Park is aimed exclusively at adults who appreciate bad taste—if any seven-year olds happen to come across … Continue reading

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