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Nine’s Unusual Way

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So, I’m just going to say from the beginning that I’m not familiar with the musical Nine. I know that it has been on Broadway recently with Antonio Banderas, Laura Benanti, and others leading the charge. I know that a movie version has been released with Daniel Day Lewis as the main male lead and Nicole Kidman, Fergie, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, and others as the women who surround him. Honestly, that’s about all I know… I haven’t done my research on this one yet… I will be doing research in the next little while to rectify this hole in my knowledge, but I thought it important to share a beautiful song from the show with you all.

The song is called “Unusual Way” and has been performed by various of the Broadway elite due to its significant lyrical and musical themes of love, longing, and loss… Moreover, its haunting melody sticks with you as the simple but clear lyrics illustrate what it “means to be me looking at you,” as the song itself says. The version I am leaving you with is performed by Laura Benanti (an actress that I knew more for her comedic role in Women on the Verge) and Antonio Banderas. Early on, Benanti’s character professes what it’s like to be the person in a relationship where they appear to be codependency of sorts on another who does not necessarily need them. Her voice is both beautiful and haunting (I know I’ve already used this word earlier… don’t shoot me over it), and when Banderas joins her, his harmony solidifies the emotion of the piece as their voices blend perfectly… So I leave you with “Unusual Way.” I hope you enjoy.

Written by uncannynerdyguy

February 1, 2012 at 2:07 am

Interview with the Vampire: The Movie

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As you can probably tell from my blog, Anne Rice is one of my favorite authors, and her vampire chronicles are some of my favorite books (due to the vampire connection…also great characters and good plots…but yeah…). Anyway, recently I rewatched the movie from 1994. . .I have to say that it is a well done vampire film that deserves to rank among the top vampire films of all time. Why you may ask? Well, give me some time, and I’ll explain it to you.

1) Anne Rice wrote the screenplay. Whereas most book to film adaptations suck, Anne Rice effectively transfers the heart, soul, and life-blood of her narrative into the movie. It is one of the few adaptations that I have watched and felt pleased after the fact. I think this is due to the active participation of the author in creating the written dialogue.

2) The actors are amazing. I don’t know that any vampire movie that I have ever watched has the all-star cast of this one. With Tom Cruise as Lestat, Brad Pitt as Louis, and Kirsten Dunst as Claudia, the main characters are acted superbly. Brad Pitt captures the innocence and conflict of Louis. Cruise plays the charismatic and manipulative Lestat with wonderful effect. Finally, Dunst as Claudia is the cherry on top of the creepy sundae. With Stephen Rea (Santiago), Christen Slater (the Interviewer), and Antonio Banderas (Armand) rounding out the cast, the story comes alive in a way that only Neil Jordan (the director) and Anne Rice could have dreamed.

 

3) The human qualities of Anne Rice’s vampires have always intrigued me. Her vampires are not really supernatural creatures. Rather, they are just flawed human beings that end up being cursed (or blessed) to live for a long time. This longevity amplifies their human characteristics and makes them more vulnerable and more apt to fall. They exemplify our worst fears of what we might become…or what we might be…they are the mirror of ourselves…

While this movie may never be regarded as high brow, I will continue to love it. It is one of those movies that I can watch over and over again and fins something new each time I watch. Will I see Lestat in the “Theatre des Vampires?” Will Claudia be less of a little demon child?…I search for such questions each time knowing what will happen…but maybe I will watch the film a little differently each time…If you’re looking for a good vampire movie (and for God sakes nothing like Twilight or any of those movies), I would suggest that you go out and find this one.

For more info on the movie check out this IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110148/