Sunday, October 31, 2010

West Side Story (QPAC 2010)

The ad proclaims it the Greatest Love Story of All Time and while I have serious doubts about that, West Side Story is one of the most beloved musicals of all time - and rightfully so.
It's dynamic, contemporary, provocative, and just a little bit controversial. It's one of the most iconic musicals - strong and beautiful - and the story is strangely compelling despite its age and period setting. Over fifty years later, through race wars, drug wars, bikie wars, gang wars, this morality tale of warring neighbourhood factions still resonates as strongly today as it did at it's premiere in '57. Sondheim's score is stunning, Bernstein's lyrics catchy-as-hell. And this latest rendition of West Side Story ably conveys all the things that make it great.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

One Perfect Day (2004)

2004 was a big year in movieland. Frodo finally made it to Mount Doom, Harry Potter met with a prisoner of Azkaban, Mel Gibson’s biblical spectacle, The Passion of the Christ, led to protests and picketing, and, in Australia, Somersault had audiences and critics in a spin with a record 13 wins at the AFI Awards.
But one Australian film appeared and as quickly disappeared from the screen with minimal fanfare. That film was One Perfect Day.