On Second Thought: “Chicago”


Note: This piece was originally written for and posted as part of MovieRob’s March Genre Grandeur, with the theme being favorite prison films as chosen by Jay of Life vs. Film.

Who doesn’t love a good musical? Plenty of people, but then again, they probably don’t like films that make them step outside of their respective repetitive film circles. The only thing you can hope for is that enough time will have passed that they’ll be convinced it’s now okay to give the film a chance. And if they’re lucky, time won’t have done too much damage to a well made film. Continue reading


31 Days of Oscar: “Cabaret”

Classic musicals are really hit or miss. It depends on how far back you go, who’s in it and what the overall story is about. Some can just end up being fun no matter how much time has passed, while others just take on that dated look that makes it hard to do anything other than laugh. Continue reading

20 Years On: “Evita”

The movie musical is a staple. One adaptation after another, with nary an original thought to be had before the next one graces our screens. It’s a wonder filmgoers haven’t revolted by now. Perhaps it’s just the endearing power of both mediums to tell compelling and fun stories. Whatever it is, people will keep turning out when successful and high profile musicals get turned into must see films. Continue reading

Recently: “The Last Five Years”

With as many musical films, be they original or adaptations, being made each year, there’s bound to be a few not so perfect ones. One can’t really prevent it, but it would be nice to know beforehand that a particular film might not actually be worth it, no matter how popular it is on stage (or was), or leading into a theatrical release. Continue reading

Recently: “Jersey Boys”

IMG_0389.JPGThe musical film adaptation is something a lot of people are willing to get behind. It was popular on stage and received acclaim, which carries over for the film version. Seldom does one regret having seen the film as there’s usually some kind of takeaway from the film. Continue reading