Javert and Valjean at Prayer

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The two things I found most frustrating about the Les Mis movie were the camerawork and Russell Crowe's performance as Javert.  And they both came together to annoy me during "Stars."  Crowe is sad-eyed instead of steely from his first appearance and, for this number, director Tom Hooper places him on a ledge.  This seems to be done simply so that Hooper can set up some parallelism in his cimematography; the shots of Javert walking right along the edge of the roof in "Stars" are echoed when he pa … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (12/28/12)

--- 1 --- Tristyn Bloom of First Things was desperately asking people on twitter and facebook if they'd seen a funny sketch about music theory that was in French.  I confess, I didn't understand her urgency until she finally turned it up and I got to see it:--- 2 --- No big review of Les Mis forthcoming, btw.  I really enjoyed it, and my complaints are pretty much those of all the reviewers (the cinematography is a bit distracting and Javert isn't tough enough).  However, you will get one … [Read more...]

Give Me (and Javert) a Firm Place to Stand

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While googling to nail down some of Javert's lyrics, I ended up on his IMDB quotes page, which draws on film adaptations of the book going back to 1935.  And, looking over these selections, it's clear a number of productions have seen Javert as some kind of atheist, possibly of an existentialist stripe.  One movie has him saying, "There is no God. There is only the law. Good and evil do not exist outside the law."But the Javert of the book and the musical isn't a heathen; he's a heretic.   … [Read more...]

Up for a Quest?

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Scott/Yvain has previously written a truly delightful Dungeons and Discourses game (inspired by these two Dresden Codak comics). Here's an excerpt (which doesn't even include any of the musical numbers or the ingenious solution to Nagel's question: What is it like to be a bat?) In his roundabout way, he identifies himself as Heraclitus, the Fire Mage, one of the four great Elemental Mages of Platonia. Many years ago, he crossed into Origin on some errand, only to be ambushed by his arch-enemy, … [Read more...]

Javert: No Quarter Asked or Given

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I first saw Les Miserables when I was in middle school, I think, and I was on the edge of my seat from the opening number.  But the moment that transfixed me was Javert's joyous "Stars."  I was in love.There was nothing I wanted so much as to be like that man, ramrod-straight, inviolate, and wholly consecrated to duty.  In fact, when informed of my conversion, one friend, initially puzzled, said, "Well, I guess you've always been a bit of an absolutist."  But my Javertian tendencies are a … [Read more...]

“The Time is Now! The Day is Here!”

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Things I have attended at midnight this year: The Hunger Games, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit, and Mass (the first time I've ever attended Mass at Christmas, in fact).  But, today, one family tradition is unchanged by my conversion.  If it's Christmas, it's time for Chinese food and a movie.  And I hope I don't have to tell any of you which movie it's going to be.A few weeks ago, I was feeling a little crestfallen that I didn't have any friends who were likely to invite me t … [Read more...]

Some Christmas Eve Day Reading

I felt that the struggles of my character, Mary, needed to be emphasized. The audience really needed to understand that she was suffering. I constructed my costume accordingly.By the time I was done reinventing her, Mary carried a cane, walked with an exaggerated limp and was completely covered in BandAids.

First of all, I feel terrible that I left Hyperbole and a Half's story of her attempt to stage a nativity play at the age of six ("The Year Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas") off of my Christmas traditions list.  Hie thee hence and read this wonderful story/comic.  Here's how she handles her own Mary costume:Ok, now that you're back, and have had a few deep breaths to stop laughing quite so hard... Yesterday, at Mass, the priest's homily was mostly focused on trying to encourage parishoners t … [Read more...]


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