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November 7th, 2017 by Aiyonna White

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June 2nd, 2017 by Cherry

It’s hard to believe that The Book of Mormon burst on to the stage in 2011 from the team behind South Park! It still feels wickedly fresh and raunchy at the Pantages Theatre until July 9, 2017.

 

I found the show to be a light hearted skewering of the mystical ‘mambo jumbo’ of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, youthful fervor and Africa. Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s musical has catch tunes, pushes the boundries of good taste and is very thought provoking look at religion.

The Book of Mormon is a coming of age story of two young and extrememely cute Mormons on their first mission to spread the word of the Mormon’s version of the lord to Africa. Elder Price and Elder Cunningham (Gabe Gibbs & Conner Pierson) are opposites of the same coin of religious fervor. One is the embodiment of what is expected ‘smart, handsome, dedicated’ of a Mormon missionary and the other is well Elder Cunningham is the opposite! He’s bumbling, nerd goofball, a square peg in a round hole, chunky and desperate to feel respected and liked. The two are paired off and while Elder Price wants to go back to Orlando ‘God’s Heaven on Earth’ they are instead sent to Uganda . Elder Price feels as if God has forsaken him first stuck with rolly polly and now AFRICA!

The show is a journey of the two elders finding God through mysteries ways but also meeting Mafala (Sterling Jarvis), Nabulungi (Leanne Robinson), Doctor (Johnny Brantley III) and the General (Oge Agulué) who are not the ignorant savages hungering for the words of the Mormon God as they would believe.

Co-Creator Robert Lopez, Parker and Stone have made a funny show that is has a Broadway show going Southpark and I liked it! All of the ball jokes, sexual innuendo, toe topping songs ‘But Mostly Me’ is my FAVORITE had me singing on the way home.

It’s not like any musical I’ve ever seen but it works from the stage that evoked movement. To the causal jokes of the casual racism of the founder and religion that FINALLY desegregated in 1978 ‘officially’ (but are still working on it), to touching on the too real horror of magical belief on how to cure AIDs (sex with virgins DOESN’T work) and just general all around fun the show works. This is the return of the show to the Pantages and it’s worth seeing again or for the first time in Hollywood.

I give this a major thumbs up and say get ready for a missionary to knock on your door and tell you about the Mormon Church .. with laughter!

 

 

“THE BEST MUSICAL OF THIS CENTURY.
Heaven on Broadway! A celebration of the privilege
of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.”

Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

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February 1st, 2017 by Cherry

I saw Motown: the Musical on opening night and had expectations from when the show opened on Broadway. I must admit the appeal was the idea of a Broadway show telling the story of Motown Records with African Americans behind the scenes and on the stage. So I can’t lie the opening night with Barry Gordy & Smokey Robinson coming out to briefly talk was like butter on my toast!

My expectations were very high and I found that everything was colored by the current political climate. So my review is going to focus on my feeling watching the musical. The cast sound great and it was very excited that some of the Broadway original cast is on the tour. The voices of the show have a rich soulful timbre that you will not normally hear in a Broadway musical. The production team (obviously) worked very hard to find stage actors who could bring the voice spirit of the iconic talent Barry Gordy and Smokey Robinson found and nurtured.

CHESTER GREGORY (Berry Gordy), ALLISON SEMMES (Diana Ross), JARRAN MUSE (Marvin Gaye), DAVID KAVERMAN (Smokey Robinson)

I just had a hard time connecting during the first half of the show as he fought to build his empire that eventually succumbed to big business. I knew a little about the drama behind the music because my grandparents and parents listened to a LOT of Motown and we have family in Detroit. But for me I was waiting for the music and to see if it would bring back memories of watching tv with my grandparents.

I did like the spare stage that really focused on the cast, the costumes and they used it effectively to give movement and passage of time. Wait scratch that the stage was PERFECT when they showed the Motown review and (PLEASE) with the images of what it was like to tour during that time in places where the KKK was active and advertised on city/state signs.

I think that the true standouts that excited me were little Michael Jackson (CJ Wright) and Jarran Muse (Marvin Gaye) who were just electric. Everyone screamed when little Michael Jackson was dancing and singing I suppose because it took all of us back in time. While Marvin Gaye segments gave background to his protest songs.

But this is the Barry Gordy story told from his viewpoint and using the Motown sound to show the trials, pain and sacrifice to create one of the premier black owned businesses.

I recommend seeing Motown the Musical and allow yourself to be immersed not just in the sound but the time when it was classified as ‘black music’, segregation and the right to protest for equality. We have come so far but can’t forget out past as we keep moving toward the future of our dreams.

Motown

Motown the Musical will be at the Pantages until February 12th please buy a ticket and see this beautifully flawed musical about a man, his dream and the music that is still loved the world over.

 

 

 

Rounding out the company are Michelle Alves, Malcolm Armwood, Erick Buckley, Latrisa Harper, Judith Franklin, Jeremy Gaston, Alyssa V. Gomez, Garfield Hammonds, Rod Harrelson, Jared Howelton, Louis James Jackson, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Ramone Owens, Devin L. Price, Alana Randall, Tavia Rivee, Matthew Sims Jr., Kimberly Ann Steele, Doug Storm, Daniel Robert Sullivan, Gabriella Whiting, Galen J. Williams & Ricardo A. Zayas.

DAVID KAVERMAN (Smokey Robinson)

The show was recently nominated for eleven 2016 NAACP Theatre Awards, garnering four of the top awards at the 26th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards ceremony held in Beverly Hills on Monday, November 21, 2016. The first national tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL won for Best Playwright (Motown Founder Berry Gordy), Best Choreography (Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adam), Best Costumes (ESosa), and Best Sound (Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook).
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.
Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL’s arrangements and orchestrations are by Grammy and Tony Award® nominee Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who also serves as music supervisor in reproducing the classic “Sound of Young America,” with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award® nominee Bryan Crook (“Smash”) and dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL features staging by Schele Williams, choreography by Patricia Wilcox (A Night with Janis Joplin) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award® nominee ESosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, “Project Runway”), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Aladdin), hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Memphis) and casting by Wojcik | Seay Casting.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is produced by Tony Award® winning producer Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q), Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy, and in association with Work Light Productions.
The performance schedule for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is recommended for ages 10 and up. (Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.)
Individual tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL start at $35.  Prices are subject to change without notice.
For more information on MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, visit www.MotownTheMusical.com.
For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, please visit the official website for Hollywood Pantages Theatre: www.HollywoodPantages.com.

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March 1st, 2016 by Cherry

IMG_4736Brainiac is heading to earth to complete his collection and keep it in mint condition in the newest LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash family friendly animated film. It’s Lego time for Superman (Nolan North), Batman (Troy Baker), Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin), Cyborg (Khary Payton), The Flash (James Arnold Taylor) and introducing Brainiac (Phil LaMarr).

IMG_4742I have to admit that I’m Brainiac mad since I’ve been a fan since I was a kid so was very curious how he’d play out Lego style! This is a movie that’s truly all age fun since I attended a screening full of
children and adults that was filled with laughter. Who can get mad at a collector wanting to keep everything in mint condition? If you look in my collection you’ll see tons of unopened items that I tell people to touch with their ‘eyes’. So when watching all of the work that Jim Krieg (screenwriter) put into making jokes that would appeal to kids and also adults he did a great job. Rick Morales (director) made a visually fun film that really took thoughtfully rendered the limitations of a Lego body (no bending knees OR fingers) as well as play into the strengths of each character from grumpy Batman to positive gungho Wonder Woman I was delighted with my first lego movie.

IMG_4739I don’t want to give anything away but Brainiac is putting together a collection of planets from A to Z and to complete the collection he decides to add earth. He has to figure out a way to get rid of that pesty Justice League members that might be able to stop him. The big 3 of Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern since they are the strongest but he underestimated the ingenuity of Batman & The Flash who move heaven and heck to get their friends back AND to save the planet. I was completely engaged from the very first moment watching the alien planet being put into the collection. Watching my toys come to life made me laugh as well as the homage to my beloved DC comic book heroes. It will take a village or at least a lot of superheroes to save earth and put Brainiac in his place but watching this amusing movie will keep any kid or kid at heart giggling.

I watched the premier at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills IMG_4740on February 13th where I interviewed cast and team! You can now enjoy Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: IMG_4749Justice League: Cosmic Clash on DVD, Digital HD or Blu-Ray Combo Pack.

You can also enter the LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash Sweepstakes on Facebook!

 

LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash Sweepstakes
ESRB Rating: EVERYONE 10+ with Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor
The “PS” Family logo is a registered trademark and “PS4” is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
JUSTICE LEAGUE and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
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Now available on
Blu-ray™ Combo Pack,
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When Brainiac zaps Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern to different places in time, the race is on for Batman and The Flash to re-assemble the Justice League!

 ENTER SWEEPSTAKES 
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR FOR A CHANCE TO WIN. Void where prohibited. Open only to legal adult residents who live within the 50 United States (including DC) 18 years or older at time of entry.  LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash Sweepstakes featuring a chance to win a LEGO®Dimensions™ Starter Pack and select expansion packs for PS4™ commences at 9:00 AM PST on February 29, 2016 and ends at 11:59 PM PST on March 30, 2016. See Official Rules for details.

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December 20th, 2015 by Cherry

IMG_3773IMG_3767I’m back to using my Class Pass and was excited to see that the Sweat Garage on Fairfax was on the app. I LOVE that it’s just a short walk from my place so that I can impulsively sign up for a class!

When I signed up they were very clear you need a towel and water bottle but I didn’t realize HOW serious until I got my sweat on. I came about twenty minutes early so that I could sign up and check out the gym.

When I arrived the young woman at the front desk was warm and friendly. She asked if I needed help and when I told her it was my first class she promptly checked me in, explained where the locks were located, asked if I needed a towel or water, asked if I’d done interval training before and that the trainer would show me the basics.

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Smiling BEFORE the class

IMG_3769I walked in and it looked like a crossfit gym with stations set up for interval training. Sweat Garage has a variety of equipment/stations including a wall of treadmills, a variety of weights, jump ropes, tubes and steps that IMG_3762can be used in the open space. Every class is different with the list of stations and workout times for each on a white board near the front door.

 

This is one crazy tough workout that doesn’t use major amounts of weights but instead is using your body and lots of cardio. It’s an individual workout where you are allowed to work at your own pace

Able to smile after the class

Able to smile after the class

 

(and the instructor asks if you have any issues that need to be accommodated) and I tried to push myself to not coast. So I put the sweat in the sweat garage. Even after a thorough warm up going from treadmill to floor (light weights) it really got my heart rate up and made me feel like I’d won tIMG_3761he war against my own sloth body.IMG_3764

 

This is a fun workout in a no frills gym that is all about the sweat and mixing up the routine so that you don’t coast. If you are interested in an interval gym open to men and women that’s in West Hollywood check out Sweat Garage.

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Sweat Garage

801 N Fairfax Ave.

Suite 104

Los Angeles, CA. 90046

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Sweat Garage is High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in a fun, positive, motivating class. We have one workout of the day or WOD. We use Woodway® treadmills, free weights, resistance bands, kettle bells, med balls, jump ropes and functional movements in every WOD. All of our workouts are based on The AMRAP System. AMRAP stands for As Many Reps/Rounds As Possible.

For instance…

AMRAP – 3 minutes

10 Squats

10 Push Ups

10 Crunches

The goal is to push as hard as you can to complete As Many Reps As Possible. Each workout is approximately one hour. The WOD changes every day and targets different muscle groups so you can sustain a five-times-a-week schedule without overworking your body. Consistency with your workouts is the key to achieving your fitness goals.

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August 14th, 2014 by Cherry

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) PosterWell I saw Guardians of the Galaxy and I think it’s an OK movie.  Nothing special or as good as past Marvel movies (Iron Man, Thor, Avengers) but it’s OK a bit bland and feels longer than its two hour running time.   I lay that at the feet of James Gunn.  I think that his plodding, boring script that didn’t allow anyone to really shine is the major issue I have with the latest Marvel tent pole movie.  They had so many stars that all wanted to have their big moment that they weren’t able to flesh out the main characters enough to make me care or event maintain my attention.  I found it so dull that my mind wandered a few times since the fight scenes were too dark and muddled (for some reason he didn’t come in close enough to see everything) to see the short blasts of action.  I’m not sure why Chris Pratt got the nod to be the latest hero but in this film he’s just not cocky enough to play a rebel with a heart of gold.  He’s just a bit ‘ehh’ you know he’s attractive but not TOO attractive, just a tiny bit of a bad boy and no real sex appeal so the running joke of his being an alien ladies’ man fell flat for me.  I’m not saying he’s not attractive it’s just that when you’re carrying a big movie like this you have to be distinct and he just blends into the background.   Even more frustrating is the villain … urghh Ronan what a dull bad guy.  The opening sequence was the best scene he had and so I thought maybe he’d do OK.  You know super over the top evil but instead yak yak yak!!! I mean literally talking everyone to death before putting them out of their misery.  I don’t know about you but think the strong evil silent type should be used more often.  WHY must you explain your nefarious plans in such detail?   Just destroy everyone and be done with it .. you want to destroy a planet!  Get to smashing boy!    Nebula … ahhh nebula your daddy issues bored me and Karen Gillian was not scary in this part.  It might have been improved if she could do angry smoldering fury but she can’t.  Just looking constipated doesn’t make a good villain sidekick! Now if you want to see a villain done right in the movie look no further than Yondu Udunta!  Now that’s a prime example of someone who can fill a screen!  Michael Rooker stole every shot he was in since he knows how to play a bad guy!! Even his knife weapon thing was major badass and his constant reminder that ‘he didn’t eat him’ is the perfect blend of humor with a threatening scary undercurrent that I love in a anti hero.  Despite the limited screen time and lines as the film progressed I ‘got him’.  He’s evil but has a softspot .. got it!  I was surprised that Vin Diesel’s Groot was really good.  The overall look and the fact that he was able to put more emotion in the same three words just showed how weak the rest of the cast is in the movie.  I’m sorry but despite all of their talents and overall look of the movie (video game looking) they weren’t able to rise above the plodding screen play and they just seemed to be chilling as they collect a huge paycheck!   So if you’re in the mood to see a comic book superhero movie than here you go it’s the only game in town!  But if you want to see something good … ehh wait to see this your tv at home with blueray/dvd/streaming and if you must see it in the theater don’t waste your time on 3D it didn’t add texture or enrich the movie at all!

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael Rooker, Gregg Henry

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

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June 29th, 2014 by Cherry

Well Michael I keep calling the movie Transformers: Edge of Extinction since you really took the movie to the edge with your bad casting, old 80s looking pyronectics, awful romance storyline (barely legal HS student??? ewww) and daddy issues with Mark Wahlburg.

I went in with high expectations .. well high expectations of seeing the Dynobots, great fight scenes with Optimus and the other transformers/decepticons … well that’s all I really wanted and expected. Not a teen angst drama, not a adult man dating a High School Student (soo icky that you ‘explained’ it with a law .. once again EWWW) and the surfer dude friend .. urggh!!!

Michael I expect better from you since normally you always give the fans what we want explosions, great car chases, well choreographed fight scenes and people (let’s keep it real .. GUYS) walking away from gigantic explosions.

Instead you gave us a mess a dang mess!!! It felt like 30 minutes went into some major backstory of the family (don’t care) , a bunch of super sexualized girls who look like kids (very barely legal porn camera caressing young girls for the viewing pleasure of pervy guys) and just well a yawn fest. It got ‘OK’ for the last 30 minutes as long as you ignored the humans who fell into every scene like lead balloons of boring

I have to say that this is a movie worthy of waiting till it comes on HBO or streams on Netflix/Amazon or other service since paying to see this at the theatre will annoy you and if your thinking about splurging on the 3D DON’T it’s pointless shit for them to extort a few more dollars out of Transformers fans.

I never thought I’d say it but bring back the original crew of Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson that made the movie fun!

I’m giving Transformers: Age of Extinction a ‘D’ and that’s only because the Dynobots looked awesome from the brief cameos they did at the end of the movie. Damn you Michael for ruining Transformers damn you to hell!!! Read more of this article »

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May 11th, 2014 by Cherry

The first moment I saw this poster out of the corner of my eye I was intrigued.  A black woman dressed in such formal and expensive clothing for that time of history I’ve never seen such a movie poster!  I didn’t know much about the movie but I said to myself I’m going to see this movie so I went home and looked up the movie.  You can’t imagine my excitement to learn this little known (to me) story of how England started to emancipate slavery.   How a man falling in love and having a relationship with a black woman would come to influence the course of British History and slavery.   I saw the film and was beyond impressed with the story, cast and direction.  I uploaded a review of the film on my youtube channel CherryLosAngeles  new period drama Belle.   As well as the Q&A with two cast members at the Arclight in Hollywood.  

Belle

I know that some might immediately dismiss this as a ‘black movie’ or a ‘slave movie’ ie depressing downer but it’s a film about the human state of being.  About being a woman, about being black in a society where you are the minority (really the only one in Belle’s case) and someone who grows into a woman who decides to follow her own path.  I know it’s a period drama with corsets, men in short pants and the live of the gentry (titled rich) but it’s so much more directed by a woman who made the subject so relatable to us trying to live a life true to our own moral compass.

This film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

Director: Amma Asante – Cast: Gubu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon,Penelope Wilton
‎1hr 45min‎‎ – Rated PG‎‎ – Drama‎

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October 28th, 2013 by Cherry

I’ve been watching two new series that are spinoffs from established series that started this season.  The Originals on the CW and Ravenswood on ABC Family.

The Originals is truly a stand alone that from the first episode put in their mythology, good storylines that will be strong enough to last more than one season, a cast that has major chemistry and follows the Vampire Diaries style to appeal to old fans but will still be appealing to new fans.

Ravenswood is spinoff from the ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars.  My problem with the fantasy gothic show is that it assumes everyone watching is fan of Pretty Little Liars so from the opening scene it’s a bit muddled.  The assume you know a lot more about the show than is explained so I felt lost from the opening scene.   I saw the first commercial when watching Twisted (LOVE THAT SHOW!!!) and was mildly curious with the moody shadow supernatural vibe.  It’s right up my geeky sweetspot of tv shows and I was hoping it would similar to the first season of Supernatural.  

How both shows have handled being spinoffs is fascinating.  If your never seen the original shows you might feel confused or lost with Ravenswood but The Originals philosophy is to map out something parallel but different that doesn’t rely on using the exact same map.  Now it is a CW Show so it’s all about very pretty people, heaving bosoms, PG13 sex and has the popular sexy vampire thing going for it.  While Ravenswood well in the first episode I’m not sure if it’s a haunted house, witches, ghosts or some other supernatural being.  I’ll give Ravenswood 2 more episodes before cutting it lose if it doesn’t hook me.

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September 3rd, 2013 by Cherry

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

I didn’t pay much attention to Mortal Instruments: City of Bones when I first heard about the film.  I must admit I thought <yawn> another Twilight Teen YA Flick that would be full of good looking people who couldn’t act.  But after I got the chance to interview some of the cast and the director at the Hollywood Premier my curiosity was piqued.  Talking with them about the film and the energy, chemistry between the cast and well they just seem like such good people I thought I’d give it a chance to impress a geekette like myself.  So I dragged my fellow science fiction fan friend to the theatre to get ‘dueling’ reviews.   Kristen and I saw the film and afterwards briefly discussed first opinions that I wanted to share with all of you to decide rather it’s worth at $15 ticket at the movie cinema.  Here’s a link to Kristens Movie Review on Scifi Maven Blog and a link to my review on YouTube.
I thought it was OK with a solid cast, an OK storyline and very prettily filmed.   Now if you’re like me and had never read the books  and just saw the commercials you may have dismissed it as just another teen fluff movie with monsters and unrequited love (lots of smoldering looks, maybe few smooches but OK for tweens) ala another Twilight ripoff.  Instead it’s got a lot more edge than expected with touching on homosexuality, friendships, love, mom issues, becoming independent and figuring out your path with a feminist independent stance that’s appealing.   It just isn’t a great movie.  It’s an OK movie that’s fine but it just seemed to be a little long for me with scenes that look like they are straight from the book and storylines that just fell away in the film (I suspect it’s to build suspense for the sequel but they just abruptly would move onto the next scene in a flash).  I think that the film would have greatly been approved with major editing to make it tighter and quicken the pace since there were moments that were a bit boring and didn’t move the story along (I’m sure superfans loved scenes from the book come to life but casual fans .. not so much).

I did really enjoy the supporting cast starting with Godfrey Gao.  Every time he appeared on the screen was just mesmerizing NOT because he’s gorgeous .. oh wait it’s because he’s gorgeous with brown eyes I could drown in and after my interview on the red carpet I’m his number one fan!  Godfrey makes it worth the price of admission in my book!
I recommend the movie for those going through Twilight withdrawal and casual fans of the genre.   It’s a film that will keep you entertained with a beautiful cast that has a little slow pacing but has some interesting twists.

Director:  Harald Zwart – Cast: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Aidan Turner

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series

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