Sunday, October 08, 2006

I'm out of the vortex. For now

I am free, for now, from the grip of Sydney Bristow. 88 episodes in three weeks, not bad going. The show is insanely brilliant, if a little all over the place and I shall pass full judgement on the show with a proper blog entry when I have watched the final 17 episodes that are season 5. The cliffhanger of season 4 is an absolute humdinger, I have to say and that I have to wait until Nov 20th for that season to be released on DVD is torture. At least I have two season of Deadwood to occupy me in the meantime and season 5 of 24 is out on Nov 6th. TV whore? Me?

In other news, I attended a preview screening of The History Boys this morning. Now, some of you will be aware that I managed to miss this play with the original cast on both sides of the Atlantic, so the movie is a nice consolation prize. I loved it. It's beautifully written and the fact that the original cast are all in the movie obviously means the performances are all spot on. I was distracted by just how enormous Richard Griffiths has gotten though. I was entranced by Frances De La Tour, her effortlessness and her indescribably wonderful voice. As for the boys, well Samuel Barnett was as glorious as I had heard he was and of course, Dominic Cooper was a sensation. But he's mine, MINE, do you hear me? I have loved him since he made his stage debut in Mother Clap's Molly House about 5 years ago. The scene where he seduces Stephen Campbell Moore's Irwin was so intense I could barely stand it. The transition to the screen isn't 100% successful though. The ending probably works well in the theatre but the transition is so blatantly theatrical that it doesn't quite cut it on film. On the whole, I have to say the film has left me with an unshakeable feeling of profound melancholy. Which is no bad thing.

This week, I get to see the first post opening night performance of the new Cabaret revival followed by the first preview of Caroline, Or Change. I am so very excited. I'm seeing them with a dear friend who has recently been in NYC so we have a lot of catching up to do. I can't wait. It'll be a welcome relief as work has been so very harsh this past week. Lots of nasty problems to be dealing with and I have clashed more than once with people in higher positions than me into the bargain. Fun.


dickygreenleaf said...

So glad you've seen the movie, Poppy. I'm even loving the posters! You've got a serious fight on your hands for Dakin. Didn't Posner leave you feeling 'Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered'? Glorious performance. And it's true what you say about Griffiths; he'd gotten even bigger when I saw this in NY last month. "Pass the parcel. That's sometimes all you can do...Pass it on, boys....Pass it on."

Eric said...

Let's try to quantify exactly how jealous I am that you are getting to see Caroline, or Change.
I hope that you leave with the opinion I had, which is that Tonya Pinkins is giving our generation a "Merman in Gypsy" with this role.