Many of my students are buzzing about Dreamgirls; I heard at least four times today that their Christmas Day plans were to go see it on its Opening Day. I haven't though too much of it. I don't generally like musicals, thought Chicago was alright but certainly didn't deserve the Best Picture Oscar.
But in doing my daily surfing of Slate, their front page article is called The Greatest Song Ever Filmed, and discusses the apparent show-stopping moment of the film, when Jennifer Hudson belts out a song called "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going." I listened to the song, and it's good, particularly at the end, but then I followed their link to the Tony Awards performance of the number by the creator of the role, Jennifer Holliday.
It made my hair stand on end. If Hudson does half the job that Holliday does with this scene, she'll have done well. And I liked the repartee at the beginning, too.
I've got to put that one on my list to see soon, that's for sure.
Here it is:
No Contest - Richard Linklater‘s Before Midnight, which opens Friday, has one of the all-time-highest Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores. Todd Phillips‘ The Hangover...
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