Monday, December 31, 2007

Weekend Update

The Orphanage. There are two kinds of horror movies, the kind where something horrible is just behind that door over there, and the kind where something horrible keeps breaking through every door in the place. The first kind: Robert Wise's The Haunting (1963). The second kind: Jan De Bont's The Haunting (1999). If you're a fan of the second one, go rent the remake of House on Haunted Hill, you'll adore it. If you're a fan of the first one, go see The Orphanage. Do it today.

Sweeney Todd. You know how the New York Times will have two different critics review a show like Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake --Theatre Guy reviews it as theatre and Dance Girl reviews it as dance? Well, I had so many different responses to Sweeney Todd, I'm going to have to do the same thing. Look for it later this morning.

Winter? What winter? To paraphrase a half-remembered Peanuts strip: April rains are invigorating. August rains are refreshing. December rains are nothing.

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