Amelia’s Last Farewell: A Review of The Angels Take Manhattan

In The Angels Take Manhattanthe fifth episode of Doctor Who’s eighth season, we said goodbye to the Ponds–to the girl who waited, and to her loyal centurion. I’m pretty sure there were only a few dry eyes, if any, at the end of the episode, especially after the heartbreaking ‘afterword’ that Amy wrote for the Doctor. I said ‘only a few dry eyes’ so people can claim the episode didn’t make them cry, because manly men don’t cry. I, for one, had a twig in my eye. Or a branch. Something. *sniffs*

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Hotel Transylvania: Fantastic, Fuzzy, Family-Friendly Fun

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. 

Most people wouldn’t know that this was first used, at least in its present form, in James Howell’s Proverbs in English, Italian, French and SpanishMost people associate this quote with Stephen King’s The Shining, or with the movie adaptation starring Jack Nicholson–especially that scene where Jack types the quote again and again on reams of paper.

No matter where you heard it from first, it still qualifies as one of the most important things to keep in mind as you go about life. So now that it’s Friday and the weekend’s just waiting for you to get off the couch and out into the world, remember, it’s never bad to have a little wholesome fun.

This was what I had in mind when I dragged my sisters to the mall to watch Hotel Transylvania. I saw the trailer a while back and I liked the look and feel of it. And come on, how can you go wrong with an animated movie from Columbia and Sony Pictures?

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A Review of Perks of Being a Wallflower

If you’re the kind of person who likes reading books, then I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of Perks of Being a Wallflower. Heck, even people who don’t usually read books have heard of this one, primarily because the movie adaptation involves heavyweights such as Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Paul Rudd. So what is the book about, anyway? If you look at the movie adaptation’s cast, you’re going to think that these beautiful people could play nothing else but popular teenagers. Man, you could not be more wrong.

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IMUN Delegations: Why People No Longer Want to Join

Once upon a time, there was a CDA student who wanted power.

Reaching a position of power in the CDA community, however, is not easy. This particular CDA student tried his luck with the International Model United Nations (IMUN) exams in his first year and, with luck, got in. I personally checked his exam though, and he isn’t that good, especially with his use of grammar. Despite that, he made it, and he’s very proud of that fact.

Well, this CDA student isn’t part of the rank and file anymore. With his success with the IMUN, he moved on from being one of the delegates on the receiving end of training methods, to being a head delegate who’s the one giving out orders to the underlings. Despite that though, he carries scars. The people who trained him in his early years were tough, and he learned to hate the world. Maybe the whole ordeal even made him a little mad. Constant speeches and papers were enough to make anyone…crazy.

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Broadway Musicals: They’re Not Just For Gays Anymore

A few notes regarding this post’s title:

  • I use the term ‘Broadway musicals’ to refer to the genre and not just to the shows that are currently in production along Broadway, in New York. Most currently-famous musicals started off-Broadway, and there are also a lot of other convergence points for this type of art that are similar to New York’s Broadway, like London’s West End. 
  • I do not use the phrase ‘not just for gays anymore’ in a negative manner. This is actually a phrase made famous by Neil Patrick Harris in the opening number of the 2011 Tony Awards. You can watch a video of the performance here.

Theater has always been considered a gay thing. And here, I use gay in its negative connotation, though I do not agree. Today, however, people in the business will be more than happy to tell you that the theater really is gay, evidence of which is this song from Mel Brooks’ The Producers, entitled Keep It Gay. 

Two things: (a) there is nothing wrong with something being gay, and (b) theater would really be rather boring if it wasn’t as gay as it is. Imagine Phantom of the Opera with less pomp, or Avenue Q without Nicky and Rod. Now wouldn’t that be a travesty?

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