Monday, December 11, 2017

MeshugaNutcracker just might be your new holiday tradition

Movie Title:  MeshugaNutcracker

Grade:   A

Rating: G, 2 hours 11 minutes (including an entertaining 15 minute intermission).

In a Nutshell: Fathom Events brings stage productions and other special events to theaters across the country for limited release. 

For the month of December, it’s showcasing MeshugaNutcracker, a creative mix of Chanukah stories and songs set to the music of Tchaikovsky's beloved Nutcracker ballet.  Sounds pretty crazy, right?  "Meshugana" means crazy!

I need to disclose that this movie was co-created and directed by an old friend of mine from high school, Stephen Guggenheim!  We sang in choirs and performed in school productions together, but he was always the one with true talent. I’m so excited for him and proud of him! He co-created the production, directed the film, did all of the vocal arrangements, and stars as the Mayor of Chelm.  Talented indeed.

This is a film version of a stage production that was first workshopped in 2003, which has been performed every year since.  The moving stories illustrate Jewish strength, tradition, and faith.  Just so you know, no actors were harmed in the reenactment of the Maccabean revolt.  (wink)




 
Uplifting theme: 
  • Heroism
  • Jewish tradition and values
  • “Light can always overcome the darkness.” – Jacob (Jackson Davis)
  • “Light is everything.  Together, our lights can shine more brightly.” – little girl (Shannon Guggenheim)
  • We witness miracles every day and sometimes take them for granted.
  • Hope

Things I liked:
  • Cute introduction by Kevin Weisman in the film version of the stage production.
  • Get that phlem going as you learn about the foolish people of Chelm, a mythical town in Poland of Jewish folklore. 
  • Eight actors perform 20 original songs. You’ll also hear Handel’s famous “Messiah” being sung with new lyrics about dreidels.  It is also the number eight that represents the number of times the funny cast yells, “Oy!”  ha ha
  • The costumes are clever and colorful, incorporating symbols that represent various traits of the characters, such as corn fields, scrolls of the Torah, a Kiddush cup, and the Jerusalem skyline.
  • Continue watching during the final credits in the end for more clever jokes, video clips of the cast, and upcoming features that are coming soon to the Theater of Chelm.
  • Christians will be able to learn about Jewish customs and stories appreciate the rich religious and culture celebrated this time of year.
  • You’ll want to stay seated during the intermission just to enjoy the entertaining lessons and quizzes on Yiddish sayings, Jewish traditions, and items for discussion.
  • Cute, whimsical set.
  • Talented cast!



Things I didn’t like:
  • I love that each time the cast performs live, they invite a celebrity to surprise the audience in the end.  This movie version of the show features Bruce Vilanch, who was an embarrassing disappointment, bumbling his way through his parts.  Granted, he was only given minutes to prepare, and I’m sure not many of us could do any better under those circumstances.  On another note, I loved his “Jewbacca” t-shirt.
  • After the intermission, you get a quick glance of the surprisingly small audience that watched the production while it was being filmed.  I’m so glad that it is now being seen in movie theaters across the country through Fathom Events so that more people can enjoy it.


Tips for parents: 
  • Challenge your children to find the hidden gold coin on each of the characters’ costumes.
  • The second act may prove too long for children, who might get antsy.
  • Safe entertainment for all ages.
  • Christian children will probably be unfamiliar with the Jewish stories and history lessons, so it's a great opportunity to expose them to this faithful nation.



@trinaboice 

Saudi Arabia allows movie theaters again

MOVIE NEWS:



Saudi Arabia just announced that it will allow movie theaters to open in the conservative kingdom next year, for the first time in more than 35 years, in the latest social push by the country’s young crown prince.

It’s a stark reversal in a county where movie theaters were shut down in the 1980′s during a wave of ultra-conservatism in the country. Many of Saudi Arabia’s clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt and Lebanon as sinful. I have to admit, a lot of movies in American theaters include terrible profanity, bloody violence, graphic sex scenes, and terrible behavior.  BUT, not all movies are like that.

Despite decades of ultraconservative dogma, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has sought to ram through a number of major social reforms with support from his father, King Salman.


Pull out the red carpet for the 2018 Golden Globe award nominations

The 2018 Golden Globe Awards nominations were just announced this morning in Los Angeles!
Seth Meyer will be hosting the 75th annual awards show on January 7, 2018.  These announcements are exciting, because they're also a sneak peek into who might be nominated and awarded the highly coveted Oscar in the Academy Awards ceremony that follows.

Below is the complete list.  Who do you think will win?  Did your favorites get included in the list?


  1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a.
Call Me By Your Name

Frenesy Film / La Cinéfacture Productions / Water’s End Productions; Sony Pictures Classics
b.
Dunkirk

Warner Bros. Pictures / Syncopy; Warner Bros. Pictures
c.
The Post

DreamWorks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox
d.
The Shape of Water

Double Dare You; Fox Searchlight Pictures
e.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Blueprint Pictures; Fox Searchlight Pictures

2.     BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a.
Jessica Chastain
Molly's Game
b.
Sally Hawkins
The Shape of Water
c.
Frances McDormand
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
d.
Meryl Streep
The Post
e.
Michelle Williams
All the Money in the World



3.     BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a.
Timothée Chalamet
Call Me By Your Name
b.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Phantom Thread
c.
Tom Hanks
The Post
d.
Gary Oldman
Darkest Hour
e.
Denzel Washington
Roman J. Israel, Esq.



4.     BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

a.
The Disaster Artist

Good Universe / Point Grey / Ratpac-Dune / WB/New Line Pictures; A24
b.
Get Out

Blumhouse / QC Entertainment / Monkeypaw Productions; Universal Pictures
c.
The Greatest Showman

Twentieth Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox
d.
I, Tonya

Clubhouse Pictures / LuckyChap Entertainment; NEON
e.
Lady Bird

IAC Films; A24



5.     BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

a.
Judi Dench
Victoria & Abdul
b.
Helen Mirren
The Leisure Seeker
c.
Margot Robbie
I, Tonya
d.
Saoirse Ronan
Lady Bird
e.
Emma Stone
Battle of the Sexes

6.     BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

a.
Steve Carell
Battle of the Sexes
b.
Ansel Elgort
Baby Driver
c.
James Franco
The Disaster Artist
d.
Hugh Jackman
The Greatest Showman
e.
Daniel Kaluuya
Get Out



7.     BEST MOTION PICTURE – ANIMATED

a.
The Boss Baby

DreamWorks Animation LLC; Twentieth Century Fox
b.
The Breadwinner

Cartoon Saloon / Aircraft Pictures / Melusine Productions; GKIDS
c.
COCO

Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
d.
Ferdinand

Blue Sky Studios; Twentieth Century Fox
e.
Loving Vincent

Breakthru Films / Trademark Films; Good Deed Entertainment



8.     BEST MOTION PICTURE – FOREIGN LANGUAGE

a.
A Fantastic Woman
(Chile)

Fabula, Participant Media, Komplizen Film, Muchas Gracias, Setembro Cine; Sony Pictures Classics
b.
First They Killed My Father
(Cambodia)

Bophana; Netflix

c.
In the Fade
(Germany / France)

Bombero International / Macassar Productions; Magnolia Pictures
d.
Loveless
(Russia)

Non-Stop Productions, Fetisoff Illusion, Why Not Productions, Arte France Cinema, Les Films du Fleuve, Senator Film; Sony Pictures Classics

e.
The Square
(Sweden / Germany / France)

Plattform Produktion / Arte France Cinéma / Coproduction Office / Det Danske Filminstitut / Essential Filmproduktion GmbH / Film i Väst; Magnolia Pictures


9.     BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE

a.
Mary J. Blige
Mudbound
b.
Hong Chau
Downsizing
c.
Allison Janney
I, Tonya
d.
Laurie Metcalf
Lady Bird
e.
Octavia Spencer
The Shape of Water



10.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE

a.
WILLEM DAFOE
THE FLORIDA PROJECT
b.
ARMIE HAMMER
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
c.
RICHARD JENKINS
THE SHAPE OF WATER
d.
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
e.
SAM ROCKWELL
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

11.  BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

a.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO
THE SHAPE OF WATER
b.
MARTIN MCDONAGH
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
c.
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
DUNKIRK
d.
RIDLEY SCOTT
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
e.
STEVEN SPIELBERG
THE POST



12.  BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

a.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO, VANESSA TAYLOR
THE SHAPE OF WATER
b.
GRETA GERWIG
LADY BIRD
c.
LIZ HANNAH, JOSH SINGER
THE POST
d.
MARTIN MCDONAGH
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
e.
AARON SORKIN
MOLLY'S GAME

13.  BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

a.
Carter Burwell
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
b.
Alexandre Desplat
The Shape of Water
c.
Jonny Greenwood
Phantom Thread
d.
John Williams
The Post
e.
Hans Zimmer
Dunkirk


14.  BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE

a.
“Home” — Ferdinand

Music by:
Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson

Lyrics by:
Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter
b.
“Mighty River” — Mudbound

Music by:
Raphael Saadiq

Lyrics by:
Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson
c.
“Remember Me” — Coco

Music by:
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Lyrics by:
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
d.
“The Star” — The Star

Music by:
Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman

Lyrics by:
Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman
e.
“This Is Me” — The Greatest Showman

Music by:
Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Lyrics by:
Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

15.  BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
a.
THE CROWN
NETFLIX

Left Bank Pictures / Sony Pictures Television

b.
GAME OF THRONES
HBO

HBO Entertainment / Bighead, Littlehead / Television 360 / Startling Television

c.
THE HANDMAID'S TALE 
HULU

MGM

d.
STRANGER THINGS          
NETFLIX

Netflix

e.
THIS IS US
NBC

20th Century Fox Television



16.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a.
CAITRIONA BALFE
OUTLANDER
b.
CLAIRE FOY
THE CROWN
c.
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL
THE DEUCE
d.
KATHERINE LANGFORD
13 REASONS WHY
e.
ELISABETH MOSS
THE HANDMAID'S TALE

17.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

a.
JASON BATEMAN
OZARK
b.
STERLING K. BROWN
THIS IS US
c.
FREDDIE HIGHMORE
THE GOOD DOCTOR
d.
BOB ODENKIRK
BETTER CALL SAUL
e.
LIEV SCHREIBER
RAY DONOVAN



18.  BEST TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

a.
BLACK-ISH
ABC

ABC Studios

b.
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
AMAZON

Amazon Studios

c.
MASTER OF NONE
NETFLIX

Universal Television / Oh Brudder Productions / Alan Yang Productions / Fremulon Productions / 3 Arts Entertainment

d.
SMILF
SHOWTIME

ABC Signature Studios / SupahSmaht, Inc / Quantity Entertainment / Groundswell Productions

e.
WILL & GRACE
NBC

Universal Television


19.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

a.
PAMELA ADLON
BETTER THINGS
b.
ALISON BRIE
GLOW
c.
RACHEL BROSNAHAN
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
d.
ISSA RAE
INSECURE
e.
FRANKIE SHAW
SMILF




20.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

a.
ANTHONY ANDERSON
BLACK-ISH
b.
AZIZ ANSARI
MASTER OF NONE
c.
KEVIN BACON
I LOVE DICK
d.
WILLIAM H. MACY
SHAMELESS
e.
ERIC MCCORMACK
WILL & GRACE

21.  BEST TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a.
Big Little Lies
HBO

HBO Entertainment / David E. Kelly Productions / Pacific Standard / Blossom Films

b.
Fargo
FX

MGM Television / FX Productions

c.
Feud: Bette and Joan
FX

Fox 21 Television Studios

d.
The Sinner
USA NETWORK

Universal Cable Productions

e.
Top Of The Lake: China Girl
SUNDANCETV

SeeSaw Films




22.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a.
JESSICA BIEL
THE SINNER
b.
NICOLE KIDMAN
BIG LITTLE LIES
c.
JESSICA LANGE
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
d.
SUSAN SARANDON
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
e.
REESE WITHERSPOON
BIG LITTLE LIES

23.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a.
ROBERT DE NIRO
THE WIZARD OF LIES
b.
JUDE LAW
THE YOUNG POPE
c.
KYLE MACLACHLAN
TWIN PEAKS
d.
EWAN MCGREGOR
FARGO
e.
GEOFFREY RUSH
GENIUS

24.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a.
LAURA DERN
BIG LITTLE LIES
b.
ANN DOWD
THE HANDMAID'S TALE
c.
CHRISSY METZ
THIS IS US
d.
MICHELLE PFEIFFER
THE WIZARD OF LIES
e.
SHAILENE WOODLEY
BIG LITTLE LIES



25.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

a.
DAVID HARBOUR
STRANGER THINGS
b.
ALFRED MOLINA
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
c.
CHRISTIAN SLATER
MR. ROBOT
d.
ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD
BIG LITTLE LIES
e.
DAVID THEWLIS
FARGO