Before I bestow upon you my predictions for this Sunday's Academy Awards (!!!), we should talk about this year's crop of great, okay, and otherwise nominated movies. I like to think that everybody in the world has the ability to see every movie out there, but I've been told that this is not true. (My goal in life is to fix this problem. I'm coming, Burundi!) So, for those of you who need a refresher course before Laughfrodisiac Christmas (what I call the Oscars), let's discuss. And please feel free to agree, disagree, or tell me I'm pretty in the comments. In alphabetical order:
The supremely entertaining new musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" is one of the most exciting new shows this Broadway season. Halting the omnipresent influx of jukebox musicals and, more importantly, making murder hilarious, "Gentleman's Guide" will likely be a main player at the Tony Awards this June. Despite its somewhat unseemly subject matter, it is an old-fashioned and very British show.
The dark comedy concerns a young man named Monty Navarro, who is finally told of his birthright: that he is related to the wealthy D'Ysquith clan, and ninth in line to inherit its dukedom. (The name is pronounced like 'dies quick'. So funny.) Monty, who seems like a well-mannered, kindhearted gentleman, begins a journey to become part of the family that quickly morphs into a killing spree.
I <3 Diversions
Entertainment is a ridiculously big part of my life. I grew up in movie theatres, so in my family you have to see pretty much every movie to make it in conversation. This pop culture knowledge has extended to television, music, and, for me, the theatre. To quote Abed, I like liking things, so there's that.