Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Upcoming: Jersey Boys at the Fisher Theatre (Detroit), Nov. 17 - Dec. 6


*Disclosure: I am receiving tickets to this show in exchange for posting about it. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I saw the movie Jersey Boys back in June 2014, and it was a great movie - I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I'm very excited, then, to attend the stage musical, which is coming to Detroit this winter!


About the show:
Tickets are on sale for the return engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, playing Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, November 17 – December 6. Tickets will be available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at1-800-982-2787, online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and at the Fisher Theatre box office starting at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 27.

JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sound and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

JERSEY BOYS opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005. The JERSEY BOYS US National Tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006, and is still breaking house records in cities across North America. JERSEY BOYS is currently playing in New York; Las Vegas; London; and in cities across North America and the U.K . on National Tours.

Movie Review: Vacation (2015)


I've never seen the previous Vacation movies - this one is considered a follow-up of sorts - but I've heard they were "classic" comedies and worth seeing. I'm not sure if this year's Vacation is worthy of that distinction, but parts throughout were definitely amusing and made me laugh.

Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) looks forward to taking his family to their cottage in northern Michigan every year, but he's noticed that his wife (Christina Applegate) and kids (Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) have begun to show a lack of enthusiasm for the trip. He decides to change things up this year, and they set out for a road trip to Walley World, an amusement park where he and his parents went when he was a child. They encounter a series of misfortunes along the way, but are also able to visit his sister (Leslie Mann) and brother-in-law (Chris Hemsworth) in Texas, as well as his parents (Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, from the original films) too.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Movie Review: Southpaw


We knew something was up with the Southpaw screening I attended because it was on a Sunday night (weekend screenings are very rare), and everyone's guess was that Eminem would be showing up, since he performed some of the songs on the soundtrack. Instead, we got Eminem plus Jake Gyllenhaal, which was great (I wish I wasn't sitting in the last row!), and the two of them spoke for about five minutes before the movie (you can read more about it here). It was a fun intro to the movie, and also one that most cities can't say they experienced.

Billy Hope (Gyllenhaal) is on top of the boxing game. His beautiful wife, Maureen (Rachel McAdams), is there to support him, as well, and their young daughter Leila (Oona Laurence). After a brawl during a hotel charity event goes wrong, however, Billy soon finds himself losing most of the things he cares about, and he's also suspended from boxing for a year. His daughter Leila goes into the "system," of what he himself is a product of, and he has to clean up his act in order to get her back. He takes a job at a small gym (Will's Gym) working for Mr. Wills himself (Forest Whitaker), and he slowly starts to get his life back.

Movie Review: Pixels


Adam Sandler movies are usually hit or miss for me. I liked Just Go With It, but hated Grown-Ups (and, for some inexplicable reason, also decided to see Grown-Ups 2, which I again disliked). However, his newest film, Pixels, is more of a group effort, and all of the humor was actually very on-point; I ended up enjoying it much more than I thought I would.

In 1982, Brenner (Sandler, as an adult), Cooper (Kevin James), and Ludlow (Josh Gad) were at the top of the video game world and had been invited to compete in the world championships. Brenner actually almost wins the championship, but is beaten by Eddie (Peter Dinklage), in the very last round, when they compete on Donkey Kong. Flash-forward to present-day and Brenner is a "Nerd" (similar to Best Buy's Geek Squad) and installs home electronic equipment for a living; his friend Cooper is now the President of the U.S.; and Ludlow is still living with his grandma and drafting conspiracy theories. When a U.S. base in Guam is attacked, and the military figures out that a real-life video game actually attacked them, Cooper calls in his friends, as well as Eddie (who is now actually in jail), to help save the world from the creatures - sent by aliens who think the U.S. has declared war on them - and prevent Earth from being destroyed.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Upcoming: Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage, Oct. 20-Nov. 1 {Detroit}


*Disclosure: I receive show tickets in exchange for this blog post. Any opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

If you've never seen Dirty Dancing, now's the time to go rent or stream it, because the stage show is coming to Detroit this October through November!

More info:
Tickets are currently on sale and will be available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com, and at the Fisher Theatre box office starting at 10:00 AM on Monday. The staged musical of this worldwide smash-hit film will play Detroit Fisher Theatre, October 20 – November 1.

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this timeless love story features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

About the story:
It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby’s life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on-stage and off.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Movie Review: Ant-Man


I wasn't entirely sure to expect from Ant-Man, as the trailer was pretty vague. I love all of Paul Rudd's movies, though, so I was definitely game to give this film a try.

This might be the first Marvel movie I've seen where the main character is an ex-con. At the beginning of Ant-Man, Scott Lang (Rudd) gets out of jail, and his former bunkie, Luis (Michael Peña) shows up to pick him up. Lang had been incarcerated for being a "cat burglar," as well as a Robin Hood of sorts (stealing from rich, corrupt men and giving their money back to those they stole from), but he now wants to get clean so he can be a father to his daughter. His ex-wife, Maggie (Judy Greer), doesn't believe he'll stay on the straight and narrow, and she's already moved on and is engaged now to a cop (Bobby Cannavale). Lang starts to realize he can't make money working at a legit job, since he's an ex-con, so when Luis approaches him with a "business opportunity" to crack open a safe at "some rich dude's house" who will be out of town, Lang accepts, which starts a spiral of events that culminate in some very "small" changes for him.

Movie Review: Trainwreck


The trailer for Trainwreck looked hilarious, and I was excited to see it. I had actually never heard of Amy Schumer before I first saw the trailer, but she's a very successful comic, and in this film she used those skills to her advantage.

Amy (Amy Schumer) was taught by her father that monogamy is unrealistic, so the norm for her is one-night stands rather than relationships. Her sister, Kim (Brie Larson) is happily married, but Amy knows that's not the life for her. When Amy's magazine editor (Tilda Swinton) assigns her a story on a sports doctor, Aaron (Bill Hader), she ends up going on a date with him, and he slowly wins her over to the idea of a relationship with him.