I don't know if it is just me, but this shit really cracks me up.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
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Thanks to the good people at Entertainment Weekly I got to go to a special sneak peak tonight.
I'm a proud geek about all things Beales and Grey Gardens related.
And I have to say that I was very satisfied. There was no new information for me, but a lot of wonderful scenes that connect the dots for us and let us see pivotal moments in the Beale women's lives.
It still is trying very hard to answer the question posed by the documentary "How on earth could this happen?" Trying to answer that question is the chief problem with the Broadway show. And let me just say as much as I liked Grey Gardens: The Musical - this was a lot more on track for me. There was no queer sense of this all coming together on one magical/tragic afternoon. We get a full progression of high-life to squalor here - and it all makes sense. Although I still maintain that the magic of the documentary is that it just doesn't make sense - it doesn't need to in my opinion.
I had a great time reading the HBO website and all of the amazing research they did putting it together. I really feel that the design of the HBO film is amazing. One thing I've always wanted after seeing both of the Mayles' documentaries was a better sense of the floor plan of the home. The HBO film gives you a wonderful sense of the actual layout of the home. It was awesome. But the landscape around the HBO home? all wrong. It makes it seem like Lily Pond Lane is in the middle of the woods or something. It is not.
Jessica Lange is unreal - so effing good. Just hand her the Emmy and Golden Globe now. She found tiny nuances in Big Edie that she added throughout her performance. My favorite was the wicked little giggle and smile that she had down perfect.
It was great to see Phelan. And Buddy and Phelan, Jr. There's no Lois - no Jerry. Lots and lots of cats.
I liked Malcolm Gets as Gould - and bought this take on the Gould/Big Edie relationship much more than the grody/Cole Porter-wannabe character we get in the musical
A little correction - maybe a jab at the musical when they talk about how she and Joe Kennedy barely knew each other.
Instead we get to see her relationship with Cap - the married man Little Edie slept with while pursuing her acting career, played by Daniel Baldwin.
The scene with Jackie O was kinda cool. Although I don't remember Jackie's thighs ever being so meaty. Sorry Jeanne.
The make-up and costumes were amazing.
Drew, Drew, Drew - like most people I've seen try "to do" Little Edie - she was just a little off. Its hard - cause she's so Drew Barrymore - its tough to see her as another REAL person. But she does alright - and serves the story ok. She's ok. Again - Jessica is AMAZING.
I was very emotional when we saw the scenes about the raid that the Suffolk County Board of Health led. I had read that the women were deeply scarred by the event - so I was a little worked up watching this scene.
Favorite thing: The end credits showing Little Edie's cabaret show at Reno Sweeney. I've always dreamed that someone had a bootleg of that - or wished I could go back in time to see her finally be a star. So we get a little piece of it - and it is wonderful. Loved it - and I want those shoes.
I might have more to say or write later - so stay tuned to this week's Daily Purge for more Grey Gardens ramblings.
Can't wait to see it again.
Friday, April 10, 2009
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I LOVE me some Brigadoon, and he is a American Idol's own singing my favorite song from the show!
It's real pretty.
It's real pretty.