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Video Film Review: LES MISERABLES

Les Miserables is a film best served with passion.

Shoshi, today’s host converses with our panelist, Gerit Quealy at Eva’s Supplements and Health Food Store located in the West Village in New York City to discuss this musical and to the review the comedic online short, Helping Hands.

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Based on the historic 19th century French novel written by Victor Hugo, this is the cinematic adaptation of the long-running, multi-award winning musical phenomenon known as Les Miserables. With a screenplay collaborative by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer and directed by Tom Hooper, the film steps into a world of splendid wonder hard to achieve on the theatrical stage.

Musicals as a genre have long been considered a relic from the past, however, director Tom Hooper, manages to breathe new life into this melodic, celluloid rendition. Utilizing skillful long shots, intense, dramatic close-ups and stunning CGI (Computer Generated Images), Les Miserables, the film, is an impressive feat.

The cast were required to sing live (which also allows them to improvise their singing patterns) as well as act. Expect to be blown away by Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne (who knew he had a voice as well as presence??). Great performances are also given by Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried but Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter raise to every occasion and steal most of their scenes as well as bringing some lighter much needed comic relief. Although it clocks in at just over 2.5 hours, it is an enjoyable journey rich with historical anecdotes and social references that remain relevant in modern society.

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 The “Fitzgerald Family Christmas” is a holiday classic-in-the-making

In this video film review, today’s host, Shoshi meets up with this series’ creator, Denise Goins, at the Queen Victoria British Pub in the East Village in Manhattan to discuss this spectacular holiday-themed independent film.

Independent director and writer, Ed Burns gives us a fresh slice of Irish life in this holiday classic-in-the-making. Rich with a range of emotion, this is a universal story we all know too well and will recognize characters from our own family lives. Tons of fun, laughs and tears. This is one to see this holiday season.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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Film Review: HYSTERIA is feminist fun in the Victorian age

Guest host, Yolanda Shoshana and today’s panelists, Tina Lee Jones, Abbey Weitz and Gloria Messer sit down for a spot of tea and fish and chips at Queen Vic’s British Pub in the East Village to discuss and review the delightful British romantic comedy, “Hysteria.”

If you are in need of endless laughs sprinkled with a bit of feminist history, this one’s for you. Inspired by true events, the British romantic comedy, “Hysteria,” is written by Howard Gensler and Stephen and Jonah Lisa Dryer. This film takes a riotous look into London during the Victorian era and the presumed incidents that lead to the accidental invention of the first vibrator. Continue reading