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Seems like Adam and I are on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to movie musicals. Well, except that I too am not an especially big fan of dancing. Hey, here’s a list of manliest movie performances ever. I’m about to go on a little aside about movie musicals, so feel free to skip below the jump for my thoughts on Hairspray, if that’s your bag. Maybe this is better off in its own post, and maybe I’ll do just that, after the Oscars are over. I was thinking about Adam’s last paragraph, and I can’t help but wonder if movie musicals are having some sort of resurgence. Here are three random bloggers who agree with me, therefore they must be very smart. And take a look at the Wikipedia list of musical films by year. I’m not arguing that Hollywood is churning out movie musicals by the bucketful. But since 2000 you have Moulin Rouge!, Chicago, Dreamgirls, Hairspray and Sweeney Todd all meriting Oscar’s attention. I’m not sure Rent or The Phantom of the Opera went anywhere, but I haven’t seen those, so I can’t comment. And I was a little down on The Producers (damn you, Will Ferrell), but you can’t have a resurgence without some misses, I’d argue. Hedwig and the Angry Inch was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. And then I suppose you could start counting (as Wikipedia does) movies like Ray or Walk the Line. Plus, the uber-smashes High School Musical and High School Musical 2. Again, I’m not saying we are in a new golden age of musicals, far from it. But it does seem to be that we’re seeing an uptick in the quality and quantity of them. Oh, and for 2008? Mamma Mia! (Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Lily from Veronica Mars? Hollywood, when will you learn that making things whose target audience is me just isn’t profitable <cough>Love Monkey<cough>? Trailer here.) Read the rest of this entry »

Well, mostly for the worse, Enchanted is precisely what you would have expected from a PG-Rated (Could have been G) Disney movie that wasn’t produced by Pixar. Throw in some crass commercialism and a predictable plot, and you have a relatively bad film. No real reason to waste anyone’s time explaining any more about that, especially since it’s not as if we’re the target audience.

But Amy Adams was nominated for a Golden Globe, and has some buzz surrounding her for a possible Oscar nod. She does bring charm and pluck to the role as Giselle and embodies the cartoon-in-the-real-world rather well. But…I just can’t seem to get all that worked up over her performance.

To her credit, Adams made Enchanted remotely watchable. With a lesser actress, maybe the film is unbearable…but I can’t see that distinction making her worthy of a nomination.

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