Archive for the Movies Category

Les Miserables in 10 Minutes

Sunday, November 15th, 2015 | Permalink

What do we do when we have spare time? We go to movies but we rarely consider a musical. Some Singaporeans are not big fans of musicals but it doesn’t mean that it is not as beautiful as motion pictures. We have to see one of the finest so we can change our mind about musicals.


Why not start with Les Miserables? Les Miserables is actually one of the most common musical plays in the world. If we want to witness one, we can look forward to Les Miserables here in Singapore. The musical play will be held at the Esplanade Theatre in May 2016. The acclaimed producer Cameron Macknintosh will be in charge. The tickets range from $58 to $228. The tickets will be on sale starting on November 2. The coordinator is MediaCorp VizPro International.

Les Miserables is a musical based on the novel of French poet Victor Hugo. Here are some things that we need to know about Les Miserables before going to the musical come May 2016:

  • Background: Les Miserables is originally released in French. Its first adaptation was offered at Palais des Sports way back in 1980. In 1983, director Peter Farago presented Cameron Mackintosh with the French concept. Mackintosh then produced it in English version. Mackintosh initially presented the musical for British audience and the success led to Mackintosh’s Broadway production.
  • Response: The opening in London at first was not so good because reviews were negative. Literary scholars did not take the musical seriously however, the public has different view. The public considered the musical box office.


  • Abstract: The story revolves around Jean Valjean and his survival. The story speaks of the survival of the human spirit.
  • Musical numbers: There are two acts. The first act includes songs like “Prologue Work Song”, “Prologue: On Parole”, “Prologue Valjean Arrested, Valjean Forgiven”, “Prologue: What Have Done?” and many more. The second act includes songs like “Building the Barricade”, “On My Own”, “At the Barricade”, “Night of Anguish” and many more.
  • Characters: Characters include Jean Valjean or also called Prisoner 24601, Inspector Javert, The Bishop of Digne, The Factory Foreman, The Factory Girl, Fantine, Crone, Bamatabois, Fauchelevent, Champmathieu, Madame Thenardier, Gavroche, Enjolras, Marius Pontmercy, Eponine, Brujon, Babet and many more. In May 2016, the characters include Simon Gleeson (as Jean Valjean), Earl Carpenter (as Javert), Patrice Tipoki (as Fantine), Kerrie Anne Greenland (as Eponine), Chris Durling (AS Enjorlas) and Emily Langridge (as Cosette).

Let us all be excited. We will find inspiration when we hear and understand Valjean’s and other endeavours of characters.


The Wonder That is Fifty Shades of Grey

Monday, May 11th, 2015 | Permalink

The steamy and probably most controversial movie this 2015 had dominated the box office here in Singapore. The film was released on February 12, 2015. Four days after its release, the movie already earned SGD 900,000. The movie is Rated 21 and it was released here without any cuts. It surpassed David Fincher’s “Gone Girl”.


Fifty Shades of Grey is the currently hottest topic here in Singapore. Avid fans rushed to the cinemas to see the film even with the long queue. It does not end there because non-fans also joined the frenzy. For people who still want to catch the movie, they can still watch it since it is still screening – just do not forget their identification cards.

Why all this frenzy? Before it was announced that Fifty Shades of Grey will be adapted to a movie, people are reading the erotic romance novel by E.L James. When fans heard about the adaptation, everyone was excited and finally it is here. Here are some things that you need to know about Fifty Shades of Grey:

  • Plot: The story revolves around the growing and deepening relationship of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Anastasia is a 21 year-old college senior who was asked by her best friend Kate Kavanagh to do the interview of Christian Grey in behalf of her (since Kate is ill). Christian is a successful and wealthy man. When Christian laid an eye to Ana, he was suddenly attracted to her and the plot thickens. Christian told Ana of his desires and showed her a contract. Ana agreed to sign but later ran away because she was overwhelmed by the BDSM (Bondage/discipline, Dominance/submission and Sadism/masochism) arrangement. They did not speak until Ana’s graduation. Christian was a guest speaker in the event. Eventually Ana agreed and signed the contract. Towards the end of the story, Christian showed her how extreme their BDSM relationship could become but Ana realized they are not compatible.


  • Casts: Anastasia Steele is played by Dakota Johnson, Christian Grey by Jamie Dornan, Kate Kavanagh by Eloise Mumford, Elliot Grey by Luke Grimes and Mia Grey by Rita Ora.
  • Installations: The novel have three installations or volumes. The first is Fifty Shades of Grey followed by Fifty Shades Darker and the last installation is Fifty Shades Freed. As for the movie, Focus Features and the Universal Pictures secured the rights to the trilogy on March 2012.
  • Controversies: There are many controversies revolving around Fifty Shades. There are people who criticize the novel because of its fan fiction origins. These people think that Fifty Shades bear resemblance to Twilight. There’s also the depiction of BDSM.