Aug. 3rd, 2009 06:08 pm
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G Force
We went to see this hoping for something silly. It does have some silly elements and some very groan worthy puns. It is not a deep movie but has a couple of nice twists to it. We did NOT pay the extra to see it in 3D (why yes the extra $$ for 3D even if you bring your glasses back annoys me).

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
This is a well-done movie and does mostly follow the book but some of the key areas make certain characters come out in a different light (in my opinion). There was a lot of focus on the relationships among the various students and not as much on the Half-Blood Prince portions. The Phoenix group is basically ignored (I don't remember how much they figured in the book but I thought there was some). Not a whole lot of wizardry compared to the others so far. I am looking forward to the last 2 movies (what are they going to call them?

Wizard of Oz with NSO
Full length movie with the NSO playing the music soundtrack. The sound was not as clean as I would have liked (I suspect the restoration/care of the split tracks wasn't there). They had Robert Osborne from Turner Classic Movies come and tell about the movie which was fun. It is stunning seeing it on the VERY large screen and having the live music. It was also a bit loud in places.

Blue Planet Live with NSO
This was an excerpt of the BBC documentary entitled Blue Planet focusing on the life in/on the oceans. The images were stunning and I swear some of the sea-floor creatures look like something Dr. Seuss would dream up. It was a bit annoying that they re-used some of the scenes instead of showing us more stuff but I suspect they had limited footage of certain things (e.g. penguins jumping up on the ice). The world of preditor and prey is a harsh world and they didn't shy away from showing that. The music was very nicely written and performed (the chorus was amazing) and fit the scenes. It is the first time I have seen something like this at Wolf Trap that had some serious technical difficulties (they had to restart the film). The narrator was good but needs to control his volume.

Oklahoma at Toby's Dinner Theatre
Over the years we have come to expect a good show from Toby's (with one notable exception). This one filled the bill. Laurey & Curly were both solid performers with a good interplay between them. Jud was VERY well done as was Aunt Eller. Will looked so much like Tommy Sands (Happiest Millionaire) it was almost spooky. The dancing was fun and energetic; the singing was superb, the set was fun and creative (I loved how they did the ranch). While I may not LIKE some of the characters or their behaviors, I enjoyed the show. The breakfast was also quite tasty. It runs through the end of August.
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