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Glee 3D Movie Review: Brace Yourself!

Published August 14, 2011 - 3 Comments

It’s been awhile since I’ve waited in anticipation for any movie, but Glee 3D was different.  I’ve been a fan of the show since episode 1 (although it took me a long time to watch that episode, and I was essentially forced into it).  So when the Glee 3D concert movie was announced, I was pretty excited to watch it.  I joked that I’d be the only guy in the theatre, but hey… that’s ok.  I didn’t care.

Well…

I wasn’t the only guy in the theatre.  I think there were 2 others.  There might have been a third, but it was dark.  The first thing that I noticed was the complete lack of people in the theatre!  I honestly thought that going on Saturday evening of the opening weekend (it only plays for 2 weeks) would be nuts.  I thought that I’d be sandwiched between a bunch of crazy teenage Gleeks, swooning over their favourite characters.  Instead, there might have been 25 people in that theatre!  It was a little disappointing in a way, but maybe the people who didn’t go knew something that I didn’t.

Are you beginning to sense my overall feeling of disappointment?

The Glee 3D concert movie is one part concert and one part “touchy-feel-good see how real people connect with the the show”… Let me get this out there right now before anyone has the wrong impression… I am not unsympathetic to how some people’s real life obstacles may help them identify with Glee’s themes of acceptance and being true to yourself.  It’s not that I found stories un-interesting…  My issue with breaking away from the concert portion of the movie is that it killed any flow that the concert had.  I think the longest uninterrupted section of the movie was 3 songs.  I found it extremely distracting to watch a song being performed, and then cut away to someone continue their story of how Brittany is their favourite character and how identifying with her has helped her deal with her Asperger Syndrome. More concert… less everything else…

The second problem with breaking up the show like is that the actual performance was incredibly short.  There were so many songs that I wish they had performed, but didn’t.  It felt extremely “light”.

So was it a horrible experience?  No.  There were some shining moments.

Although I am not the biggest fan of 3D movies, I believe that a concert movie is probably a very good use of the technology.  That being said, they certainly could have done a better job.  At the end of the show, the cast throws “Slushies” onto the crowd.  This would have been a perfect showcase of 3D to have it come directly at the viewer, but it doesn’t.  On the upside, Lea Michele appeared to be standing directly in front of me at one point…

When Heather Morris performed Britney Spears’ I’m a Slave 4 U, I thought my heart was going to stop.  Wow.  That girl can move.. and wow…

Naya Rivera (Santana) … I was happy to see her get featured in a few songs.  Considering how little some of the main characters performed, Santana’s two songs were quite noticeable.

Gwyneth Paltrow was a nice surprise addition.  I considered leaving that out but then thought… “Really?  Who reads this blog that is going to go see the movie? ”  So no spoiler there.

All in all… I have to be honest and say that I was quite disappointed with the movie.  I think that it had great potential, and there were parts of it that I enjoyed very much.  But if I was home watching it, I would be skipping through big chunks trying to find those enjoyable parts.

I hate to say it… but the D in Glee 3D stands for “dud”…   🙁

New Staples Back to School Ad With Glee’s Heather Morris

Published August 11, 2011 - 0 Comments

As much as I like Lea Michele, she’s far from the only talent on Glee.  Brittany (played by Heather Morris) is a hilarious character, but because she constantly has that blank “dumb as a post” stare, you rarely get to see her looking “natural”.  The exception to that rule is during a dance routine, where she is easily one of the best dancers there.  I’m pretty sure that I read once that she has danced backup for Britney Spears.  She’s good.  Really good.

I was quite surprised to see the new Back to School ad on TV.  I didn’t immediately recognize Heather as the shopper in the store.  I really should have, though.

And yes… she can dance.

Glee Cast Changes… and the Movie Trailer…

Published July 15, 2011 - 0 Comments

Yesterday we learned that 3 of the main Glee characters would be graduating at the end of Season 3, and would not be returning in Season 4.  When I looked at the article to see who they were… I wept!  OK, maybe I didn’t weep… but I was disappointed to see that Lea Michele was one of the names mentioned.  Well.. that’s it for me and Glee! I have no doubt that she will be in something else, but I actually liked the Rachel Berry character… surprising because of how she is on the show… but there’s something about her that is very appealing.. not to mention the voice.  I’ve said it before…

But it made me wonder… if those three characters are graduating, what’s happening with the rest of them?  Are they all being held back a year ? It’s gonna be hard to attract people into your Glee club if you’re more likely to fail the year.  Think about it.

So after that news, I needed some cheering up.  Thankfully, the Glee gods heard my plea…   I present to you… The Glee 3D Movie Trailer!

Loser Like Me (Glee Goes Original)

Published March 22, 2011 - 18 Comments

I’m a Gleek.  That’s not news.  Some of my friends will roll their eyes and stop reading right here.  The rest might read a little longer… a tiny few might even read to the very bottom and even click on the videos.  Chances are, those people have already seen them in last week’s episode titled “Original Song”.

So, despite that fact that I’m now a self-described Gleek, I’ve always taken issue with the cover songs they sing being included in music charts, especially when they broke the records previously held by The Beatles…  I think that many of their versions of popular songs are at least equal (if not superior) to the originals… but I don’t believe that it’s right that they can release a half dozen songs every episode that shoot up the charts and knock out legitimate artists from their positions.  Well, last week Glee took a huge step forward toward credibility by debuting two new original songs.

I’m not surprised that they chose to play it safe and go primarily with their brightest star, Lea Michele.  I’m convinced that girl can sing anything you throw at her, and I will happily buy it.  She’s oozing with legitimate talent (not a pretty image, I know) and has a huge future ahead of her.  So having her take the lead in their first venture into original material was really no-brainer.  But it worked!  The songs are good.  The singing is great.  The two of them combine for an emotional roller coaster, which obviously appeals to moi.  Get it Right tears you down a little… pulls back the outer layers… exposes parts of you that you might want to hide…  everyone’s been there…    and Loser Like Me is incredibly catchy and builds you back up.. ending on a high note…   Kudos… Both these songs are proud new entries in my iTunes library. I really wish that they sold videos of the Glee songs, though. I’d love to have these (and a few of the others) in great quality.

Even if you’re not a huge fan of Glee, I encourage you to take a listen to the songs and maybe even leave a comment… honest feedback is always welcome!

Glee Star Shows Too Much for Cosmo? C’mon… Get a Life…

Published February 13, 2011 - 10 Comments

So last week it was reported that some stores in the USA were pulling Cosmo from their shelves this month because the current cover showed a little too much of Glee star Lea Michele.

Uh huh.

Please correct me if I’m wrong… but doesn’t Cosmo always picture an attractive well-known actress provocatively on their cover?  So the problem this month isn’t that there is a woman wearing a plunging neckline on the cover… the problem is who that woman happens to be?

Get over it, people!  Lea Michele is a 24 year old actress who just so happens to play a highschool student on television.  But have you actually seen that television show?  It’s not exactly Mr Rogers Neighbourhood.  If you’re ok with letting your kid watch some of the same-sex kissing (male and female) that has taken place, along with other possibly questionable behaviour, then you really don’t have much of a leg to stand on when a beautiful young woman appears on the cover of a magazine intended for adults portraying herself, and not her alter-ego highschool-aged character.

And don’t get me wrong.  I love Glee.  I think that it’s hilarious, and they manage to address some very important social topics within the context of their comedy.  I just think that there is a certain demographic that needs to relax a little, and maybe take their heads out of their asses.

Stop demonizing people because their beliefs may differ from your own.  Thank you.