Les Misérables is one of the most popular and longest running musicals of all time. Just in the DC area alone it has grossed over $53 million dollars in its numerous runs. On Broadway it has earned over $800 million dollars. Based on the Victor Hugo classic (At 1,400 pages it is one of the longest books ever written) it is a universal, moving and emotional story about redemption against all odds. It has one more medium to try and conquer – Blu-ray/DVD.
Part 1 of the 2012 GeekScholars Movie News Awards! January 2013 Preview! Reviews of Les Miserables and Django Unchained! Hit play above or the jump for more details! Continue reading
Every year we are told that movies aren’t as good as they used to be – and every year, we get enough good movies that picking a top ten/fifteen/twenty list for the year is hard work. Of course, there weren’t as many cries of ‘why don’t they make movies like they used to’ because not only were records set at the box office (thank you 3D, IMAX and #D IMAX), but the total number of bums in seats was higher than it’s been since 2009.
The biggest surprise for me this was that two superhero movies were among the best I saw all year. I love superhero movies, but could never have expected this. Not again, anyway. The bigger surprise was the number of indie flicks that not only impressed me when I saw them, but stayed with me ‘til the end of the year.
Anyroad, that’s enough preamble. Follow the jump to read my Favorite 15 Movies for 2012.
After breaking parole, Jean Valjean is tracked by the ruthless policeman Javert. Valjean finds redemption in his love and care of the child Cosette. But Javert continues his unrelenting hunt for Valjean.
Tom Hooper doesn’t kid around. As a follow-up to his Oscar®-winning The King’s Speech, he could have played it safe and done another smart, funny period piece or a family drama – or any number of equally small independent films. Instead, he chose to adapt the hit musical Les Miserables to film – and, despite some pretty obvious flaws, did, indeed, create an uplifting Christmas release. In spite of those flaws, Les Miz is one of the best film-going experiences of the year.
Les Misérables is one of the most popular and longest running musicals of all time. In the DC area alone it has grossed over $53 million dollars in its numerous runs. On Broadway it has earned over $800 million dollars. Based on the Victor Hugo classic (At 1,400 pages it is one of the longest books ever written) it is a universal, moving and emotional story about redemption against all odds.
Hit play above to listen to our hilarious episode, including our December 2012 Preview, where we predict the Rotten Tomatoes score for all the big movies coming out this month (Note: For November 2012, the GeekScholars were only off an average of +/- 3% per movie!). Hit the jump for more details on the show! Continue reading
Lots of new footage and – waddaya know – Russell Crowe really can sing!
Les Miserables opens on Christmas Day.
Prometheus lands in theaters in just two days! In honor of the occasion, this week on GeekScholars Movie News, the crew names their picks for who they would recast if 1986?s Aliens was to be remade in the modern era, as part of the latest installment of the Casting Competition.
We’ve also got two hot preview reviews for you. First up is the the trailer for the highly anticipated Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman, which (spoiler alert), we were all blown away by. We then hand out grades to the trailer for The Bourne Legacy, which was met with a more mixed reaction from the crew.
From there, listen to what GeekScholars Chris and Lauren thought of Snow White and the Huntsman, and enjoy some movie news quickies including tidbits about Sylvester Stallone possibly stepping back into the ring (again), G.I. Joe: Retaliation, casting rumors for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and who Leonardo DiCaprio almost played in Nolan’s Batman franchise.
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After her Oscars® duet with Hugh Jackman a few years back, we all knew Anne Hathaway could sing. Now, the first trailer has been released for Les Miserables – with Hathaway’s rendition of I Dreamed a Dream being featured.