2014觀映

一四年不經不覺,原來入戲院有三十三次之多。同邊個睇,睇乜,都係緣。小評幾句,當一個補完。

Jan
救火英雄 (When the Light Goes Out) [消防片加港產,算交足功課。]

Feb
騙海豪情 (American Hustle) [好睇過狼人,又見識Christian Bale嘅放大縮細神技。Amy Adams表現十分突出。]
華爾街狼人 (The Wolf of Wall Street) [比想像中無咁好睇,而且有賣弄色情之嫌。]

續命梟雄 (Dallas Buyers Club) [本年個人五大之一,McConaughey表現明顯比年美嘅Interstellar好得多。]
Mar
美味情書 (The Lunchbox) [Bollywood人情片,夠生活,結局有驚喜。]
觸不到的她 (HER) [十分滿意,探討人同gadget互動嘅可能,幽默位都唔少。]

KANO [五大之二,夠勵志,日治時期台灣係少人講嘅題材,有睇開安達充漫畫嘅朋友投入無難度。]
April
美國隊長2 (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) [中規中矩,連到戲,打得幾好。]
大地之鹽 (My Name is Salt/HKIFF) [記錄鹽農生活,拍得十分好嘅紀錄片。]
知音夢裏人(Inside Llewyn Davis/HKIFF) [今年眾多音樂劇情片第一套,劇本灰暗,但情節清楚,圍繞主角同佢嘅衰運,同時側寫六十年代美國民歌界。同係歌手,Justin Timberlake明顯比Adam Levine嘅戲好得多。]
聖蘿蘭 (Yves Saint Laurent) [法國人物傳記片,節奏ok,中規中矩。]
真的有天堂 (Heaven is for Real) [真事改編,福音片格局但比想像中好。]
秋刀魚之味 (An Autumn Afternoon/HKIFF) [小津安二郎最後作品,描寫戰後日本第二次高速經濟增長下中產社員日常生活日常。]

無人區 (No Man’s Land/HKIFF) [荒誕不經,殘酷,電影情節隨時可以喺強國發生。五大之三。]
May
雙生靈 (Bilocation) [大橋有新意,夠驚嚇,結局有驚喜,出人意表。]
蜘蛛俠2:決戰電魔 (The Amazing Spider Man 2: Rise of Electro) [無驚喜,Super Hero片中規中矩之作,感情線還可以。]
香港仔 (Aberdeen) [有誠意嘅本土作品,但總覺得唔一定係香港定位。]
異空戰士 (Edge of Tomorrow) [湯告魯B似乎越老越宜做科幻,出奇地好睇,當然原著更好。]

黑魔后 (Maleficient) [又係出奇地好睇嘅一套,用back story將Maleficient嘅惡合理化,再改邪歸正,絕佳改編。]
June
廣告祭!唔制! (Judge!) [瘋狂爆笑,睇得開心!]

變形金剛4 (Transformers: Age of Extinction) [又係無驚喜之作,mish mash香港加大陸,Michael Bay用到爛鏡頭、走位,重多過TVX嘅置入廣告,算數。]
July
滋味旅程 (Chef) [熨斗人導演自導自演,生活感、父子情、公路歷險,各種原素配合得十分好。]
輝耀姫物語 (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya) [高畑大叔老而彌堅,改編民間傳說有新演繹,畫面處理再上一層樓,公主出走一幕水準超越近期作品。]

阿基拉 (Akira) [八十年代神作,睇碟睇得多,喺戲院睇震撼始終不同。]
August
等一個人咖啡 (Café. Waiting. Love) [無睇過《那些年》,感覺反而清新。以romantic comedy而言唔錯。]

舞自由 (Desert Dancer) [五大之四,睇完就見人大落閘,歷史又再重演,百感交集。]
Sept
一切從音樂再開始 (Begin Again) [音樂電影第二套,亦係睇得最開心嘅,音樂悦耳,人物描寫生動,對音樂嘅熱誠引起共鳴。詳細影評在此。]
如果我留下 (If I Stay) [一四年觀影音樂電影第三套,young adult類,故事ok,音樂唔錯,都好睇嘅。]

浪客劍心2:京都大火篇 (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno) [比第一作好睇,改編部分唔大突兀,打鬥更多更華麗。]
Oct
辯父律師 (The Judge) [發人深省,父子關係、老人起居照顧問題、法律公義,都有觸及,值得睇。五大之五。]

戰逆豪情 (Fury) [睇戲咁耐,總算有一套似樣嘅坦克戲,戰鬥密度高,睇完好攰。畢佬又做father character,隊伍嘅互動亦動人。]

Nov

星際啟示錄 (Interstellar) [其實幾好,美中不足係中段開始劇情令一啲主角特色淡化,例如Cooper嘅南部口音,有啲可惜。Matt Damon嘅Dr. Mann睇落有啲over,但睇埋同期流出嘅漫畫,就會補完到佢嘅動機。]

Dec

大英雄聯盟 (Big Hero Six) [Pixar風格彌漫,狄士尼製作嘅Marvel超級英雄動畫,人物造型討好,故事有點意料之內,但結局更出人意表。大人細路都有嘢攞得走,十分滿分我俾九分半。]

可惜無入場睇《逆權大狀》,要買碟再睇返。

[Sharing] A Juan Carlos Copes

I love seeing tango danced in movies. The most recent one I recall was El Ultimo Cafe in the Sci-Fi flop “Upside Down” (IMHO at least). The one I am sharing here is similar, yet different.

It’s from the movie “Tango”, directed by Carlos Saura, scored by Lalo Schifrin, featuring Argentine Tango dancer Juan Carlos Copes as one of the supporting character. The scene here was of a group of tango dancers rehearsing for a tango show.

The directer presented the scene in layers, with darkness and just a Bandoneon, gradually adding on the sequence, lighting, and music. It’s so much like the dance itself, building on basic moves and adding more and more elements.

Sounds good, isn’t it? See for yourself.

一切從音樂再開始(有少量劇透)

人生每一個階段都有不同的渴求、重視的原則。人與人之間的互動,往往因為各自的主次之分而出現矛盾、衝突。如何求同存異?『一切從音樂再開始』嘗試以不同角度檢視這些問題。作為一齣拍得浪漫而不落俗套的商業電影,處理得很得體。

Dan 係一個過氣唱片公司高層,因為老婆Miriam出軌而失婚,事業亦走下坡。在夜店買醉之時遇上與歌星男友Dave鬧翻、被朋友慫恿下上台唱歌的唱作人Gretta 。Dan被Gretta的才華吸引,進而遊說為她出唱片。事情發展下去,慢慢影響兩人在人生路上的方向。

導演John Carney(前作:『一奏傾情』)再以音樂人的故事為題材。兩齣戲相比,『一奏傾情』有點「無奈的結局」,而『一切從音樂再開始』則重於人們為保住關係而嘗試妥協,同時以Gretta為中心互相影響。故事主線以Dan和Gretta加上一群音樂人在紐約街頭巷尾錄製音樂為主,同時側寫各人物關係,原則和渴望。又因為女主角係唱作人而不忘借題發揮,暗諷唱片業對歌手的不公平對待。

選角方面,起用近期以『變形俠醫』『復仇者聯盟』電影大收的麥克雷法路飾演落泊星探,頗為入格。姫拉麗莉的Gretta由最初感情失敗到最後堅強獨立,一幕比一幕迷人。飾演的Maroon V主音亞當列維做返自己已經可以,發揮尚算自然。在『宇宙生還戰』中飾演主角胞姊的希莉施丹菲今次擔任情竇初開的主角女兒,亦是隨劇情推進而越見可人,更客串在其中一首歌中bass solo一番。另外,在『唱Opera的保羅』擔正的占士高登(飾演Gretta的好友)、飾演Miriam的嘉芙蓮堅娜,演出都恰如其分。

作為一齣音樂電影,Begin Again的音樂自然重要,亦頗有驚喜。全片音樂以人物分別,Gretta的歌充滿singer/songwriter的清新、歌詞發自人物內心。Dave的歌曲則流行曲味濃厚,反映他投向大眾皃走向,與Gretta風格大相逕庭。姫拉麗莉初次主唱,聲底明顯不足,但表現出奇地好,補足有餘。雖然只有四首歌,但已足夠令我離場後即上iTunes Store購買原聲大碟。(謎之聲:説好了的專輯呢??我:你肯補足其他歌,一定買!)個人心水:Like A Fool (歌詞直接到point,旋律簡單上腦),Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home屋頂版(有Dan同Violet父女對jam)。

無論你是否音樂愛好者,『一切從音樂再開始』都係一齣睇得開心、聽得開心的好戲,誠意推薦。

Everyone had priorities in their path down the stream of life. And people get together for various reasons. Different priorities can cause friction between people; how to resolve the differences? From my view, Begin Again is a pleasant yet poignant way in dealing with the messy reality of differing priorities.How to make a record

How to make an album

Dan (Mark Ruffalo) was a struggling record company executive that had his glory. Divorced and hardly productive, he walked in to a bar for a couple of drinks, where he saw a reluctant Gretta (Keira Knightley) performing on stage, singing a lonely song about hopeless people contemplating life. Somehow Dan saw talent in Gretta, strike up a conversation with her, and offered to produce an album with her music and the sounds of New York. Things went for an unexpected turn, which change both of their lives.

Director John Carney took up again a theme about music lovers, after his award-winning film “Once”. I found “Once” being more of “separate lives”. “Begin Again” was different, more about people stick together and tried to make compromises.

The plot was straight forward, and the director didn’t deviate from his way of handling love affairs of main characters (you would know after watching “Once”). As the main theme is Gretta’s record, a lot of scenes are dealing with the actual recording, which they do on the streets and parks of New York, and beautifully filmed. The interaction between Dan and his family, as well as Gretta with Dave, were decently presented, crossover through Gretta as the centerpiece, and provide contrast in terms of how the characters deal with betrayal and different priorities. And having Gretta being an independent singer/songwriter, the plot also took a jab at the recording industry, and Dan went along with the album project being independent.

Casting was wonderful. Ruffalo as the depressed and out of work A&R man was spot on, while Knightley was becoming more and more attractive as the story progresses, and she shined brilliantly all the way the end. Levine got the rock star look just right, as he was just being himself. Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Ender’s Game) played well and adorable as Dan’s daughter, Violet, who yearned for her old man’s attention while they lead different lives. James Corden (lead actor in this year’s “One Chance”) as Gretta’s best friend, as well as Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich, Capote) as Dan’s ex-wife, were also cast well.

And there’s the music. They were well written and produced by seasoned musicians, while the director and Glen Hansard (musician and lead actor of “Once”) pitched in for two songs. The lyrics were particularly good, with very strong emotion and storytelling elements, reflected the singer/songwriter genre that was dominant in the plot. Surprisingly, even though Knightley proclaimed her almost total lack of music training, her singing was pretty good. I found myself picking up the soundtrack from iTunes immediately after the end, and the playlist is now a regular on my phone, the music is that good. My favorite: “Like a Fool”, for the frankness in the lyrics, and “Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home”, the roof top version, for the jam by Dan and Violet. It might sound greedy, but if we can get the whole album produced, with the songs in the movie plus some more, I would not doubt snap it up the moment it were released!

As a music lover, I recommend this delightful, elegant movie to you, whether you like catchy music or not.

iOS更新 – 7/16 至 7/17

今日最多人談論的app更新相信係Whatsapp終於加入iCloud備份對話功能,以後無需再export as text備份~ 更新亦加入上載多張相片功能,有活動要派相會方便得多。

另外,Google Maps亦有更新,新功能Explore正式登場,可以為用户找尋現在地點附近食飯買嘢好去處。(詳細可以喺http://google-latlong.blogspot.hk/2013/07/a-new-google-maps-app-for-smartphone.html上睇到。)

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唯一有少少不便嘅係個app會以用戶的Google web history 作為捜尋和建議地點的基礎,如我一般一早已關閉web history紀錄的用家,便不會有即時建議。

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另外需要留意,Google Latitude支援在此更新已被廢除,對下支援亦會在八月九日廢除。在Google力推Google+上分享現在地點資料功能,與及現存的「打咭」服務(如Foursquare、Facebook)之下,Latitude被廢算是正常。

重有,終於有tablet版!望穿秋水,喺iPad終於可以唔用Apple Maps啦~~

<舊文> 放過你自己

六四,我唔係為邊個組織搞悼念而悼念。點都要繼續去。
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其實,大部分人唔會真心想每年坐喺維園捱熱、捱雨。回憶、提醒自己千萬唔好唔記得六四呢件咁令人傷心嘅事。起碼我知道我唔想咁樣。

但一年又一年,我同唔少香港人一樣,每年自動自覺去維園捱熱。心裏都希望捱埋今年就唔駛再捱。結果係變天定平反都好,有個了斷就算,大家終於可以move on。

但始終,呢一個唔想捱熱,不想回憶、未敢忘記嘅願望,都係未實現。

我只希望有一日,共產黨會認錯,等我哋唔駛再同佢過唔去。咁樣未必有任何意義,但起碼大家都可以釋懷,亦唔需要老死不想往來。

血、淚,流夠亦不想再流。放過你自己,好讓我哋可以放過你喇,唔該。

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I think most of the pro-democratic people in Hong Kong don’t really want to mourn every year for those young people who died and got maimed in Beijing in ’89. At least I know I don’t.

But year after year, I, like so many of my fellow citizens, went to Victoria Park on the fourth and mourn. And remind ourselves to never forget this tragedy. We all wish that, “This year will be the last year we have to do this. Next year, the apology will be out, and we can finally move on.”

Well, it didn’t happen as we wished. For twenty three times, we were defeated by the reality. And we have to return to Victoria Park next Monday.

I just hope that the Communist Party will one day admit their fault. Then, we will not have to be its enemy. It might not mean anything, but at least all of us can _move the fuck on_.

Too much blood and tears had been spilled, even one more drop is too much. Please, elites, please admit that you are wrong, so that we can stop hating you. It’s not fun, for both of us, you know.

You are not an arrow

You are not an arrow.
There is no string behind you.
You can just go.

Move with purpose.
Move with grace.
Move with the focus of an arrow.
Even though you are not.

Aim to be true.
Aim with control.
Aim for the heart.

You are not an arrow.
You are a dancer.
With a purpose.
To dance comfortably together.
With your partner.
Through thick and thin.
Good or bad.

Afterword:
I wrote this after a particularly insightful private lesson of Argentine Tango. As you can see, I am no regular writer of poems, so don’t shot me for making poetic mistakes.

離去

朋友D的兄長T過身。最後見他是上星期三,雖然飽受病魔折磨,但他的精神仍然堅定。怎料一周過去,已經天人相隔。

收到消息,當下腦裏響起這個:

「有些朋友想見面 有些承諾講了廿年
有些遊戲玩到一半 未完 也只能 那邊見」

「原諒我 遺下你 提前離座」

猶記得幾年前D結婚,我是伴郎,T和幾位我的中學死黨做兄弟。接新娘嘅種種,仍然清楚記得。只是到了今天,這回憶的一部份,便與我們曾經交集的其他回憶片段,和T一起離開了。

就是這個。人的離世令親朋最介意的,除了未來被終止,還有共有記憶的消滅。

當然,還有生命無常呀、珍惜眼前人呀。「講囉,到真係有人走咗嗰陣你就知。」今天再一次證明,人是善忘的,亦不太會吸取教訓(最少我是這樣)。

T,等一下。遲一點那邊見。

歌詞引用來源
那邊見:http://www.littleoslo.com/lyc/home/swing-%E9%82%A3%E9%82%8A%E8%A6%8B
最後派對:http://www.littleoslo.com/lyc/home/%E9%99%B3%E5%A5%95%E8%BF%85-%E6%9C%80%E5%BE%8C%E6%B4%BE%E5%B0%8D

2013電影節心水

又到電影節時節。

今年中文片嘅陣容實在太誇張,令往常睇紀錄片、日本片為主嘅我都忍唔住要睇。暫時選擇如下:

胭脂扣:數碼化高清、哥哥、阿梅。Enough said.
大渡海:卡士強勁,小田切讓、宮崎葵、松田龍平,故事卻係講一班文人編辭典嘅經歷。有趣。
旺角卡門:當年無入場,家陣補返。
花瓣舞:主要係因為宮崎葵而揀,後311女性情懷,應該啱睇嘅。
大浩劫:應該會係最詳細講Holocaust嘅紀錄片,前、後篇九小時盤腸血戰。
沙漠梟雄:雖然屋企剛購入五十周年藍光版,但仍然會喺文化中心大劇院個大screen睇呢個8K修復版。相信感覺會比當年喺戲院睇更震撼。
閃靈237:寇比力克諸作品中,閃靈係其中一套心愛。紀錄片嘗試用唔同角度分析戲裏嘅細節,係陰謀論定係分析過度?觀眾自有定奪。
沒有蜜蜂的日子:一直有留意近年蜜蜂大量死亡嘅情況。呢套紀錄片以人類、蜜蜂、全球化生產去分析死亡事件嘅種種,值得一睇。
波蘭斯基的告白:入場原因只有四個字 – 波蘭斯基。
祖之根:日本311地震後,一個老災民嘅重建之路。

There’s a grief that can’t be spoken, there’s a pain goes on and on – 評《孤星淚》 / Review of Les Misérables

Earlier this year, we heard the great news that Les Misérables is going to the silver screen this Christmas. As an avid fan, I can’t wait to see the up-to-date incarnation of this masterpiece, until…

We heard the casting. Okay, Hugh Jackman had been performing musicals and snag a Tony’s with his performance as a gay performer, so not to worry. Ditto to Amanda Seyfried, who was on the cast of Mama Mia’s movie, they both should handle the singing well. But Anne Hathaway as Fantine? Russell Crowe as Javert? And “who-the-hell-is-that-guy” as Marius? To say I am worried was an understatement the size of an Airbus 380.

But the teasers turned out okay. Hathaway came through well through her singing part presented, so was the rest of the cast. And the trailer in late November seemed even better. So, I went into the movie house last week with part trepidation, part excitement and still a little bit of worry, and watch the movie in its full glory. And glory it is.

Cosette
Cosette (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A faithful revisit
The story of Les Misérables probably need no more introduction to musicals aficionados, but here it is anyway: Jean Valjean, an ex-convict fugitive guilty of stealing bread, reformed businessman and Mayor, attempted to save Fantine, an ex-worker in his factory forced in to prostitution from destitute. While Fantine didn’t survive the ordeal, her daughter, Corsette, was saved. On the other hand, lawman Javert was hot on Valjean’s tail to bring him to justice. In the eve of the Paris Uprising of 1832, young revolutionist Marius fell irretrievably in love with Cosette, while Valjean contemplate exile to avoid capture from Javert…

The movie is essentially a movie edition of the fabled musical, which is fabulous in setting the mood for us to enjoy the acting and singing. Paris in its glory and filth, Valjean’s factory, the barricades, all beautifully rendered. The fighting scenes are well produced to give you the sense of being in the action. All songs are included, and while there are some changes to the lyrics and some are being shuffled within the scenes, the libretto is essentially the same as the musical. One new song was added, right after Valjean picked up Cosette from the Thénardiers. Acting-wise, the cast performed well, as what you can expect from a big budget history movie. The story line was basically the same as the musical, no surprises there. And then, there’s the singing…

A pleasant surprise
And the cast surprised me, their overall performance were very good. That the cast sang their part on set, instead of pre-recorded in a sound studio then played on set, required them to immerse fully into the song’s mood. It makes for a genuine performance, and the effect shows on most of the main characters’ signature songs, very emotional numbers that highlight the struggle they face.

One of the biggest highlight came from Hathaway. While her role as Fantine was important yet short, her singing was exceptionally well, especially on “I Dreamed A Dream”, which she sang the song in one take with so much emotions, it brought tears to eyes and sniffles to the audience. Hathaway had transformed in recent years, and her performance earlier this year in “One Day”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, and now “Les Misérables”, gave me a lot more confidence in her acting.

Hugh Jackman did not disappoint. While his voice is lower in tone from the musical actors, he still performed well. His performance of “Bring Him Home” was as good as the stage performances of the musical I heard so far. On the other hand, Russell Crowe fall short. While he got the stronger beat songs of Javert well enough, but his character’s show piece tunes like “Stars” and “Javert’s Suicide” was not up to similar pieces for the other main characters.

Sasha Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as Thénardiers were hilarious, nasty and disgusting, as they should be. Their singing/acting are top notch, and since they had worked before in “Sweeney Todd”, the synergy was there.

Of the younger cast, Seyfried as Cosette and Eddie Redmayne as Marius were suitable combination of the lovebirds. I especially like Seyfried, as beautiful as she was as Fantine’s daughter and sang like an angel. Redmayne’s performance of “Empty Chairs and Empty Tables” moved a lot of the audience to tears. Their duet of “A Heart Full of Love” was like a breeze of fresh air, breaking the tension of revolution, if only for just a moment.

Aaron Tveit as Enjolras was very good too, not too exaggerated in uplifting songs like “Do You Hear the People Sing”, “Red and Black” or “One Day More”, unlike some of the actors playing the same role in the musical. Samantha Barks played Eponine in the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert, and was reprising the role in her first movie role here. Her singing was very well, and she gave us a feisty Eponine with a bit more feminine touch than the usual tomboy look.

Even the smaller roles were well cast. Daniel Huttlestone, who was in the London cast, reprise his role as Gavorche and put up a well-liked performance, often chiming in when the revolutionaries sang. Colm Wilkinson, the original Valjean in the first London cast, had a cameo as the Bishop of Digne, the man who turn Valjean’s bitterness to the world into struggle for good and charity. He was wonderful as usual.

In short, the movie was a beautifully sung rendition of Les Misérables.

For the wretched on the earth, there is a flame that never dies
Les Misérables always hold a special spot in me. Maybe it was because of the Paris Uprising resembling so much of the 1989 Chinese Democratic movement. Some of us still remember our sense of belonging in the social movement back then, and the tragic crackdown, which effects made the China we have now.

So, it was with mix feelings that I came out of the theatre. I enjoyed the movie much. I contemplate the fact that after the Paris Uprising, it took 16 years until the second French Revolution, which overthrown the Orleans Monarchy of Louis Philippe and created the Second Republic of France. How long will China had its own second movement, after twenty three years? Maybe more? I have no answer.

Next Tuesday, Hong Kong people will take to the streets once again to oppose a lying government that is indifference to poverty and hardship. Are we marching to change, or are we stepping into our graves?

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?

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年初收到《孤星淚》將會登上大銀幕。作為多年粉絲,當然十分雀躍,但演員名單確定時,心情當下冷了半截…

Hugh Jackman (曉治積曼)一直有音樂劇的表演,亦因為他曾以飾演音樂劇 The Boy From Oz 中Peter Allen一角面而贏得東尼獎最佳男主角,可以放心。Amanda Seyfried(雅曼達施菲)亦曾演出音樂劇改編的歌舞片Mamma Mia,相信問題不大。但Anne Hathaway(安妮夏菲維)?Russell Crowe(羅素高爾)?「阿Marius你係邊位?」(演Marius的是誰呀?)實在令人十分擔心。

可幸,預告片感覺尚好,一眾影星的歌唱部份都十分討好。話雖如此,但踏進電影院時感覺還是有點保留的。結果…

等待是值得的,收穫亦十分豐富。

忠實演繹
《孤星淚》的主角Jean Valjean(曉治積曼飾)因偷竊麵包以救濟姪兒而入獄十九年,假釋後隱姓埋名,搖身一變成為老闆、市長。他的前員工Fantine(安妮夏菲維飾)淪落風塵,Valjean知道她距死不遠,主動承諾照顧她的女兒Cosette,代價是警察Javert(羅素高爾飾)識穿Valjean的過去,開始一個追、兩個逃的逃亡旅程。九年後在巴黎,已長大成人的Cosette(雅曼達施菲飾)與年輕革命份子Marius(Eddie Redmayne飾)一見鐘情,私定終身。在巴黎市民即將再發動革命的前夕,Javert終於與Valjean再度碰頭…前途未明,大家的命運會如何發展?

音樂劇改編其實不容易。要如何保持音樂劇原本的脈絡,而把電影感帶進劇情中,本來已經不容易。要找到可以演譯歌曲而不失原作風味更難。而目標是《孤星淚》就更難。監製Cameron Mackintosh、導演Tom Hardy把上述的一一做到了。從場景重現一八三二年起義前的巴黎、貧民窟、革命最前線,每方面的製作十分認真。正因如此,需要關心的只是歌唱部份。

有驚有喜
其實,一如上文所言,雖然一眾演員在預告的表現不俗,但他們始終不是全職音樂劇演員,所以唱功與原版、現役演員比較自然有距離。但製作群有一個決定,令這方面的短處有所減輕,甚至出現超水準表現。

導演選擇以現場收音錄製歌唱部份,而非時前錄製再在現場播音配合演員演出,免去演員即場配嘴形的需要,令他們盡量投入演出。同時,因為編導似乎有意識地修改了部份場口的唱法,令一些歌曲的情感表達力加強不少。

這效果的最佳例子,非安妮夏菲維飾演的Fantine所唱的《I Dream A Dream》莫屬。那一幕一個鏡頭直落,她由疲憊、身心受辱,情感崩潰,再進一步對現況感到憤怒,最後感到絕望。夏菲維唱到中途更一度近乎泣不成聲,但全曲情感表現洽到好處,甚至比原版Fantine(Patti LuPone)更到位。其他主要角色亦有同類表現,如Eddie Redmayne的《Empty Chairs and Empty Tables》、飾演Eponine的Samantha Barks唱的《On My Own》,以至曉治積曼多首交代Valjean内心交戰的歌曲等。要知道,演苦情戲時哭泣,不是最難;唱歌,亦然。哭泣時演戲、唱歌,而能同時兼顧,要求實在極高。這次嘗試,成功了。

相比之下,羅素高爾的表現則最不合格。Javert比較強勢的場口,他的表現還可以,但到角色的主要心理戲,如《Stars》和《Javert’s Suicide》,他便明顯應付不了唱功的要求,實在令我想先行去死。(笑) 相比之下,Sasha Cohen和Helena Bonham Carter演的Thénardiers比原版含蓄,但滑稽不減。

其他年輕演員的表現則比較平均地好,雖然整體而言有「唔夠氣」的情況。Eddie Redmayer本業是莎劇演員,他和雅曼達施菲合唱的《A Heart Full of Love》對比原版最少有七成。Aaron Tveit演的Enjorlas比其他版本收斂,在激昂的大合唱如《Red and Black》、《Do You Hear The People Sing?》中,感覺不搶鏡,很好。

For the wretched on the earth, there is a flame that never dies
《孤星淚》於我而言,從來與六四劃上等號。相似的地方太多。

所以,離開戲院之時,心情複雜。貫穿故事的巴黎起義被鎮壓之後,要歷經十六年才再有第二次法國革命,推翻由拿破侖的復辟。我們的變天呢,要等到多少年?

遠的不說,明天我們要去反抗一個騙子政權。我們會開創新的未來,還是一路走進墳墓呢?

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?

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Podsafe音樂特區#217 – 2012聖誕特輯

一年一度嘅聖誕特輯,今年亦不會例外。

歌曲列表:
Derek K. Miller – We Three Kings
Allison Crowe – O Holy Night
Ben Vega – Silent Night
RaykoKRB – 12 Strippers of Xmas
Candy Butchers – Give Me A Second Chance For Christmas
Mario AJero – Away In A Manger
Kati Mac – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Natalie Brown – Jingle Bells
Podsafe For Peace – If Every Day Were Christmas

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歌曲由Music Alley提供
Jingle由Apple GarageBand提供
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