The Lorax

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{4.5/5} “You do know that you are talking in rhyme, don’t you?” The Lorax, released in 2012 The Once-ler cut down a tree to make a thneed. People loved the thneed and they wanted more. The Lorax spoke for the trees — after speaking with him, the Once-ler promised he wouldn’t cut down any more […]

FASS’s “Who’s Afraid of the FASS?”

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

I went to FASS’s annual performance, this one titled “Who’s Afraid of the FASS?” FASS stands for Faculty, Alumni, Staff and Students. It’s an organization at the University of Waterloo that reconstitutes itself each year to put on a musical. This year’s theme was that we were watching a TV show investigating various claims of […]

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

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{5/5} “The world is a mess and I just… need to rule it.” Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, released in 2008 Dr. Horrible is trying to get into the Evil League of Evil — he has a letter of condemnation from the deputy mayor, so he thinks he’ll get in this year. In the meantime he […]

Into the Woods

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{4/5} “I was raised to be charming, not sincere.” Into the Woods, released in 2014 The baker and his wife discover that the reason they can’t have a child is because the witch who lives next door has cursed the baker. But the witch will lift the curse if they find four items by the […]

Muppets Most Wanted

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{4/5} “The weakest point in the gulag is over there, by the fourth wall.” Muppets Most Wanted, released in 2014 Dominic Badguy offers to be the Muppets’ agent and suggests they do a world tour. Badguy is actually working with Constantine, the world’s most dangerous frog. Constantine arranges to have Kermit arrested and then impersonates […]

My Fair Lady

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{5/5} “The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.” My Fair Lady, released in 1964 Professor Henry Higgins boasts that he can take flower seller Eliza Doolittle, teach her to speak proper English, and then pass her off as a duchess. Although it’s a […]

Show Boat

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{3.5/5} “I know there’s no other woman… no flesh-and-blood woman. But I can’t fight this Lady Luck of yours, this fancy queen in her green felt dress.” Show Boat, released in 1951 Gaylord, a gambler, and Magnolia, a show boat captain’s daughter, fall in love — Gaylord can’t help gambling, though. When it’s revealed that […]

Mamma Mia!

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{4.5/5} “I want the perfect wedding, and I want my father to give me away.” Mamma Mia!, released in 2008 Sophie is getting married. She finds her mother’s diary, discovering that she has three possible fathers — she invites all three of them to her wedding. I already knew and loved the Abba songs. Meryl […]

Glee (season 5)

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of TV shows

{4/5} “You just need to keep finding the places you belong and the people you belong with. And then you’ll have an army to fight alongside of you until the world is finally brave enough to accept you for who you are.” Sue Sylvester is now the principal, after planting false evidence in Principal Figgins’ […]

The Princess and the Frog

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{4/5} “You sure this is the right blind voodoo lady who lives in the boat in the tree in the bayou?” Tiana works two jobs as a waitress to save up money to open her own restaurant. Finally, she’s able to afford a building — of course, it’s a bit of a fixer-upper. When Prince […]