The Big Bang boys will boldly go where many geeks have gone before in this Thursday’s episode.
WhichStar Trekgetup is your favorite: Howard as a member of the Borg, Raj as the Klingon security chief Lt. Worf, Leonard as the intrepid Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, or Sheldon as the android Lt. Commander Data?
And which part of this picture is laughing with and not at geeks/nerds?
In case you’re wondering how much platinum it would take to mint a trillion dollar coin, the answer is 1100 times more than has been mined to date.
Except…This isn’t at all how our currency works. A penny isn’t one cent of materials, nor a $100 bill actually $100 worth of paper. So the argument that we couldn’t mint trillion dollar platinum coins because there isn’t that much platinum is well…dumb.
Now, this isn’t to say that just minting trillion dollar coins is a long-term financial solution for our government, but neither is one party holding the debt ceiling (and by extension our entire nation’s economy) hostage. In fact, the first one is silly, the second one is downright irresponsible.
I was lucky enough to find out about and get tickets to an advance screening of “Les Misérables” last night. Put your fears to rest, this movie will not let you down. I will put in the caveat that it is not quite as powerful as seeing it on stage, but it captures so much of what makes the musical truly wonderful.
Anne Hathaway owns every scene she is in, and I sincerely hope receives an Oscar in the spring. Hugh Jackman must have spent days practicing with Colm Wilkinson (who makes an appearance in the movie), because he gets the tone and inflections of so many songs perfect. Samantha Barks provides a performance of Eponine that looks simply effortless (she’s played the part on stage, so getting to have multiple takes must have seemed luxurious). Eddie Redmayne and Russell Crowe suprised me with the quality of their performances, and I wish that Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter could have had more time to delight with their performance.
There are a few changes to the flow of the story from the musical. “On My Own” moves into the ‘first act,’ just before “One Day More,” but emotionally it works. “Do You Hear the People Sing?” becomes the opening to the ‘second act’ of the movie, and in this setting works better than immediately after “Red and Black.” There are a few other plot points that move the story a bit closer to the book, but all are minor.
I only had two disappointments. The first was scene changes. In the absence of having to move set pieces, most changes of scene were very abrupt. It was a little jarring at first, but didn’t detract from the movie that much. The second is Amanda Seyfried. She made a decent Cosette (although to be fair she’s my least favorite character, so I may have been predisposed to dislike her), but her singing voice occasionally sounded a bit too much like her role in “Mamma Mia.”
Showtime does not exist to make shows you want to buy on iTunes; it makes shows you want to watch in order to get you to buy a subscription to Showtime.→ Cable companies aren’t “forcing” people into piracy