Monday, December 31, 2012

Review: Les Miserables (2012)

The latest musical movie masterpiece arrived last week. A brand new version of the classic French novel Les Miserables hit theaters on December 25.

This version was different from most musicals in that the performers sang on stage, instead of being rerecorded in studio, afterwards. Some have complained about it, but it brought a realism to it that now seems lacking in other musicals.

For those not familiar with the tale, it is set in 19th century France and while has several main characters it definitely focuses on Jean Valjean. He is released from prison, in 1815, but breaks his parole in order to create a new life for himself. Inspector Javert, who had released him, takes a personal vendetta against Valjean, which climaxes during the June Rebellion of 1832.

In this latest version, Hugh Jackman gives as great portrayal as Jean Valjean. Russel Crowe seemed a bit week in the rold of Javert. Anne Hathaway is already hearing Oscar talk for her brilliant playing of Fantine. But for me it was Samantha Barks who really stood out as Eponine.

The movie also starred Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Daniel Huttlestone, Colm Wilkinson, and Isabella Allen.

2012 Declared Most Expensive Year For Gasoline

AAA has confirmed that 2012 was the most expensive year, for gas, ever.

During 2012 the national average was $3.60 a gallon, beating out 2011 which had an average of $3.51.

Two hundred and forty-eight days of 2012 set new daily records, including one hundred and thirty-four consecutive days.

April 5 and 6 showed the highest average, with both of them at $3.94.

Hawaii had the highest average, at $4.31 a gallon, and South Carolina had the lowest with $3.35.

Deadly Explosions End 2012 in Iraq

Multiple bombs exploded throughout Iraq on Monday.

Twenty-three people were killed and eighty-seven were injured in the various explosions as well as shootings.

Attacks have only increased as tensions rise between the Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds.

No one claimed responsibility for any of the bombings.

The attacks were aimed at Kurds, Shiites, and Sunnis, including government officials, police, and civilians.

Protests follow the attacks, raising fears that unrest could open the doors for Al Qaeda to make larger footholds in the country.

Missing From Colorado: Ethan Ryder, 16

Sixteen year old Ethan Ryder is missing from Spring Hill, Colorado.

He was last seen Sunday, but may have been spotted Monday near C-470 and Santa Fe Drive.

Ethan is described as six foot two, one hundred and fifty pounds, with brown hair, and blue eyes.

When last seen he was wearing a red Tshirt, blue jeans, and brown work boots.

Police are heavily concerned about his well being as he does not have a coat with him and temperatures will be well below freezing over night.

They also mentioned extra concern due to his being a special needs teen, who has gone missing before.

Anyone seeing him is asked to call the local police or 911.