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tale of fire-breathing dragons and mystical sorcerers roaming a Tolkien-esque world of enchantment. So when, you might ask, does Val Kilmer come into this mix? Perhaps it is quite difficult to imagine Kilmer wielding his armor as the immortal swordsman Madmartigan, but Willow (Warwick Davis), the dwarf with a heart of gold, desperately requires his skills against seemingly infallible tyranny. During the shadowed reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh), the forces of good must vest its hope in an infant princess, the target of Her Majesty’s tireless and blood-thirsty manhunt. Against all odds – namely imperialist armies, wolves, two-headed dragons, trolls, and evil sorcerers – Willow and Madmartigan must protect the magical newborn at all costs. Once again, the entire balance of the world is hung by the almighty savvy of one Val Kilmer.

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A wholly underrated bit of cinema, Adaptation ventures deep into the creative mind of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. The result, albeit exceptionally bizarre, boasts a first-person panoramic interpretation of Kaufman’s own struggle to adapt a screenplay from another medium. The medium, a real-life, nonfiction work by the name of The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (portrayed in the movie by Meryl Streep), details the story of John Laroche (portrayed in the movie by Chris Cooper) and his experience as a cultivator of a rare kind of orchid. The film features two brothers: Charlie Kaufman (portrayed in the movie by Nicholas Cage), a successful but self-tortured screenwriter, and Donald Kaufman (also Nicholas Cage), a half-witted aspiring screenwriter. Two parallel stories – one featuring Charlie’s chaotic attempt at screenplay adaptation and the other focusing on The Orchid Thief narrative – converge to create a quasi-mystery/thriller involving both Charlie and Donald. It’s somewhat confusing, so pay close attention.

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ntil May 13, the musical Pippin will be playing at the Station Theater. The show has many strengths that make it worth seeing, but many shortcomings that make it at times frustrating. The story is of Pippin, a young prince who becomes king. Pippin’s father, Charles, is a tough leader who can at times be cruel. Lewis, Pippin’s brother, wants the throne, but doesn’t get it; when Pippin gets the crown, Lewis struggles with maintaining power. This show would have been a lot worse if it weren’t for the energy and talent that the ensemble brought to the table. They were having so much fun and also did a great job building the story. The lead parts were a mixed bag, because they didn’t have half the commitment that the ensemble did. The show also has a strong use of costumes and sounds from the scene

modern props that seemed interesting, but at times didn’t make sense. The show has the intention of being an adaptation that incorporates modern elements into it. For example, people carry guns and Pippin wears a patriotic hat. The set of the show is basically comprised of drawers and cabinets that hold costume pieces. The actors changed repeatedly on stage, but I don’t know if the audience could figure out why. Those who are fans of the show Pippin should definitely see it. This production has a very unique interpretation of the show. What may disappoint is the overall difficulty with humor. The story is supposed to be light-hearted, but the show aspires to make too much of a statement. It’s still a good time and full of polished singing and dancing from the ensemble.

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