The History Boys (Nicholas Hytner)

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Ever since those 2 damned dogs been stationed at the Causeway, Fadelinah and I have been renting DVDs the past month from a store in Jurong Point. We tend to rent the horror ones, especially for Mak who keeps asking for them. She has a pile of those Indonesian horror flicks like ‘Sundel Bolong’ and ‘Nyi Blorong’. Almost all starring Suzanna Martha Frederika van Osch. She was The Queen of Indonesian Horror, albeit campy special effects. Of course we didn’t rent those types but more contemporary ones from America, Japan and Thailand.

I have yet to see Malaysia’s ‘Jangan Pandang Belakang’ and ‘Dukun’. Although the former has been hailed as the scariest yet from Malaysia, it has been given bad reviews by a few individuals. I’ll judge it when I see it. The recent scary movies were really lame as compared to those created in the 70’s and 80’s. Except for The Ring (the Japanese one). Now that was scary, especially when she crawled out of the television.

We also watched a few comedy and action movies, and occasionally the ‘arty farty’ ones. I stay away from chick flicks and let Fadelinah enjoy them with her friends in the theatres. My favourites tend to be British. Those barely comprehensible British slangs and witty lines. Think ‘Trainspotting’ and ‘The Full Monty’.

Last night, we watched Alan Bennett’s ‘The History Boys‘ for the second night in a row; a play turned from stage to screen. Blame it on Fadelinah’s new found crush on the movie’s character Scripps (with the manly voice), played by Jamie Parker. I slept halfway through the first viewing and continued it last night. I must say it’s a great movie. Not since Peter Weir’s ‘Dead Poets Society‘ has there been a group of schoolboys worth watching.

The movie is about a group of students deemed suitable candidates for Oxford and Cambridge and follows their preparations helped by their quirky teachers. It is interspersed with anecdotes on homosexuality, so anti-gays should refrain from watching.

Both of us think that the character Posner did a beautiful cover of ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’ albeit gay-laced.

Makes me want to dig up the old standards from my CD collection.

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~ by blackcadillac73 on May 21, 2007.

2 Responses to “The History Boys (Nicholas Hytner)”

  1. Dead Poets Society …. loved that movie! Inspired me to study hard for my exams.

    Unfortunately the inspiration lasted 5 minutes. Haha!!

  2. Actually, I like anything with Robin Williams. Nanoo! Nanoo!

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