Sunday, 22 January 2012

TALLAWAH PICKS: Steven Spielberg’s War Horse + J-Hud’s “Think Like A Man” + Joan Didion’s Blue Nights

THE BIG PICTURE: Few plays have managed a successful transition from stage to screen. Of course, Frost/Nixon ranks among the noteworthy exceptions, but then there’s Roman Polanski’s Carnage (adapted from Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage), which failed to capture the snark and wit of the stage original. Now comes Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation of the Tony-winning War Horse, a sprawling and well-made love story of a boy (Jeremy Irvine) and his horse (Joey) – and one of the most emotionally resonant pictures of 2011. Slightly reminiscent of Spielberg’s Oscar-winning Saving Private Ryan, War Horse illuminates a terrible wartime experience even as it explores a deeply moving human interest story.

IN TUNE: Say what you want about Jennifer Hudson, but you can’t deny the fact that the Oscar and Grammy winner is a gifted belter. Her latest hit, the titular number from the forthcoming Think Like A Man soundtrack, finds Hudson dually flexing her writing (passable) and vocal (remarkable) muscles with a bouncy mid-tempo record that dishes advice to the sisters on how best to navigate today’s intimacy landscape. Ne-Yo and Rick Ross lend a couple respectable verses which feel a tad out of place. As such, the song works best when Hudson assumes the spotlight. Based on the Steve Harvey bestseller, Think Like A Man (starring Michael Ealy and Taraji P. Henson) is due in cinemas March 9.

READING ROOM: This month’s TALLAWAH Book Club selection is…. Joan Didion’s treatise on loss and love Blue Nights, in which the acclaimed author of The Year of Magical Thinking recounts her grief over the death of her beloved daughter, Quintana. Order your copy and read with us.

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