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“IF/THEN” The Musical on Broadway, Featuring Idina Menzel – Review

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IF/THEN is a Broadway musical featuring the famous Idina Menzel. Let me tell you, she is so much better live in person than on television. That woman’s voice is heavenly. The octaves and ranges she can reach are incredible.

The plot is about Menzel’s main character, Elizabeth who just moved back to NYC after divorcing her husband in Phoenix.  There she meets her old college friends, makes a bunch of new friends, and finds love. Elizabeth is all about weighing the possibilities of any and every situation, especially when it comes to her love life.

The first act jumps between alternate realties depending on which path Elizabeth was to choose in a certain situation. After a fifteen minute intermission, some great dialogue, dancing, and singing, Elizabeth finds herself in a situation where she doubts the path she chose.

Her life revolves around all these “what if’s” and not until the near end does she realize that’s not a way to live life.

I won’t tell you anymore details (don’t want to ruin it for you), but it definitely has a great life lesson. You can’t doubt your life and focus on your past’s “what if’s”. You need to focus on the path you chose and stick with it, no matter what pain or happiness it brings your way. Maybe its destiny; maybe it’s your own decision. Either way, focus on the future and your current path, not the other paths you’ve already passed by. If you do, you won’t be living your life to the fullest.

One thing is for sure though, if my boyfriend is serious about joining the army after he graduates just because he thinks it’ll be easier after four years of service to be able to get his dream law enforcement park ranger position, he needs to rethink his options. Because no way in hell will I be able to deal with him away for four years with barely any contact, where he’ll be in a war zone thousands of miles away from me. I’d go insane, thinking if he was killed today or the next day. I wouldn’t be able to handle that.

So, here’s the connection to Memorial Day. Not only am I thankful for my troops, but I greatly admire the families and friends that deal with their loved ones being in the military. Let us be grateful for those who have given their lives to our country.

And I might be selfish for this, but I don’t care, my boyfriend isn’t allowed to give his life to our country if it means it can be taken away. He’s supposed to give his life to me, as I give my life to him. It’s not allowed to be shared. He’s all mine.

So ending on a selfish note like this isn’t that great of a review. But, I would definitely recommend IF/THEN to anyone and everyone, especially the hopeless romantic.

Be prepared to tear up at some parts and laugh at others. I hope (but it probably won’t happen) that IF/THEN gets turned into a movie, so I can watch it whenever I want. That’s how good it is. A-

2014 (c) Jennifer Gioia

“Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” Film Review

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Ice Age 4: Continental Drift

Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary

Scrat the prehistoric squirrel is back with his nutty antics. While trying to store his acorn, he causes a continental cataclysm, which disrupts mammoth Manny (Ray Romano), Ellie (Queen Latifah), Peaches (Keke Palmer), sloth Sid (John Leguizamo) and saber-tooth tiger Diego’s (Denis Leary) community. After a massive earthquake, Manny, Sid, Diego, and Sid’s granny (Wanda Sykes) are set adrift on a piece of ice across the sea, while Ellie and Peaches lead the rest of the community to a landing that is supposed to be safe. The main theme is for the odd herd to find their way back home. Along the way, they run into an ice pirate ship captained by the cruel ape, Gutt. Gutt’s second-hand crewmate is a saber-tooth tiger by the name of Shira (Jennifer Lopez) who seduces Diego. The underlining theme is about Peaches trying to fit in with the other teenage mammoths that think she is weird from being half possum. Peaches’ crush, the popular mammoth Ethan, threatens herself to change who she is. This wacky adventure of Manny, Sid, and Diego involves sirens, Sid’s granny’s pet Precious, and little native rodents. Dreamworks does it again in the franchise’s fourth film with the hilarious, relatable dialogue. The ending credits include a wonderfully catchy song of all the characters about the love of family. A-

2012 (c) Jennifer Gioia

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” Film Review

Over the summer, I was interning at Hudson Valley Parent Magazine. My job was to review summer family films. This is the first of the three films I reviewed. It is directed more towards parents. The other two films I reviewed (that will be posted later this week) are “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” and Disney’s new princess, “Brave”. Enjoy! :) Continue reading “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” Film Review

Adam Rex’s “Fat Vampire” Novel Review.

I finished Adam Rex’s Fat Vampire, like, three weeks ago. I’ve just been too lazy to write it. But now I’m good. (:

I’ll just say that it wasn’t what I expected. It was somewhat humorous, very dramatic, and a little bit romantic; but not so much. The ending wasn’t all that great. Rex had all these characters and plot lines and then let them whither away in the end. The main character dies. So obviously, there won’t be a sequel. I wasn’t happy with the ending at all. Sorry if I ruined it for you.

The book was okay. Maybe my expectations were too high? Maybe I should start reading books with no expectations. Then maybe they’ll all be great. To be honest, I don’t think I’d recommend this book. Sorry, Adam Rex. I think I like my girl authors a little bit better, and I’m not being sexist. I just understand them better cause, well duh, I’m a girl. :P

So that’s it for today. Have a nice night! :D

One Book Down; One Book Up.

One Book Down: Violent on the Runway by Melissa Walker.

http://www.melissacwalker.com/violetontherunway.html

This book was ah-mazing! Supposedly, it’s a series. I don’t know if I read the first one or one of them in the middle. Either way, this novel made me want to be a model. A little cliche`, don’t you think? But it’s true. People say I could be a model if I really wanted to, but it’d have to be with the petite models, cause I’m only 5’2″, lol.

This novel just drew me in and I didn’t want to get out. Twists and turns, unexpected surprises! The plot was amazing, tons of foreshadowing (so pay attention to that), and that characters had flaws! *Toots horn!*

The main character, Violet, had a confidence problem, where she would rather blend in with the flower wallpaper than be a single flower in the vase. By the end, Violet became more strong, built a thicker shield from nasty popular girls like the BK in her school, and her self-esteem went through the roof! Always, a good thing. (: Veronica, a model, had a coke and bulimic problem, which she got over.

I won’t say much more than that. Don’t want to ruin it for you. But the author, Melissa Walker, definitely knows how to draw a reader into her novel and not want to get out. Maybe I’ll read more of the series, I’m not so sure what order they go in though. The website doesn’t even make it clear, let alone Barnes and Nobles or Borders. I hate when that happens. :/ OH WELL.

One Book Up: Wither by Lauren DeStefano.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8525590-wither

It looks really good. Thank you Barnes and Noble’s website for introducing us! (: