The History Boys, NY
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I went along to see the film adaptation of the Alan Bennett play, "The History Boys" last night. The cinematic version retained the original Broadway cast, and it was a great movie. Lex had seen the play in NY and had loved it, so she had highly recommended we watch the film. We went to the 9.40pm session and the theatre was quite admirably crowded - busy, but not irritatingly so.
I really enjoy going to the Landmark Cinema cause I get to have hot Intelligentsia coffee and really delicious buttery popcorn. There is something really special about that combination of nibblies while enjoying a movie. The cinema is also managed by an Aussie, so there is usually a ready supply of Tim Tams and Mint Slices too. But not last night unfortunately - all the bloody Aussies in the area must have swooped for supplies just in time for Christmas!
"The History Boys" is sort of like "Dead Poet's Society" but, of course, set in Sheffield in England. The cast that portrays the school students are all brilliant - no one actor dominates and you can tell that they have worked together really well in the past. The story was funny but at times rather sad, but there was still room for some real laugh-out-loud moments.
Given how cold it has been at nights here, spending a dreary Saturday night sitting in a warm movie theatre with popcorn and coffee, and getting lost in dreary old England was just the tonic I needed.