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Fandom Spotlight: “To Leaky Con” (La Vie Boheme Parody)

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A couple of years ago, I discovered the movie adaptation of the musical RENT and “La Vie Boheme”, the song that describes my artistic and free-spirited side. Now, it seems that it can apply to my geeky side too. “To Leaky Con” was the finale to the opening ceremony of Leaky Con, an annual fan convention for Harry Potter and pop culture fans. The song sums up everything Leaky Con is about in a fun parody of RENT’s “La Vie Boheme”. The performance of that song which took place in Portland features special guests, among them Anthony Rapp (he’s in a trench coat), the actor best known as RENT’s Mark Cohen.

When I heard the first few minutes of the song, I was a little upset. I wished they could have parodied another song or come up with an original song. “La Vie Boheme” helped me celebrate in my artistic side and appreciate RENT. As the song continued, I began to lighten up. Since it is something that connected to another part of me, why not enjoy it? After all, it’s not everyday you run into a parody like this.

To Leaky Con” Lyrics

Written by Serena Zola

June 28, 2013 at 7:16 PM

My Personal Book, Musician, and Movie of 2012

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Since the year is almost over and I’ve been seeing “Best -insert artistic medium here- of 2012” I’d figure I should go ahead and make one of my own. The best book, musician, and movie I have chosen are based on what I have posted this year on this blog. So, without further delay, let’s see my choices.

Favorite Book I’ve Read in 2012Wuthering Heights

Last year, I read a story in an American Lit I class called “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Not only did it make me want to start reading gothic novels, but it also taught me the one thing I’ve come to appreciate about great literary characters: duality. Having a character with both redeeming and distasteful qualities, a public self and a private self,  shows how truly complex we are as human beings. While I have read other novels (in other genres, not just gothic literature) that have well-developed characters, Wuthering Heights is, to me, the best example of duality I’ve read this year. It is for that reason I loved Catherine and Heathcliff even though they aren’t goody-goody characters.

Best Musician I’ve Listened to in 2012: David Bowie

When I first stumbled onto David Bowie’s music, I was watching a tv special on the show Soul Train. When I saw the red-haired white dude dancing to a funky, catchy rhythm and singing “FAMEEE”, I decided to look up the song  “Fame” to hear it in it full and then look up his albums. Once I did the latter, I decided not to listen to anymore songs because I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy his work. His Ziggy Stardust persona was a bit weird and intimidating  for me.  The rest of his work seemed like something I wouldn’t relate to or like because it was all over the place when it came to its genres.

Then, I saw the film Bandslam and I was convinced to look up more of Bowie’s work, especially after hearing the song “Rebel Rebel” in the film’s soundtrack. Seeing how the main character of the film Will Burton connected to Bowie made me reconsider the impact Bowie’s music could have on me as a young person. After listening to Rebel Rebel and loving it, I went back and listened to the first song David Bowie got attention for: “Space Oddity”.  My mind was blown as soon as I heard the stylophone and Bowie’s ethereal vocals afterward.

The rest is history. I grew comfortable with Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona after Rebel Rebel and found a couple more Ziggy era songs I liked. Furthermore, I ended up appreciating his eclectic music style after finding songs with beautiful, awesome melodies and lyrics. Sometimes the lyrics were relatable, sometimes they weren’t. I realized that I enjoyed not only introspective lyrics, but also lyrics that make you think and  lyrics about different aspects of life. I didn’t enjoy a particular album or all of David Bowie’s work, but all the songs I personally liked demonstrated how amazing and talented David Bowie is.

Favorite Songs:

Space Oddity-  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKE3FSPJu-4

Changes-  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCgzX7vwlFk

Rebel Rebel- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTe0Ow5-i2o

The Jean Genie- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLbi6y4ktgc

As The World Falls Down- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A95oIgQ_vgQ

Bring Me the Disco King (Lohner Remix)- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2gMMZB0FaU

Favorite Movie I’ve Seen in 2012RENT

Sometimes, watching Jeopardy leads you to awesome things. I googled RENT after hearing a question about it on the show, and while the fact that it was a broadway musical turned me off (I hate show tune music) , but the fact that it featured rock music got me interested. I rented RENT and was surprised to see how much I enjoyed and connected to the movie. Some of characters in RENT (Roger, Mark, and Angel) were the artistic friends I always wanted. At the same time, the characters of Joanne and Collins provided a practical yet impulsive perspective that I also enjoyed.

I could relate to the character Roger, how he wanted to write one great song before he died and how he was afraid to get close to people. Furthermore, I admired how everyone had pride in what they stood for and what they loved doing; the “La Vie Boheme” scene in the Lite Cafe is my favorite part of the movie. The only thing I was disappointed about is that I was too young to experience the original broadway show in its prime.

Written by Serena Zola

December 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Movie Review: RENT (DVD)

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 Rating: PG-13

 

RENT is a film that is based on the broadway musical of the same time and  features six members of the original broadway cast. Set in New York city, the film follows several bohemian young people as they struggle to pay their rent and live under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Director Chris Columbus and the cast have done a fantastic job, but the film has some flaws.

One of the best things about this film is the music. Without the broadway show tune sound, it sounds a little like something you could listen to on the radio. There are many genres that the songs incorporate such as rock, gospel, and pop, so there is something for everyone. Also, some of the songs help to create themes for some of the characters. For instance, the scene for the song “Today 4 You” does a good job of capturing the character of Angel and her unselfish and friendly nature.

Another thing about the film that was well done was the characters. They are very diverse because they come from different ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations. Despite these differences, they have a few things that unite them together. One of the most prominent things is their passion and pride in their art, which is best seen through the scenes for the song “La Vie Bohéme”.

A more tragic thing that binds them together is the threat of HIV/AIDS. Half of the main characters have the disease and so suffer physically and emotionally. Since the film is set in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the disease is treated as a threat and so those who have the disease are faced with prejudice and made to feel that no one cares about them and that they are alone. A touching thing in the film that shows the emotional vulnerability of those with HIV/AIDS is the support group Life Support and the song “Will I”?

At the same time, those who do not have the disease are also suffering, because they are aware of the fact their friends are slowly dying. While this isn’t shown very well in the film,  there is a good show of grief that makes up for it a little bit, especially with the song, “I’ll Cover You Reprise”. Another flaw that ruins the film a little is the story duration, i.e. the length of the storyline. Toward the end of the film, it becomes rushed. There were moments that could have been drawn out more.

Overall, the film was very good. I was impressed with the singing talent of the cast and have a few favorite songs and characters from the film. I recommend this film to any young people, particularly those who struggle with coming to terms with who they are. Also, I recommend this film to anyone who needs comfort coping with any disease or loss.

Here is the scene “Will I?” from the film:

Written by Serena Zola

April 28, 2012 at 1:34 PM

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