The Hot List
January 29, 2013
By Nitin Shyamkumar
Movie: Les Misérables
One can tell how popular the film adaptation of the musical play “Les Misérables” has become due to its truncated reference: “Les Mis.”
It is evident that because of its frequent references, it has become far more efficient to Americanize the name of the film/play rather than pronounce the entire two words.
In any case, “Les Miserables” has performed well both at the box office and in terms of critical reception. An impeccable performance led by a stellar cast, the recent movie”Les Misérables” was novel in the manner in which it was filmed. Actors were filmed with a live piano accompaniment upon which a full orchestra was later added.
Book: “White Dog Fell from the Sky,” by Eleanor Morse
Released on Jan. 3 of this year, this book creates a rich portrait of Botswana and of three people whose lives are tragically and remarkably intertwined.
Set in apartheid South Africa in 1976, the novel follows medical student Issac Muthethe as he flees his country after witnessing the South African Defense Force murder his friend. He is smuggled into Botswana and then hired by a young American woman.
When Isaac goes missing, Alice begins searching for him and finds herself inextricably bound to the beautiful land. Morse’s novel is alternately austere and lush, spare and lyrical, like the landscape she portrays.
Music: The Lumineers
The self-titled debut album by a folk rock trio from Denver reached the top of iTunes charts this month. The band touches on a variety of influences from folk to heartland rock and elements of country with a variety of rhythmic twists.
This is the first full album released by the band, though it released demo EPs in 2009 and 2011.