Tag Archive: Musical

Jan
09

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: INTO THE WOODS

Atmosphere doesn't completely make up for a filmic outlook in INTO THE WOODS, but it helps lots.

Loyalty. It’s a quality much to be desired, in how we treat our loved ones, the way we deal with our co-workers, in how those entrusted with the public welfare respect their responsibilities (we’re looking at you, Congress). And there’s a lot to be said for loyalty when it comes to adapting a film from …

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Sep
26

Temple of Bad: CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC

Fashion Crimes and Musical Misdemeanors: Steve Guttenberg (right), Valerie Perrien (center) and Felipe Rose derail the disco revolution in CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC.

What if they declared a cultural revolution and nobody came? That’s pretty much the situation with CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC, the movie that was supposed enshrine disco as the musical trend of the eighties and instead wound up being the genre’s epitaph, not to mention destroying the careers of close to anyone involved with it. …

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Oct
10

Temple of Bad: XANADU

Not Quite the Next Bright and Shining Star of the Cinema Firmament We Had Hoped: Olivia Newton-John glows prettily and skates adequately in XANADU

Somewhere towards the end of the 1970’s, the entertainment industry got it into its head that the public not only wanted to spend their nights out rollerskating to driving, disco music, but that they wanted to watch people rollerskating to driving disco music — so much so that there’d be no need for such niggling …

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May
04

Temple of Bad: SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND

They're Magical! They're Muscial! They're So Very, Very Wrong!: Peter Frampton (right) joins forces with the Bee Gees (left) in SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND.

Like a black velvet reproduction of Guernica, SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND, the movie, takes one of the landmark works of art of the twentieth century and renders it shallow, pointless and silly. Included in its list of crimes: entrusting the Beatles’ most innovative work to the likes of the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, …

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Sep
11

Interviews: HIDEAWAY and BRAN NUE DAE

Dance That Prejudice Away: Rocky Mckenzie (center) embraces the music in BRAN NUE DAE.

Gonna warn you up front: The two films covered in this week’s episode are so different that you might get the bends when we transition from one to another. Yeah, there’s sort of a common theme of escape, but one film takes a literal and energetic approach to the subject, and the other, spiritual and …

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Aug
19

Spike Lee & Stew on PASSING STRANGE: THE MOVIE

The Artistic Live with a Beat: Stew (with mike) rocking out in PASSING STRANGE: THE MOVIE

It’s got trenchant insights into art and identity, and you can dance to it. It’s a grand irony that you can live in New York, one of the greatest theater cities in the world, and not be able to swing the cost of tickets without taking out a second mortgage on your apartment. I’d heard …

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