Archive for the ‘Musical’ Category

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Funny Girl

January 22, 2011

Sookie:  You’re gonna be a Sadie!

Lorelai:  A what?

Sookie:  Sadie, Sadie, married lady!  Meet a mortgagee!

Lorelai:  Funny Girl!

Sookie:  Streisand! – 2.1

 

This is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time.  I love Barbara in it, I love the songs, I just love everything about it.  And it’s one of the few movies on this list that I actually own, which is nice.  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.  It’s a perfect Friday night, order a pizza, wear your jammies kind of movie.  Which is exactly what I’m doing while watching it.

Now some things to mention:

  1. Any movie that has the first line “Hello, gorgeous,” is ok in my book.
  2. Barbara Streisand was really pretty in her day.
  3. I miss the days when the requirements to be a famous actor included having talent.  I mean, I don’t know that I was alive when that was the case, but I like the movies from that time.
  4. Usually when I meet an attractive man, I sing his name in my head…or not.
  5. Polish on his fingernails?  Gross.
  6. Fanny was right to make the bride number funny.  The lyrics are stupid.
  7. Do some guys get a booklet about things to say to give a girl butterflies?  I mean, some guys can’t do it, but some guys, it’s like they just know.  Nick Arnstein got the booklet.
  8. A man saying he doesn’t make definite plans because they make him feel tied down is a HUGE red flag.
  9. Yes, I would agree that “You are woman, I am man, let’s kiss” is a very direct approach.
  10. Oh that purple dress.  I have dreams about Barbara’s gorgeous wardrobe in this movie.
  11. Yes, I’m a feminist and I don’t think any woman should throw her career away for a man, but I do love Don’t Rain On My Parade.
  12. I don’t know that I would want to marry a man who would only propose if he won a poker game.  Sorry Nick.
  13. I kinda wish Fanny had married the piano player.
  14. I love the Swan Lake number.  I don’t know that there’s many actresses out there now who would make themselves look as silly as Barbara does.
  15. Geez, Nick.  Get a real job.  Stop gambling and expecting to survive off of it.
  16. Is it so horrible for a man to be supported by a woman?  I mean, she’s a successful actress, is that so wrong?
  17. This is why husbands should talk to their wives.  So they don’t do stupid stuff and go to jail.
  18. You should’ve married the piano player…he never went to jail.
  19. Quit the theatre?  He went to jail, he doesn’t get to tell you to quit the theatre.
  20. Good job, Barbara.

Ordinarily, women who are so crazy, stupid in love with their husbands make me nuts.  Not the being in love part, but the “can’t possibly survive without him” part.  And, yeah, Fanny’s desperation to marry Nick and her blind devotion to him does kind of make me nuts.  But in her character, I just see it as immaturity, not lack of independence.  He’s her first love and she’s crazy about him.  She doesn’t want to believe anything bad about him.  But I think she does wise up and realize that while she loves him, she can get by without him if necessary.  She’s amazing in her career and she supports him while knowing she can support herself.  And, the ending pretty much redeems her in my eyes as a strong, independent woman.

 

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Fame

January 21, 2011

Sookie:  Michel’s going to live forever.

Lorelai:  Like on Fame?

Sookie:  That’s what I said! – 2.1

This is one of those movies I wish I’d seen but that I never got around too.  I like watching talented people.  Especially dancers, because I can’t dance.  Also, Alan Parker also directed Midnight Express.  Which grossed me out, but was still a good movie.

Now for some things to mention:

  1. Ha ha, that girl just said “Does that hurt, or is that ethnic?” about a girl’s nose ring.  I love it.
  2. Doris Finsecker was in Grease 2.  I just became very interested in this movie.
  3. I don’t know if I could handle all these adolescent drama kids.  It’s like the worst of both worlds.
  4. I wonder how many kids applied to this school after this movie came out…
  5. I love how they think Leroy is so great, but really, he’s just dancing like a stripper.
  6. She just called his boom box a “ghetto blaster”.    I don’t think that would fly today.
  7. My high school was pretty cool.  I mean, John Mayer played at my prom.  But we never had a musical number about our lunch lady during lunch.  That’s pretty awesome.
  8. I wish I hadn’t quit piano.  I played for 8 years and I don’t remember anything.  That’s such a waste.
  9. That’s quite a freak out just because your teacher asked you to read.
  10. I think it’s ridiculous that I’ve sung enough Latin in my life that I understand the words when people sing in Latin.
  11. I like what Martelli says about how if Mozart was around he wouldn’t be doing music the way he did then.  He’d use the electronic stuff to make more different sounds.
  12. The whole dancing to Fame in the streets scene kind of came out of nowhere…
  13. “Never being happy isn’t the same as being unhappy.”  I like that.
  14. I just realized who the teacher is!  She’s Steve Brady’s mother from Sex and The City!  I love it!
  15. I wish I spoke Spanish so I knew what happened to that poor little girl that Ralph lives with.
  16. She got beaten up by a junkie?!  She’s 5 years old!
  17. I would love to go to a screening of Rocky Horror like that.
  18. Poor Montgomery…all by himself.
  19. Oh Coco, do not trust the dirty guy in the coffee shop asking you to do a screen test.
  20. Kind of an anticlimactic ending…

It was good and interesting, but seriously?  What happened to all the kids?  Did Ralph and Doris ever make up?  What happened with Coco and that pervy guy?  Did the rich white ballerina get the abortion?  Did Leroy ever learn to read?  Did Mrs. Sherwood’s husband die?  These are important questions that will keep me up at night.  Ok, probably not.

 

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

November 24, 2010

“Hey, it’s not like the lumberjack look will ever go out; it won’t.  But just once, wouldn’t it be nice not to be dressed like an extra in ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?'” – 1.20

I love musicals.  I’m excited about this one, even though I’m pretty sure it’s going to be one of those lame musicals that they make kids in high school do because it’s the most wholesome choice.  But it takes place in Oregon and I used to live there, so it’s all good.

  1. I really hope this is one of those movies where the male chauvinist lead meets a tough woman who shows him women can think for themselves…
  2. Oh look, a woman who chops wood and milks cows and jokes around with the men…just what I was looking for.
  3. You might want to tell your bride that she’s not only going to be taking care of you, but also your 6 brothers…it might change things.
  4. That’s a lot of red-headed men in one room.
  5. A man wants a wife who can work alongside him?  That’s what they want?  All this time…I never knew.
  6. So apparently all you have to do to make rowdy men behave is make them eat breakfast in the nude.  Good to know.
  7. Do NOT call a woman “my pet.”  Don’t listen to Millie, boys.  That will get you slapped.
  8. So…where’s Adam during all this?  Millie’s spending all her time with his brothers…That could be trouble.
  9. I think I would dance more if they were all choreographed like waltzes.  I can dance if someone tells me exactly how to.  Plus, back then, the girls didn’t have to do much.
  10. Aw, I want to win the little cow.
  11. Wow, those guys are really mean.  Throwing hammers, hitting them with 2 by 4’s…
  12. It’s one thing not to start fights, but if a guy threw a hammer in my face, I’d probably throw a punch or two.  Although I probably wouldn’t fight so much that I would destroy a barn.
  13. “One woman’s pretty much like the next.”  Wow.  Millie is seriously regretting marrying him.
  14. There’s gotta be more stuff to do in the wilderness than just chop wood.
  15. Is he telling them to kidnap women?
  16. Yep.  He’s telling them to kidnap women.
  17. Well, lock 7 women alone in a house for months…there’s gonna be a cat fight.
  18. I’m really glad I never had such high hopes for what happens after you get married.  That’s just a major letdown.
  19. Adam’s kind of a d-bag.  Being upset about her having a girl instead of a boy?  Wow.
  20. Have any of these people ever heard of Stockholm’s Syndrome?

Well, that was silly.  But I do love musicals.

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Cabaret

August 1, 2010

“We can sing the Money song from Cabaret.  You be Liza, I’ll be Joel.” – 1.18

I’m kind of excited for this.  I do love musicals.  I saw Cabaret when my college did it, but I’ve never seen the movie.  And the last time I saw Liza Minnelli was in Sex and the City 2, so I’m hoping this will redeem her a little bit.

  1. Wow…Joel was in House M.D.  He played the doctor who just wanted to die.  He’s really old now.
  2. Please, I could be one of those dancers.  They’re not very pretty and not very good dancers.  Oh…never mind.  I’m not that flexible.
  3. Sally Bowles might be one of the worst names for a character.
  4. Interesting…they referenced a movie that Asher Fleming was in…Gilmore Girls, you worlds are colliding…
  5. I think even then, Liza looked weird.  I’d like to think she was just born looking weird, but she probably paid a doctor a whole lot of money to look that weird.
  6. I just don’t understand mud wrestling.  It’s not like you’re watching hot chicks get naked or something.  You’re watching semi attractive girls become even more unattractive as they roll around and throw mud at each other.
  7. She actually just said “Doesn’t my body drive you wild with desire?”
  8. It’s probably not a good sign that right after you kiss a woman, she kisses her dog.
  9. I love Maybe This Time.  What a great song.
  10. There’s a fine line between “pouncing” and rape…thankfully it sounds like Fritz came just shy of rape.
  11. That’s awkward…who walks in on a girl while she’s in bed with her boyfriend and brings her champagne…
  12. Why would you take a man’s girlfriend out all day, buy her all this expensive stuff, and then bring him a gift at the end of the day?  Like…”Thanks for letting me use your woman for the day, here’s a token for your graciousness.”
  13. Michael York is 10 million times more attractive than that stupid Maximilian guy.  For real.
  14. No judgement against Sally.  Sometimes when you’re really broke, the idea of having some ridiculously rich guy take care of you doesn’t seem so crazy…  But if he has that creepy stalker ‘stache like Maximilian, I might pass.
  15. I wonder how actors feel when they play nazis.  Like if they feel dirty putting on the costume.  Then again, actors who play serial killers win awards…
  16. Oh my god!  They killed her dog?!  How come 90% of the movies I’ve watched for this have had a dead animal?
  17. Hey, I know some people who are in the International Conspiracy of Organized Horses’ Asses.
  18. I am going to be singing that “Welkommen, bienvenue, welcome” song ALL day.
  19. If babies solved all the problems, there’d be an even worse population problem than there is.
  20. I think Joel should have a Cabaret spin off.  There’s potential there.

Good story.  Like most time period movies, it makes me sad that I was never good at history and therefore never bothered to learn anything about it when I was in school.  Maybe one of these days I’ll teach myself.