Posts Tagged ‘Musical’

“One day in the late mid-’80s, I was in my early late-twenties. I had just been dismissed from university after delivering a brilliant lecture on the aggressive influence of German philosophy on rock ‘n’ roll entitled ‘You, Kant, Always Get What You Want.’”   — Hedwig I have approached John Cameron Mitchell’s cult phenomenon Hedwig […]

How do people interact with music in their daily lives? For some it’s an escape, a distraction from routine. Some people use music as a means to express themselves in ways that other communication doesn’t allow them. For others it’s simply noise in the background of their life. John Turturro calls his third outing as […]

The Blues Brothers, born out of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live, is two parts musical, two parts action movie, and one part comedy. The musical parts are fantastic, original performances by R&B legends Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, James Brown, and John Lee Hooker as well as The Blues Brothers Band. Charles, […]

I knew that RENT was in trouble from its first scene, a rendition of “Seasons Of Love” (whose chorus consists of singing “How about love?” a bunch of times) set in an empty theater. Note to director Chris Columbus: the goal of making a musical film is not to duplicate the experience of watching a […]

Liza Minnelli is a name that I’ve certainly encountered throughout my life, but it’s one that has never really conjured a very clear picture. I had falsely summated, from comments made about her, that Ms. Minnelli’s modest and short-lived celebrity, generated mostly by her famous, tragic parentage, had faded, and that most references to her […]

The men look bad. The women look bad. Only Jane Powell escapes this movie unscathed. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is hardly an evolved movie, but my feminist sensibilities weren’t nearly as offended as I thought they would be. Even though I don’t like them, I can’t really fault Stanley Donen for the film’s representations […]