We all have favorite movies that we have no shame in telling people about. Blah blah, Citizen Kane, you say, blah blah The Godfather. And other people will hopefully be impressed by how good your taste is. But there’s that other list, too–the list of movies that you love even though you know, down in your heart, that they truly suck. The list of movies you don’t mention when people ask you what your favorite movies are, because it would take far too long to justify them and explain yourself. This, my friends, is my list of sucky movies that I love even though (or possibly because) they are horrible.
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Word on the internets is that Keira Knightley is officially starring in the My Fair Lady remake, and that Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement) is set to direct. The 1964 My Fair Lady is one of my very favorite movies, so I feel I need to have an official opinion about this. I don’t need a remake. I don’t want a remake. But it seems to be happening despite my personal displeasure, so I figure I’m going to look on the bright side and remind myself that as a theatrical work, the new movie will be more of an adaptation than a remake. Also, I keep reminding myself that Emma Thompson is writing the screenplay, and it is my belief that Emma Thompson is a goddess who has blessed us mortals with her presence.
The other thing to consider, of course, is the rest of the cast. So I’m offering up my own suggestions of whom should be cast in the new My Fair Lady.
It’s October! In celebration of this spookiest of months, I want to ask you, ladies and gentlemen of the Internet, if you remember the days when the Disney Channel would show Labyrinth around Halloween. Those were good days. I don’t know if Labyrinth is really a Halloween movie, though it does have spooky moments, but I don’t really need much excuse to proclaim my love for it unabashedly. I’ve been watching this movie regularly since I was a child, and I never get tired of it. In fact, I’m watching it RIGHT NOW. True story.
I’ve chosen to celebrate this particular Great Moment because it illustrates just what I love about Labyrinth–it’s whatever you need it to be depending on your age. When I was little, I had no idea what was going on in this scene, but it looked very pretty, and Sarah had a poofy dress, and that was all I needed. Years later, as an adolescent, I actually paid attention and listened to the lyrics and realized that whoa, David Bowie likes her likes her, and very suddenly, this happy fantasy movie became a coming-of-age story as well. I possibly take this movie much more seriously than is justified. Anyway, Happy October!
It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day (for about 30 more minutes, I got it in under the wire here) and so, as my form of celebration, I offer up a clip from the freaking awesome Muppet Treasure Island. There are few pleasures in life as pure as Tim Curry and some Muppets singing a song about Pirates.
Maybe you’ve already seen A Very Potter Musical, or maybe you haven’t, in which case, get thee to YouTube immediately. It’s a musical parody of the entire Harry Potter series, and it is absolutely hilarious. Draco’s played by a girl, Dumbledore’s a jerk, and Voldemort and Quirrell have one of the greatest bromances I have ever seen in all my days. No, seriously. Stop reading this and go watch it, starting with part one.
Still here? Fine, I’ll entice you with a clip. You know what was missing from Goblet of Fire? After Voldemort’s resurrection, he should have tap danced.
There are some clips from the Daily Show that stick with me for years for no particular reason… things I quote or reference all the damn time. This is one of those bits.
It’s only in the last minute, but this version of this song from Bye Bye Birdie pops into my head some times for no reason at all. It is amazing.
As the title would suggest, music is a big part of this movie. There are nine (or ten? we’ll discuss this later) short segments, some longer, some shorter, with various moods and tones, but all of them revolve around music. It’s like a modernized version of Fantasia, featuring popular artists from the time. Starting with the opening credits, it felt like I was going to watch an old MGM musical or something rather than an animated children’s film.
I recently experienced Grease 2 for the very first time. Perhaps my crush on Michelle Pfeiffer is influencing my opinion, but I kind of loved it. It’s terrible, of course, but it’s terrible in that High School Musical kind of way. It’s so bad, it’s hilarious. (Okay, sometimes it’s just plain bad.) Now, while “Cool Rider” is obviously the masterpiece of this movie, I decided to go with a different scene to showcase. I don’t even want to set this up for you. It speaks for itself.
I’ll be back later to talk a little bit more about what I liked, and what I think needs a little bit of work, but for now, I offer the fall promo that aired immediately after the show last night (after the jump).