Friday Night at the Movies w/ Adam and Dan

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Dan: What movie genre should we do this week Adam?

Adam: We could do some more action movies?

Dan: Yeah I guess we could…

Tony: /yells from across the room

You two should do Musicals!

Adam and Dan: This is our article.

Adam: … But seriously that’s not a terrible idea Dan. We should do that.

Dan: Yeah its actually pretty solid. Plus I already have a great one in mind.

Dan’s Pick 

Daniel Harms

This is easily one of John Travolta’s greatest works and one of the best musicals of all time, in my opinion. Grease is the love story of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, they meet one summer at the beach and fall in love. Sandy being the innocent girl that Danny would never be caught with, in public, she has to figure out how to win over Danny and make him realize that it’s her he’s supposed to be with. 

Danny is a part of a “gang” called the T-birds who fix up and race cars against other “gangs”. Trying to save face in front of your friends when you’re in love, by being cool and acting like you aren’t in love is a bad way to get on your love interests good side, Danny. We’ve all done stupid things like that as children and it can take a little while to realize the right thing to do. Children will be children after all.

This is one of the first musicals I ever watched and remains my favorite to this day. Prime Travolta puts on a great show with Olivia Newton-John as one of the best duos ever. So many timeless classics came from this movie such as, “Summer Nights”, “You’re the One That I Want”, and obviously, “Greased Lightning”. If musicals aren’t your thing that’s perfectly okay. But this is not just a great musical, it’s a great movie.  

Adam’s Pick 

01lowbird

I’m not sure when the first time I watched Little Shop of Horrors was… it was definitely earlier on in my childhood. But what I can say is it stuck with me. I have seen LSOH a number of times over the years but it only took once to become a forever fan of Rick Moranis.  

Rick plays Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy orphan that works at a flower shop called Mushnik’s, named after its owner,  in a shoddy downtown area, skid row,  of a larger city.  Seymour has a crush on his fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard played by Ellen Greene.  During an ‘ordinary day’ Seymour stumbles across an extra strange plant, a hobby of his,  which he names Audrey II.  Seymour struggles to keep Audrey II alive until he finds that it craves/needs blood to survive.  While Seymour is tending to his plant, struggling with the moral ramifications of keeping it alive, the rest of the story unfolds.

 Audrey’s boyfriend, a maladjusted dentist played masterfully by Steve Martin, is introduced and quickly shows his true colors. The Dentist eventually meets his doom but not before a brief scene with a certain pain craving patient played by the one and only great Bill Murray.
Things get out of hand quickly for Seymour as he realizes his former little Audrey II is a full grown monster with world domination on its mind.  The fight for his life and the world is on for Seymour.
This musical has a bit of a silly storyline however the music and singing bring so much to it. Some musicals miss out on developing characters and story from the music itself, Little Shop of Horrors does not disappoint here.  From the opening song of “Skid Row” they set the stage early and the bar high.  If you give it a chance, I promise you’ll be entertained. Scouts honor.

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Brylowman
Brylowman

I prefer the musicals from the golden age with such actors as Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, June Allyson, and Deanna Durbin. I might pick “It Started With Eve” staring Deanna Durbin, just because she is such an unknown amazing singer/actress that was actually paid more than Judy Garland in her time; but then got married and left Hollywood for good, diminishing her popularitys’ longevity.

c-selenke
c-selenke

The obvious answer is Team America World Police. Far and away the best musical I have ever seen

Tyrone
Tyrone

Also Willy Wonka

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

Didnt think of that, good one o

Sudden
Sudden

So should I submit the definitive guide to opera to Tony for a column next week?

BDChiefsFan
BDChiefsFan

i dont like musicals.

bye.

sydenham
sydenham

Without a doubt LSOH over Grease.
And yes to Moulin Rouge, in part because there’s a very brief inclusion of Bonzo’s opening drumbeat to When the Levee Breaks. At least I think there was. I tried finding the clip on the internet but no luck. However, in searching around I found that this drumbeat is in a 2011 movie called Sucker Punch and this movie looks bloody awesome, gonna see about watching it. Don’t mean to hijack the topic here, but has anybody seen this one? And does anyone else remember the Levee drumbeat in Moulin Rouge?

Leaf
Leaf

Sucker Punch is much much better than many give it credit for. It is extremely weird and deals thematically with mental illness so it can be a bit much for those not into that kind of stuff. But I watch it with a friend thinking I was going to hate it and loved it.

Berserker
Berserker

It’s basically a less subtle Wizard of Oz. With judo kicks.

sydenham
sydenham

Both of you have fuelled my eagerness to watch this flick. Thx

Sudden
Sudden

An allegory for bimetallism and castigation of the evil capitalist banker class?

sydenham
sydenham

I’ll see if I can remember to report back to you guys with my reaction once I’ve seen it.

Berserker
Berserker

Using the plot device of the main character entering a fugue state, yeah. It’s been a long time since I read any of the books, but I kinda think the casually violent craziness in them might make that story look even more similar to Sucker Punch.

Berserker
Berserker

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BoJest
BoJest

Fiddler on the Roof was another of my favorites. I love the stage musical theater so it’s hard for me to pick the “one” favorite.

Dave

Musicals are the worst. Seriously.

Berserker
Berserker

I’ve tried to watch musicals. It feels like my brain knows it’s supposed to be thinking about the show, but it just won’t.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed

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Sudden
Sudden

Musicals related: did you see La La Land?

General movie related: going to see Tolkien this weekend. Haven’t been to an actual theatre in awhile but really excited for this given my love for Tolkien’s writings and strong interest in the great war.

Edit: also musicals related I recommend “once”

Edit 2: wait wtf where’s westside story?

BoJest
BoJest

West Side Story is one of my favorites.

Leaf
Leaf

That was my sisters favorite growing up.

vvet818
vvet818

This clip comprises 2 of my favorite musicals…All That Jazz and Cabaret

Daniel Harms

Nostalgia is a powerful drug, there are lots of great musicals. I love a lot of the movies that have been mentioned, just prefer grease due to my childhood

BoJest
BoJest

A lot of good movies mentioned. I’d like to add Chicago. Anything with Catherine Zeta Jones in a skimpy outfit gets my vote.

Leaf
Leaf

Didn’t care for Chicago. Plenty of eye candy, but the music is only so so and the story is just not my style.

Tyrone
Tyrone

SUDDENLY SEY-MOURRRRRRRRRR

Anthony Stratton

Moulin Rouge. Your movies suck. Don’t @ me.

Leaf
Leaf

I didn’t see Moulin Rouge until many years after it came out. It was a lot better than I thought it would be. Good choice.

Tyrone
Tyrone

I’m going to assume you haven’t seen little shop of horrors, cause I don’t know any other way to explain your statement.

Team Player
Team Player

Are you thinking of the version starring Dick More Anus?

Anthony Stratton

I seent it.

Moulin Rouge used music from my generation tho

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed

Moulin Rouge is fantastic. A great way to blend pop music into a story. Way better than Rock of Ages and Pitch Perfects tried to accomplish.

Leaf
Leaf

Two best musicals ever made, whether for screen or stage

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BoJest
BoJest

Up voted…mostly for Phantom of the Opera

Team Player
Team Player

Les Mis is a great book and the musical somehow managed to cram 1468 pages of character studies into a few hours better than any of a number of movie attempts. But none of them capture Jean Valjean very well

BoJest
BoJest

I enjoyed the movie Les Mis…but have seen Phantom live theater 3 times and have the DVD. First (and second) with daughter and lastly with her and the granddaughter. Has a lot of sentimental meaning to me.

Leaf
Leaf

Les Miserable is my all time favorite, though phantom is close second. I’ve been fortunate enough to see phantom live, but not Les Mis.

Leaf
Leaf

Grease?

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ElPasoJason
ElPasoJason

Little Shop of Horrors was one of the best movies from my childhood.

I’m afraid to watch it again due to it potentially not holding up to memory.

Leaf
Leaf

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Team Player
Team Player

I’ll probably be the only guy in history to publicly admit my favorite is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

BleedingRedAndGold

I don’t really have a favorite musical, but I’ve always liked CCBB. Fleming’s straight-up send-up of his Bond books is smack on the money.

Team Player
Team Player

I read Fleming’s CCBB once.

I’ll just say the movie was farrrrrrrrrr better

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

Seems like every old disney movie is a musical and I like a lot of them. I like the jungle book and lion king more than most of the others for the musical part.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

My favorite musical is probably footloose.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

My wife told me there is more than one footloose, I only consider the one with Kevin Bacon to be the real footloose.

ElPasoJason
ElPasoJason

If there is a version of ANYTHING with Bacon, it is automatically better than other versions. No need for further discussions on the matter.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

I do love me some bacon

Fire_FG_the_moron
Fire_FG_the_moron

The “re-make” sure didnt do justice to the original. Blake Shelton isnt Kenny Loggins either.

Leaf
Leaf

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