Entries Tagged 'Musical' ↓

dancer in the dark

It’s a love it or hate it film. Love it for the exceptional concept and stunning performance by Bjork. Hate it for the overly melodramatic plot and nausea-inducing hand-held camera. Love it or hate it for Bjork’s soundtrack. It’s powerful, sickening, depressing, and uplifting. Not an easy ride, but definitely worth seeing. [denmark, 2000]

dancer in the dark

It’s a love it or hate it film. Love it for the exceptional concept and stunning performance by Bjork. Hate it for the overly melodramatic plot and nausea-inducing hand-held camera. Love it or hate it for Bjork’s soundtrack. It’s powerful, sickening, depressing, and uplifting. Not an easy ride, but definitely worth seeing. [denmark, 2000]

little voice

Call it a small victory for shy people. Here the mute-like Little Voice or LV lives in a domestic hell cloistered in her bedroom terrorized by her overbearing mother and aching for her dead father. While Ma tries to get her hands into the local slimeball’s shiny pants, LV, who has virtually no speaking voice, belts out tunes by Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Marlene Dietrich, and other classic divas in her room. Jane Horrocks reprises her stage role singing for real, and pretty much owns the movie. [uk, 1998]

thoroughly modern mille

Pure camp, and if you see it any other way you’ll hate it. But just imagine the chance to see those paragons of virtue and sweetness, Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore in a musical about white slavery. Yes, it’s as ridiculous as it sounds, but the film never takes itself seriously. Be warned, the bad guys in this movie are “evil Chinese opium dealers” however, it does redeem itself in the end with Pat Morita (from Happy Days) as a good guy. Silly bubblegum flick with a few famous show tunes. [us, 1967]

the umbrellas of cherbourg

This candy-colored musical (yes musical—there is no talking) starts Catherine Denevue as a young woman smitten with the blush of first love. Her more practical mother would prefer the young ingenue choose a more stable and wealthy man. This bittersweet love story, and ultimately rumination on first love, first lust, and the greater commitment of relationships has it all: a beautiful heroine, a handsome and tragic hero, and copious singing in the original language of love. [France, 1964]

bollywood/hollywood

In Deepa Mehta’s giddy nod to India & America’s movie-making goliaths, the action takes place somewhere between – in her polyglot home of Toronto. When a young dot com millionaire’s fiance dies, his weeping mother advises him that ‘the best cure for a broken heart is marriage’. To please her, he embarks on a fake engagement with a gorgeous and multi-talented escort (Toronto-born Lisa Ray achieved fame in India). There’s an imperious grandmother who speaks in Shakespearean quotes and a transvestite chauffeur. Cue the uproarious song-and dance-numbers and join in the good times. [canada, 2002]