Tag Archives: Musical

La La Land (2016)

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“The butterfly represents the talent, the thoughtfulness, and the beauty within the caterpillar. But having a harsh outlook on life, the caterpillar sees the butterfly as weak and figures out a way to pimp it to his own benefits…Finally free, the butterfly sheds light on situations that the caterpillar never considered, ending the internal struggle. Although the butterfly and caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.” -Kendrick Lamar (Mortal Man) Continue reading La La Land (2016)

Sing Street (2016)

Connor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is a young lad in Dublin who transfers to a new school and falls for Ann (Kelly Thornton) who lives across the street. He decides to start a band to win her heart, but it quickly grows into much more. Under the guidance of his brother Brendan (Jack Reynor), he develops into quite the musician and begins to dream of bigger things. Continue reading Sing Street (2016)

Moana (2016)

The best Disney film this side of Tangled. Moana is a delightful mix of different music, solid storytelling, and a mentally challenged chicken. From the Polynesian setting to the the lack of romantic subplot, Disney makes something fresh while also being familiar. It’s the same princess story we’d expect, but with a lot of interesting twists and turns along the way. Continue reading Moana (2016)

This is It (2009)

I vaguely remember this coming out in the wake of Michael Jackson’s death and I always meant to see it, but never got to it. Saw it at Hastings for a dollar on Blu and had to pick it up. The film starts out with your typical talking heads chatting about how great it is to audition for Jackson. It feels so canned and uninteresting that I was bracing for the tedium to continue. But once Jackson shows up, the magic begins. Almost all of the footage that follows is from rehearsals of the tour he was planning. Continue reading This is It (2009)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

At first glance, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes doesn’t have much going on upstairs. Like Marilyn Monroe’s character, the film seems pretty to look at but rather vapid and goofy. The vanity of the characters and the light comedic romps they go on appear light-hearted and rather childish. However, beneath this veneer, there are some smart, subversive ideas at work. Continue reading Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)