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GREATEST SHOWMAN (2017)

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A film by Michael Gracey

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron

The Biography of P.T. Barnum who had this vision and was ahead of his time a the greatest show on earth as he called it.

Here is a terrific piece of musical who has songs like hip hop and avoided to put the classic music into it smart move. It is purely entertaining with great dancing numbers. The film starts with the title song “The Greatest Show,” with repetitive thumping percussion, Hugh Jackman (P.T. Barnum) in red long coat and top hat takes us on a dazzling tour, The all number is perfect choreography. The story takes us when his father and him as a young boy goes to this house (Rich people) and Barnum got interested to this young girl the daughter of his father’s customer. Than you see him all growing up and getting an idea of what he wants to do with his life. Both his wife and kids having almost nothing coming from nothing and marrying the daughter of a rich man and they were happy the way it is. However P.T. Barnum had an idea in mind.  He launches out on his own, creating a theatre in the heart of New York City. He gathers together people with special talents as well as those with physical abnormalities (a big bearded lady, Siamese twins, a dwarf who would eventually be known as General Tom Thumb, Barnum’s first “breakout star”). The audition sequence is fun to watch and Jackman is dazzling in it. Not all people loved what he was doing but Barnum was so taken by being recognised in he was consumed by it. He even promised his wife that they will have a big house. He discover other talent Jenny Lind,(Rebecca Ferguson) the “Swedish Nightingale,” whom Barnum took on a whirlwind concert tour through America. Even meet the queen of England. Overall the casting is perfect and it is entertaining as hell . By the way Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus folded up its tent for good, after 146 years of uninterrupted operation soon after the film got released, due to the pressure of animal activist and poor attendance. Do not miss this one.

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HAIR (1979)

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A film by Milos Forman

Cast: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D’Angelo

Claude Bukowski, a young farmer from Oklahoma, wants to visit New York before leaving for Vietnam. At Central Park, he became friends with a group of hippies. This meeting will turn his life upside down……

Milos Forman directed adaptation of the hit Broadway show captures the essence of the drop-out hippie culture of the late 1960’s while changing the storyline and the order of the songs and in some cases which characters perform them. Berger (Treat Williams) is the leader of his little gang of hippies which includes Hud, Woof and Jeannie. They are later joined by rich girl Sheila (Beverly D’Angelo) and Hud’s (AKA Lafayette’s) baby mama and his infant son. Oh and Jeannie is pregnant by either Hud or Woof and by the way welcome to the late 1960’s. So cool the costumes where dead on and very colourful like in the 60’s. You really feel like you were there and back them that is the way it was, singing, drugs , sex and whatever. “Sodomy”, the title song and the medley of “Black Boys” and “White Boys” are all fun songs with ironic and/or sexually explicit lyrics. “Good Morning Starshine” and “Let the Sunshine In” are uplifting pop melodies that soar, and they are going to stick with you.“Donna” and “Manchester, England” are tunes that are upbeat you even can sing along. Forman captures the essence of the sixties even the decor are dead on., you feel it right off at the opening scene of the film. A familiar face Edna Garrett in the ‘80’s sitcom The Facts of Life, is in the scene where Berger and his friends crash Sheila’s party. At the time in 1979 it was the best musical and still is it became a cult film, that will nor age. Do not miss this one.

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LA LA LAND (2016)

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A film by Damien Chazelle

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt

The setting for La la Land is in L.A. traffic jam with people into their cell phones passing the time waiting to press on the gas pedal. Our two protagonists here honks the horn at each other in frustration not until later they will meet again and now ladies and gentlemen you have boy meets girl may the music begin.

Damien Chapelle has found a way to make a musical picture to make it fresh and unique. When he went to Harvard to study film he was obsessed to the point of doing some day a musical, he grew up watching old musical from the 40’s to 60’s. It is a musical old fashion style with a bolder, modern style with a thoughtful mixture of old school dance numbers you’d expect from a musical in the 50s, and emotionally-wrenching ballads. The film again looks and acts like a classic musical but frequently we see low-key reminders that this is modern-day; actresses using their iPhones, a video being seen on Youtube, etc to remind us that this is set in the present day. The cinematography is beautiful and overall the film is visually stunning with candy-colorer costumes and the decor with pastel colours. The scenes were shot outside and not in a studio as Gostling said in an interview when he was in Paris to promote the film Chapelle wanted it like that a natural setting so we had one shot at this and the revershal paid off.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are phenomenal in this picture, the chemistry is there plus the dancing is perfect. I leave you with this at least Chapelle makes you dream and thank god he ended the film like he did because I thought he was going to go the other way. Voila!

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975)

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A film by Jim Sharman

Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick

Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) a newly wed couple’s car break down in the rain. They find shelter at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter a transvestite. He offers them a place to stay but Janet and Brad haven’t decided if they are staying especially when a group of Transylvanians dance to the time Wrap to create the perfect man.

This film is the first of its breed and I do not think we will see an other like it. It is still running at selected theater across the globe 40 years later. The longest running and the one of the most well-known and financially successful midnight movies of all time. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a combination of Frankenstein,  and Rock Opera. An other shocking film like I said in the 70’s people did those film to shock people and get them into theaters.  Tim Curry film debut took a big chance on this one after all he had nothing to loose. A terrific performance for the guy no one could pull that off like he did as a transvestite, his entrance remain the best thing in this film. no one has made an entrance like that ever. It is a shock fest as I call it with colorful and bizarre  characters Psychedelic music (well people were into it by taking LSD) and raunchiness. Now if you go to the showing of this film here is a list of stuff you should have on hand. First dress up as your favorite character in the film. Then take those items with you.

  • Rice (to be thrown at Ralph and Betty’s wedding)
  • Water pistols (back row squirts them during rain scene)
  • Newspapers (for front and middle rows to shield themselves from rain)
  • Flashlights or cigarette lighters (“There’s a Light” verse of “Over at Frankenstein Place”)
  • Rubber gloves (during and after the creation speech, Frank snaps his gloves three times)
  • Noisemakers (the Transylvanians applaud Frank’s creation – so should you)
  • Toilet paper [preferably “Scott’s” brand] (when Brad yells “Great Scott!”, throw a roll)
  • Confetti (at the end of the “Charles Atlas” reprise, the Transylvanians throw confetti)
  • Toast (when Frank proposes a toast at dinner)
  • Party hat (when Frank puts on his hat to wish Rocky happy birthday, so does the audience)
  • Bell (“When we made it/did you hear a bell ring?”)
  • Cards (“Cards for sorrow/cards for pain”)

There you have it and if you become a transvestite over night after seeing the movie well we have done our job.

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