Movies that are slightly off.
Phantom of the Paradise
The Most Highly Acclaimed Horror Phantasy Of Our Time.
Rock Opera version of Phantom Of The Opera with elements of Faust. Record producer Swan steals both the music and the girl (Phoenix) from composer Leach. Disfigured Leach plans revenge on Swan and his rock palace, The Paradise, and becomes The Phantom. Leach signs contract with Swan to complete rock opera based on the life of Faust for Phoenix. Double crossed by Swan who hires heavy metal singer Beef, Leach exacts his vengeance.
This is my favourite movie of all time -- one of the films that I will vehemently defend against all criticisms. I own the film on VHS and DVD; I imported the only blu ray version available from France; I own the soundtrack on CD and vinyl. I have a cult obsession with this film and I absolutely fucking adore every thing about it. I've seen it hundreds of times; this is my go-to film to put me in a good mood.
But why do I love this film so much?
There are a lot of ways to answer that question, but perhaps the best place to start is with the music. Paul Williams' music is incredibly energetic an fun…
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE > THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
/tv/ Film Club Week 2: Musicals
Look, Philbin. I am a professional. I have been in this business a long time. Now if I don't want to perform, it's not because I got stage fright. It's because some creature from beyond doesn't want me to do the show. Now gangway.
When you think of Brian DePalma, ones thoughts probably immediately jump to Scarface, Blow Out, Carrie or The Untouchables. You probably didn't think DePalma's name would be in any way attached to an obscure, flamboyant rock opera from the 70's....
Yeah, me neither.
But now whenever I hear his name I'm not going to be able to stop my brain from immediately thinking of this dark and dastardly fun musical.…
By the time all of the fugue lines comes together and the movie starts being about immortality and recorded media and voyeurism while at the same time functioning as a damn good traditional thriller, I almost forgot that all of this to do was taking place in the record industry. The swell from lightly comedic industry satire to cynical screed totally played me.
I'd never realized this before, but when Phoenix sings "Old Souls" and becomes an instant sensation, she's exactly like Albuquerque singing "It Don't Worry Me" at the end of Nashville, which was released some eight months later. In both cases, a star is murdered onstage mid-performance, and these relative nobodies are sent out to pacify the audience. These scenes draw on a show biz movie cliché at least as old as 42nd Street—"You're going out a youngster but you've got to come back a star!"—though I think both De Palma and Altman (the latter working with Joan Tewkesbury) have something more cynical, more incisive in mind.
Like Nashville, Phantom is a ruthless satire of the music industry whose political scope…
“Swan. He has no other name. His past is a mystery, but his work is already a legend. He wrote and produced his first gold record at fourteen. In the years since then, he has won so many others that he once tried to deposit them in Fort Knox. He brought the blue to Britain. He brought Liverpool to America. He brought folk and rock together. His band, The Juicy Fruits, single-handedly gave birth of the nostalgia wave of the ’70s. Now, he’s looking for the new sound of the spheres to inaugurate his own Xanadu, his own Disneyland; The Paradise — the Ultimate Rock Palace. This film is the story of that search; of that sound. Of the man…
Paul Hirsch and De Palma might easily be the best director/editor team i've seen in a long time.
Phantom of the Paradise blends elements of musical, gothic horror, comedy and fantasy into a film that exceeds the bounds of any one genre. This is a batshit crazy movie from start to finish. This is most obvious in its pacing and editing. It chugs along at a rapid pace, getting across a multitude of ideas and themes in the first half hour alone.
De Palma's ability to create suspense is on full display here, something rare for a musical. His use of split diopter and even split screen shots are used at great length to show action and suspense on multiple layers in a shot. There are so many times when a character is in focus in the foreground…
I wish I could give this 1 and 5 stars simultaneously, so I'm splitting the difference like a weenie. So bizarre, but strangely brilliant in places?
Bemoaning intellectual property theft while simultaneously stealing ideas from every corner of pop culture history, DePalma's DeMented rock opera is hyper-self-aware, its own two-facedness reflected in every character. As a satire of the music industry, it's about as subtle as a wrecking (glitter)ball; as a relic of batshit crackers filmmaking, it's a gloriously camp testament to absolutely point blank refusing to give a flying fuck.
Props for the costumes but no points for originality (it was not and it feels more than familiar in a bad way)
birdman is shook
The 70s are wild
And this being my first de Palma of the year only increased my appetites eighteenfold. This movie is a mesmerizing headtrip of a journey. The colors pop. The songs stick. The actors act. The devil bedevils.
This movie rocks. Period. No question, if, and, or butts about it. But I will say I miss the 70's and 80's PG rating. Bring the kids, we got head-crushings, suicide attempts, and only partially-obscured, but artistically accentuated bush. Fun for the whole family!
Beautiful batshit madness. Great music too.
preferably more than one scene
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