Complete list of the films Guillermo del Toro has recommended on twitter. Click the 'Read notes' button to see his…
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.…
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…
Brian De Palma is the K I N G
De Palma is becoming one of my favorite director's and I have yet to see Scarface.
Faustian tragedy played out as farcical rock opera ("Death Records" couldn't be more appropriate). Irreverently cinematic.
A man sells his soul to the devil to become a pop star in order to write a song about a man who sells his soul to the devil to become a pop star, but the devil himself had already sold his own soul (to become a pop star).
Artistic integrity fighting for success in a world run by popular tastes (the evil producer is played by the man who actually wrote all the music for the film—a beautiful and topical irony).
Un amour de Swan
Blu-ray. Scream Factory.
I don't know if I'm glad I watched this or not. Checked it off the watchlist, I guess. What a piece of garbage.
Weird, dumb and just plain goofy. Nonsense.
I had no idea what I was going into when I started this. I had absolutely no knowledge of Phantom of the Opera (please do not crucify me) other than the basics, so watching this with very fresh eyes and not knowing any of the inspiration behind it.
I will definitely say that this was a beautifully wild ride. I absolutely loved the camp and weirdness of this whole film. The soundtrack is to die for and I could get a sense of DePalma's style even though I've only actually seen this and Carrie. He got me fucking good with those two scenes beside each other, so masterful. I think much like my love affair with the Rocky Horror Picture…
A fantastically unique horror comedy musical that's unlike anything else in the De Palma canon. Love the weirdness.
Pop will eat itself.
If my brother were still alive, I would force him to watch this. I would call him at a ridiculous hour and be like, 'you need to see this. Now.'
I was even going to give this four stars as I just wasn't sure...I give so few things five stars...I mean, I just feel like expressing pure joy at something might, I don't know, let people know too much about me, and then what? But I have to make an exception here, as nothing has cheered me up this much for a long time.
I loved this movie! (An exclamation point, even.)
SUCH A GOOD FUCKIBG MOVIE IT WILL FUCK YOU OVER!!! also..i love winslow with my entire life..all the characters are very good
Part of my Summer Sixteen challenge
Continuing the De Palma filmography, this one also caught my eye in Baumbach and Paltrow's documentary. I really liked the imagery of the Phantom trapped in his claustrophobic sound studio and that one shot of Swan spinning around in a giant record auditioning different artists. I expected the Phantom to be the more compelling character (in a similar vane to Dark Man), but was more entranced by Swan's maliciousness.
Might have been the cut I watched, but noticed several flaws in post. The banner for Death Records was obviously superimposed onto the podium when Swan announces signing Beef, and the very last word of the movie (Phoenix calling out for Winslow) sounded as if it were dubbed in.
I want to watch a fun movie.
I love arthouse films, but sometimes I just want to have fun, so…
A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.