Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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…
/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.…
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).
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…
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE > THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
Note to self: If I ever pen a rock opera revolving around a modern update of the story of Faust, and am then forced to sign a contract concerning said opera, please make sure that said contract is not ominously Faustian, and/or at the very least that I do not sign it in blood while the drafter goes on about my immortal soul and hints at ownership thereof being transferred to said drafter.
Also, stay away from anyone who looks the vaguest bit like 70s-era Paul Williams, for reasons entirely unrelated. That means you, Jonathan Lipnicki; and several reoccurring hellbeasts from my periodic night terrors.
Seeing as I just got this on blu-ray also I feel the need to log this again.
The transfer to the blu-ray is gorgeous! Such crisp tones come alive here even more, such a rich atmosphere of color and light throughout.
Brian De Palma is a genius with his color and light orchestration, just moving along the corridors and balconies so swiftly and dauntingly. I was swept away even more than the first time I watched this, the quality the first time I watched this was decent enough (I watched it online). So seeing it tuned up in all manors was so pleasing.
The music really seeps into your soul, Paul Williams composed some beautiful music for this film. (And…
while this has some flaws (I'm not too big on the juicy fruits) I have to say the over all film was enjoyable. Who knew the guy who help write Rainbow connection would play a good villain.
Screening at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR. Seeing this on the big screen was GREAT! Beef was very popular with the audience. Love this damn movie!
FUN FACT: This is the movie that inspired Italian director Dario Argento to cast Jessica Harper in Suspiria. At the same time, Woody Allen wanted to cast her in Manhattan, in the role that would go to Mariel Hemingway. Harper worked with Argento instead (so glad she did!) and she would work with Allen a couple years later in Stardust Memories.
Ranked 480 out of 6185 movies on my Flickchart.
Second viewing, first since I was a teenager and I was pleasantly surprised how well this held up. It's a truly unique and strange hybrid of horror, musical and camp and it's made by 20th Century Fox with what seems like a pretty decent budget (they also released ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW the following year, pretty incredible to think of either of these films being greenlit by a major studio). Naturally De Palma really puts the money to good use and it allows for much experimentation with lenses and split-screen photography but also allows him to employ brilliant production design from Jack Fisk, who gets to go really big and bold with sets inspired by German expressionism and others which seems inspired just by the excess of the 70s and the prevalent drug culture. Paul Williams should also be singled out not just for his terrific songs (in multiple genres and mutations) but also his creepy, bizarro performance.
I don't remember where I heard about this film. I know that I put it on my list years ago but never bought it. Fortunately, I was just able to see it at a local theater. I'm glad I got to experience it in a theater.
What a bizzare and entertaining film. There were so many scenes that were laugh out loud funny but mostly due to it being bizarre than any real jokes. Needless to say it fits right in with the movies I like. Between that and the simple fact that it's from the 70s has instantly put this in my "must have" category. Its a big category but that's not the point.
I'm usually not one for…
That's the hell of it.
Brian De Palma's Grand Guignol send-up and put-down of the rock business (1974), with a maimed musician (William Finley) haunting a concert hall operated by a malevolent mogul (Paul Williams). This was one of De Palma's early efforts, and its excesses can be chalked up to youthful enthusiasm—the ideas seem appealingly audacious even when they misfire, which is more often than not. Unfortunately, De Palma's style failed to develop beyond the superficial cleverness exercised here, even as his films grew more pretentious. With Jessica Harper and Gerrit Graham.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…