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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.…
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.
Film Club: August 4-10
The film for this week is Brian de Palma's magnum opus, Phantom of the Paradise.
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"It's fucking bonkers. But a ton of good midnight madness fun."
"Note to self: If I ever pen a rock opera revolving around a modern update of the story of Faust..."
"The acting, special effects, etc was all terrible. It just looked so cheesy in the worst way possible."
-James "Bad Taste" Healey
"If this film had…
A real oddity in Brian de Palma's filmography, Phantom of the Paradise is a combination of the Phantom of the Opera and Faust stories, in the form of a camp, largely stage-bound musical drama. William Finley gets the starring role as a serious composer whose music is stolen by an unscrupulous pop producer, and who then - after a spell in prison and his supposed death - terrorises the producer's theatre in his new Phantom guise. Unfortunately the Phantom is masked, which denies us Finley's wonderfully expressive face for much of the running time. The Oscar winning songs - by Paul Williams, who also co-stars - aren't bad, but this isn't the sort of musical that uses its numbers to…
Without a doubt, one of the strangest, most incredible things I've ever seen. Just watch it.
figures that the only De Palma film I've ever actually liked (adored, for the record) is the one that I'd least expect him to have made. coming from an ignoramus of musicals, this is easily the greatest I've ever seen.
Man I love this movie. I loved it 20 years ago I love it now (for all difrent reasons)
Why this does not have a bigger following is baffling to me
It's so campy and weird I don't know how to dislike it.
Jessica Harper singing is NEVER a bad thing (see: Shock Treatment).
Phantom, Faust and FREAKIN' DE PALMA!!!
Evil has a new face. This time it belongs to the record industry. The system creates monsters by dangling dreams in front of artists like carrots on strings.
If you sign on the dotted line, your dreams could come true. But your nightmares are about to begin...
Essentially a pastiche of classic horror stories brought together in the realm of sounds and furies, Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise is a strange and magnificent oddity, one that seems to exist simply to defy your expectations at every turn, and yet is nevertheless so candidly entertaining that you cannot help but enjoy its brand of madness. Part-horror, part-musical, part-comedy and part-parody, the film is awash in overblown extravagance and ham, pulling you into its flashy and troubled world where the music industry is run by demons and the main attractions are as cheap and hollow as you can expect. The only source of hope comes from a naïve composer named Winslow Leach, whose Faust-themed cantata is appropriated…
I'm not exactly sure what 70's people had in their mind during their downtime, but if whatever they were smoking came to be something like this, I'm all for it. A wonderfully confusing mashup of The Phantom of the Opera and Faust, with a plethora of other parodies in the usual De Palma style, Phantom of the Paradise is one hell of a memorable rock musical.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…