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Wednesday
Jun 05 2019

Soundtracking: Moulin Rouge!

byChris Feil

Perhaps it's easy to forget how revolutionary Baz Luhrman'sMoulin Rouge!was in 2001.The thing about masterpieces is their legacy sometimes overshadows the context that birthed them.But at the time,the musical was a massive gamble and creative leap,helping to relaunch the genre that had died a slow death at the box office and to cultural  cinematic tastes.Just as Luhrman's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet had aggressively re-imagined its text for the MTV set,he delivered something even more drug-fevered to the musical,shattering notions of what the genre's limitations were and how it could exist in the modern era.

Musicals may be more commonplace now,but they have yet to be as audacious since.But as much as Luhrman's trippy,frenetic stylings play nearly twenty (gasp!) years later as its most obvious innovations,it was Luhrman's music choices that were the biggest shock to the system for movie musicals.

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Wednesday
May 23 2018

Soundtracking: "Burlesque"

byChris Feil

Much as we love it,isn'tBurlesqueone of our least distinct recent original musicals?The genre is no stranger to borrowing tropes that have worked in the past and Burlesque is no exception - dreams of stardom,vague romance,putting on a show to save the barn.The real culprit here the film's mishmash assemblage of tunes,populated with high peaks and easily ignored plains.

But I should shut up because really: who cares?It's Cher,bitch!

And oft repeated quotables aside,the presence of a singing and dancing Cher on screen is a now rare delight that shouldn't be taken for granted (soak up thoseMamma Mia!2rays of sunshine this July,kids).Some are quick to forget that Cher is always in on the joke,or that her lack of pretension makes opulence where more self-serious performers would be trapped in chintziness...

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Sunday
Jan 15 2012

Box Office: Dolly & Queen vs.Cher & Xtina?

I would have been all aboutJoyful Noisethis weekend,had I not been suddenly ill.I even had to miss a bestie's birthday dinner.Boo!I think it's worth noting thatJoyful Noisehad a nearly identical debut toBurlesquein 2010.

Opening Day
Burlesque(11/24/10) |Joyful Noise(01/13/12)
Weekend Gross
Burlesque$11.9 |Joyful Noise$11.3
Weekend Rank
Burlesque #4 |JoyfulNoise #4
Theater Count
Burlesque3,037 |Joyful Noise2,735
Per Screen Average
Burlesque$3,934 |Joyful Noise$4,148

Given thatBurlesqueopened during holiday craziness (lotsa movie-going) andJoyful Noiseopened in January's dumping ground,you might have to hand this battle toJoyful Noise.But will it be able to beatBurlesque's final gross of $39.4 domestic / $89.5 international?I say this with the caveat that I have not seen it yet but from the stills and trailer it certainlylookscheaper than Burlesque production wise so perhaps it'll turn out a much tidier profit.I can't imagine that it'sbetterthanBurlesquethough.But we shall see.Or rather I shall see the second I feel like venturing out into the cold again.

Takeaway: $11.5 million opening weekends are the new decorative fanciful glass ceiling for dueling multi-media singing divas.

BAKERS DOZEN (Estimates)
01 CONTRABAND$24.1new
02 BEAUTY & THE BEAST 3D$18.4rerelease
03 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE -  GHOST PROTOCOL$11.5(cum.$186.7)
04 JOYFUL NOISE$11.3new
05 SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS$8.4(cum.$170)
06 THE DEVIL INSIDE$7.9(cum.$46.2)
07 THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO$6.8($87.9)
08 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED$5.8(cum.$118.7)
09 WAR HORSE$5.6(cum.$65.7)
10 THE IRON LADY$5.3wide(cum.$5.9)
11 WE BOUGHT A ZOO$5.2(cum.$63.6)
12 THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN$4(cum.$67.7)
13 TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY$3.1(cum.$15.1)

Talking Points
Beauty and the Beasthad a successful first weekend but nothing compared toThe Lion King.I hate rooting against such a great movie but the whole 3D craze?Oh,I hate it more and more each month.Do.not.want.I do not want to wear glasses while watching movies.I just don't.It never adds enough to the experience,even in its best moments,to justify changing the whole freaking experience of the movies.GO AWAY.

A Separationcontinues to fill its theaters but it has yet to expand.Are SPC letting their tiny window on this one close?Let's suppose someone watching this week's awards shows (BFCA thursday & GLOBES tonight) wanted to see it after Thursday's win and tonight's possible win?Nope.They're out of luck.Just 6 theaters for this one in its third week.Carnagefinally expanded in its 5th week but interest in it looks to have already crashed.Too bad it didn't open when competition was less severe for all-star adult-oriented films.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadowsjust lept-froggedThe HelpandBridesmaidson 2011's top box office chart.Now,the top dozen have no originals among them - only franchise movies allowed at the top of the charts.This is why we can't have nice things and it's also our fault as audience members.We need to stop chasing old highs at the box office.Seeking out familiar experiences is what television series are for.That's their whole raison d'etre,the same characters each week but with new twists on the same old via new chapters.That's not what movies should be for.Different strengths and different purposes for different mediums.

What did you see this weekend?

Tuesday
May 31 2011

A Quickie With The "Four Whores of the Apocalypse"

You have to have noticed by our hastily slathered wallpaper that we've enteredMOULIN ROUGE!WEEK.Baz Luhrmann's "Spectacular!Spectacular!"went into wide release ten years ago tomorrow!(Tomorrow night we'll have a "hit me with your best shot"episode celebrating the movie and at least a couple of other posts,this week,too.)

So to get us in the mood...

"Harold Zidler...and his infamous girls.They called them his Diamond Dogs.


Also known as "The Four Whores of the Apocalypse."Can you even choose a favorite?!Everyoneshould vote!Don't be a wussy bystander;risk it all on that chaotic dance floor.


And in related 10th anniversary polling.Remember "Lady Marmalade",their intro music?!


Who was it for you at the time:Mya,Christina Aguilera,Lil' Kim and P¡nk?And is your answer the same today,ten years on?