Because you love music but not musicals and all your friends have gone to the latest West End smash, we’ve selected the best three films to watch back-to-back-to-back. We’re nice like that.
Theme: Musical moments in non Musicals
This triple bill is best enjoyed in August with a busty femme fatale on a space trip to Jupiter…
Film One: 500 (Days Of Summer) (2009 Dir. Mark Webb)
This loveable non-rom-com sees Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Tom fall for Zoey Daschanell’s Summer over a period of… 500 days. Starting off as a will they won’t they it soon becomes clear that they will and they do. The morning after Tom walks to work to the tune of You Make MY Dreams Come True by Hall & Oates, inspiring all those around him with his post-shag-vibes. Bit by bit the crowd of construction men, office workers, park-police and a marching band join him in a simple step-one-two-three-four routine climaxing in some animated bird action. Director Mark Webb takes his cue from the musical numbers in John Landis’s Blues Brothers; keeping the camera work simple and allowing Gordon-Levitt to indulge in some breaking of the fourth wall. Whilst we’re all happy to get some, most of us just wipe our bits on the curtains and reach for the Nespresso machine. This scene is pure escapist fantasy.
Trash trivia: Paul says “humjob” instead of “blowjob,” to avoid an R rating. Who doesn’t love a good humjob?
Film Two: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988 Dir. Robert Zemeckis)
Robert Zemeckis’s 1940s set live action / animation murder mystery, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? depicts a world in which humans mingle with all those classic ‘toons like Betty Boo, Donald Duck and the titular Roger. They are all rather lovable, non sexy creations, so it comes as a total 180 degree turn when Bob Hoskins’ Eddie visits the Ink & Paint Club to watch Roger’s wife, Jessica perform. First we hear her sultry singing voice (provided by Amy Irving), then we see a week-long leg emerge through the curtain then the rest of her, including a chest a drag queen would cut for. Never has ink on celluloid been so damn sexual. Jessica, an animated human approximation has the men in the audience beyond submissive as she teases them throughout her rendition of Why Don’t You Do Right. Zemeckis directs this sequence with gusto that was a boundary pushing benchmark for the filmmakers technical abilities – Jessica’s realistic placement within the scene, her interaction with physical objects like a handkerchief and a tie are astounding to witness. Short of animating her administering a series of hand jobs, this is as pornographic as a cartoon gets and absolutely one of the greatest on-screen entrances in American cinema.
Trash trivia: In the original VHS release, when Eddie and Jessica are thrown out of the car, you can see for a few short frames that Jessica was not wearing any underwear. This was edited out in all future versions because Sylvester is the best cartoon pussy.
Film Three: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968 Dir. Stanley Kubrick)
This waltz in space occurs after an extended opening section that is all but dialogue free, save for a few ape grunts and screams, and features a space shuttle docking to an orbiting station. That’s it – a ten minute, intricately choreographed interstellar dance, cut to the romantic and euphoric tones of Johann Strauss II’s Blue Danube. Kubrick’s movie acts as an exploration of mankind and our place and evolution in the history of the world and is as ambiguous as it is beautiful – an audio and visual message, never intended to give solid answers. That he was the special effects technician as well as director and co-writer makes 2001: A Space Odyssey his shining achievement in a career that features no dud movies. Made before CGI, this is a master class in lighting, photography, scale and movement and foreshadows the idea of the music video way over a decade before the MTV generation. Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich, two utterly rubbish filmmakers who reply on CGI to subject their terrible crimes upon the world should take note of this scene. Gorgeous, life giving and absolutely best watched on the big screen.
Trash trivia: Stanley Kubrick had several tons of sand imported, washed and painted for the moon surface scenes. Literally washed sand – genius!
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