Tag: musicals

GFS Home Movies: Dames (1934)

GFS Home Movies: Dames (1934)

Movies
I have made no secret of the fact that I don't care for movie musicals. But I think what I'm discovering over the years is that there's a certain type of musical I don't like. I can't put my finger on it yet, but there has to be some sort of connection between the musicals I do like -- Chicago, Singin' in the Rain, and now Dames. I came across Dames (Warner Bros., 1934) while researching a piece of Popdose on the Flamingos' version of "I Only Have Eyes for You." Turns out that the song -- composed by Harry Warren and Al Dubin -- was introduced in Dames as one of the film's showpiece musical numbers. And man, what a showpiece it is! More on that in a bit. (more…)
A Parent Reviews Children’s Television: Bubble Guppies

A Parent Reviews Children’s Television: Bubble Guppies

TV & Radio
My son likes to watch kids' shows on TV, which means I have to watch kids' shows on TV. I've had plenty of time to form opinions on these shows, and now you get to read them. Today: Bubble Guppies. (Previous entry: Thomas & Friends) Some kids' shows are tolerable. You can get through them but wouldn't ever seek them out on your own. Others are painful to watch (I'm looking at you, Dora the Explorer). You suffer through because you love your children. And some are enjoyable in their own right. You gladly watch them with your kids, and you may even tune in after they've gone to sleep for the night. I think that out of all the shows I get to (have to) watch because of my son, Nick Jr.'s Bubble Guppies is my current favorite. It's a cousin of sorts of another Nick Jr. show, Th
Disturbing Ephemera: Wizard of Oz Cast Photo, Circa Early 1900s

Disturbing Ephemera: Wizard of Oz Cast Photo, Circa Early 1900s

Ephemera
OK, so maybe it's not all that creepy. But it's odd enough to make you do a double-take I think. Here's a publicity photo of some of the cast from The Wizard of Oz. No, not the Judy Garland movie we all love so much, but a stage production from the early 1900s put on by a group called Jack Singer's Passing Review. The photographer was listed as a Porter of Connellsville, PA on the auction page. Actually now that I think about it, the truly bizarre aspect of this picture is not the Scarecrow or the Tin Woodman, but Dorothy. She looks to be, what, about 35 here?
Watching Glee has become reverse porn for me

Watching Glee has become reverse porn for me

TV & Radio
Yeah I watch Glee, so what? YOU CAN'T JUDGE ME! I've been a fan since the pilot episode, although I want to make it clear that I am not a Gleek. When those plucky New Directions kids busted out Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" at the end of that episode even a cynical bastard like me felt good about it. Those good feelings carried through for most of the first season and I enjoyed the show's mix of humor, darkness, and unabashedly hammy musical performances. But as the second season wore on, I found myself losing interest in the musical numbers. I'm not that big a Broadway fan to begin with, and my tolerance for movie musicals is only slightly higher. After awhile I just feel worn down by the over-the-top earnestness of Broadway music, and it all just feels so corny. So that's a pro...
Pop Culture Capsule — Superman through the Years

Pop Culture Capsule — Superman through the Years

Capsules, Featured Posts, History
Since his debut in 1938, Superman has become an American icon and has appeared in countless media adaptations. Well not countless, but a lot. More than I count. To show the evolution of Superman, here's a photo/image gallery representing how the Last Son of Krypton has appeared over the decades. Action Comics #1, June 1938 (art by Joe Shuster) Superman Fleischer Studios animated films (1941 - 1943) Superman, serial film starring Kirk Alyn (1948) Adventures of Superman, TV series starring George Reeves (1952 - 1958) Superman (Vol. 1) #99, August 1955 (art by Al Plastino) It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, Broadway musical starring Bob Holiday (1966) Super Friends, animated TV series (1973) Superman, film starring Christopher Reeve (1978) Lois &a...
Retrotisement: Video Music Dynamite from 1986!

Retrotisement: Video Music Dynamite from 1986!

Advertising, Retrotisements
If you're about my age and love music, then you no doubt owned at least one music video collection from MusicVision. If you need to job your memory, think VHS collections of music videos from your favorite bands packaged in those gray boxes. Here's a classic ad from July 1986 featuring a bunch of them: Now this is what I call music! Of course it makes sense that two of the hottest bands of '86 -- Starship and Mr. Mister -- are prominently featured here. But let's not forget Country Comes Alive (with Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Milsap, Waylon Jennings, Alabama, Juice Newton, the Judds, and more!), Whodini, and Chess Moves, a set of original songs from the London musical Chess! Oh, and it's also available on Beta! Related articles Retrotisements - Classic ads from car companies of th...
Official count of good movie musicals: 2

Official count of good movie musicals: 2

Movies
I guess I must be getting mellow in my old(er) age. For most of my life I've eschewed the musical movie format as being so much tacky crap. Oh sure, I dig The Wall and The Wizard of Oz, but those are givens. I'm speaking of the films that were big in my grandparents' day - lavish sets, flimsy plot lines, and songs that were more cringe-worthy than enjoyable. In short, I had written the genre off as, well, lame. Then about five years ago I ended up getting sucked in by a cable broadcast of Chicago. I didn't want to admit to myself that I liked it, but I went from saying "this'll be a good way to kill 10 minutes until I get bored" to "must..finish...watching..." I've since purchased the DVD and the soundtrack. I couldn't even tell you what I love about the movie so much. The 1920s motif s...