When you think of the movies you really love, your memories of a great many of them are probably linked, in one way or another, to music. Yet movies and music remain, at least in our heads, beautifully complimentary yet distinct things, like food and wine, or football and big TVs. They shouldn’t, though. A musical, of course, is its own special mashup. Yet there are so many other incredible ways that movies and music can merge. The title sequence of Singin’ in the Rain is a great number — and so, in its way, is Ewan McGregor’s performance of “Your Song” in Moulin Rouge! Yet what about the opening-credits sequence of American Hustle? We hear Steely Dan’s great 1972 song “Dirty Work” laid over slow-motion images of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams sauntering through the Plaza Hotel with a suspicious-looking briefcase. The song is reconfigured, with an irony that gently explodes in your brain, from being about an adulterous lover tired of being used as a slimy third wheel into a song about a con man tired of being used by the law. More that just a terrific song choice, this, too, is a bona fide musical number — a piece of opera, really. And it’s just one of many moments in American Hustle that remind you why movies and music, when they’re really working together, chemically and synergistically, create a sensual pop poetry all their own. Here’s a look at a few of the other memorable numbers unfolding in the big-screen operas-by-any-other-name that are ruling the megaplex this season. READ FULL STORY
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The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you.
Or, you know, when the Library of Congress decides that Pulp Fiction has been recognized as a work of “great cultural, historic or aesthetic significance to the nation’s cinematic heritage.” The Library announced today that Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 masterpiece is among 25 motion pictures that have been selected to join the National Film Registry, a moving-image collection that now numbers 1.2 million items.
The Registry’s new additions run the gamut, including everything from a beloved family musical (Mary Poppins) to a seminal western (The Magnificent Seven), an acerbic deconstruction of marriage (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?), a classic film noir (Gilda), a fact-based celebration of the U.S.’s space pioneers (The Right Stuff), and a groundbreaking sci-fi epic (Forbidden Planet).
It may be hard to believe, but it has been nearly 50 years since Julie Andrews flew in to a house in London and taught us all the joys of a spoonful of sugar and the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. (Technically, it has been 49 and a half years since the original release, but Disney wanted to get a jump on celebrating.)
Disney is honoring the anniversary by releasing Mary Poppins from the Disney vault with a new digitally restored Blu-ray version. Their timing is practically perfect in every way; with the release of Saving Mr. Banks in a few weeks more people than ever might want to go back and watch the film. That was certainly the case for Karen Dotrice, who played Jane Banks in Mary Poppins. The retired actress explained to EW that seeing Mr. Banks brought up all kinds of feelings and memories of her time on set. Shockingly, Dotrice had never even seen Mary Poppins until a few weeks ago, jokingly referring to her role in the film as her “dirty, dark secret.” She also had no idea about any of the behind-the-scenes drama with Walt Disney that Mr. Banks depicts.
In anticipation of the anniversary, Dotrice spoke with EW about the film, her relationship with “Uncle Walt” Disney, and why she owes Julie Andrews a major favor. READ FULL STORY
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