Movies Posts Tagged as 'Dance'
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Susan Slept Here (1954)
Sexagenarian writer is gifted a teen juvenile delinquent as a Christmas present from the police department to inspire his next tale. The pretense is cute, the aspirations are undyingly noble, the actors are up to par but the tale dictates that daddy reject a mare for a goat. Nasty, dude. Debbie Reynolds was adorable, Dick Powell was sweet, everything was vibrant, and a feminist wave was woven but the consequences are uncomfortable. It is a good movie, though. 30-Dec-2020
Flower Drum Song (1961)
Married At First Sight/90 Day Fiancee. Chinese immigrants curtail their visa wait by UPSing themselves to San Francisco. A father and his well-bred daughter search San Francisco for the man whose family promised his family betrothal to his daughter. Prospect is a bad boy gangster, with gambling addictions, alcohol overconsumption and love for loose women. Picture bride's contract is traded like a football to the father of a son whose fucking Prospect's side piece. A third woman is gunning for the bachelor of Chinatown but she is easily discarded. The lyrics refuse to gell. There are no rhythms or rhymes to make us remember them. The dance sequences fare better except that the bungle edits rendered the hard work flawed. San Francisco is a colored gingerbread house. The traditions are a bit sticky but it's a pleasant world to live in. 11-Nov-2020
There are tidbits I didn't know. Child genius, warped sensibilities and family hypocrisy. The catalog is immense as is the concept of each song. Many odes to so many things only we can remember. The razzle dazzle is there, the actor siphons the legend's anger and the music remains inspired. A life worth celebrating. 05-Jul-2019
Prom Night (1980)
With lack of creative direction, the grade dips whenever Jamie Lee is off-camera. 12-Dec-2017
Stormy Weather (1943)
It skimps on storyline and it thins in characterization. What is showcased is neglected and diverse talent that tornadoes toward climactic showstoppers invigorated by Lena and stormed by Bill Robinson and Cab Calloway.
If it had been filmed in color it would have been candied joy. 14-Nov-2017
Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)
You've already succeeded when the aesthetics of Hawaii is your opening force. The production asks one thing of its younger and older cast and that is to bring their eagerness and mastery to the proceedings and have fun. They rarely disenchant. Some very nice footwork astir. Third leg action seems to occur when James Darren is laying on bed. 23-Apr-2016
Torch Song (1953)
A surreal template for Faye's "Mommie Dearest." It only proves Crawford's quirks and perfectionism. You have to admire the lady's commitment but then you have to question it because she does so in detriment of logic. I laughed at her at every turn because I couldn't believe the ridiculous scenario she kept concocting for herself. Just when you thought she couldn't be tackier, she is. The blackface song and dance is horrific for its time, but the choice to act in it as drag was beyond comprehension. This is fierce and scary Joan. Mentally unstable Joan. I don't understand why she put one earring in her ear and the other in her hair. I don't understand the youthful body and the harsh face. Why did she insist on singing? She overdoes everything from costumes to emoting. Lucy and Carol could never imitate this character so literally because no one would laugh. It's sad. She made sure there was no movie to review, just Joan. 31-Mar-2016
Magic Mike XXL (2015)
Didn't really care much for the first but this is a grand embarrassment. I cannot unsee the lack of talent mounted here. It seems like it was written by a 16 year old girl with little male contact. From the main cast, Channing is the only dancer but for some reason eye gouges the hardest while Bomer has more to do but pricks the ear with song. Some of these guys need to stop at pretty. The words sensuality or titillate are not part of their vocabulary. This needed to be Travolta of old "Saturday Night Fever" adult instead of Lego adventure assinnine. I will give this team credit, they are united in the effort of being bad. 23-Mar-2016
Story of Three Loves, The (1953)
Three different stories about love. The first one exists to showcase the talents of Moira Shearer whose dance is always lovely. The 2nd is a child wishing to become an adult so he can be free of his governess so he can woo her. It's pre "Big" with an even bigger ick factor. The last is just an excuse to show off Kirk's athleticism and coordination. It's a movie exercise that doesn't add up to much of anything. 02-Mar-2016
Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
Art is in the details and in 3D those details are lusciously evident. Imagination, music and talent is abundant. I would give it a full moon except there is quite much celebration over a child murderer. Dorothy enacts two homicides and is branded a hero when any other vigilante would be hunted down. She's also a thief. 24-Dec-2015