Musical Notes: Folsom Prison Blues – Russell Crowe

Did you know? Russell Crowe? He’s a musician too. Yep…and he does a darn good rendition of Folsom Prison Blues with “his” band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts or TOFOG. If you can get hold of the album Other Ways of Speaking have a listen to the last track “Swallow my Gift / Farm Noises / Folsom Prison Blues“. More specifically, the last piece of the last track i.e. Folsom Prison Blues. Good fun to listen with wonderful energy.

My DVD of A Good Year has some Russell Crowe music videos on it – great music I must say.

Here you go (although I prefer the album version):

Shaun of the Dead (2 Reel Quirky Cats’ Guest Post by Shanannigans)

Shanannigans of Reads & Reels gave us this awesome guest post today. Thanks for joining us, Shanannigans.

Buddy Post: Trailer review of the classic, “Shaun of the Dead”, starring Simon Pegg. Cont…

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Heated Lust – Duel in the Sun 

Of course writing about Gregory Peck is going to come with a certain amount of bias from my side. But, hey…whatever…

The 3rd Annual Sex! (now that I have your attention) Blogathon asks for movies that imply rather than show. And not just a single sex scene (there are loads of movies with those) but oozing (maybe that’s not such a sexy word) sex appeal right through. While many movies fit the bill in a scene or two, I think Duel in the Sun (1946) is filled with sexual tension from beginning to end. So much so that it was apparently referred to as “Lust in the Dust” by critics.

Flirtatious dancing by Pearl‘s mother in the very first scene sets expectations for what is to come. Disguised as a western, we know this is going to be more than that. Circumstances have Pearl (Jennifer Jones) move to the McCanles ranch. She’s met in town by responsible Jesse (Joseph Cotton) and not a few miles later she’s already fluttering her eyelashes at him. She even offers to change her dark clothes right there and then. Admittedly, I doubt she knows the hormones she inadvertantly stirs by just suggesting this. Or maybe she does, as she does boldly ask Jesse if his brother is as nice as he is with almost dreamy eyes. Little does she know about the other, less gentlemanly brother waiting at the ranch. That he’s the one who would love nothing better than have her change clothes right there and then.

That’s where the real sizzling tension is. The bad, bad, baaaaad boy Lewt (Gregory Peck). But, make no mistake, he’s not all to blame. Pearl is just as guilty, for sashing around, fluttering more eyelashes and generally holding a tantalising posture and stirring wild dreams in the poor cowboys on the McCanles ranch.

Most of the time she acts as if she doesn’t want anything to do with Lewt but we know exactly that she does. He unsettles her but she likes it and she definitely wants more of that feeling. She denies it, oh, but she wants it. It is so obvious during the scene where she is helping count food stock – her mind is clearly elsewhere. And, what does she  expect to happen cleaning her bedroom floor on hands and knees with the door wide open? She slaps Lewt alright…but…well…that slap…it is more sex than the ensuing kiss and the lightning storm outside tells us all we need to know.

Even Jesse has his eye on Pearl and while he’s less direct and definitely less mean (Lewt lets her freeze in a pond just because he’d love to see her get out naked) there’s definitely a gesture here and a look there to show he has the same ideas as his brother.

There are so many scenes that I could write about but ultimately, they only make sense in context of the visuals. Besides, I’d hate to spoil this horrid but oh so good (don’t ask, I can’t explain) movie by giving away more than I already have. Let me just say…you haven’t seen bad boy until you’ve seen Lewt

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Uhm…Cockneys vs Zombies (2 Reel Quirky Cats June (P)review Nr 1)

(A Random Trailer (P)review)

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So…yes…uhm…well…hmmm….wow….I don’t know how to start this one. Maybe, let me say that collaborating with other bloggers broadens one’s horizons. Firstly, this month’s topic of “Horror Comedy”, selected by our June guest blogger Shanannigans of Reads and Reels, is a genre I’ve never really watched. Secondly, that’s exactly why this blogging community is so awesome…I’m being exposed to movies (and genres) I’ve never even heard of, or, rather, never taken much note of. So, while we’ve giving Shanannigans some time to get her zombies ducks in a row, my collaborator in crime, Realweegiemidget has selected her choice for this topic…tada…Cockneys vs Zombies.

What’s it about? Actually, I don’t know. I wasn’t concentrating on the story. But, I was having a good chuckle throughout the trailer (here I need to tell you that I’m not big into comedy. Even less into horror). Oh my! The two grandad-and-his-walker scene snippets are just something. And, I’ll never think of certain fashion brands the same either 😉 (I need to confess, I’ve picked a slightly different trailer from what Realweegiemidget gave me – just for the grandad parts.)

The British are great at comedy (I need to rephrase my previous comment here to “here I need to tell you that I’m not big into comedy except the wonderful art of British comedy”. The horror comment still stands though) and they might just pull this one off too. In fact, I am quite tempted to watch this one. It looks like good, mindless, non-so-scary fun.

cropped-cat2Head on over to Realweegiemidget Reviews (here) for her take on this comic bit of horror (or is it horrific bit of comedy?) and then join us on Twitter (@2ReelQuirkyCats) for your zombish comments. Have fun! By the way, thanks for broadening my horizons with your selection, Realweegiemidget.

Oh…and, because it’s a new month and so a new genre of reviews we have a poll for you. Vote for your favourite Horror Comedy movie of those we’ve put forward and we’ll tackle that one at the end of the month:

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Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Before I start and I have you wondering why I’m writing about a Christmas piece…let’s just use the excuse that where I am it is winter, or pretty close, and it is not unheard of for us to have Christmas in June/July to replicate the cold, although, without the snow. So…forgive me if I’m writing a “winter” post. But then “summer” is all relative 😉

I love this song and have for many, many years. It must be my favourite Christmas piece. Musically. But there’s also a visual association. And no, not from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) but, and please don’t judge me, from The Family Stone (2005). I’ve always known the song purely from an aural perspective. Yes, I’m ignorant, but I confess…I never realised, until the release of The Family Stone, that it was from a movie timeless classic.

Susannah (Elizabeth Reaser) is watching Meet Me in St. Louis during a very sentimental Christmas Eve scene in The Family Stone. She has Amy (Rachel McAdams) sleeping peacefully (she’s normally causing trouble when awake) on the couch next to her when patriarch Kelly (Craig T. Nelson) comes in to wish good night and asks Susannah if she’s coming to bed. Gosh no, this is the best part explains Susannah putting up the volume on the television. The next part is absolutely beautiful with a sense of serenity, happiness and that lovely peaceful Christmas feeling. While Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas is playing we see various members of the Stone family find their peace or bittersweet moments of happiness on Christmas Eve. Finally, we return to the Stone lounge, specifically the Stone television showing Judy Garland singing to her sister. The lyrics become so meaningful considering the Stone family circumstances. It has a parallel role here…the one in the main movie and the other in the movie in the movie (if that makes sense).

This piece was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, and was introduced to the public by Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis. For me, that’s the version I always have in mind. She’s the voice of this song. Nobody else. I’ve listened to other renditions but they just don’t hold that same special feeling for me. What’s interesting is that original text was changed because, amongst others, Judy Garland said it was too depressing and it was changed to a more uplifting piece. However, knowing this, The Family Stone situation takes on a new, deeper meaning:

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
It may be your last
Next year we may all be living in the past
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Pop that champagne cork
Next year we may all be living in New York
No good times like the olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who were dear to us
Will be near to us no more
But at least we all will be together
If the Lord allows
From now on, we’ll have to muddle through somehow
So have yourself a merry little Christmas now

For me, when I’m taking in that special atmosphere each Christmas Eve, surrounded by family and that sense of peace, inevitably I have Judy Garland creep into my mind singing this special song.

 

 

 

 

Captain Von Trapp…first impressions of Christopher Plummer

I’ll always associate Christopher Plummer with Captain Von Trapp from The Sound of Music (1965). The serious widower and father of 7 wonderful children. I watched this movie over and over when I was small but must admit, I never looked further than Maria (Julie Andrews), the children and the songs. I honestly didn’t care much for the gruff Captain who summons his children by whistle.

Only on watching this recently and naturally much, much older, did I take note of the entire story a bit more, including Captain Von Trapp. With a more “holistic” or maybe, mature, approach I realised what a wonderful actor Mr Plummer is. But, I was also more aware of the character of the Captain. His motives and the situation he finds himself all give him depth that as a child you don’t notice. Naturally so, because as a child we watch movies on a different “level”, noting only the obvious, if that makes any sense. I found myself warming up to Christopher Plummer. He portrays the Captain so well and with just enough emotion, or lack thereof, required for me to start sympathising with him. I’m a sucker for romance and for the first time found myself enjoying the relationship between Maria and the Captain develop. As a child I’d always wondered what Maria could possibly ever see in him. Most beautiful is watching them dance together at the party where he steps in for young Kurt who is not quite managing. But just lovely to watch is the stern patriarch showing little nuances of a smile here and there.

What I didn’t know until writing this post is that Christopher Plummer apparently despised this movie and made it known publicly. According to IMDB, he only eased up on this opinion in his 2008 autobiography. What I also learnt is that he is/was the only member of the cast to have met the real Maria von Trapp.

What I’d like to remember is The Sound of Music for the movie it is, so I’m going to disregard all comments supposedly made by Christopher Plummer to bring it down. Hmmmm, I think I may just give it another watch.

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Announcing the Colours Blogathon

I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years now and become addicted to Blogathons. I think it is high time I brave the hosting side of it. So…here you go:

The Colours Blogathon

8  &  9 September 2017

Megaphone2I know I’m early with announcing but I’m sooooo excited. Have another one in mind but I’ll just have to restrain myself for a few more months.

There are so many movies with a colour forming part of the title. Hence, the rule is simple: pick a movie that has a colour forming part of the title and share your thoughts. In any language. So, ‘Moulin Rouge’ would be perfectly acceptable. I’ll also accept ‘Gold’ or ‘Golden’ as colours.

Once you’ve made your selection (there are lots and lots to choose from, believe it or not), let me know which colourful title you’ve chosen together with your Blog name and URL. I’ll put you on the roster and look forward to reading your entry. Oh, and pick a banner from those below (or be colourful and create your own). I’m open to duplicates (we all have different views) as long as there aren’t too many of the same.

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Here are the colourful entries so far:

Thoughts All Sorts – Soylent Green (1973)

reelweegiemidget – R.E.D (2010)

Tranquil Dreams – White Oleander (2002)

Maddylovesherclassicfilms – The Red Shoes (1948)

Cinematic Scribblings – Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

Sean Munger – The Thin Red Line (1998)

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews – The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Blog of the Darned – Porco Rosso (1992) (The Crimson Pig)

Moon in Gemini – Purple Moon (1960)

The Midnite Drive-In – Red Dawn (1984)

Moody Moppet – A Clockwork Orange (1971)

The Stop Button – Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

Crítica Retrô – Woman in White (1948)

dbmoviesblog – Betty Blue (1986)

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