So, I've made it a personal rule of mine that when I'm flipping through Netflix or movie channels in this case, I will watch anything for 15 minutes and if it doesn't catch even the slightest bit of my attention, I will not finish it. I try to keep an open mind but sometimes there are just plain bad movies, due to poor writing or editing, or acting; I don't have time to sit through terrible films. But if they get me in that first act, I will sit through the whole thing, then judge it after the credits role.
Now that I've gotten all my cynical-ness out of the way, this (the first edition) is about Burlesque. So what I got out of the first 15 minutes of this movie is that Christina Aguilera's character Ali Rose (which I don't recall them formally introducing her by name) is a innocent Iowa native that moved to Los Angeles to be a singer and dancer. Why am I not surprised.
So after many assumed auditions, all you see is Ali walk out of buildings and "X" out classified adverts for "Dancer/Singer", she happens across a burlesque theatre conveniently names Burlesque. She enters and reluctantly pays Alan Cummings' character the $20 entrance fee and becomes mesmerized with the opening number performed by what looks like an all male punk band with a stand-up bass, scantly clad dancers and Tess, played by Cher.
Ali gets the low down on how to get a job there from the "too much eye liner" but obviously the love interest bartender Jack. She goes to talk to Tess and Stanley Tucci's character, Sean, and they both tell her to leave her number and to go away. On the way out of the theatre Ali sees that one waitress is too preoccupied to help a single customer and picks up a tray and starts taking orders. Fade to signify time passage and Ali now works there. No seriously, that's all we get.
And that's as far as I got. Now for the reason why I didn't go any further. (this will be in list form, because I'm feeling both lazy and forcefull right now)....
Show a little more, / Show a little less, / Add a little smoke / Welcome to Burlesque, /
Everything you dream of, / But never can possess / Nothing's what it seems / Welcome to Burlesque,
Oh, everyone is buying, / Put your money in my hand, / If you got a little extra /well, give it to the band,
You may not be guilty / But you're ready to confess / Tell me what you need, / Welcome to Burlesque,
You can dream of Coco, / Do it at your risk / The Triplets grant you mercy / But not your every wish,
Jesse keeps you guessing, / So cool and statuesque / "Behave yourself" says Georgia / Welcome to Burlesque,
Oh, everyone is buying, / Put your money in my hand, / If you want a little extra, / Well, you know where I am,
Something very dark / Is playing with your mind / It's not the end of days, / It's just a bump and grind
Show a little more / Show a little less / Add a little smoke / Welcome to… Burlesque
I feel like any low level musical writer told to make a song about a burlesque theatre, rhyme, and make the song something about welcoming could have written this. I don't want to write anymore about this just because I may never crawl out of the hole I write myself into.
2. Cher - As usual, Cher looks plastic and sounds a little like a guy trying to sound like a woman trying to be 1980s Cher.
3. Christina Aguilera - I know this was her film debut, but you'd think that anyone could fake it. I was proven wrong. You would think that Aguilera's time in the Mickey mousse Club would help her show an array of emotions, but that training seemed to go out the window when she stepped on the set of Burlesque. during her walk around town and her scenes in the theatre she showed three emotions: wonder, disappointment, and "I can prove them wrong"; plus there were never any transitions between them, the emotions just disappeared then a new emotion appeared.
Now there was one thing that would have kept me watching: Stanley Tucci. And he might have been the only reason. He is a fantastic actor and he even made Cher seem like a real person made of flesh, bone, and blood cells. But alas, he was only on screen for all of 70 seconds total and always in passing of hidden behind Cher's hair. You almost had me Burlesque, you almost had me.
Was I too cynical, or did I make a good choice walking away from the television? Were there any good parts of the movie I missed? Should I have never started in the first place? Let me know in the comments.
As the semester comes to a close, it can only mean one thing... final projects are approaching fast. I have some speeches to give and tests to take but in my Intro to Digital Media (aka the easiest class on the planet) I had to make a couple of short videos. The first was a 1-2 second animated logo for a fakie production company. I converted this to a GIF for your viewing pleasure. Then I made a slideshow into a video that had a story (I squeaked this one by). It's called Hide and Seek with Brad Shoemaker
Both were done in one afternoon and in Photoshop.
So the rules are the same as last week's giveaway. I've thought about it and I only have a finite number of DVDs to give away and if you'd like to donate a DVD to the giveaway just PM me with the title of the film you'd like to donate and we'll get it going from there.
Last Week's Winner:
How to play: So this last week I introduced my parents to Firefly because they were in a TV lull due to the season finale of Downton Abbey and to my surprise, they enjoyed it more than I thought they would. What are some of your experiences with introducing others with TV shows and movies that you loved, good or bad experiences.
This week's winner will receive a movie poster.
I live in Phoenix, AZ. I love the weather from September through April, those other months in between suck quite a bit, but I digress. I also volunteer at the Herberger Theatre where, sure enough, Emma Stone has performed. But, she performed there under the Valley Youth Theatre program under her given name: Emily Stone. I founds this article in the House Manager's/Volunteer hang out room.
That's pretty much all I wanted to say. It's pretty cool to stand on a stage where she stood.
And this is her from her VYT days:
So, I'm a person who loves movie posters. They are an art form in and of themselves... and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Plus, I love sharing movies with people. So I thought I'd put the two together.
Taking example from CharlesAlanRatliff and his video game giveaway, I wanted to try the same thing with DVDs. I'll also throw in a movie poster every once in a while to keep things interesting. I'll choose the winner at random using Random Line Picker and either FinalDasa or ScanCase will announce the winner in the Community Showcase. Then I'll PM the winner for a shipping address. Sound like fun?
The DVDs in this week's giveaway are:
How to play: in the comments below write a two sentence review of the last movie you watched. And also which movie you'd like to win.