Sunday, June 17, 2012

Yellow Submarine - All You Need is this Blu Ray !!!!!

Yellow Submarine does not have the best pacing or the most original of stories, but it is no doubt a gorgeous beautiful animated masterpiece that everyone should enjoy.

The Beatles are taken on this magical journey to Pepperland to save the musical land from creatures called The Blue Meanies. Throughout this journey we are treated to various songs from the Beatles accompanied by the most striking aniamted visuals to make it to celluloid.

While the songs are perfomed by The Beatles, voice actors voice the band mates during the dialogue portions. You would never have guessed though. These actors are spot on and create a very seamless production.

Very trippy at times while still being a very sweet and loving tribute to The Beatles, Yellow Submarine is a must for all. Because we all love The Beatles... right?

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Rags to Riches - Totally Cool 80's Orphan Musical

Imagine a movie that combines Facts of Life with Annie and music from the 60s. That's what you get with Rags to Riches. 

What I thought was a movie from the 80's though is in fact an extended pilot for a TV series that lasted one and a  half seasons.

Like Facts of Life, you get the ethnically diverse cast of various ages, and shapes. Like Annie, you get the fun loving orphans who break out into songs. Songs from the 60s with modified lyrics to go with the plot.

The plot is a fairly typical fairy tale orphan story. A rag tag team of orphans get adopted by a grumpy rich guy. The girls end up with a father and a sense of structure in their lives while the grumpy rich guy ends up softening up. It's a very familiar tale, with a very familiar outcome, but the journey is real fun and glittered up with an adorable cast and these ultra cute 60s pop songs.

I am especially in love with their rendition of "Dream Lover," in this movie reworked as "Dream Maker," sung by the orphan girls in the hopes of keeping a home.

Joseph Bologna stars as Nick Foley, the millionaire who adopts the orphans. Also alongside Bologna is Douglas Seale (The Sultan from Disney's Aladdin) as a classy but cool butler. Among the cast of orphans are Tisha Campbell of Little Shop of Horrors, Martin and My Wife and Kids; Heidi Zeigler from Just the 10 of Us, and Drexell's Class; and Kimiko Gelman who recently appeared in The Hunger Games.

This is such a nostalgic trip for those who love the 80's nostalgia and 60's pop. 

You can find the pilot movie, and the rest of the series on DVD. Check it out ;-)

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Nate and Margaret - Comically Sweet

It's not hard to imagine an eccentric gay boy being friends with an awkward middle aged woman. Nate is a film student who is not too social, though he has friends that are. Margaret is his best friend, and Nate is her only friend. Margaret is old enough to be his mother.

And here we have our heroes in this really sweet semi autobiographical film by Nathan Adloff. Nate and Margaret had it's world premiere at Film Out San Diego. The film stars Roseanne's Natalie West as socially awkward stand up comic Margaret. Wise Kid's Tyler Ross plays Nate. The friendship between the two is portrayed as very sweet and only gets shaken up when Nate starts dating James, played to perfection by Conor McCahill in his first feature.

Gaby Hoffman is worth noting. Known for roles in "All I Wanna Do," "Now and Then" and "Uncle Buck," Gaby plays party girl Darla. She was a very welcome surprise. I'm glad she never stopped working. Go Gaby.

I highly recommend this movie. It is very well written and very well acted. The look of the film is very sleek. This one is sure to be enjoyed especially if it gets a wider release.