Wednesday, August 25, 2004

New on the DVD rack 8/24/04

Purple Rain: 20th Anniversary Edition.
Nobody in this film, from the star to the stereotypical '80s glam rock extras, can act a lick. But with a soundtrack like this, who cares? It's amazing to see the digs Prince takes at himself as the egomaniacal Kid. Too bad he forgot how much fun he had not taking himself too seriously, and went off the deep end with that whole "I'm not a man, I'm a glyph" charade. Spare yourself the agony of The Purple One's two follow-up films, Under the Cherry Moon (pretentious, silly, and dull) and Graffiti Bridge (the actual sequel to Purple Rain, and as unwatchable as its predecessor is fascinating — looks like it was filmed in Prince's garage), also out on DVD this week.

Ella Enchanted.
KM loves The Princess Diaries and Ever After, so I'm sure she'll love this. Highly recommended by Uncle Roger. Anne Hathaway has genuine star potential. I just hope she doesn't turn into Lindsay Lohan, another young actress with superlative talent but who is rapidly transmogrifying into the thespian Britney Spears. (No, that's not a compliment.)

4 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Blogger Joel offered these pearls of wisdom...

Ah, that's SWEET.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Joel offered these pearls of wisdom...

There were sequels to that movie?

I agree with you about the original. While the story wasn't that bad (especially by Hollywood standards), one went to see it primarily for the music which was top for me. Got the same impression when I saw Grease and Yentl.

8:03 AM  
Blogger SwanShadow offered these pearls of wisdom...

Graffiti Bridge got made largely because Warner Bros. was thoroughly disappointed with Under the Cherry Moon, which they had expected would be a sequel to the very successful Purple Rain. (It wasn't; only Prince and Jerome Benton of The Time appear in both films, and they play entirely different characters in each picture.)

Graffiti Bridge has Prince back playing The Kid, and reunites Jerome with Morris Day and the rest of The Time. Prince's band in the latter film, however, is not the Revolution, his Purple Rain backup group; so no Lisa & Wendy, Bobby Z, or the others. The story concept isn't bad, but the execution is dreadful thanks to Prince, who both wrote the script and directed. (Making great music and making great movies are not parallel skills.)

11:35 AM  
Blogger Joel offered these pearls of wisdom...

Thanks for the update. I will make sure to so AVOID those titles next time I'm visiting Blockbuster(tm). ;-)

6:25 PM  

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