Friday, July 9, 2010

Third Favorite Media Event, Ever:

Singing in the Rain, directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. And if you want to know what #1 and #2 are, you're just going to have to wait. (If you know me at all, you fully know what these things are anyway, HINT: focus of my art and HINT: names of my children)

As well as being my third favorite media event, it's also the only musical that I can actually stomach. I had to watch this in my senior film class at the U, SCMC 5001. It was a wonderfully difficult class, I wanted to BE the professor, and the infamous Peter Greg was also in this class. Peter Greg was a guy who was taking film classes for graduate credit, had some sort of media degree from NoDak or Moorehead or some random place, and LOOOOOOOOOVVVVVED to condescend to everyone as often as possible. This is the guy who tries to dog on The Sopranos AND CLAIM THAT SEX AND THE CITY WAS A BETTER SHOW in class and no one (including me) had the balls to argue with him. Later, in my screenwriting class, he tried to trash-talk Temple of Doom and after that I christened him my enemy. He probably loves musicals, too.

Anyway. I love this film. It's so, SO well done. The colors! The sarcasm! THE CHOREOGRAPHY? I challenge anyone to top "Moses Supposes," done with what, maybe four edits the entire scene? These guys couldn't rely on jump cuts (like Chicago) or stand-ins, they were actually getting it done themselves.

This is one on the AFI list that everyone should see, really.


Donald said...

Lots of people hate Temple of Doom. Even more people hate Crystal Skull. In my option, there's never been an Indiana Jones movie that wasn't awesome.

And I still haven't seen singing in the rain. And that poster is still outside of the Hollywood. I close with you on your last day. We'll have to do something about that...