Friday, August 22, 2008
Shall we play?
We haven’t done one of these in a while, so just in case you’ve forgotten the rules, your answers in the comments if you please.
1) Favourite Marilyn Monroe film and why.
2) Favourite science fiction film and why.
3) And, just to change things up, name your favourite song from a musical.
1) I’m going to break my own rule and name two — Bus Stop and How to Marry a Millionaire. The first because her portrayal of Cherie, the hillbilly, wanna-be showgirl, was so very sad in some ways. And the second because her portrayal of ditsy, nearsighted, model Pola was just hilarious
2) While some would argue that it’s not "classic sci-fi", I’m going to say Blade Runner — Ridley Scott’s dark, dystopian and somewhat prophetic view of the future. With its overcrowded street scenes and neverending rain, a by-product of pollution and global warming, it’s almost oppressively claustrophobic and is, without doubt, one of the most interesting and clever films I’ve ever seen. Harrison Ford’s portrayal of Rick Deckard was such a dramatic departure from Han Solo that at times it almost felt like it wasn’t the same actor. And Rutger Hauer was just brilliant as Roy Batty, the violently intelligent, "more human than human" leader of the renegade replicants trying desperately to live just a little longer.
3) While I’ve never been a huge fan of the musical genre (it’s just too weird), this song from Funny Girl has always appealed to me since the first time I heard it years ago.