Friday, May 30, 2008
I need a new word.
Because tired just isn’t going to cut it. So I think it’s high time you people started pulling your weight around here and amused me for a change. Let’s change things up this week, shall we? As always, in the comments if you please.
1) Most horrifying cheesy musical you’ve ever seen and why.
2) Favourite musical and why.
3) Tell me what you’re reading.
1) Behold the unspeakable disco-driven horror that is Xanadu — starring Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck and Gene Kelly.
Where do I even begin to describe the absolute heinous fuckery that is this movie? The plot (if you can call it that) revolves around Olivia Newton-John’s character, a Greek Muse (no ... really), who periodically comes to life and inspire people to greatness. She meets up with Michael Beck’s character, an artist named Sonny Malone, and inspires him to form a partnership with Gene Kelly and build, wait for it, a roller-disco nightclub. It was just fucking, gouge-your-eyeballs-out awful. But Gene Kelly could still move, couldn’t he?
2) I’m not actually a huge fan of the musical genre. I find them to be somewhat stilted and awkward to watch but I do love Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand. It’s just an absolutely lovely film. And Streisand has some serious comedic chops on her to go with the pipes.
3) I think I’ve mentioned this before but I’m a voracious reader — I usually have anywhere from 3 to 6 books on the go at any given time and today is no exception. Let’s see ... The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett, The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore, The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, all of which are new to me. I’m also re-reading Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (who is just brilliant), Bag of Bones by Stephen King and I just finished Mort by Terry Pratchett. I luuuurrrrrvvv books.
Now your turn.