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Thoroughly cheesy vintage Bollywood fun--musical number notes
This was my very first "Bollywood" movie and I found it in the same way many other recent viewers did -- through "Ghost World". Having done a little bit of reading up on the film industry of Bollywood this week, I understand somewhat why there are seemingly unrelated musical numbers and romance and comedy in a horror film. But "Something for everyone" doesn't always add up to a cohesive product.
The ultra-groovy musical dance number "Jaan Pehechaan Ho" has captivated the world in a way it probably could not have done in 1965. It's all over the internet now, with many folks scrambling for a good English translation. Laxmi Chhaya does an amazing job dancing take after take, making it all look fresh, new and fun even when any normal person would be exhausted! She rules!
On the beach with Miss Kitty is a light-weight fun and pretty tune in total contrast to the horror plot. Still, I find myself singing it in Hindi a week later. I found a rough translation:
if you want to live in this life then listen to what I say leave your sorrows behind and join the party take my advice
those who want to live live with laughter and singing let your hair down and relax people of this world what do you know? come to me and I'll explain
whoever there is who will see me will stop worrying in this world fish swim freely here and there
My second favorite number in the film is The Butler's Dream where Mehmood is entranced by Miss Kitty's dancing. The electric tiki-like idols are just wonderfully tacky as is the entire set of this number. Online, I'd seen it described as what would happen if "Liberace threw up"!! Way fun.
Gumnaam is not a good movie as a whole. That's why I gave it a rating of 3. It's actually a real stinker of a film with some fun, kitschy musical numbers that have nothing really to do with the murder plot.
An Affair to Remember (1957)
If this film were driving ahead of me in traffic...
I'd shout, "Pick a lane and go with it!" While I really enjoyed the first half of this movie, the second half made me wonder whether it had been written by a different person. Grant and Kerr are wonderful with what they were given. Could THAT be otherwise?
Happily married parents will love this....
...but it's not for kids. There IS indeed a handful of sexual innuendo as well as some actual groping. The fact that the groper is Williams' ten-year-old character and that the gropee is his friend's MOTHER makes it border on the disgusting. Thank goodness the scene is over with quickly. The rest of the movie is delightful, albeit sappy. I like good sap. All of the characters are likeable - a huge plus in my book.
Rain Man (1988)
The changes in Tom Cruise's character are anything but subtle...
he simply fights them every step of the way. What happens to Charlie Babbitt goes so severely against his grain that he has no choice but to fight the changes. Fight as he may, radically dramatic changes in his character finally win out.
O.C. and Stiggs (1985)
King Sunny Ade made me watch this movie.
The quest for real Juju music is so admirable that I sat through this sad movie thinking repeatedly, "Gosh, this could have been tightened up here, paced up there..." It was frustrating to look at the possibilities.
The Shaggy Dog (1959)
We STILL laugh...
as we quote Franceska in her American accent until she calls her dog, "Sheee-fohh" (Chiffon). Good, clean fun, but it doesn't quite stand up to the test of time.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Either ya love him or ya hate him...
there's no middle of the road concerning PeeWee Herman. I happened to love him. And in 1985, when this film came out, I laughed for WEEKS! I sent my non-movie-going friends to see it and they were APPALLED. They came dangerously close to asking ME to refund their money! That's what God invented the "exit" door for! I've walked out on plenty of movies and have even managed to get my money back a time or two (from the theater, of course). But I was happy to pay full price to watch PeeWee's Big Adventure several times. "Tell 'em Large Marge sent ya!"
Welcome to L.A. (1976)
I cheered when it was OVER!!
I saw this movie in 1978 and I recall HATING it. Sissy Spacek was the only enjoyable performance. Much as I adore her, I wouldn't recommend watching this awful film just to see her open her Christmas present (as only she could do). Avoid seeing this one.
Unforgettable, even after 15 years
Do the subjects of this film know that most everyone who viewed it still thinks about them and wonders what happened to them? Does Martin Bell know this? How the world would eat up a sequel...a follow-up on the people who can be located...
The Pajama Game (1957)
High-energy musical that may surprise you.
Who'd have thought that a labor dispute could be such fun? Just add Doris Day's smile, Bob Fosse's choreography, amazing music and dancers and a bag of popcorn! This is a highly energetic film, super-charged with charisma. I can't count the number of times I hit "pause" and "rewind" just to get another look at a surprise dance move. Boy, do I dare say that this may have been what "Grease" was hoping it could aspire to? I want to see this one again real soon!