Hello, my lovely readers! Welcome to my first contribution to Thursday Movie Picks in 2019. It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme. So here we go with movies that feature a place in the title!
My first choice is, of course, the cult movie Fargo. It’s a black comedy crime film which was written by the brilliant Joel and Ethan Coen. Fargo won numerous prices and even inspired a TV show of the same name! Honestly, there’s nothing about this film that’s not brilliant so go ahead and check it out! (Full review over here)
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To kick off another great weekend, I want to talk a bit about my Top 5 musical movies. A few days ago you already got 10 to 6. Here’s the rest, let me know what you think about it in the comments!
#5 – Cry-Baby:
Two words: Johnny Depp. Although he does get some minus points for not singing himself. (He is pretty good at that, you’ll see a bit further down the post) This movie that is actually a bit like Grease – a good girl and a bad boy – is so much fun. I love the songs they chose, they simply match perfectly with the whole vibe of the film. If you haven’t seen Cry-Baby yet, do so now! You won’t regret it!
There are many movies with great soundtracks but right now I want to talk about musical performances in movies. Some actors did an amazing job with singing and some made great appearances in films. Here are the positions 10 to 6 of music scenes in my personal top 10 (the places 5 to 1 will follow in the next days):
10. Rock N Roll Highschool – The Ramones
I’ve always been a Ramones fan thus I adore this movie. It’s about a highschool with a new principal who wants disciplin and therefore tries to ban rock music. Riff Randell, a huge Ramones fan, is first in line to get a ticket when they play in town. The principal, Miss Togar, takes her ticket away but through a radio contest she still gets to meet the band. When Miss Togar and some parents start to burn records the students revolt. And with the help of the Ramones they take over the school.
This movie is stuffed to the top with great tunes. You get to see the concert Riff Randell goes to but my favourite music scene in this movie is at the end.
9. Chicago – The Cell Block Tango
Based on a musical Rob Marshall made an amazing movie. With Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere in the leading roles very talented actors had been casted. Not only did they deliver a great acting performance, they also impressed with their singing skills.
The movie is about two women who meet in jail. Velma, a star, killed her sister and her husband who had an affair. Roxie Hart shot her lover because he lied to her. With the help of her lawyer Roxie manipulates the press and becomes famous. From there on the movie follows the trial.
My favourite musical performance in this movie is the Cell Block Tango where all the merry murderesses of the jail are introduced and tell their stories. This song captures the rather dark atmosphere of the entire story really well.