Tag: Musical

Episode 135 – Chicago

, with special guest:

ChicagoBill Condon writes the screenplay for this Best Picture winning musical, Chicago! In this debut film for director Rob Marshall, he finds a way to make a musical work for a modern film audience. It doesn’t hurt that Catherine Zeta Jones, Renee Zellweger, and Richard Gere (also John C. Reilly and Queen Latifah) kill their respective roles. We have a new guest as Alexis Callen joins us to talk about the film! She has great insights! Enjoy!

Up next, another Oscar winner, Amadeus!

Chicago (2002)
Chicago poster Rating: 7.2/10 (227,311 votes)
Director: Rob Marshall
Writer: Bill Condon, Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere
Runtime: 113 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical
Released: 24 Jan 2003
Plot: Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.

Episode 25 – Cabaret

, with special guest:

CabaretJena wasn’t able to make it to the recording of this episode but that’s OK, we bought in a stunt Jena!  This week’s stunt Jena was…Melissa!  Turns out Cabaret was one of the few films that she had never seen.  With Melissa our acting Jena, we were down one expert.  Enter our friend Windy Bowlsby!  Windy is a huge fan of the film and of Bob Fosse so she provided a great expert perspective.  Enjoy our conversation about the only Oscar winning musical set in pre-Nazi Germany that we know about!

Our next episode is going to be recorded live at the Trylon Theatre on June 29th.  We’ll be watching The Conversation!

And don’t forget to check out Windy and Melissa’s podcast – Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome!

Cabaret (1972)
Cabaret poster Rating: 7.8/10 (53,814 votes)
Director: Bob Fosse
Writer: Joe Masteroff, John Van Druten, Christopher Isherwood
Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem
Runtime: 124 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Released: 13 Feb 1972
Plot: A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

 

Episode 2 – Singin’ in the Rain

, with special guest:

Singin' in the RainFor our second episode, our permanent co-host Melissa Kaercher joins the party to enjoy one of the greatest movie musicals ever made – Singin’ in the Rain.  We don’t know how Jena managed to go this long without experiencing “Make ’em Laugh” but that horrible oversight has now been rectified.  Enjoy the episode and remember to jauntily tip your cap to Gene Kelly!

And keep an ear out for our next episode on the 15th of July when we look at 2012 Best Picture, Argo.

Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Singin' in the Rain poster Rating: 8.3/10 (237,237 votes)
Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Writer: Betty Comden, Adolph Green
Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
Runtime: 103 min
Rated: G
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Released: 11 Apr 1952
Plot: A silent film star falls for a chorus girl just as he and his delusionally jealous screen partner are trying to make the difficult transition to talking pictures in 1920s Hollywood.