Friday, June 15, 2012

Escape to the Movies: "Rock of Ages"

So not metal.
BONUS! "Intermission" is a review of "That's My Boy."

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow Bob, must've been a slow week, if the lack on any bits in the credits is an indication...

Chris Cesarano said...

Huh, I would have thought Waterboy to be the ONLY version of Adam Sandler doing a "talk funny" character as working.

In truth, Water Boy, The Wedding Singer and Mr. Deeds are the only films of his I really enjoy. I can watch Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore, but I just find most of everything else to be raunchy or juvenile beyond my tastes.

Which I know might sound pretentious, but everyone has their tastes.

As for Rock of Ages, I feel like there are plenty of interesting stories about music in the 80's, and as you stated, you can make a good movie out of anything. But watching documentaries like Metal Evolution, well, Glam Metal is one of the least interesting places to get that story. Maybe if you just want to write about bands that were once popular, abused a variety of substances in this rich world that they went to L.A. for, and then became nothing in no time flat then you'd have something.

I just feel a much more interesting film could be made by British Punk, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, the clash between the two movements, or the rise of thrash in the Bay Area (or, once again, the conflict between Thrash and Glam).

But at the same time, if you're going to be making a musical out of a genre of music, well, you just don't have the same sort of "sing-a-long" melodies in any of those genres as you do in Glam (though I'd say plenty of NWABM bands have a sing-along sense, it isn't as Abba as Def Leppard or Motley Crue, two of the better Glam bands, were).

Anonymous said...

@James

You have nothing interesting to contribute. Moreover, you're posting political comments that are irrelevant here. Quit harassing Bob and get a life.

ON TOPIC: Never liked Adam Sandler's stuff in general, but his films hardly come as a surprise anymore, so it's difficult to even find them offensive. Sometimes, you just don't care anymore, y'know?

Shame about Rock of Ages, but then musicals were never really my thing. I'll recognise the good ones, but stuff like Mamma Mia and Moulin Rouge really get my goat.

Anonymous said...

Bob, I don't think you understand what 'hard rockn metal' is, cause this movie doesn't feature any of it.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Bob I had to turn this off.

Your total lack of understanding of the music culture really shines through with your stupid opinions 3 minutes in.

That being said I thought this movie was trash so take that as you will.

The Karligarchy said...

@ Bob, it must suck running two blogs where the comment sections of every other post just get filled by people that hate you yet continue to still read/watch everything you do. I was kind of on the fence about this movie, I was hoping for like a rock opera movie but since they create any original material I will definitely pass on it. Thanks for the heads up.

The Karligarchy said...

didn´t create

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TheAlmightyNarf said...

Ya know, in comparison to most other film musicals, Cruise's singing really wasn't that bad. And I'd easily say his spot-on Axl Rose impersonation was by far the high point of the movie. In fact, I'd say that a movie focused primarily on Stacey Jaxx's career death spiral would have made a far more interesting movie, especially if it ended on a dark note.

Then again, I'm aware that making an interesting well written musical was never really the goal with Rock of Ages.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Rock of Ages comes from the same Broadway mindset that won't touch anything that doesn't have roots deep in the past and an extremely predictable story structure. Seriously, mainstream Hollywood looks positively avant garde compared to mainstream stage theater.

Anonymous said...

I don't about the male star
but the waitress girl lead, is hayden paneteirre (or however her name is spelled) the cheerleader from Heroes.

gabylan said...

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