What movies do you have memorized? Bonus points for sharing your favorite quote.
Submitted by Andymatic.
The Sound of Music.
Obviously there are others – Star Wars, The Princess Bride – but I've seen the sound of music so often I can speak the script right along with the actors – same inflection and everything. The script even leaks into my everyday speech now and then. On numerous occasions, for instance, I've played with some variation on "…at least not the Austria I know." It's a very versatile movie, and almost everyone I know has seen it and catches the references.
It's been a while since I've watched it though. Maybe it's time to watch it again. Then again, maybe not. I'm hoping to go see the new production of TSOM that's being mounted in Toronto this fall.
Which brings me to another point.
This summer, the CBC is airing a show called "How do you Solve a Problem Like Maria?" to cast the lead role for that new stage production. The show is essentially Canadian Idol, but with Broadway-hopefuls instead of pop-star-wannabes. And I had really high hopes for the show because I love musicals. I think show tunes are just fun. The bees knees. So I was really looking forward to a singing competition that features some of the best Broadway ditties.
Well, didn't they shoot themselves in the foot? Turns out the TV show producers choose songs for the girls, and they keep having them perform pop music. It's dreadful. Pop music is fine – when it's sung by pop singers. But when Broadway singers sing pop songs, it's completely over-the-top and laughable. They over-enunciate every word and belt out the big notes as loud as they can. Gotta show off, dontcha know?
Check this version of Girls Just wanna have Fun to see what I mean.
bleagh! What possible relevance does this have to whether she can sing the role of Maria? Why can't they just sing show tunes? Isn't that what they're auditioning for?!
Julie Andrews must be spinning in her grave. And me? I'm turning off the TV.