Watching and reviewing movies is not just a hobby for me anymore, it is an important part of my life now. For five years I have shared my thoughts, my opinions and my passion for cinema with you all, and so far I have managed to review 790 movies that I honestly believe are worthy of your time and effort to view. I look forward to one day having 1,000 movies on my Spicywatch genre lists that are worthy of your time, but it will take me quite a few more years to get that far.
Last nights celebrations were focused on the Best Music Moments in Cinema, which is a broad topic, but extremely fun one to investigate. Musicals were most welcome, but not mandatory, and as it turned out, there are actually a huge number of movies that have very significant and memorable music scenes in them that are actually completely non-musical movies.
My wonderful and supportive friends and family gathered in Enfield to share a drink and their cinematic loves with me; and we laughed, sang and got our groove on to some of the most unexpected (but mostly excellent) musical moments that we could find.
And here is the extensive list of best music moments in cinema (from every genre) as chosen by my nearest and dearest, that made it to the Spicywatch 5th Birthday celebration screening in my living room last night:
Baby Driver (Bellbottoms)
Pulp Fiction (You Never Can Tell)
Beetlejuice (Banana Boat Song)
The Skeleton Twins (Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Twist and Shout)
Coraline (Garden Scene composed by Peter Corrigan)
Pretty in Pink (If You Leave)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Heroes)
Napoleon Dynamite (Canned Heat)
Little Miss Sunshine (Super Freak)
Straight Outta Compton (Boyz N Da Hood)
The Blues Brothers (Shake Your Tail Feather)
Two Hands (These Days)
American Psycho (Hip to be Square)
The Lion King (Circle of Life)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Space Oddity)
The Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Ricky's Birthday Song)
Guardians of the Galaxy (Mr Blue Sky)
Moulin Rouge (Come What May)
Mean Girls (Jingle Bell Rock)
Trainspotting (Lust for Life)
Sound of Music (Edelweiss)
Reservoir Dogs (Stuck in the Middle)
O Brother Where Art Thou? (I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow)
Risky Business (Old Time Rock and Roll)
Easy A (A Pocketful of Sunshine)
The Mask (Cuban Pete)
Nacho Libre (Encarnacion)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Origins of Love)
The Big Lebowski (Just Dropped In)
Pitch Perfect (Riff off)
Purple Rain (Title Track)
Love Actually (Jump)
Bridesmaids (Hold on)
Little Fish (Flame Trees)
Slumdog Millionaire (Jai Ho)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Anything Goes)
Singing in the Rain (Title track)
And one of my all time favourites: Mulholland Drive (Llorando/ Crying)
Release Date: 2001
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 147 mins
It's David Lynch on overload in this extravaganza of the weird and inexplicable. This is probably Lynch's most notable and yet utterly confusing piece of work, but like all Lynch movies, you need to watch it with an open mind and a willingness to get lost in the complexities of characters, behaviours and occurrences.
A woman survives a double near death experience, only to find that she has amnesia. She hooks up with a wannabe starlet in Hollywood and the two attempt to unravel the truth of her past. However, their attempts only lead them further and further into a series of psychotic illusions that involve a mysterious blue box, a director named Kesher and a very strange night club called Silencio.
Between the cowboy, the terrifying hobo, the dwarf in the wheelchair and the myriad of other creepy characters, this is intense and confusing viewing. However, it is so well acted and unusually directed that it leaves you with an intensely insidious feeling, like you have just witnessed something taboo and perverse. Clearly, Lynch achieves all that he set out to do, which was to get a reaction out of his audience.
Naomi Watts is brilliant as the Betty/Diane characters, really demonstrating her range and ability as a young and upcoming actress at that time, obviously her roles would have been genuinely demanding given the extreme complexity of the characters.
This is not a movie that everyone will like, but I don't think Lynch makes movies for people to like, he makes his vision and the audience can simply take it or leave it, making him a true visionary and revolutionist in the filmmaking industry.
FINAL SAY: It'll be just like the movies. Pretending to be someone else.
3 Chilli Peppers