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  1. HA! Oddly it is just "High Tension" (ハイテンション Hai Tenshon) which I imagine is confusing but the posters are very bloody to sell the horror aspect. I asked the teachers in the teachers room (6 Japanese women aged 23-35) if they knew the movie. All" no"s so I asked them what kind of movie they thought it would be based on the name. They all agreed comedy/action movie.
  2. It's time for... How Did This Get Named? So again this is a problem we've encountered before. So you've made a movie with unknown actors and you've given it maybe a punny name. I assume the name is a pun or some sort of play on words, again we're all confused on this. It's also word play that doesn't work or have a direct translation. Fun side fact: If you're in Japan you'll hear the phrase "high tension" a lot. However here it means somebody that we would describe as lively or excitable which is quite literally the opposite of what it means in English. So word play is out, banking on stars is out, what are you to do? Well you kinda go with the music and romance angle I suppose. I present to you... ハートビート (Haatobiito) aka Heartbeat! Music has beats and your heart beats and beats more when in love. I think it does as good of a job if not a better of a job than High Strung, B-b-b-b-b-bonus fact-t-t-t-t-t! When we get Western movies here sometimes we get the international versions. This results in sometimes certain scenes missing or extended or slightly altered. Most times its not noticeable at all. Sometimes they even have a different name. For me while the movie is called Heartbeat in Japanese the English title that appears on screen is "Street Dance: New York"
  3. I'm sorry you can only fall in love if it's Christmas and you're Vanessa Hudgens
  4. Also I want to ask one more question, what's the age range? It seems on one hand post-secondary because they are going out drinking, but yet they have kids their practicing music. Do those kids have tutors their for their regular schooling?
  5. I just want to say my thoughts and feelings are going out to that poor violin student at the conservatory that is in desperate need of a violin. Unfortunately they can't play and are almost going to get kicked out of the school as a result. They are in on a scholarship and the airline company lost their violin. They're not sure if they'll ever get it back and can't afford to buy a new one. Fortunately they heard the school lends out music instruments to their students. Unfortunately they lent out the last violin to a dance student who doesn't even know the difference between a viola and a violin for an indeterminate amount of time without asking a single question. Now Johnny is going to get this poor student's free scholarship and they're going to be forced to go back to toil in obscurity in Toledo as their talent and skills slowly fade away and die.
  6. What strikes me odd about your idea is that at first I was like "why not have a few in the music part of the school" but then I remembered the kids are practicing in rooms right next to the rooms the kids dance in. You're mixing them together. Why not have a wing of the school dedicated to music and another to dance. That way you can have a few cheeky snacks in those vending machines in the music wing, while keeping the less fun stuff in the dance wing. Also a dance student that wanted to be bad would have to go all the way across the school just to get to those snacks and they would have no reason for being over there except for a kitkat run. This would shame them and thus force them to stick to their healthy snack machines.
  7. Yes! She was doing the same moves as the hip hop dance crew but in a not as fluid way. She was still very straight and precise which seemed more in line with modern ballet then contemporary style. She still seemed "stiff" which is what the crew and Jane Seymore didn't want her to be and were trying to get her not to be but they all praised her. Maybe contemporary dance is simply a fancy term for "modern ballet."
  8. So does the school want Ruby to fail? She's clearly a trained and skilled ballet dancer and I assume that's what got her the scholarship. However, she admits in the first contemporary class that she has zero experience with contemporary dance. The first day at the school she's told there is no dress code for contemporary dance and she asks what she should wear. Instead of getting a straight answer from the head teacher she gets "Use your imagination." How is that helpful? She doesn't do that kind of dancing and you know that because you just read her bio. What is the harm in saying something helpful? Then she's called out in the first class and after the second class. She has zero experience and you're trying to pull the "It's because she has so much potential." Bullshit. She's had two days and you're already threatening to kick her out even though she promises to start getting better. If you really thought she had potential you would give her actual instruction rather than berate her after her first attempt. Then what? A week goes by and you are threatening to end her scholarship because she's not showing enough improvement in something she literally just started? Maybe wait until the end of the first term or something. Fuck you dance conservatory.
  9. I agree with this. In fact I wish they had filmed the dance scenes better because I might have enjoyed the movie more. I hated this movie and was mostly incredibly bored by it so when the dance scenes started I thought "Finally some fun." Nope they went and ruined those as well. Part of what makes a dancer incredible is seeing them move. It's about what they're doing with their bodies. You don't need close ups of the face let me see their bodies move! While on the topic of horribly shot dance scenes, who was live streaming the subway dance battle? Were they just standing between the groups filming and how were they live editing it as well?
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    Musical Mondays Week 81 Summer Stock

    Sorry to disappoint but both are just direct translations. Well Parasite has a subtitle so it is "Parasite: Semibasement/Partialy Underground Family" The word they use doesn't really have an English word. Like in the ground but not underground, like a sunken living room or a subbasement. I'm actually looking forward to the new year. Parasite mid January, Jojo Rabbit the next week, then Knives Out a week or so after that and the Midsummer after that. With Cats and few other things in between.
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    Musical Mondays Week 81 Summer Stock

    For the record I prefer Astaire to Kelly, but I do think Kelly does make for the far better romantic lead.
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    Musical Mondays Week 81 Summer Stock

    Shhhh! I have to wait another two months to see it! At least I'm now a month away from Parasite.
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    Musical Mondays Week 81 Summer Stock

    I want to take a poll. So early in the rotation we had Easter Parade which had Judy Garland and Fred Astaire and now we have Summer Stock which is Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. Now I don't want to start the Astaire vs Kelly debates again too much, but which pairing do you think or if you recall had more chemistry or was just the general better match up?
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    Musical Mondays Week 81 Summer Stock

    That would have been too a-moo-sing
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    Musical Mondays Week 81 Summer Stock

    Just thinking more about it, to me the best example in this movie of how Phil Silvers normally is was the cow milking scene. He tricks Gene Kelly into doing something for him and then is saucy to the cow.
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    Musical Mondays Week 81 Summer Stock

    This is not the best example of Phil Silvers in my opinion. To me his style of comedy was that of being the smarmy ass. He was smarter than those around him and had contempt for those around him in it came out in his little asides. We was never really the wacky slapstick guy even though his comedy contained some element of that. For me he was more like weaselly yet likable guy kind of guy.
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    Musical Mondays Week 81 Summer Stock

    This explains so much. When that final number happens I was thinking "Wow, they really dressed her kinda frumpy for this big reveal." I think this is because, and I might be wrong, I heard that they use to de-sexy her. She was popular from Wizard of Oz in which she was a innocent teen so to keep that image they'd have to hide her figure and that. I kinda assumed that's what was going on in the first half of this movie, now it's just kinda sad.
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    Musical Mondays Week 81 Summer Stock

    Ha! What's with those feet? I mean naturally I too jumped to hobbit but is it suppose to be a slam on country folk. How or why? "So guys, I'm working on this new show. She my lady friend is from a farm and she said we can put on the show in her barn. Ain't that swell? Now here's the kicker, we make it farm themed as well! Won't those folks dig it. So the big act one closer will be me and another fellow dressed as two farmers and making horrible animals noises that attracts dogs. You see the country folk aren't talented singers like us city folk. For costumes I want the shabbiest hats you can find and patched up long johns and oversized ratty pants. Yes, that'll show them. Also don't forget to blank out some teeth because those bumpkins have bad dental hygiene and will eat that up. However, the most important thing is we have GIANT FEET! Take that you bumpkins!"
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    Musical Mondays Week 81 Summer Stock

    So what kind of show exactly was it that Gene Kelly was trying to put on? It just seemed like random song and dance numbers with no unifying theme or anything. Some of them were farm related or themed but not all of them. Was this a kind of common show? I know it's the kind of thing the Ziegfeld Follies did but this seems almost too late for that. Maybe I'm wrong. Also, I find it odd they set up that big shot booking guy shows up to show only to never pay it off.
  20. I've been enjoying everybody's picks so maybe I'll keep this going awhile long. For the last (offical) day of posting these songs I am going to take a risk and post some songs you'll probably won't listen to all the way through but might find interesting. So I've been living in Japan now for... 15-16 years and to me one of the things I miss is Christmas. Now Japan does Christmas but it's for little kids and lovers. New Years is just around the corner and that's the big "return to your family's home and have a big meal" holiday. As a result while Christmas decorations are everywhere they don't celebrate in the same way. When it comes to Christmas music you basically just get one Christmas song and some generic pop song played non-stop everywhere (All I Want for Christmas is You and Last Christmas) so when Japanese singers write Christmas songs they tend to be love songs because Christmas is for lovers. Some are Christmas themed in word others are not. Every so often one of these songs will break through and become a "classic" destined to be played in December. Here are some. The children's Christmas song of Japan. Flustered Santa! Christmas Eve by Tatsuro Yamashita. This song was used in special Christmas Japanese Rail ads throughout the 90s and even early 2000s. It is THE Japanese adult Christmas Song and if a Japanese person heard it would either say "Ah, Christmas" or just laugh. My love, Santa Claus by Yumi Matsutoya is somewhere between I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus and Backdoor Santa. Originally recorded in 1980 and covered by most every pop idol since. Everything by Misia. Is a really beautiful song and a personal favourite of mine. It's not really a Christmas song per say but actually a love song. But it happened to be released around Christmas, deals with love and was on a hit drama which used this song in a Christmas context. You'll hear it outside of Christmas but has kinda defacto became a Christmas song. So great was it Boyz II Men covered it!
  21. I missed yesterday! Double post incoming!
  22. Happy Turkey Day y'all! For today's entry I want to talk about the importance of the mix in the playlist. See you can't just have all upbeat or downbeat songs. You can't go all hard or soft you need to vary things up. One of the things all Christmas playlist should have is an instrumental piece. You can have a few but I believe every Christmas playlist needs one good instrumental piece in it. If you're having a party it's all background anyway so you just need the feel and mood of the music. If you're just listening to it, the instrumental is just a nice little break. The trick is find the genre and tone that's right for you. From Newage! To Jazz! To surf rock! To funk! There is an instrumental piece right for you!
  23. It still blows my mind how new this is.
  24. In sorta keeping with the punk theme for my pick today I have two Christmas song with the same name but are very different in tone. One very sweet (by Allo Darlin') One a bit more punk (but still happy)
  25. Seeing as we have The Ramones why don't we go a little more punk with Christmas as well
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