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Musical Mondays Week 102 A Mighty Wind

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2 hours ago, Cinco DeNio said:

I forgot to post earlier.  I'll do CATS showings at 7 and 9 tonight so people can prep for tomorrow's live event.  The movie is close to 2 hours so I can't wait long for latecomers.

My Kast room is open.

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"I didn't post here last week.

" Wha Happened?" You might ask.(I was sick).

Personally, I love this movie. It reminds me of all the cheesy PBS folk concerts I used to watch with my parents. It feels so spot on to me in terms  of the music that I could believe it was a documentary about a PBS fundraiser.

Plus, of all the Christopher Guest films, I just think it's the funniest. I watched Guffman and Best in Show this summer and they make me smile, but this one makes me laugh out loud. I would argue the point is less about the individuals having a traditional  arc, but an examination of these peoples' love of this fossilized crap. That's why the shots of Bob Balaban's overly emotional sister and bored brother are important (and hilarious)-- they represent the audience who eats this shit up and/or is largely indifferent to it. I also think that the Eugene Levy/Catherine O'Hara characters give the story a more emotional core than.most of his films have (even if their relationship is bullshit, they bring a weird pathos to it).

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Some of my favorite parts:

Jennifer Coolidge's open-mouthed humming

Jane Lynch's WINC cult

HarryShearer's lecture about the Spanish Civil War and his abrupt exit.

Fred Willard (RIP)

Bob Balaban's increasing obsessive compulsive behavior and his terrible introductions "The Type of infectious that's good to spread around."

Eugene Levy/Catherine O'Hara

Seeing the folk.version of Spinal Tap

 

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8 hours ago, GrahamS. said:

Some of my favorite parts:

Jennifer Coolidge's open-mouthed humming

Jane Lynch's WINC cult

HarryShearer's lecture about the Spanish Civil War and his abrupt exit.

Fred Willard (RIP)

Bob Balaban's increasing obsessive compulsive behavior and his terrible introductions "The Type of infectious that's good to spread around."

Eugene Levy/Catherine O'Hara

Seeing the folk.version of Spinal Tap

 

"Thank God for the model trains.  Without the model trains they wouldn't have gotten the idea for the big trains." (paraphrased)

The funniest thing about the WINC cult is it shows how absolutely whipped John Michael Higgins is.  He's worshipping in a cult devised by his wife and believes in a dimension that she said existed only in her mind!  He's taken "worshipping what you can't see" to an ultimate extreme.  He has no hope of entering this dimension if she dies before he does.

Also, Town Hall is a real place.  HDTGM did live shows there in 2017.

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I also love how Jane Lynch’s character moved into the folk scene from doing porn.

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Another One of my favorite lines—that goes by so fast it’s easy to miss— as Micky is desperately looking for Mitch:”Is there a cockfighting ring nearby?”

the image of Eugene Levy as that depressed character on a downward trajectory that involves cockfights ...that’s some funny shit!

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3 hours ago, GrahamS. said:

Another One of my favorite lines—that goes by so fast it’s easy to miss— as Micky is desperately looking for Mitch:”Is there a cockfighting ring nearby?”

the image of Eugene Levy as that depressed character on a downward trajectory that involves cockfights ...that’s some funny shit!

Are you sure he meant roosters?

 

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