Sunday, September 18, 2011

Le Divorce

The first time I ever saw CHICAGO at the Loew's Cineplex Century Plaza Cinemas (which has sadly been torn down), I saw a trailer for LE DIVORCE. A romantic comedy starring Kate Hudson (The Four Feathers, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days) and Naomi Watts (The Ring, Dream House), the movie's trailer is one of the best I have ever seen. Some who aren't fans of the movie might even contend that the trailer is better than the film itself. In any case, I was moved by the music in the trailer, particularly a song performed by Eartha Kitt called Je Cherche Un Homme. While I believe Ms. Kitt is the original performer of that song, I feel like it channels a little bit of Edith Piaf. Definitely a classic.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Greg Kihn Band Jeopardy

As some of you may have noticed, I have changed the header on this blog to include music as well as movies. While the main focus here will always be cinema, I do get the urge to talk about music from time to time. In this case, I have been reminiscing about JEOPARDY by The Greg Kihn Band. Released in 1983, the song was always fun to hear on the radio, but on MTV was where it really shined. Partly a wedding picture, partly a tribute to classic horror movies (with a special nod to GHOST STORY), the video displayed an imaginative use of the format, not often seen in recent times. Musically, the tune was the peak of the band's commercial appeal, and it endured long after their other songs were forgotten. A definite reminder of a much cooler time in the history of music videos.