Posts Tagged ‘Rock of Ages’

Less movies than usual given the Euro 2012 football. There gas been less out to see and I have skipped a few movies I would have seen if not for the football. I have still managed eight movies including a locally made documentary and a reissue of a horror classic that I hadn’t previously seen.

Prometheus: A pre-prequel to Alien. A flawed film but full of good ideas, great performances and stunning visuals.

Red Tails: An interesting story is crippled by terrible dialogue.

Rock Of Ages: Another crappy jukebox musicale, Tom Cruise is good and has all the funny lines.

Cosmopolis: David Cronenberg’s “road movie” is cold and alienating but strangely enjoyable. Robert Pattinson is excellent as are the supporting cast.

Fast Girls: As predictable and clichéd as you would expect of a sports movie, despite this, it is surprisingly good. Noel Clarke is fast becoming the most significant person in the British film industry.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: Some good ideas but it takes itself far to seriously to be as good or as fun as it should be.

The Last Projectionist: A charming and informative documentary about cinemas centring on the oldest working cinema in the UK, The Electric in my home city, Birmingham.

Plague of the Zombies: Reissue of the 1966 Hammer Horror. An atmospheric horror that perfectly bridges the gap between early zombie films and there reinvention in the 70’s.

The Movie of the Month is:

The Last Projectionist. Essential viewing for film fans, I’m not sure what sort of release it will get but go see it if you can.

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“She stepped off the bus out into the city streets

Just a small town girl with her whole life packed

In a suitcase by her feet”

I tend to hate musicals but must admit I have a certain curiosity, all be it morbid, with Rock of Ages due out next month. It is clearly intentionally clichéd and cheesy, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand look like they are having a lot of fun. The main reason for my interest, however is the music. There was a certain style of music, a sort of Pop Rock sometimes know as Glam Metal or Hair Metal that was very much of its time in the 1980s. As a child of the 70’s my musical taste was very much formed from in the mid 80’s. Although I have a wide and varied taste, I often dip into my old 80s rock. So here is my Rock of Ages inspired top ten hair metal tracks from the 80’s*.

Back In Black by AC/DC from Back in Black (1980)

Don’t Stop Believin by Journey from Escape (1981)

Runaway by Bon Jovi from Bon Jovi (1984)

Here I Go Again by Whitesnake from 1987 aka Whitesnake (1987)

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses from Appetite for Destruction (1987)

Never Tear Us Apart by INXS from Kick (1987)

I Cry Myself to Sleep at Night by Romeo’s Daughter from Romeo’s Daughter (1988)

Fallen Angel by Poison from Open Up & Say… Ahh! (1988)

Janie’s Got A Gun by Aerosmith from Pump (1989)

Dr. Feelgood by Mötley Crüe from Dr. Feelgood (1989)

*this isn’t a list of my top ten 80’s records, but one that fit’s the genre, however I must admit I love them all! It is however worth mentioning that I have throw it together from memory with no research so have probably missed lots of great records.

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