It's the same movie fans have seen dozens of times. They are the songs they've sung along with dozens of times. But now, 32 years later, Grease is once again the word. It's back on the big screen in 12 cities – with twist. We still get to see Danny and Sandy, and the rest of the gang at Rydell High, sing about summer lovin' and greased lightening like always, but now we get to sing right along with them, and even do one of the dances. This is Grease Sing-a-Long.
The fun new enhancement to this release of Grease Sing-a-Long is the karaoke-style subtitles that appear at the bottom of the screen (and even a demonstration on how to do the Hand Jive during the dance scene) that allows the audience to sing their hearts out, loudly and rowdily, right along with the characters during the movie. There are also plenty of flashy graphics, like floating hearts, bowling balls and hot dogs (yes, hot dogs!), that pop up and contribute to the overall fun during the song and dance numbers. The film has also been digitally remastered and enhanced so the color saturation pops and makes the movie look as though it was filmed in 2010 and not over three decades ago. Paramount’s savvy marketing campaign touting it as the original High School Musical, and utilizing such social networking sites as Facebook and Twitter, will undoubtedly make the all-important Tween and pre-tween set interested and will give chills to a whole new generation, though how much of the 1950s setting (and 1970s humor) will fly right over their heads remains to be seen!
Before the movie started, one viewer wondered aloud as to why this movie was being released yet again and another audience member was overheard saying we could all simply put the movie in a DVD player and put the subtitles on...Read More
Lance Day’s Kisses has sat in international distribution Hell for years now and this critic, who saw it in 2008 at the European Union Film Festival in Chicago, has rarely been more confused as to why a film has been heretofore unable to find its way to a wider audience. Films get stuck in the Atlantic pipeline all the time, usually because American studios can’t figure out how...Read More
Henri-Georges Clouzot is one of the most influential and important filmmakers in the history of cinema. If you’re a young reader looking for a little background about who likely inspired your current favorite master of moviemaking, Clouzot is probably a good place to start. There’s a fantastic new documentary about the man called Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno opening this week but it’s far from the typical bio-doc you might...Read More
There used to be a time when CGI-heavy movies were forgiven for lack of character and dull storytelling because audiences were simply in awe of the visual effects artistry on display. Audiences of 2010 no longer marvel at special effects that are as common as a Verizon commercial. Someone needs to tell the team behind The Sorcerer’s Apprentice because the occasional visual trick is the only reason to...Read More
With Inception, Christopher Nolan has delivered what is undeniably the most ambitious and daring big budget summer blockbuster ever released in theaters. Whether or not it is a masterpiece can (and definitely will) be debated, but you’ve never seen a film like this in the middle of a season that’s almost always dominated by films that feel like mere carbon copies of one another. Where most summer films...Read More
Like so many summer 2010 films, Nimrod Antal’s Predators isn’t exactly horrible but isn’t great either. It isn’t boring but it isn’t all that entertaining. It isn’t that well made or cast but it’s also never overly insulting to the intelligence. Almost a quarter-century after the B-movie that launched an improbable franchise, we get a reboot that simply spins it wheels, content to deliver exactly what...Read More
It’s possible that yet another summer with a masterpiece from Pixar has jaded me against other animation but Despicable Me is a near-miss, a relatively enjoyable comedy with a few intriguing visuals that is nonetheless surprisingly boring and routine. It seems a film impossible to hate but also one as tough to openly love as its villainous lead character Gru (Steve Carell). With a design aesthetic...Read More
Most screenwriting is about conscious, expressed objectives. The action hero must save the damsel in distress and he often tells us why he must save her and how he’s going to do it. The romantic hero must win the heart of the girl he admires and it’s obvious to him and everyone in the audience. Of course, life doesn’t usually work like the movies. We do things every...Read More
Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza made waves across the pond with the incredibly effective and powerfully scary [REC], a film that made the rounds in certain horror-loving circles before being remade into the accomplished Quarantine. They’ve followed up their inventive shockumentary with a by-the-numbers, incredibly disappointing sequel, [REC] 2, opening in some theaters this weekend and also available On Demand. We all know that...Read More
Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – are the hottest thing at airport book stores this summer, selling like a long-lost Harry Potter novel. They’ve taken the world by storm and have already produced three films in Sweden while being currently cast for American remakes. These thrillers...Read More