Tuesday, March 06, 2012

That Was Steve's Promise, Not Mine

Because I just noticed--probably the last person on earth to do so--that the "acid scenes in Julie Taymor's surprisingly watchable Across the Universe:





Are actually a pretty direct homage to the Monkees' Head:



Weird, huh?

10 comments:

The Phantom Creep said...

Heh.

Incidentally, "surprisingly watchable" is a pretty good description of Across the Universe.

I was prepared to hate it going in, but it's actually quite an estimable piece of work.

buzzbabyjesus said...

I'm sure "Across The Universe" will only make me mad. I'm steering clear.

steve simels said...

Buzzbabyj:

It doesn't suck. Believe it or not, I came out of the theater thinking gee, Julie Taymor kind of IS a theatrical genius.

buzzbabyjesus said...

Your opinion carries some weight, I'll stop actively avoiding it. K?

steve simels said...

BTW, the NYTimes piece today about the lawsuit between Taymor and the producers of the Spiderman musical -- complete with scabrous stuff about a drunken Bono -- is pretty darn funny.

Peter said...

Hey, buzzbabyjesus: I also found Across The Universe watchable (if not entirely enjoyable, courtesy of the annoyingly literal approach to some of the songs), but if you are going to watch it beware the sequence featuring Eddie Izzard as Mr. Kite. I thought it was horrid. I like Eddie Izzard, and think he's mighty funny, but his appearance in this movie... horrid. (Like a third-rate impersonation of Oliver Reed at his drunkest. Ugh.)

However, you may enjoy it. (After all, you're not me and I'm not you.)

NYMary said...

Peter, I heartily agree. I don't know what Izzard was thinking.

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buzzbabyjesus said...

Thanks for looking out for my sensibilities. Most likely I'll see it on a plane or in a hotel room.

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