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GTGC #263 Across The Universe

April 24th, 2018

The GoodTrash GenreCast, your favorite film analysis podcast, jumps ahead to the aughts as the Musical Revue goes Across the Universe.

Across the Universe focuses on Jude and Lucy, two star-crossed lovers whose lives intertwine through an alternate-60s reality. Jude is from Liverpool. Lucy is from the states. On a quest to find his father, Jude meets Max at Princeton. They strike up a friendship, and Jude meet's Lucy, Max's sister. The two try to define themselves and their relationship against a backdrop of The Beatles' greatest hits and deep cuts.

In our Across the Universe review, we give our brief thoughts. We then play our game—Bands Who Deserve a Musical. Finally, we get down into our Across the Universe analysis. In getting to the meat of the story, we talk art and politics, music, presentation of history and much more.

Goo Goo G'joob, dear listener!

Traveling Across the Universe

Thanks for joining us this week for our Across the Universe movie review and analysis! If you haven’t yet, you can connect with us through our various means of social media. Hit us up and let us know what you like and what you don’t like. Also, it would mean a lot if you left a review on iTunes after you finish subscribing.

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GTGC #262 Hairspray (1988)

April 13th, 2018

Your favorite film analysis podcast moves along slightly in the '80s as the Musical Revue continues with a look at Hairspray (1988). John Waters' cult classic is unabashedly campy and bizarre, but does it hold up to the test of time?

As we continue along this musical journey, Hairspray is a bit of an odd departure. The original 1988 film is less a musical and more of a dance film. There are still musical numbers, but they're filled with dance, rather than singing. So, it's a bit off the rails in that regard. But, we still had a good conversation around it.

Brushing Out Hairspray

John Waters moved away from his transgressive roots with Hairspray. Several of his key players still show up, including Divine as Edna Turnblad, Tracy's mother. But, by and large, Hairspray is a much more accessible film, in comparison to his earlier works. Set in the 60s, Tracy loves watching the Corny Collins Show, which is one of those classic shows where a bunch of pretty teens dance for an hour. Tracy is enamored. Tracy, defined in the film as pleasantly plump, doesn't adhere to societies norms or values, and reaches out to take what she believes is hers—with great success. The film includes a plot thread involving segregation, but as we discuss in the show, it's much more than simply, black and white.

On this week's episode, we discuss Cult Directors We Want to Make a Musical. After our standard gameplay and quick reviews, we partner up with Hairspray and hit the dance floor. We talk race, queer film, form and function as we try to dig deep in to the film.

GET IN TOUCH

Thanks for joining us this week! If you haven’t yet, you can connect with us through our various means of social media. Hit us up and let us know what you like and what you don’t like. Also, it would mean a lot if you left a review on iTunes after you finish subscribing.

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GTGC #261 Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

April 5th, 2018

The GoodTrash Musical Revue continues this week as we move forward to the 80s with the Frank Oz cult classic, Little Shop of Horrors.

We thought long and hard about what musicals to add to this Revue. We're going to limit our options somewhat by sticking to the 80s through today, trying to hit a bit from the 80s, 2000s and 2010s. We're going to do some more camp, some traditional Broadway content and a recent, not-so-traditional film that's been classified as a musical. So, we hope you're excited as we finally get lyrical on the GenreCast.

In the Weeds with Little Shop of Horrors

In a post-Jesus Christ Superstar GenreCast, we tried to nail down exactly what we wanted. Little Shop of Horrors just makes sense. It has the cult appeal, the nostalgia, and it's a horror/sci-fi genre piece.

It is the story of Seymour (Rick Moranis), a botanist/shop apprentice who discovers a interesting plant on the day of a solar eclipse. Seymour soon discovers that the plant, Audrey II, could be his ticket out of Skid Row. His goal, make money and woo the assistant florist, Audrey (Ellen Greene), away from her Abusive Boyfriend, DDS (Steve Martin). However, Audrey II soon reveals a master plan of its own.

On this week's show, we offer our quick Little Shop of Horrors review, and then play a game. This week, we talk Movies That Deserve the Musical Treatment. Finally, we get into analysis. We talk Freud, satire, race, misogyny, adaptation and more as we dig into the soil surrounding Little Shop of Horrors. 

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