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30 March 2007 @ 08:40 am
Joe Orton and the Beatles  
Watched Prick Up Your Ears last week. Quite good, I thought. I was a bit miffed that I'd never discovered it before. Gary Oldman played playwright Joe Orton ("What the Butler Saw" and "Entertaining Mr. Sloan"). Alfred Molina played his dangerously neurotic boyfriend Ken Halliwell. It's a bit startling to see them both so young. Vanessa Redgrave and Wallace Shawn do excellently (surprise, surprise) in the minor roles.

One of the key elements in the plot was about Orton writing the script for a new Beatles movie, "Up Against It," which he fully expected them to reject because "the boys, in my script, have been caught in-flagrante, become involved in dubious political activity, dressed as women, committed murder, been put in prison and committed adultery." Paul, I believe, is on record as saying, they just didn't do it because they were worried fans would think they were gay. Probably a mistake on their parts, but then I haven't read the script. I'll have to hunt down a copy. I'd love to see somebody use the animation style from "Yellow Submarine" to a make a movie of it now.

But then I might just be thinking that because a Joe Orton version of Yellow Submarine sounds a bit like the book I'm trying to write.

 
 
Listening to: Fiery Furnaces - "Tropical Ice-Land/Rub-Alcohol Blues..."
 
 
 
doNUT!donutgirl on March 30th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, Prick Up Your Ears is great. I remember watching that when I was fully-immersed in my Gary Oldman obsession.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green tikiassmonkeydiary on March 30th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
Did that obsession survive a viewing of "The Fifth Element?"
doNUT!donutgirl on March 30th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, absolutely! I'm always up for a campy good time. Plus, Milla Jovovich in Gaultier...
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on March 30th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, in a Gaultier jock strap. Chris Tucker is fun in that movie.
xterminal on March 30th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Alfred Molina played his dangerously neurotic boyfriend Ken Halliwell.

I did not know this! And now I must see it.

And someone else has heard of the Fiery Furnaces! Sweet!
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on March 30th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, do see, he's really good in it.

The Fiery Furnaces are a weird band for me. Like 25% of their songs I love to death, the other 75% I absolutely hate.
xterminal on March 30th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
I figure I just haven't clicked yet on some songs, but I'll get 'em eventually. Same way I am with the Legendary Pink Dots (and I've been listening to LPD a lot longer).
micahlaerm on March 30th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
wow, that movie sounds awesome. i've never heard of it before, shame on me. i just netflixed it AND moved it to the top. :)

i might have a bit of a man-crush on gary oldman, true, but i also think alfred molina is seriously underrated. his scene with steve coogan in coffee and cigarettes is priceless. i like how coogan is painting himself as a stuck-up git in his recent movies (tristram shandy also, very recommended as well if you missed it).