October 24th, 2006

breaking bad

Prime Suspect and Fanny Cradock

I didn't watch Torchwood because I was watching the last ever episode of Prime Suspect instead. I'll catch up with Torchwood no doubt, but I don't think it's going to be my kind of thing. I think sex in a show either has to be implied (like it was in Doctor Who) or dealt with in its full adult complexity.

Prime Suspect was melancholy, gentle, and nostalgic. I liked it. There's a review of it in the Guardian today, that I disagree with.
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breaking bad

Let's face the music and dance

Dancing in films? Mostly rubbish, occasionally magic. I like it best when it's naturally integrated into the scene (as opposed to 'Let's do the show right here').

Off the top of my head - five dances on film that occur naturally in the plot:

1 - Uma Thurman and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction ('It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well')
2 - The Full Monty in the Dole Office when they dance to 'Hot Stuff' by Donna Summer (it only lasts a few seconds but I think it's great)
3 - Harrison Ford dancing with Kelly McGillis in the Amish barn in 'Witness' ('Don't know much about history, don't know much biology')
4 - Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs doing that little dance to 'Stuck in the Middle with you' before he cuts off the cop's ear
5 - Condemned man watches Fred Astair 'dancing cheek to cheek' in The Green Mile

Can you think of more so I can make a top ten?

What about dancing that isn't really integrated into the plot (for instance the wonderful 'Commence to dancing' by Laurel and Hardy, or 'Singing in the Rain' ?)

Ha - looking for the above I found a Pulp Fiction/ Laurel and Hardy mashup here.

ETA Putting on the Ritz here Check out when he slows it right down about 1:30 into the clip. But the whole thing is fantastic.