Music and a Movie Monday

For the past couple of weeks we have been picking out one movie and a song every week for our Music and a Movie Monday promotion on our facebook page.  We try to pick a decade piece in the form of a movie that either speaks to a generation, has a nice look-back on fashion trends of the time, or my favorite…. has lots of funny looking Technology!

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There is nothing funnier than looking back at old technology , my favorite recent example is Clueless, which was last weeks Monday movie pick.  So many blogs love to touch base on 90s fashion by mentioning Clueless.  The fashion in Clueless is fine but even in the mid-nineties the movie was more meant to mock the then-current fashion trends, more than it was a fair representation of true fashion trends of the time.

I wonder how dated an iPad will seem in 10 years?

The best part of the movie is really the slang (Hello!?, Loser!) and the technology. Who didn’t want, and would still LOVE to have Alicia Silverstone’s computerized wardrobe?  Only now the big white box sitting in her closet looks pretty ridiculous when we have sleek and chic wrapped up in iPad’s, I wonder how they will look to us in ten years!

*As a nice side note, I have to give Alicia’s character “Cher” total props for being an outstanding role model in an almost ironic way.  Especially by todays standards. She was a virgin after all and totally stood up for herself. And in a strange way a really good friend.  I guess you’ll have to watch it again to see what I mean, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The Brat Pack of the 80's

This week’s movie pick was St. Elmo’s Fire and was picked based on style, slightly, and the 80s staple that was the Brat Pack. The Brat Pack was a nickname given to a group of actors who frequently appeared together in teen-oriented films in the 1980s. I couldn’t pick an 80s film without one of their films.  I always thought I hated 80s films because (GASP) I am NOT a fan of The Breakfast Club, or (double GASP) Pretty in Pink and I guess its fair to say I’m not a Molly Ringwald fan.  It wasn’t until a trip to Florida with friends that included a near week of torrential downpour that I sat down to watch a movie Netflix had suggested for me.  Well bravo Netflix! You hit the nail on the head with this one!

St. Elmo’s Fire easily slid into my top ten movies of all time and started my appreciation for 80s films.  It was so easy to like, from the always sexy Demi Moore and Rob Lowe, to the music( “St. Elmo’s Fire” was a nominee for the 1986 Academy Award for “Best Original Song,” but was deemed ineligible and was disqualified because it wasn’t written for the film,)  and a story that at its core we can all relate to.

Although St. Elmo’s Fire holds a 45% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is included on Siskel and Ebert’s “worst of 1985” list I still had to give this movie props.

“Money for Nothing”  was this weeks Music pick.  “Money for Nothing” was a single that spent three weeks at number one in 1985 by the British rock band Dire Straights.The recording was notable for its controversial lyrics, groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting.  The video was the first video aired on MTV Europe and won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group in 1985.

The song’s lyrics are written from the point of view of a working-class man watching music videos on television and commenting on what he sees and envying the superior lives of rock stars.

Controversy surrounded the song because of the singer referring to a musician as “banging on the bongos like a chimpanzee” and describes a singer as “that little faggot with the earring and the make-up”, and that these artists get “money for nothing and chicks for free”. These lyrics were criticized as being sexist, racist, and homophobic. Later releases of the song changed the lyrics from “faggot” to “mother” a shortened version of “motherfucker.”

As recently as this year “Money for Nothing” is still raising outrage and in January 2011 the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled that the unedited version of the song was unacceptable for air play on private Canadian radio stations, as it breached the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics. Not all stations abided by this ruling; at least two stations played the unedited version of “Money for Nothing” repeatedly for one hour out of protest.

The music video for the song featured early computer animation illustrating the lyrics. The video was one of the first uses of computer-animated human characters and was considered ground-breaking at the time of its release. The video went on to win “Video of the Year” (among many other nominations) at the third annual MTV Video Music Awards in 1986.


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