1984 MTV Video Music Awards: A 2011 Review

June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

In the late 1940s, George Orwell wrote a novel known as The Last Man In Europe but due to the fact that Ferderic Warburg wanted a title change. The novel instead became one of the known dystopian fiction which is adapted into a couple of theatrical adaptations and change the look of a dark future. The novel is now known as Nineteen-Eighty Four. But why am I talking about Orwell’s classic in a review about a MTV Video Music Awards which is released in 1984? No Reason, I’m just wasting a paragraph.

Indeed that Times did change when I could compare the very first annual VMAs to a recent one because seeing as MTV is no longer a musical channel and more of a home channel for Jackass, My Super Sweet 16 and… Jersey Shore!!! I’ve decided to say “Fuck That” and take a nostalgic look at the very first MTV Video Music Awards and with commercials aired on the year of my birth. So who’s the host that started it all?

Well, I can take the fact that Dan is the host because of his fame on Ghostbusters but Bette Midler? Academy Awards would be a place for her, The Tony Awards would be up her alley but her in MTV Video Music Awards??? Sure, She’s a singing artist but not the best one in my opinion. I’m wasting another paragraph so I’m moving on to what happened on the show.

Other than Madonna’s Like A Virgin performance, The show is fairly okay to say the least. It has Roger Daltrey smashing a guitar because he said that he always wanted to do that, David Bowie performing Blue Jean in London, Eddie Murphy throwing a Thank You for no reason and Bette Midler being fucking unfunny. To be fair, Her jokes may indeed be funny back in 1984 but it’s totally humorless like her 1990s sitcom.

Also, The award is notable for being one of the shows where Michael Jackson gained his Moonmen awards even though he didn’t attend to the show but we did get Herbie Hancock getting his trophies. As for the commercials, There’s adverts by MTV themselves and there are adverts from their sponsors like Pepsi (which surprisingly has Michael Jackson in one of them) but how does this almost-forgotten commercial that resembles a music video not be nominated?

It is kinda catchy, It’s filmed on what some have presumed to be a Cocaine Factory, The choreograph is surprising and it features Finola Hughes of Staying Alive and Generation X fame singing… I’ll vote for that because it’s the most funniest thing I’ve seen during the Eighties. Yeah, I’ll vote for this track over Cyndi Lauper, Eurythmics, Herbie Hancock and even Michael Jackson’s Thriller which is also a classic. This VMA is a hit-and-miss but does give a nostalgic look to how the show started. There are some moments and you could find them on YouTube but it’s best to watch those over a the full experience and it does have interesting commercials like one that I’ve just shown you. Hmm, I can’t wait to see the later MTV VMAs but I hope it doesn’t have this…

Band Of Outsiders

June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ever since that single week of those spoof movies, I’ve needed a clean break to wash off those memories involving naked Flava Flav, a dog humping the Corpse and Ike Barinholtz losing his chance to be the funniest man of the decade. So I did some “soul-searching” and I’ve found a few things along the way – Robert Englund as The Phantom, Jay Barschel doing some Time Travel and even the first MTV Video Music Awards. But before I get to that, I’ve prepare to go to the French New Wave.

Now I’ve only seen a couple of Godard movies in my lifetime and will see many more in the future, This auteur inspired many people including Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson because without him, Who knows what movies are like? Maybe the Seltzerbergs are award winners in that What If scenario so I’m glad Godard is here along with other French New Wave auteurs and this is why I’m reviewing Band Of Outsiders.

This movie follows Arthur (Claude Brasseur) and Franz (Sami Frey) who have met their new friend Odile (Anna Karina) who has a plan. She tells them about a cash hidden in the place where she along with her Aunt Victoria and Mr Stoltz are living at which leaves the three to stage a robbery but there’s two things wrong with it – Never develop a loving relation which is what Arthur did and have another person (Arthur’s Uncle) knowing their plot.

So their plan has gone wrong, a couple of deaths is involved and there’s few twist and turns. With notable moments like A Minute of Silence or the Louvre Scene, This movie makes me wish I could be in 1960s France because his movie along with few others is not just the plot but a photo album of the past.

The acting is enjoyable, The plot which is adapted from Fool’s Gold, a 1958 American Novel by Dolores Hitchens which I never read is okay and the scenes are outstanding. It may be a while before I’ll take on a Godard movie again or movies by Fellini and others but it’s worth the wait. Band Of Brothers (or Bande A Part) is definitely recommended and worth my 12 bucks.

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