The Golden Scenes - Part Two: Musical Special
Bigger and better than the first installment and bound to have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time, the Golden Scen...
Bigger and better than the first instalment and bound to have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time, the Golden Scenes Part Two features some of Hollywood’s finest actors at their musical best. And what an eclectic mix we have; karaoke madness, numerous rock bands and some impromptu singing that brings the best of the best together in one location. So read on and find out those little musical gems that just beg to be revisited.
Again, I’m gonna start at a weird number, mainly because I couldn’t dream of leaving some of these out:
11) Austin Powers II: Dr.Evil & Mini-Me sing Just The Two Of Us
The Spy Who Shagged Me exceeded everyone’s expectations even after the success of the original, thanks largely to the introduction of Dr.Evil’s sidekick, Mini-Me. Together the laughable villain and his miniature offsider combine to sneak into the Golden Scenes with their rendition of Just The Two Of Us. Watch this one if only for the hilarious dance sequence and Mini-Me’s solitary solo line. To have this scene at number eleven is testament to the calibre of the musical numbers up ahead. Read on.
10) Moulin Rouge: Elephant Love Medley
Basically all of the songs in this awesome flick could have made this list but it’s the Elephant Love Medley that deserves the “Golden” tag. Nicole and Ewan shine in what is both a visually and musically stunning scene. Borrowing lyrics from popular bands such as U2, Joe Cocker and The Wallflowers, this brilliantly mixed piece can be watched over and over again. There’s probably no point jumping to this scene on the Moulin Rouge DVD because the whole film is pretty much up to this lofty standard, but when the Elephant Love Medley comes along you’ll know it. Pump up the volume, sit back and enjoy.
9) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Twist & Shout
The only film to get a guernsey in both Golden Scenes instalments so far, but it’s worth another mention. Even though it’s not strictly Matthew Broderick driving the lyrics the scene still manages to entertain on every viewing. There’s nothing like a float full of German girls and a street full of pumped-up Americans to get the musical juices flowing. Ferris’ audacity to sing the age-old classic makes this one ultimately timeless. Oh, and Mia Sara looks pretty cute so it makes the scene even better.
8) The Talented Mr.Ripley: Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano
This slow-moving, brooding drama is broken up perfectly with a wonderful rendition of Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano (loosely translated to “I Want To Be An American”, or something similar). Matt Damon and Jude Law take the stage to belt out this suitably jazzy number, which will undoubtedly have your lounge room rocking. Certainly the highlight of the film musically, this scene is bound to be the first one you jump to on repeated viewings. Top stuff.
7) Shrek: Karaoke Dance Party
Despite the fact this brilliant musical footnote was present on the (*shudder*) VHS release, thanks to DVD we can see the Karaoke Dance Party in all its splendour. In a similar vein to the Moulin Rouge medley, this piece borrows from some popular bands to create a great-sounding and hysterically funny musical number. With Eddie Murphy’s Donkey in the lead it’s up with the best of them, only pipped out of the top five by the sheer fact it didn’t fit into the movie. What’s even better about this one, however, is that you can just watch it straight from the extras section on the DVD. Cool!
6) Josie & The Pussycats: Three Small Words
There’s nothing like three young girls dressed as pussycats belting out a pop-rock number. And this one is actually pretty good. Frontwoman Rachel Leigh Cook looks as cute as a button singing Three Small Words, with the terribly overrated but hotter-than-hell Tara Reid and the totally mis-cast Rosario Dawson providing the backup. This scene pretty much exceeds expectations, with the song and the girls looking and sounding bloody awesome. There’s also the music video included on the DVD, so you can look back on this one whenever your heart desires.
5) Rush Hour 2: Don’t Stop
Chris Tucker’s rendition of the Michael Jackson classic sneaks into the top five for two reasons: Firstly, he does quite a good job of making this impromptu karaoke very funny and quite accurate, complete with dance moves and high-pitched squeals. Secondly, the back-story puts this little number into an even funnier context. Apparently the Chinese didn’t take too kindly to Tucker performing the song in a karaoke bar during a break from filming. Michael Jackson is pretty sacred over there it seems. Nevertheless, this little gem can’t be overlooked. If you can stand Chris Tucker’s humour you’re gonna love this one.
4) Empire Records: Sugar High
What film set in a music store would be complete without a bit of rock music to close the show? A pre- Bridget Jones Renee Zellweger puts in a particularly catty performance as wannabe lead-singer Gina. The penultimate scene has Gina perched on top of the record store belting out a pretty awesome rendition of Sugar High. It’s a shame the whole soundtrack didn’t match up with that song cause it would’ve been a corker. The film’s pretty good at best but this Golden Scene truly deserves its place among the best of them.
3) Duets: Try A Little Tenderness
Andre Braugher and Paul Giamatti make this film worth seeing, if only for their brilliant karaoke version of Try A Little Tenderness. Both of them have remarkable voices and make the song sound a lot better than the original. Some of the other songs in the movie are up there, namely the solo by Maria Bello and Huey Lewis’ rendition of Joe Cocker’s Feelin’ Alright, but none of them stand up to the awesome duet (hence the title) from Giamatti and Braugher. No one would’ve thought an escaped convict and a tired, old father could sound this good until now. Brilliant.
2) O Brother Where Art Thou?: I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow
The strange but entertaining Coen Brothers flick features one of the greatest musical numbers around, one that has me jumping back to every now and again. George Clooney and his pals do a great job throughout the flick but it’s in the formation of the Soggy Bottom Boys where they excel. Thrown together by chance in a recording studio the wonderful little ditty that comes out of their mouths is pure genius. Even more effective and also worth a Golden Scenes mention is the reprisal that gets them out of trouble. This is another flick where numerous scenes with musical numbers could have made the grade, but Constant Sorrow is forever one of the best toe-tappers in the business.
1) High Fidelity: Let’s Get It On
The number one spot on the Golden Scenes: Musical Special is proudly filled by Jack Black with his on-the-money version of Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On. I won’t spoil the moment for those who haven’t seen the flick but let’s just say Mr. Black and his band, Barry Jive and the Uptown Five (a.k.a. Sonic Death Monkey) deliver what wasn’t expected, and thankfully they come out on top. It’s kinda fitting that a movie that bases itself around top ten lists finds itself on top of one. This is largely thanks to the totally underrated Jack Black who is only now finding lead roles instead of being a smash-and-grab character actor. Only time will tell if he can make a smooth transition, but until then he shall rest content with the highest accolade awarded here at DVDBlokes. No, it’s not a perfect ten for video and audio, it’s the number one spot on the Golden Scenes list. Stand up and be proud.
Like all good lists there’s bound to be those that just miss out. And trust me, there were a few.
Toy Story 2: Squeaky the toy penguin gives us a solid performance singing You’ve Got A Friend In Me
Top Gun: Who could forget the brilliant serenade from Maverick, Goose and the rest of the flying school boys?
Sister Act 2: Ok, not the best of movies but the musical finale is pretty uplifting nonetheless. Smacks a little too much of Disney to be among the best of them, but definitely deserves an honourable mention.
This Is Spinal Tap: This one suffers because there’s quite a few songs but none of them really stand out. Bloody good comedy though. Could’ve fit in at number eleven. He he.
Parenthood: An off-the-cuff serenade from Rick Moranis had to be included. Enough said.
Phew, that lot is bound to make a best selling soundtrack. In the meantime you can grab hold of the DVDs and jump to those Golden Scenes. Hopefully this musical special will keep you amused until the next instalment. Oh yes, there will be more. Feel free to drop us a line if you’ve got some suggestions. Maybe you know the perfect subject for the next part in the Golden Scenes series. Or maybe you want to castrate me for not including your favourite musical moment. Or both.
Until next time...
Editorial by Pete Roberts
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