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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by noah330, Feb 26, 2019.
young jami gertz v. young diane lane.
I’ve never watched either to their conclusions I’m afraid there are many movies like that. My choice will always be The Commitments.
Now there's a real movie! Can't even tell you how often I've watched it....but now that you've mentioned it, it will be one more.
You kind of have to see the end of Crossroads, although I really don't remember how it ends.
Streets of Fire!
IMO one of the best
def another reason to not pick it
Agreed - almost as good as The Blues Brothers first movie.
That's all I need to hear...Sold!
Seriously though, to me it's relative to where you were in your musical journey at the time...however critical of Crossroads (and Machio) we're going to be now, for the guitar crazed youngster I was at the time it was a really cool movie.
I was into whatever was playing on MTV at the time, mainly hair metal and rap (Run DMC/Beastie Boys), so to see the combination of blues and classical guitar blended with Vai's style at the end was awesome. Perhaps cheesy now, but I'll always have a soft spot for it because of the impact it had on me back then.
Also, I've seen much worse guitar miming performances than Macchio...namely Bradley Cooper in his recent movie. Considering how technical some of those parts were at the end I think the kid ok.
I hated the ending, where Macchio beats Vai with some pseudo-classical dreck instead of playing BLUES! Kind of missed the point , IMHO
Yeah but AFTER he beats Vai he goes right into the ol' 12 bar with Blind Dogg Fulton on harp!
Confession - I went out and bought the Robert Johnson LP (before the box set came out) after seeing Crossroads.
If I recall, little Ralph there loved the blues but was forced to study classical at the conservatory and hated it. If only they'd told him he'd use it in his headcutting match against the devil's guitarist, he might have studied harder. So, for a story, it came around nicely. Besides, Vai shredding kinda pushed the contest out of blues to begin with, so little Ralph had to dig into his bag of tricks.
Crossroads is the better "guitar" movie.
No, I think the point was you don’t have to sell your soul to the devil to accomplish something.
He worked for years at playing classical music, (even though he wanted to play blues) instead of taking the lazy/shortcut of a deal with Legba/Scratch.
Jack Butler (Vai) realized his deal was all for naught when he was beat by hard work and dedication.
It’s a (very fractured) morality tale.
Boy this writer made a thesis out of that movie. He should have picked something worth the time and effort. Its a Pop movie, nothing more.
There is a great article on Death Wish 3 that was a lot more interesting than this one. I've always heard the EATC book was really good but I've never read it.
Is Eddie and the Cruisers the one where the band sounds like The E Street Band only it takes place in the '50's or is that something else? I seem to remember a "Beaver Brown Band" doing the music.
Still Crazy is a fun movie about getting the band back together after they broke up years ago and haven't talked to or seen each other in years. The lead guitarist is presumed dead, but is actually just in a mental hospital. The narrator is their sound guy/road manager played by Billy Connolly. It's kind of predictable, but has some great moments. The guitarist is sort of a combination of Peter Green and Syd Barrett. Still it's one of my favorite rock 'n' roll movies.