“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Can't Stop the Music (1980)
How bad is it? It's ludicrous kitsch. Should you see it? Sure.
Supposedly based on the true story of how "The Village People" rose to popularity, this looks like it might work on paper: reclusive (retired?) model has a friend who's writing great songs, but can't get noticed and signed to a contract, so they get the most over-the-top performers to sing them, all in an attempt to get financial backing from a staid lawyer. The thing is... they never mention that The Village People are gay! This makes it all the funnier when people talk about such things as putting two Sno-balls and a Ding Dong in their mouths. You expect musical numbers and there are (I think) only two, but they involve such visuals as Bruce Jenner in a half shirt and cut-offs; in one instant, Jenner went from "athlete" to "weirdo" and he's just continued that streak right into the Kardashian reality TV world.