Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Seymour: Poor... all my life I've always been poor... I keep asking God what I'm for... and he tells me, "Gee, I'm not sure... Sweep that floor, kid!" Oh, I started life as an orphan, a child of the street. Here on Skid Row he took me in, gave me shelter, a bed, crust of bread and a job. Treats me like dirt, calls me a slob... which I am. So I live...
Company: Downtown!
Seymour: That's your home address. You live...
Company: Downtown!
Seymour: When your life's a mess, you live...
Company : Downtown!
Seymour: Where depression's just status quo.
Company : Down on Skid Row.

A very happy 65th birthday to the long-retired Rick Moranis - now that we've got Joe Pesci acting again maybe Rick can be coerced. He was such a big part of my developing years in the 80s - I can't tell you how many times I saw Honey I Shrunk the Kids in theaters. And of course Little Shop, which is a movie musical I adore, putting it in slim esteemed company since I am so picky about musicals. (Seeing Jake Gyllenhaal play Seymour with Original Audrey Ellen Greene was too much for my brain to handle.) 

In related news the Tribeca Film Festival, which officially opens tonight, is screening the documentary Howard - it's a doc on Howard Ashman, the legendary lyricist behind Little Shop and Disney's holy trifecta of 90s animated classics The Little Mermaid and Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast who died of AIDS, and I'm not sure if I'll actually properly review that one or not but I highly recommend catching it when you get the chance. I found it tremendously moving; like "shaking in my seat with tears" moving.

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