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Old 11-25-10, 01:11 AM
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My experience with "Burlesque"

I felt adventurous, having survived the great Utah Blizzard, and decided to brave the multiplex crowds and catch a screening of Burlesque. With school out for Thanksgiving, the parking lot of the theater was jammed with families there to see Tangled and Harry Potter.

I can say that the audience seeing Burlesque with me was rather unique, divided into three parts. One side of the theater was the gay guys there for Cher; the other side was the female brigade of the local Twihard army, there to see Cam Gigandet in all his bare-ass glory, and myself (not fitting into either of those groups) in the middle.

Overall, Burlesque is a mixed experience. It's glitzy, schmaltzy, kitchy, smarmy, and silly. It's bombastic, and manic. It's 75% Moulin Rouge!, 20% Showgirls, 4% Chicago, and 1% Mickey Mouse Club.

A warning: if you suffer from epilepsy, do not see this film!

Being that Burlesque is the 126th film I have seen theatrically this year, I came away from it a bit underwhelmed. The soundtrack is definetly worth picking up, especially if you are fans of Cher or Aguilera.

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3.5 Lego Guys of of 5.
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Does that pop singer get naked?
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Re: My experience with "Burlesque"

Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse View Post
Does that pop singer get naked?
No female nudity, as it's rated PG-13, but there's plenty of cleavage and revealing attire. There's a brief man-ass shot, and he hides his 'cookies' with a box of cookies, but that's about it.
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Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse View Post
Does that pop singer get naked?
There's a surprising amount of nipple slips my girlfriend and I caught.

I thought the movie sucked (unlike my girlfriend who loved it). I like my musicals campy and gay and this movie needed to be more campy and gay. There's not a lot of singing and dancing (which is real surprising considering the film is two fuckin' hours long) and most of the film is wasted on a mumbling plot that doesn't know where to go.

How this film cost $55 million is beyond me. It's the Sarah, Plain and Tall of movie musicals. No real identity to call its own due to a cinematographer and editor who can't elevate the (weak) material. If this film is "bombastic," than Moulin Rouge (a film that Burlesque should never be compared to) is the cinematic equivalent to your first hour after snorting three lines of pure Colombian coke.

The film also completely wastes the talents of Kristen Bell and Alan Cumming, who are both given nothing to do (the latter is in the film for five minutes tops).
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Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
The film also completely wastes the talents of Kristen Bell ...
To be fair so did almost every single movie she's been in since Veronica Mars. That girl needs a better agent or better taste.
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I think there's little I could hate more in the world than calculated kitsch. Purposefully over-the-top and tacky for the sake of being so inspires me to look for bridges or cliffs to hop off of. I love Moulin Rouge!, but that pushes the aesthetic so far it turns into something else; it's the opposite of calculated given how passionate it is. Not surprised to hear Burlesque the former and not the latter.
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Originally Posted by Gunde View Post
To be fair so did every single movie (minus FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL) she's been in since Veronica Mars. That girl needs a better agent or better taste.
fixed.
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Re: My experience with "Burlesque"

Going into this thread is the closest I will get to seeing Burlesque.
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Originally Posted by riotinmyskull View Post
fixed.
How did Sarah Marshall utilize her talents? Her character ddint have much to do.
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Re: My experience with "Burlesque"

well it does have a terrible trailer going for it. I cracked up at that, but seeing this pile of shite is a whole other game. No Way In Hell.

How it cost 55 million is beyond me too! I'm thinking someone is skimming.

It looks like a 15-20 mill MAX, that could have been done with 10 mill.
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Tonally, this film is all over the map. Ali (Christina Aguilera) is a small town girl from Iowa headed for the dreams offered by Hollywood. After countless of dance and singing auditions, she happens by a burlesque club, and as the script would have it, Ali shoehorns her way into the club, first as a cocktail waitress, and later she finds her way into the show segments. Tess (Cher) runs the club, but business isn't great, and her loans are coming due. Marcus (Eric Dane) is a businessman looking to buy the club, but Tess has always rebuked his offers, but can she still do so with the banks waiting in the wings to foreclose? Jack (Cam Gigandet) is the bartender with the heart of gold working at the club, and he and Ali become bosom buddies. Sean (Stanley Tucci) is Tess's right hand man, that stalwart second banana who cheers on Tess when the chips are down, but at least he's somewhat relatable in not glossing over the truth when need be. The rest of the cast is pretty much wasted (talent-wise), i.e. Julianne Hough, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell.

The story is pretty basic, and the acting is average, Aguilera isn't going to surprise anyone with her acting (which isn't bad, just not relevatory), but her singing is spot-on along with the dance choreography, and it's the main reason people would want to see the film. Some of Ali's numbers gave me goosebumps from simply the vocals, and the dance numbers are fun, light, with a hint of naughty. Every now and then, a solo is dropped into the film's running time, perhaps it was written into the actor's contracts that they get a solo here and there.

But even with some solid song-and-dance numbers, the film's overall plotline is treated rather perfunctory, just to get to the song-and-dance segments, it comes up short as a compelling film to watch when there isn't singing and dancing on the screen.

I give it 2.5 stars, or a grade of C+.
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Originally Posted by Gunde View Post
To be fair so did almost every single movie she's been in since Veronica Mars. That girl needs a better agent or better taste.
Was going to respond the same word for word. She needs to fire her agent for sure. And it's so sad that the written "VM" movie will never see the light of day.
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Originally Posted by foofighters7 View Post
How it cost 55 million is beyond me too! I'm thinking someone is skimming.

It looks like a 15-20 mill MAX, that could have been done with 10 mill.
You've got to figure that both Cher and Christina Aguilera are pulling in probably 10-20 million each.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid View Post
You've got to figure that both Cher and Christina Aguilera are pulling in probably 10-20 million each.
I don't think so. That's Angelina Jolie/Julia Roberts type money.
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Re: My experience with "Burlesque"

My experience with "Burlesque"
Saw the preview, gagged, and that's the extent of it.
Old 11-26-10, 12:24 AM
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I don't think so. That's Angelina Jolie/Julia Roberts type money.
Yeah, no way either made more than 5M for this. And I'm guessing Cher pulled in more $$$ for it.
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Re: My experience with "Burlesque"

Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
I thought the movie sucked (unlike my girlfriend...
I stopped reading here, but you should probably dump her.
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Re: My experience with "Burlesque"

126 films in one year? I can't see 5 in a year and this year I've seen less. This is a movie I'm interested in but I'll rent it instead.
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I'll wait for REDBOX free Mondays to see this.
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Re: My experience with "Burlesque"

A little background on the film's existence:

Originally Posted by Deadline Hollywood
Why anybody bothered to make Burlesque or give it such a wide release might be a mystery. Until it's revealed that Screen Gems chief Clint Culpepper greenlighted his boyfriend's $55+ million passion project. (Their on-set strife over budget, schedule, and creative decisions resulted in the most expensive film in Screen Gems history, and word is they're now broken up after 20 years. Awkward.)
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^ hah... the jock from goonies is gay
Old 11-28-10, 12:43 AM
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Originally Posted by big whoppa View Post
126 films in one year? I can't see 5 in a year and this year I've seen less. This is a movie I'm interested in but I'll rent it instead.
I know. I'm pathetic... here's my list of what I've seen if you care to read it...

Spoiler:
1. Avatar
2. Sherlock Holmes
3. Nine
4. Up In the Air
5. The Box
6. It's Complicated
7. The Road
8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakwel
9. Leap Year
10. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
11. The Book of Eli
12. 2012
13. Extraordinary Measures
14. When in Rome
15. The Young Victoria
16. Edge Of Darkness
17. From Paris With Love
18. An Education
19. Crazy Heart
20. The Wolfman
21. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
22. The Tooth Fairy
23. Shutter Island
24. Valentine's Day
25. Dear John
26. Cop Out
27. The Crazies
28. Invictus
29. Alice in Wonderland
30. Brooklyn's Finest
31. Remember Me
32. She's Out Of My League
33. Green Zone
34. The Ghost Writer
35. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
36. Hot Tub Time Machine
37. The Lovely Bones
38. Clash of the Titans
39. How To Train Your Dragon
40. The Last Song
41. Date Night
42. Letters to God
43. Kick-Ass
44. Death At A Funeral
45. The Bounty Hunter
46. The Back-up Plan
47. The Losers
48. Oceans
49. Furry Vengeance
50. Acts Of Violence
51. A Nightmare On Elm Street
52. Iron Man 2
53. Letters To Juliet
54. Just Wright
55. Shrek Forever After
56. MacGruber
57. Robin Hood
58. Babies
59. Prince of Persia: Sands Of Time
60. Sex and the City 2
61. Killers
62. Get Him To The Greek
63. Splice
64. The A-Team
65. The Karate Kid
66. Jonah Hex
67. Toy Story 3
68. Knight and Day
69. Grown Ups
70. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
71. The Last Airbender
72. Vampires Suck
73. Despicable Me
74. Inception
75. The Sorcererís Apprentice
76. Predators
77. Ramona and Beezus
78. Salt
79. Repo Men
80. Dinner For Schmucks
81. Charlie St. Cloud
82. Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
83. The Other Guys
84. Step Up 3D
85. Marmaduke
86. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
87. Eat Pray Love
88. The Expendables
89. Takers
90. Piranha 3D
91. The American
92. Lottery Ticket
93. Machete
94. Going The Distance
95. Get Low
96. The Last Exorcism
97. Flipped
98. Expecting Mary
99. The Switch
100. Nanny McPhee Returns
101. Resident Evil 4: Afterlife 3D
102. You Again
103. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
104. Easy A
105. Devil
106. The Town
107. Beauty and the Beast Sing-A-Long
108. The Social Network
109. Alpha and Omega
110. The Legend of the Guardians
111. Jack Goes Boating
112. Secretariat
113. Life As We Know It
114. Itís Kind Of A Funny Story
115. Jackass 3D
116. The Sound Of Music Sing-a-long
117. Paranormal Activity 2
118. Hereafter
119. Megamind
120. For Colored Girls
121. Morning Glory
122. Unstoppable
123. Due Date
124. Skyline
125. The Next Three Days
126. Burlesque
127. Love and Other Drugs
128. Tangled
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Good if you get free passes otherwise, I don't understand spending all the money. You could have buy a nice home theater for the price of tickets to all those movies--many of which aren't very good.

Originally Posted by E. Honda View Post
I know. I'm pathetic... here's my list of what I've seen if you care to read it...

Spoiler:
1. Avatar
2. Sherlock Holmes
3. Nine
4. Up In the Air
5. The Box
6. It's Complicated
7. The Road
8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakwel
9. Leap Year
10. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
11. The Book of Eli
12. 2012
13. Extraordinary Measures
14. When in Rome
15. The Young Victoria
16. Edge Of Darkness
17. From Paris With Love
18. An Education
19. Crazy Heart
20. The Wolfman
21. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
22. The Tooth Fairy
23. Shutter Island
24. Valentine's Day
25. Dear John
26. Cop Out
27. The Crazies
28. Invictus
29. Alice in Wonderland
30. Brooklyn's Finest
31. Remember Me
32. She's Out Of My League
33. Green Zone
34. The Ghost Writer
35. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
36. Hot Tub Time Machine
37. The Lovely Bones
38. Clash of the Titans
39. How To Train Your Dragon
40. The Last Song
41. Date Night
42. Letters to God
43. Kick-Ass
44. Death At A Funeral
45. The Bounty Hunter
46. The Back-up Plan
47. The Losers
48. Oceans
49. Furry Vengeance
50. Acts Of Violence
51. A Nightmare On Elm Street
52. Iron Man 2
53. Letters To Juliet
54. Just Wright
55. Shrek Forever After
56. MacGruber
57. Robin Hood
58. Babies
59. Prince of Persia: Sands Of Time
60. Sex and the City 2
61. Killers
62. Get Him To The Greek
63. Splice
64. The A-Team
65. The Karate Kid
66. Jonah Hex
67. Toy Story 3
68. Knight and Day
69. Grown Ups
70. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
71. The Last Airbender
72. Vampires Suck
73. Despicable Me
74. Inception
75. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
76. Predators
77. Ramona and Beezus
78. Salt
79. Repo Men
80. Dinner For Schmucks
81. Charlie St. Cloud
82. Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
83. The Other Guys
84. Step Up 3D
85. Marmaduke
86. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
87. Eat Pray Love
88. The Expendables
89. Takers
90. Piranha 3D
91. The American
92. Lottery Ticket
93. Machete
94. Going The Distance
95. Get Low
96. The Last Exorcism
97. Flipped
98. Expecting Mary
99. The Switch
100. Nanny McPhee Returns
101. Resident Evil 4: Afterlife 3D
102. You Again
103. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
104. Easy A
105. Devil
106. The Town
107. Beauty and the Beast Sing-A-Long
108. The Social Network
109. Alpha and Omega
110. The Legend of the Guardians
111. Jack Goes Boating
112. Secretariat
113. Life As We Know It
114. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story
115. Jackass 3D
116. The Sound Of Music Sing-a-long
117. Paranormal Activity 2
118. Hereafter
119. Megamind
120. For Colored Girls
121. Morning Glory
122. Unstoppable
123. Due Date
124. Skyline
125. The Next Three Days
126. Burlesque
127. Love and Other Drugs
128. Tangled
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Re: My experience with "Burlesque"

Originally Posted by big whoppa View Post
You could have buy a nice home theater
I already have one... with a Toshiba 57" 1080P 120Hz screen, Sony 550 blu-ray player, Pioneer 7.1 channel receiver, Bose 501 series III and 301 speakers, with an Infinity powered subwoofer.

When I feel really mean, I hook up my 14" subwoofer and turn up the bass on the receiver. My neighbors don't appreciate that, so I haven't done it too often.
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I saw this movie tonight... with my mother. For the holiday. She love's Cher.

I hated this movie.

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