Sunday, July 4, 2010

"It's all in the mind"

As I did with A Hard Day's Night (the movie), I've put together a quasi-profile of Yellow Submarine. What curious films The Beatles were part of....

- Best classical reference: "Oh, I haven't laughed so much since Pompeii." - The Chief of the Blue Meanies
- Best use of lyrics from "When I Get Home": "No time for trivialities." - Lord Mayor
- Best play on U.F.O: "unidentified flying cupcakes" - Ringo
- Best entrance of the four Beatles: George's
- Best visual sequence: The heady rush of images that comes after the Yellow Submarine leaves Liverpool, set to the climax of "A Day in the Life."
- Best use of a song: "Eleanor Rigby"
- Second best use of a song: "When I'm Sixty-Four" (I love the way that the song and the count to 60 are incorporated).
- Best sea: Sea of Monsters
- Best name for a monster: The kinky boot-beast
- Best voice of a Beatle: Paul Angelis as Ringo (the best, but that doesn't mean it was any good).
- Worst voice of a Beatle: John Clive as John
- Funniest moment: It occurs during the real Beatles' cameo at the end, when John utters the line, "Newer and bluer Meanies have been sighted within the vicinity of this theatre." His delivery, which overflows with boyish apprehension, is hysterical (and so is the way he screams out, "four," in the build-up to "All Together Now" and the credits).

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