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The Elvis-athon: Elvis: That’s The Way It Is

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Before The Fall

Sars: Didn't one of the Beatles get yelled at for smoking grass at Graceland one time? ..."Grass," listen to me. Hi, I'm 70 years old.

MZS: Yeah, but I would be surprised if the yeller was Elvis. And I believe the term you're looking for is "wacky tobacky."

Sars: He was really against street drugs. Elvis was a Cross Tops man.

MZS: Interesting. Only pharmaceuticals, then.

Steven Boone: His killers were pills and Colonel Sanders.

Sars: ALL the pharmaceuticals. Did you guys know that Geraldo was the one who broke the death-by-OD story nationwide?

Steven Boone: No, but that sounds just right.

MZS: No, I didn't, but why am I not surprised? Jesus Christ, that drummer's shirt reminds me of the scene in Fantastic Voyage where the white blood cells attack the submarine.

Sars: Wow. Elvis is on a tandem bicycle.

MZS: I am awaiting the inevitable "bicycle built for one" joke.

Steven Boone: I won't comment on the limp afterward.

MZS: Dig the red sweat towel around the neck of Elvis' red paisley shirt. The man's entire life was production-designed.

Sars: By Edith Head. And I stole that joke from Mamet.

Steven Boone: The lighting and camera moves so formal; the rehearsal hijinks so loose and "verité." Trippy.

MZS: So far, not a word of narration in this movie. And very few title cards telling us where we are and what we're looking at. I dig that.

Steven Boone: Me too. They Maysled it.

Sars: Wow, he falls down a lot.

MZS: Do you think they were shooting in real CinemaScope? Because that must have been a bitch to light. It requires so much illumination to get a good image. They must have had lights stacked up like the UFOs at the end of Close Encounters.

Sars: We're seeing the background vocalists rehearsing to a tape of Elvis. That's telling, that he wasn't there.

MZS: Speaking of Close Encounters -- there are some otherworldly 'fros on those backup singers.

Steven Boone: Their 'fros vs. all the 'fros in Wattstax. Apocalypse. I didn't peep the specs, but maybe this was shot in Techniscope? The smaller gauge widescreen used for American Graffiti?

MZS: That would make sense. If they waited a few more years to shoot this, they would have had to use TohoScope, Godzilla's widescreen format.

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The Elvis-athon: Elvis: That’s The Way It Is

Episode Report Card
Grade It Now!
YOU GRADE IT
Before The Fall

Sars: Didn't one of the Beatles get yelled at for smoking grass at Graceland one time? ..."Grass," listen to me. Hi, I'm 70 years old.

MZS: Yeah, but I would be surprised if the yeller was Elvis. And I believe the term you're looking for is "wacky tobacky."

Sars: He was really against street drugs. Elvis was a Cross Tops man.

MZS: Interesting. Only pharmaceuticals, then.

Steven Boone: His killers were pills and Colonel Sanders.

Sars: ALL the pharmaceuticals. Did you guys know that Geraldo was the one who broke the death-by-OD story nationwide?

Steven Boone: No, but that sounds just right.

MZS: No, I didn't, but why am I not surprised? Jesus Christ, that drummer's shirt reminds me of the scene in Fantastic Voyage where the white blood cells attack the submarine.

Sars: Wow. Elvis is on a tandem bicycle.

MZS: I am awaiting the inevitable "bicycle built for one" joke.

Steven Boone: I won't comment on the limp afterward.

MZS: Dig the red sweat towel around the neck of Elvis' red paisley shirt. The man's entire life was production-designed.

Sars: By Edith Head. And I stole that joke from Mamet.

Steven Boone: The lighting and camera moves so formal; the rehearsal hijinks so loose and "verité." Trippy.

MZS: So far, not a word of narration in this movie. And very few title cards telling us where we are and what we're looking at. I dig that.

Steven Boone: Me too. They Maysled it.

Sars: Wow, he falls down a lot.

MZS: Do you think they were shooting in real CinemaScope? Because that must have been a bitch to light. It requires so much illumination to get a good image. They must have had lights stacked up like the UFOs at the end of Close Encounters.

Sars: We're seeing the background vocalists rehearsing to a tape of Elvis. That's telling, that he wasn't there.

MZS: Speaking of Close Encounters -- there are some otherworldly 'fros on those backup singers.

Steven Boone: Their 'fros vs. all the 'fros in Wattstax. Apocalypse. I didn't peep the specs, but maybe this was shot in Techniscope? The smaller gauge widescreen used for American Graffiti?

MZS: That would make sense. If they waited a few more years to shoot this, they would have had to use TohoScope, Godzilla's widescreen format.

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