Monday, 25 November 2019

Musical Monday #227

Today is the one year anniversary of The Housemate and I adopting our first pets.

So I wanted a musical number starring rats.

Rat Scat (Something Cookin') from The Muppets Take Manhattan
Performed by Steve Whitmire 
Written by Jeff Moss

And here are my babies enjoying their birthday treats:




Saturday, 23 November 2019

Rat Tales #2

In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, there is a memorable scene during the climax of the book in which Winston is threatened with having a cage of starving rats strapped to his face. This is what the villains use to break the hero. (As such, it hasn't done much good for poor ratties' PR image)

'They will leap onto your face and bore straight into it. Sometimes they attack the eyes first. Sometimes they burrow through the cheeks and devour the tongue.
... Suddenly the foul musty odour of the brutes struck his nostrils. There was a violent convulsion of nausea inside him, and he almost lost consciousness. Everything had gone black. For an instant he was insane, a screaming animal.
... Winston could see the whiskers and the yellow teeth. Again the black panic took hold of him. He was blind, helpless, mindless.'

Meanwhile, me:

To be fair to Winston, the point is that he has a deep-rooted phobia of rats. They wouldn't just strap rats to anyone's face. 

'But for everyone there is something unendurable-something that cannot be contemplated.'

So I guess if it had been me, and they wanted me to betray The Housemate, they'd ask me to phone a hairdressers.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Musical Monday #226

Not entirely sure what I think of this, kind of uncomfortable painting the English and the Native Americans with the same brush since all that genocide tended to be pretty one way, plus even if you have your villain saying racist stuff you're still including racist ideas in your kids movie, and I don't really like the discordant Pocahontas bit, but it is exciting.

Savages (Part 1 and 2) from Pocahontas
Performed by David Ogden Stiers, Jim Cummings and Judy Kuhn
Written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Rat Tales #1

Love is...

Monday, 11 November 2019

Musical Monday #225

This Monday I have decided to go into the working week with a more positive outlook. I don't have the kind of job where lives are on the line and I don't work because it's my dream, I just work to pay my bills so that I can live my real life outside of work. So why stress about something like that? And if I don't stress, I won't get short with people either, so then everyone can feel positive.

So I think this number is kind of relevant.

Rain On The Roof (Follies) from Paddington 2
Performed by Hugh Grant
Written by Stephen Sondheim

(This is also proof that even the makers of Paddington 2 knew that Hugh Grant was the best thing about it. How often do movies end with the villain?!)

Monday, 4 November 2019

Musical Monday #224

I've been waiting years for someone to put up this clip.

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) from The Man Who Knew Too Much
Performed by Doris Day (scene also performed by James Stewart, Brenda de Banzie and Christopher Olsen)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans