Saturday, August 12, 2006

Mad-chester

So last night was movie night. My dad and went to the video store, (the snobby, bald dude was there) and spent a very long time looking for movies. The new realeases we haven't seen were all crap in my opinion, so after looking though them we went to the older movie section. My dad wanted to get a movie that was released around 4 years ago, about Manchester and Factory records, called 24-Hour Party People . Surprisingly, it was there. I got Moonstruck and Rain Man. Probably the most random couple of movies ever. But they were both on the Academy Awards rack, and I hadn't seen 'em. Plus, Cher makes me giggle. Haven't watch them yet, I might today. And when I went to pay for the movies, I didn't get the snobby bald guy but a girl who was really nice.

Anyways, so we watched 24-Hour Party People. The narrator kind of character, is Tony Wilson who created Factory Records and managed bands like Joy Division (and after New Order) and the Happy Mondays. It took place between 1976 and 1992. Pete Coogan does an excellent job as the cheeky, somewhat sleazy Tony Wilson who has a TV show introducing bands like the Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Stranglers and Sex Pistols to Manchester. After the first Sex Pistols gig in Manchester he's inspired to open a bar and get some good bands to play. This is were we are introduced to Joy Division. Wilson creates a label "Factory Records" and signs Joy Division. The rest is history, and the rest of the movie follows the transformation of Factory records and Tony Wilson from the horrible death of Ian Curtis, the opening of the Hacienda and the beginning of the Happy Mondays and finally, the closing of the Hacienda and the fall of Factory records. In the last scene, Tony Wilson sees god, who tells him that he did well but it was a pity he didn't sign the Smiths. This is a great movie if you're interested in the Manchester scene from the late 70's to the early 90's. It's very funny and interesting, and tells a great story.

A scene from the movie, when New Order ruthlessly poisons the pigeons.

8 comments:

Allison said...

I've been wanting to see 24 Hour Party People, but just haven't gotten around to it, glad you like it.
I think you'll enjoy Moonstruck and Rain Man. I love Rain Man, despite it having Tom Cruise in it ;)

hilary m. said...

I'm sure you'd like it Allison. Yeah, I'm usually opposed to renting anything to do with Tom Cruise, unless it's a parody. But my dad said it was good, so I rented it. And I've been trying to watch Moonstruck for a while. There is something about Cher movies that makes me feel happy.

=)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Rain Man is actaully really good, because of Dustin Hoffman.

But 24 Hour Party People! I love that film!!!!! This is really weird but I was just thinking about an hour ago that I was going to suggest that our family watch it again tonight (I got it for Eva's birthday). And now I really want to see it.
I love John the Postman, and Steve Coogan's womanly hips haha.

hilary m. said...

Yes, I like Dustin Hoffman a lot better than Tom Cruise.

It's a great movie, isn't it Barbara? You should totally watch it tonight! John the Postman is awesome, and Steve Coogan DOES have womanly hips.

Alana said...

I've never seen 24 Hour Party People or Moonstruck, but I can tell you, something about Cher gives me the heebie jeebies. Maybe it's because everytime I hear that name, I get instant mental images of her stage outfits that consisted of fishnet stockings and black electrical tape.

*shudders*

So wrong.

Despite all that, I hope you enjoyed the movies, and I've definitely got 24 Hour Party Peope on my list of movies to watch now. Thanks!

Reel Fanatic said...

24 Hour Party People was indeed a very funny, very good little flick .. I think it helped that I like all the music so much, but I think it would have been entertaining even if I didn't .. if you like Coogan, may I recommend "Tristram Shandy" .. it's out on DVD now, and he is simply hilarious in it

hilary m. said...

I think I have a sick sense of humor Alana, because that image of Cher always sends me into giggles.

I agree with you, reel fanatic. I think the movie would've been different if I wasn't a fan of the music, but it still would've been relevant. Thanks for the recommendation!

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