From all black and white last week, to the full color spectrum of the rainbow this week. That’s right, it’s the Muppet Show.
The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)
I want to check out the new Cobra Kai series so it is a perfect opportunity to watch The Karate Kid, Part II for the first time as a warm up. I kind of like this more than the original, probably because of the setting and more focus on Mr. Miyagi. Silly and unnecessary ending, though
Nominated for best original song (Glory of Love).
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Paul Williams is just the best! Had to watch the Movin’ Right Along sequence three times before resuming. It shines through that the filmmakers and puppeteers love what their are doing. If not, the first scene wouldn’t be taking place in a swamp. Also, Frank Oz as Miss Piggy is comedy gold, especially the end of her song number.
Nominated for best original song (The Rainbow Connection) and best adaption score.
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
Great fun, but the songs are sadly kind of forgettable overall compared to The Muppet Movie. The John Cleese scene is especially fun and weird. Overall it is more of the same as the previous movie, but it works.
Nominated for best original song (The First Time It Happens).
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
This is is a let down compared to the previous two muppet movies. Having the muppets split up for the majority of the movie is not a wise idea, since their interactions with each other is a huge strength. The cameos are also not as clever.
Nominated for best original song score.
The Muppets (2011)
More cute and Disneyfied than the 70/80s. Not too strange since this is the first movie since Disney acquired the Muppets. I was hoping for more original song numbers, instead of making place for AC/DC and Starship during montages, especially with the talented Bret McKenzie writing the songs.
Winner of best original song (Man or Muppet).
Is this the source for black stereotypes in pop culture being such an early film with an all black cast? I’m sure the film is well intended, but yikes. Interesting watch to say the least.
Nominated for best director (King Vidor).
King of Jazz (1930)
This was insane. Felt like watching a fever dream. I think I liked it…
Winner for best art direction.