Monday, December 13, 2004

CANADA MAKES KARAOKE STRIDES

First, music. Now movies.

In Vancouver (that's British Columbia to you), now you can "say along" with your favorite movie scenes. They're calling it movie karaoke, which doesn't mean anything in Japanese, because as we all know, karaoke means "open orchestra."

Still, this sounds pretty funny...

When organizing the first movie karaoke evening, Myara worried that people might be too shy to participate, but those fears were unfounded as wannabe thespians lined up to show off their acting skills. A two-man comedy troupe called Bob Loblaw, which will open Sunday's show, opened the July event with the piano scene from the movie Big, during which Tom Hanks plays a large floor piano by dancing along the keys.

Other highlights included one brave woman reenacting the now famous Meg Ryan fake orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally, and a group of about 10 people who ran in slow motion across the stage, while the famous running scene from Chariots of Fire played out behind them.

I'd have to choose some early (Greenwald, oops, I mean) Ringwald, but I'd need a partner for most of those scenes, and I'm not real good at sharing stage time. Perhaps I would attempt Jack Nicholson's "You Can't Handle the Truth" monologue, or Alec Baldwin's "You Think I Have a God Complex" monologue from Malice. Pretty much any segment of WHMS would work too. Or any scene from the Princess Bride ("I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you..." "Have fun storming the castle!" "I will go up to the six-fingered man and say...") My inner comedian wants to recreate the hilarity of Soapdish or any of Christopher Guest's films. And although the drama queen in me is toying with the ending of The Wizard of Oz or any of the high drama Scarlett scenes from GWTW, I could also be tempted to interpret Paul Giamatti's soon-to-be classic monologue from Sideways, which I saw yesterday, where he brilliantly expounds on the qualities that make the pinot noir grape his favorite.

Hey you, Urban Kvetch readers...which movie scene would you reenact?

12 Comments:

At 11:37 AM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Princess Anonymous said...

Definitely something from Heathers.

 
At 12:14 PM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Erinna said...

That is a tough one. I might have to completely ham it up and do Frances "Baby" Houseman's monologue from Dirty Dancing:
"Me? I'm scared of everything. I'm scared of what I did, of what I saw, of who I am...but most of all, I'm scared of walking out of here and never feeling for the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you."

;)

Oh, and I agree. That monologue in Sideways is brilliant. :)

 
At 12:28 PM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

"No more rhymes and I mean it. Anyone want a peanut."

 
At 2:49 PM, December 13, 2004, Blogger ontheface said...

Ech, sorry to be a smart-ass, but since that's my home province I've gotta correct your spelling: it's British ColUmbia (not ColOmbia).

Oh, and re. which movie scene I'd like to re-enact: anything from "Local Hero" - but especially the "We have a dead rabbit also" scene.

 
At 3:01 PM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Lisa, thanks. I was wavering and was too lazy to look it up. It's right now...

:0

 
At 4:39 PM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Stephen said...

There's a bar in the East Village that's been doing this for years, they call it "Movioke."

 
At 4:54 PM, December 13, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI, this started in NYC of all places, at east a few years ago, I think. I believe it was being done at Two Boots, down in the East Village. You know they've got a Pizza place, video store, and theater all in one, I htink.

Fun Joel

 
At 11:54 AM, December 14, 2004, Blogger Coelecanth said...

Very, VERY relieved to hear that this didn't originate in my hometown.

The only way I'd do it is gravity lovin' drunk. Wouldn't matter what the scene was it'd come out all: "You loookin' at....Can' hand-le....good'as i' getss..." {face plant} "ZZZZZZZ..."

Mind you I'd love to take a stab at the "This way it's poetry." scene from the end of the Commitments.

 
At 12:27 PM, December 14, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to do one of Doc Brown's monologues in Back to the Future:
"No, no, no Marty, that could resolve in a . . . . Great Scott! Jennifer could conceivably encounter her future self, the consequences of that could be disastrous . . . . I foresee two possibilities. One - coming face-to-face with herself thirty years older could put her into shock and she could simply pass out. Or two - the encounter could create a time paradox, the results of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe. Granted, that's the worse case scenario. The destruction might, in fact, be very localised, limited to merely our own galaxy."

 
At 10:07 PM, December 14, 2004, Blogger Plantation said...

How 'bout we do a duet. You'll be Claire and I'll be Bender.

Smoke up, Johnnie...

 
At 12:47 AM, December 15, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely no question. It would have to be "Amazon Women on the Moon"

-PM

 
At 3:47 PM, July 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to be an Sado but the word Karaoke doesn't mean Open Orchestra.

Karaoke is a word formed from putting two Japanese words together. "Kara" that comes from Karappo and means empty and "Oke", shortened from Okesutura meaning "orchestra". So Karaoke means "empty orchestra"

 

Post a Comment

<< Home

My Urban Kvetch: CANADA MAKES KARAOKE STRIDES

Monday, December 13, 2004

CANADA MAKES KARAOKE STRIDES

First, music. Now movies.

In Vancouver (that's British Columbia to you), now you can "say along" with your favorite movie scenes. They're calling it movie karaoke, which doesn't mean anything in Japanese, because as we all know, karaoke means "open orchestra."

Still, this sounds pretty funny...

When organizing the first movie karaoke evening, Myara worried that people might be too shy to participate, but those fears were unfounded as wannabe thespians lined up to show off their acting skills. A two-man comedy troupe called Bob Loblaw, which will open Sunday's show, opened the July event with the piano scene from the movie Big, during which Tom Hanks plays a large floor piano by dancing along the keys.

Other highlights included one brave woman reenacting the now famous Meg Ryan fake orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally, and a group of about 10 people who ran in slow motion across the stage, while the famous running scene from Chariots of Fire played out behind them.

I'd have to choose some early (Greenwald, oops, I mean) Ringwald, but I'd need a partner for most of those scenes, and I'm not real good at sharing stage time. Perhaps I would attempt Jack Nicholson's "You Can't Handle the Truth" monologue, or Alec Baldwin's "You Think I Have a God Complex" monologue from Malice. Pretty much any segment of WHMS would work too. Or any scene from the Princess Bride ("I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you..." "Have fun storming the castle!" "I will go up to the six-fingered man and say...") My inner comedian wants to recreate the hilarity of Soapdish or any of Christopher Guest's films. And although the drama queen in me is toying with the ending of The Wizard of Oz or any of the high drama Scarlett scenes from GWTW, I could also be tempted to interpret Paul Giamatti's soon-to-be classic monologue from Sideways, which I saw yesterday, where he brilliantly expounds on the qualities that make the pinot noir grape his favorite.

Hey you, Urban Kvetch readers...which movie scene would you reenact?

12 Comments:

At 11:37 AM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Princess Anonymous said...

Definitely something from Heathers.

 
At 12:14 PM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Erinna said...

That is a tough one. I might have to completely ham it up and do Frances "Baby" Houseman's monologue from Dirty Dancing:
"Me? I'm scared of everything. I'm scared of what I did, of what I saw, of who I am...but most of all, I'm scared of walking out of here and never feeling for the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you."

;)

Oh, and I agree. That monologue in Sideways is brilliant. :)

 
At 12:28 PM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

"No more rhymes and I mean it. Anyone want a peanut."

 
At 2:49 PM, December 13, 2004, Blogger ontheface said...

Ech, sorry to be a smart-ass, but since that's my home province I've gotta correct your spelling: it's British ColUmbia (not ColOmbia).

Oh, and re. which movie scene I'd like to re-enact: anything from "Local Hero" - but especially the "We have a dead rabbit also" scene.

 
At 3:01 PM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Lisa, thanks. I was wavering and was too lazy to look it up. It's right now...

:0

 
At 4:39 PM, December 13, 2004, Blogger Stephen said...

There's a bar in the East Village that's been doing this for years, they call it "Movioke."

 
At 4:54 PM, December 13, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI, this started in NYC of all places, at east a few years ago, I think. I believe it was being done at Two Boots, down in the East Village. You know they've got a Pizza place, video store, and theater all in one, I htink.

Fun Joel

 
At 11:54 AM, December 14, 2004, Blogger Coelecanth said...

Very, VERY relieved to hear that this didn't originate in my hometown.

The only way I'd do it is gravity lovin' drunk. Wouldn't matter what the scene was it'd come out all: "You loookin' at....Can' hand-le....good'as i' getss..." {face plant} "ZZZZZZZ..."

Mind you I'd love to take a stab at the "This way it's poetry." scene from the end of the Commitments.

 
At 12:27 PM, December 14, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to do one of Doc Brown's monologues in Back to the Future:
"No, no, no Marty, that could resolve in a . . . . Great Scott! Jennifer could conceivably encounter her future self, the consequences of that could be disastrous . . . . I foresee two possibilities. One - coming face-to-face with herself thirty years older could put her into shock and she could simply pass out. Or two - the encounter could create a time paradox, the results of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe. Granted, that's the worse case scenario. The destruction might, in fact, be very localised, limited to merely our own galaxy."

 
At 10:07 PM, December 14, 2004, Blogger Plantation said...

How 'bout we do a duet. You'll be Claire and I'll be Bender.

Smoke up, Johnnie...

 
At 12:47 AM, December 15, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely no question. It would have to be "Amazon Women on the Moon"

-PM

 
At 3:47 PM, July 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to be an Sado but the word Karaoke doesn't mean Open Orchestra.

Karaoke is a word formed from putting two Japanese words together. "Kara" that comes from Karappo and means empty and "Oke", shortened from Okesutura meaning "orchestra". So Karaoke means "empty orchestra"

 

Post a Comment

<< Home