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Movie Review: Rock of Ages

"Rock Of Ages"

Just like the stage show, the motion picture “Rock of Ages” aims to please (with popular ’80s rock songs) and generally offend (in nearly every other way). The pure ridiculousness of it all translates mounds better on stage than on film, but that’s not to say the move is a bore. It’s actually loads of fun.

Let’s break down the best and the worst “Rock of Ages” has to offer.

BEST

  • Catherine Zeta-Jones. She should sing and dance in every film. Her role was written just for the screen (the writers reworked the hippie protester Regina into the mayor’s wife character).
  • Julianne Hough’s fabulous boots. After sporting some sweet red ones in the remake of “Footloose” she has transitioned to studded black ones.

    Julianne Hough's "Rock of Ages" boots

    The boots

  • “Here I Go Again.” None of the numbers really stood out to me dancewise, save for this one. It included the entire cast in their different states of life, and some slick moves at the Venus Club.
  • Russell Brand. He may not be popular, but he’s still good for a laugh in the role of Lonny, the business partner of Bourbon Room owner, Dennis (Alec Baldwin). Brand plays well off Baldwin’s one-note performance.
  • Debbie Gibson cameo! I’m not going to tell you where. Just look for her.
WORST
  • The Tom Cruise slow walk show. For the first half of the movie, there is too much focus on Cruise’s drink-drowning rock star, Stacee Jaxx. A lot of screen time is wasted on watching Cruise wander around at the pace of a snail, and he talks about as fast. I wish fewer frames were dedicated to him.
  • This camera shot:
    Tom Cruise in "Rock of Ages"

    The money shot

    Somebody is real proud of this. It’s in the trailers, the film and the credits. I liked it the first time, but once is enough!

Obviously the good outweigh the bad. “Rock of Ages” is entertaining and a good two-hour escape from 2012. But if it weren’t for all the big name stars, this would just be a quality TV movie.

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Picks Of The Week

Obsession of the week: Kimbra’s “Vows.”

Kimbra's "Vows"

The 22-year-old New Zealander first caught my ear in her featured role on Gotye’s massive hit “Somebody That I Used To Know.” She released her debut album stateside May 22 and it is stellar. Ease into her vibe by listening to “Warrior” featuring DJ A-Trak and Mark Foster (of Foster the People) or dive right into “Come Into My Head,” a song Katy Perry or Britney Spears would sing if they were sophisticated. Buy “Vows” on Amazon for $6! The first track, “Settle Down” is free for a limited time.

Video of the week: Yahoo!’s “Burning Love”  Web series.

I am four episodes into my inaugural season of “The Bachelorette,” so this smart parody series is a perfect companion piece. Everyone is spot on in making fun of the quirkiest parts of the long-running ABC series. Watch for a mini “Party Down” reunion in Episode 3.

Music stream of the week: “Rock of Ages: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”.

Rock Of Ages

Cast of “Rock of Ages”

After seeing the traveling Broadway version of this kooky show in November 2011, I am stoked to see the film when it’s released June 15. Before then, take a listen to several great actors take on some rockin’ ’80s tunes.

Controversy of the week: “America’s Got Talent” and the singing, possibly injured veteran.

Looks like NBC’s show with the bad grammar title is in a bit of hot water after contestant Timothy Poe claimed he was injured by a grenade while fighting overseas in the military, said he speaks with a stutter and performed a moving rendition of Garth Brooks’ “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” The singing wasn’t the best, but the story leading up to the reveal of Poe’s voice was what gave the performance the emotional punch. America and the show’s producers are now learning most of Poe’s story (namely the injury/stutter part) might be false.

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