First Line Friday
The answer to last week's, correctly guessed by commenter Clark (a.k.a. the infamous CS throughout many of my posts):
A Spoonful of Sugar performed by Julie Andrews in the movie Mary Poppins; music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
>Released in 1964, Mary Poppins was Julie Andrews' first movie as she was passed up for the role of Eliza Doolittle -- which she originated on Broadway -- in My Fair Lady. That role went to Audrey Hepburn, but Julie Andrews went on to win the oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance of Mary. Two of the other 5 Oscars went to the Sherman brothers for their original score and for the song Chim Chim Cher-ee.
And since I'm on the topic of movies, I saw one of the best creature horror films in quite a while last night, the South Korean film The Host.
An American military officer orders a Korean doctor to empty bottles of formaldehyde and other chemicals down a sink drain that leads to the Han River. A few years later, two fisherman happen to spot a tiny, wormlike creature swimming by and capture it in a cup only to drop it when one of them is bitten. A few more years pass.... Many people are enjoying the sunny day along the banks of the Han. They spot a weird object dangling from the bottom of a bridge and figure it to be some sort of construction equipment -- until it slowly moves, drops into the water. As it nears the bank and the crowd gathers to watch it, Park Gang-du tosses a can of beer into the water and watches in amazement as a tail slowly wraps around the can, pulling it under the water. Soon, the rest of the crowd are pelting the creature with garbage, but when nothing happens, they begin to walk away. Only to flee in terror as an unspeakable creature leaps from the water, crushing and devouring people in its path. In the confusion, Gang-du grabs the hand of his daughter Hyun-seo and runs, noticing moments later that the hand does not belong to Hyun-seo. He watches in horror as a few feet away, the creature's tail wraps around his daughter and pulls her into the water. Later, at a government hospital treating anyone who was present at the time the creature appeared for an unknown "virus," Gang-du receives a call from his daughter. She's alive, and now he and his family -- college activist brother, champion archer sister, and their father -- must find her before the creature kills her.
The creature in this film had some of the best CGI effects I've seen. It seemed almost real, as if they actually found some kind of monster living in the Han River. Wonderful acting from all the leads, especially Ko A-seong as Hyun-seo and Song Kang-ho as Gang-du. Like any great B-movie, it didn't take itself too seriously, adding bits of humor and family drama in with the genuine scares. If you want a fun scare, then this is perfect for you.
This started me thinking about monster-related songs for this week's First Line:
When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake
Spooks come out for a swinging wake
Happy haunts materialize
And begin to vocalize
Another Disney-related song -- but not from a movie. And Clark, I'm exempting you from this one!!