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Thread started 11/23/06 1:54pm

Alasseon

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Graffiti Bridge: A New Appreciation

Just saw this movie again after seeing it in the theater sixteen years ago.

It's a lot better than I remember it.

I think we were all expecting Purple Rain II.

But this was not it. This was a fable.

It showcased so many themes. Love, Hate, Redemption, Sacrifice, Sex, Humor, Music.

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Anyway, I live the movie now. Prince and company at their peak.
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Reply #1 posted 11/23/06 2:02pm

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Reply #2 posted 11/23/06 3:32pm

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I've always like it!
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Reply #3 posted 11/23/06 3:32pm

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One of these days, I'm gonna give that movie a second look. Maybe I had it all wrong and it's actually a clever movie set in a dream world. Maybe The Kid has died since Purple Rain, and Graffiti Bridge is the limbo between Heaven and Hell. Or maybe it's a movie taking place in The Kid's head, showing his inner torment and eventual redemption.

...Nah. The movie just sucks.
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Reply #4 posted 11/23/06 6:20pm

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PurpleKnight said:

One of these days, I'm gonna give that movie a second look. Maybe I had it all wrong and it's actually a clever movie set in a dream world. Maybe The Kid has died since Purple Rain, and Graffiti Bridge is the limbo between Heaven and Hell. Or maybe it's a movie taking place in The Kid's head, showing his inner torment and eventual redemption.

...Nah. The movie just sucks.


LOL! Hahaha, all throughout the movie I was doing the same thing. Reading into it so many different things. For example, how Prince was basically fighting the two sides of his personality--the sexual, r-n-b bad-boy, personified by Morris Day, and the spiritual seeker, personified by The Kid.

I thought about how this project presented the first time he allowed other voices on his album.

I thought about how Prince patched things up with the Time and represented a new openess from the almost obscure and impenetrable LoveSexy and the commercial Batman albums.

I thought about how the sets in the movie contributed to the fairy-tale notion of the movie, rather than setting it in the "real-world" location shoots of Purple Rain or the exotic settings of Under the Cherry Moon.

I thought about what it takes to be able to produce, arrange, compose, and perform most, if not all of the songs, and then write and direct a movie based upon the album.

I thought about all of these things as I watched the movie.

I was the biggest Prince fan in my set, but even I thought this movie was a disappointment.

Given all that...it's better than we remember it, simply because it's a 90 minute photograph of people we cared about, when they were at their creative peaks.

lol...Time to shut up now...
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Reply #5 posted 11/23/06 6:29pm

sexxydancer

I've always loved Graffiti Bridge!
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Reply #6 posted 11/23/06 6:39pm

wonder505

sorry, i don't think i will ever like that movie. They were showing footage of GB before the show started at 3121 in Vegas and it was hard to watch but then they were also showing Under the Cherry Moon and I just couldn't stand myself-Lawd he was fine as hell in that movie. razz

...but I digress.....
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Reply #7 posted 11/23/06 11:02pm

BoySimon

I said it before and I'll say it again... there are at least ten good moments in this movie...

I like parts, loathe others... just wish they'd made the original movie instead of this compromise version.
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Reply #8 posted 11/24/06 12:12am

vivid

I gave it another go recently and still couldn't enjoy it. Cherry Moon I can although it's got many flaws, but GB is just pants.
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Reply #9 posted 11/24/06 3:33am

NouveauDance

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It's the greatest unintentional comedy of the 20th Century.
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Reply #10 posted 11/24/06 6:58am

Rev

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I recently bought GB on DVD, because it was available. I tried to clear out all the failed expectations.

The lack of reality and Prince's inability to put together a coherent theme and dialogue were frustrating. Maybe if I were 10 or 12 years old it would have been ok.
It is great videos for all the songs smile
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Reply #11 posted 11/24/06 7:03am

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If I try and watch it for the story line, the movie falls flat. But it's fun to watch just to see Prince and Morris Day goofing around.

The premise of the movie is a little too generic, a good guy, a bad guy, and a love interest/muse, good wins over evil in the end, yadda yadda.

The hot pepper scene in the beginning is silly, as is the makeout scene where he realizes he kissed a guy. Tick Tick Bang is unintentionally hilarious. And when Morris and Prince get into it, Prince gets whooped.
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Reply #12 posted 11/24/06 7:17am

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When this movie came out, I was unemployed and really hurtin' for dough. I spent what little I had to see Graffiti Bridge because I was a huge Prince fan and thought the movie would cheer me up.

Not only did the movie suck, I ate ramen noodles for a week because they were only $.25 a package and that was all I could afford after going to a full-price movie.

Ah, yes...good times...
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Reply #13 posted 11/24/06 7:56am

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Genesia said:

When this movie came out, I was unemployed and really hurtin' for dough. I spent what little I had to see Graffiti Bridge because I was a huge Prince fan and thought the movie would cheer me up.

Not only did the movie suck, I ate ramen noodles for a week because they were only $.25 a package and that was all I could afford after going to a full-price movie.

Ah, yes...good times...


falloff Ouch! Prince owes you an apology.
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Reply #14 posted 11/24/06 8:19am

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PurpleKnight said:

Genesia said:

When this movie came out, I was unemployed and really hurtin' for dough. I spent what little I had to see Graffiti Bridge because I was a huge Prince fan and thought the movie would cheer me up.

Not only did the movie suck, I ate ramen noodles for a week because they were only $.25 a package and that was all I could afford after going to a full-price movie.

Ah, yes...good times...


falloff Ouch! Prince owes you an apology.


At least. lol
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Reply #15 posted 11/24/06 8:42am

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PurpleKnight said:

Genesia said:

When this movie came out, I was unemployed and really hurtin' for dough. I spent what little I had to see Graffiti Bridge because I was a huge Prince fan and thought the movie would cheer me up.

Not only did the movie suck, I ate ramen noodles for a week because they were only $.25 a package and that was all I could afford after going to a full-price movie.

Ah, yes...good times...


falloff Ouch! Prince owes you an apology.

and monetary compensation for having to eat nothing but ramen for a week due to your situation at the time. evillol
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Reply #16 posted 11/24/06 8:49am

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Handclapsfingasnapz said:

PurpleKnight said:



falloff Ouch! Prince owes you an apology.

and monetary compensation for having to eat nothing but ramen for a week due to your situation at the time. evillol


I wonder what 16 years of interest on $6 adds up to...? hmmm
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Reply #17 posted 11/24/06 9:44am

SoulAlive

The movie sucks,plain and simple lol

Prince might be a musical genuis but he is not a storyteller,or a director.He really should have brought in a skilled director for this project,and maybe wrote the storyline with a skilled screenwriter.This movie is filled with unintentional funny scenes,atrocious acting,stupid lines,and a non-existent plot.Furthermore,I don't even think the music is that great.This project is best-forgotten.

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Reply #18 posted 11/24/06 9:52am

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SoulAlive said:

This project is best-forgotten.

no way! it still has its place in all that is princely...it's good for a laugh. and i know some of ya'll have used gb as part of a movie drinking game ("morris said 'stellas' again, time for another shot!") or something.

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Reply #19 posted 11/24/06 10:04am

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Handclapsfingasnapz said:

SoulAlive said:

This project is best-forgotten.

no way! it still has its place in all that is princely...it's good for a laugh. and i know some of ya'll have used gb as part of a movie drinking game ("morris said 'stellas' again, time for another shot!") or something.

drink


Speaking of 'stellas'...have you SEEN THE TRAILER?!


Oh man, it is spit
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Reply #20 posted 11/24/06 10:05am

Stymie

Oh god, do I love this movie. lol

It's my favorite Prince album and the funniest Prince movie of them all. Oh my god, I hope Sam and Chad play it on Sunday night. It always makes me laugh out loud and then I cheer when Aura's ass gets bumped off. clapping


Good times. biggrin
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Reply #21 posted 11/24/06 10:27am

Handel

The movie has no redeeming qualities whatsoever... I pity whoever decides to see it for the first time or... see it in order to give it a second chance, LOL...

At least musically the Graffiti Bridge project contains some of P's strongest material as well as inspired moments from some of his proteges... hell, even the outtakes from this were fun ("don't you want me to stick it in?", courtesy of Jerome)

Top tip: check out the outtake version of "My Summertime Thang" because it has P playing some very inspired guitar and keyboard licks all over the place. If you love the xtended version of "Sexy Dancer" then you will love this as well.
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Reply #22 posted 11/24/06 10:37am

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FruitToAttractBears said:

Handclapsfingasnapz said:


no way! it still has its place in all that is princely...it's good for a laugh. and i know some of ya'll have used gb as part of a movie drinking game ("morris said 'stellas' again, time for another shot!") or something.

drink


Speaking of 'stellas'...have you SEEN THE TRAILER?!


Oh man, it is spit

i have the trailer on one of the tapes in my bootlegg collection. it's magically vomitrocious. nod
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Reply #23 posted 11/24/06 10:49am

SoulAlive

Handclapsfingasnapz said:

SoulAlive said:

This project is best-forgotten.

no way! it still has its place in all that is princely...it's good for a laugh. and i know some of ya'll have used gb as part of a movie drinking game ("morris said 'stellas' again, time for another shot!") or something.

drink



lol
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Reply #24 posted 11/24/06 8:25pm

noahzark4

Funny... for some reason, I just decided to watch it again last nite. Haven't seen it in well over a year.
In the movie Ingrid is flippin thru some sheet music that Prince has. Titles:
1. God Is Alive
2. The Spiritual World
3. Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic
4. Love is Everywhere
5. D**** with Power - I couldn't make out the first word.

Anyone have any further info on these songs; 2, 4 & 5 in particular.?
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Reply #25 posted 11/25/06 6:26am

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Alasseon said:

PurpleKnight said:

One of these days, I'm gonna give that movie a second look. Maybe I had it all wrong and it's actually a clever movie set in a dream world. Maybe The Kid has died since Purple Rain, and Graffiti Bridge is the limbo between Heaven and Hell. Or maybe it's a movie taking place in The Kid's head, showing his inner torment and eventual redemption.

...Nah. The movie just sucks.


LOL! Hahaha, all throughout the movie I was doing the same thing. Reading into it so many different things. For example, how Prince was basically fighting the two sides of his personality--the sexual, r-n-b bad-boy, personified by Morris Day, and the spiritual seeker, personified by The Kid.

I thought about how this project presented the first time he allowed other voices on his album.

I thought about how Prince patched things up with the Time and represented a new openess from the almost obscure and impenetrable LoveSexy and the commercial Batman albums.

I thought about how the sets in the movie contributed to the fairy-tale notion of the movie, rather than setting it in the "real-world" location shoots of Purple Rain or the exotic settings of Under the Cherry Moon.

I thought about what it takes to be able to produce, arrange, compose, and perform most, if not all of the songs, and then write and direct a movie based upon the album.

I thought about all of these things as I watched the movie.

...


I thought about how much I enjoyed Sign o The Times and Purple Rain.
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Reply #26 posted 11/25/06 6:41am

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noahzark4 said:

Funny... for some reason, I just decided to watch it again last nite. Haven't seen it in well over a year.
In the movie Ingrid is flippin thru some sheet music that Prince has. Titles:
1. God Is Alive
2. The Spiritual World
3. Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic
4. Love is Everywhere
5. D**** with Power - I couldn't make out the first word.

Anyone have any further info on these songs; 2, 4 & 5 in particular.?



Dick With Power.
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Reply #27 posted 11/25/06 9:58am

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sosgemini said:

noahzark4 said:

Funny... for some reason, I just decided to watch it again last nite. Haven't seen it in well over a year.
In the movie Ingrid is flippin thru some sheet music that Prince has. Titles:
1. God Is Alive
2. The Spiritual World
3. Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic
4. Love is Everywhere
5. D**** with Power - I couldn't make out the first word.

Anyone have any further info on these songs; 2, 4 & 5 in particular.?



Dick With Power.


lol It's probably "Drunk with Power". razz
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Reply #28 posted 11/25/06 10:32am

mehogeni

that movie was just Prince's big acid trip put on film eek


no words....no words at all

*popping in Purple Rain to erase the memory*
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Reply #29 posted 11/25/06 11:07am

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A New Appreciation? There was never an old one .

This movie shitted on all the greatness he had achieved in the past. Fucked the Purple Rain myth up. Last time on Dynasty we saw Morris clappin to the kids triumphant perfomrance and Billy shakin his head yes while biting his lip. Not exactly a fantasy flick but the ending left that Xanadu type feeling that music had klifted everyone to the sky just like at the end of Grease.

Fast forward to 1990 and Graffitti Bridge has Billy dead and Morris still an ass like he never was getting down to Baby Im A Star vying for a club from a still struggling Kid..

Balderdash I say. Balderdash.
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