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Saturday, November 14, 2015

GAWA Day #59: Chicago to Las Vegas

Chicago O'Hare this morning is at 29 degrees, three below freezing.  Las Vegas should be warmer, but still too cold for me.



Memorable songs?  I'll start with Chicago, the band, with their top 25 songs in less than 5 minutes, and You're the Inspiration is rated #1.  Then, of course, Frank Sinatra, where his My Kind of Town (Chicago Is) usually ranks over Chicago.  The Night Chicago Died, by Paper Lace, reached #1 on Billboard in 1974, but no one in the city likes it because it is about a shootout between the Chicago police and Al Capone's gang.  Finally, Sweet Home Chicago, covered by The Blues Brothers of a 1937 oldie in their 1980 film about the city, Chicago:


Here is a top three list of Las Vegas songs:


One top ten tally has Lady Gaga's Poker Face as the leading Vegas hit.  It did reach #1 in 20 countries and Billboard's in 2009.  Not sure of the connection to the city, and poker face has a rather vulgar link having nothing to do with the organ above the neck.  The local newspaper, Las Vegas Review-Journal has Elvis' song as #1, with Sheryl Crowe's 1993 hit Leaving Las Vegas, providing the title to the Oscar-winning film with Nicolas Cage (Rotten Tomatoes 90%/85%), as #2:

Guess you've figured out by now that I don't plan to post anything about my trip.  I'm focusing today on music and films.  Chicago has so many great films, but can't include Chicago, that broadway musical about corruption in the city, because it was filmed in Toronto.  Here are the top favorites from ChicagoMag:
  1. High Fidelity (2000):  where audiophile John Cusack (who is from Evanston, a suburb) goes on a quest to understand women, defining Chicago as a city of doers, dreamers and slackers, no different from any other.
  2. Hoop Dreams (1994):  a documentary which garnered 98%/93% ratings from Rotten Tomatoes
  3. Mickey One (1965), with Warren Beatty
  4. Call Northside 777 (1948), with James Stewart
  5. Medium Cool (1969), the explosion of the 1968 Democratic Convention
  6. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), my favorite...wow, nearly three decades ago--Matthew Broderick does something I should have done, and the cast includes Jennifer Grey, Ben Stein, Charley Sheen, and, in Chicago, the then Sears Tower skydeck, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a Cubs game and the annual Von Steuben Day Parade, where Broderick sings the Beatles' Twist and Shout.
  7. Risky Business (1983), Tom Cruise, this was almost a third of a century ago, and who can forget his Old Time Rock and Roll?
  8. Dark Knight (2008), Batman again, with Heath Ledger
  9. The Color of Money (1986), Paul Newman and Tom Cruise
  10. Barbershop (2002)
I can go on and on, but just add The Blues Brothers, The Fugitive, Ordinary People, Home Alone, North by Northwest, While You Were Sleeping, When Harry Met Sally, The Untouchables, Sixteen Candles and My Best Friend's Wedding,

  1. Casino (1995):  Scorsese and DeNiro
  2. Ocean's Eleven (2001):  led by Danny Ocean (George Clooney)
  3. Bugsy (1991):  Warren Beatty
  4. Go (1999):  Katie Holmes, four friends party in Vegas
  5. Leaving Las Vegas (1995):  see above
  6. Very Bad Things (1998):  Christian Slater
  7. Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), my favorite, with Nicolas Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker and James Caan, which also has Kauai, 34 Flying Elvises, Bruno Mars as Little Elvis and even Coach Jerry Tarkanian playing poker
  8. Diamonds Are Forever (1971):  Sean Connery as James Bond
  9. Showgirls (1995):  actually, one of the worst movies ever, said by Rotten Tomatoes (19%/36%) as being so bad you must see it, there was even a Showgirls 2 (I've never seen this, but this film was so terrible, Rotten Tomatoes did not want to rate it, and audiences gave it a 10% score, maybe the lowest I've ever seen)
  10. The Godfather, Part II (1974): Won six Oscars, including Best Film. 

Can't believe The Hangover not making this list.  Especially as Showgirls is listed.


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