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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 10, 2009 at 3:58 PM

A decade of movie musicals

“Nine,” which opens December 25, rounds off a decade of big-screen musicals — and not very many of them at that, despite the 2002/3 box-office success of “Chicago.” By my count (with a little help from IMDb), there have been only about a dozen major movie musicals since 2000, and a few of those were outright flops: “The Producers” and “Rent,” so popular on the stage, disappeared quickly from movie theaters. (And rightly so; remember how goofy those Pottery Barn-style lofts looked in “Rent”? And how, when the musical numbers were done, director Chris Columbus had no idea what to do, and the crowds would sort of wander off, as if they’re going to go sing on the next block now?). As we await the singing of Daniel Day-Lewis, as well as next year’s crop of musicals (“Footloose,” anyone?), let’s take a vote:

What’s your favorite movie musical of the past decade?(answers)

If your favorite (from 2000-2009) isn’t on the poll, put it in the comments. (My favorite of these? Actually I love a lot of them; guess I’d be hard pressed to pick between “Chicago,” “Hairspray,” and “Sweeney Todd.” And there’s lots I adore about “Moulin Rouge,” too.) And if musicals aren’t your thing, well, see you next week, when perhaps we can find some common ground.
Here’s a bit of “Chicago,” for the weekend. (I’m off Friday.) Pop.

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