December 31, 2012

The Rolling Stoned Pirate's One Hit

In my ongoing quest to determine which of my DVD's I like and will keep (and eventually switch to Blu-ray), and which I am going to get rid of, tonight's On the Fence offering is Pirates of the Caribbean III: At World's End.

This is a pretty shlocky series to begin with, to be sure, although in the first movie, The Curse of the Black Pearl, Johnny Depp's pirate-slash-rock-star performance, channeling (in the actor's words) Keith Richards, was pretty riveting. Johnny's still cute, still slurring his words beguilingly, but the shtick is wearing a little thin.

The plot itself is frantic and needlessly twisty, and the final battle goes on way too long. It's Not a Keeper, in other words. Honestly, the best part of the whole thing, for me, is Keith Richards' cameo as Captain Jack Sparrow's father. I wondered what happened when people saw it in theatres and the camera lingered on Keith's famous Rolling Stones silver skull ring (which is eerily apropos for a pirate as well) and audiences realized just who they were seeing....

And hey! YouTube rides to the rescue!

After watching that, I was reminded of perhaps the last great Rolling Stones video, "One Hit (To the Body)." Made at a time when Mick and Keith were not getting along AT ALL, there's a great deal of scowling, murderous looks, posturing, and guitar-swinging (at Mick, not into the air), which actually made for a good watch. You expected Keith to pounce on Mick any minute, except of course they would have edited that out.

So, in watching and thinking about this, I decided to merge it all together into one humongous post.

Happy New Year, y'all.

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