Audio Bijou is WIDR's own movie news, reviews, and music show.
True to 89.1's unique vision of music variety, Audio Bijou brings you music that ordinarily isn't heard anywhere else- that from movie soundtracks. Music is an integral part of virtually every film, and there are new albums released every week. Audio Bijou brings you the best of them. Our musical selections range from compositions by new and innovative composers, the greats like John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein and others, and singles either specifically recorded from the movies or those which a film scene has forever altered in perception. There's a new theme every week. Always different. Always unique. Always interesting.
In addition to music, Audio Bijou also brings you the best in film commentary. From our analysis of the weekly box office results, to our weekly preview of the latest new releases and DVD's, to our insightful reviews, the talk is lively, intelligent, and entertaining.
In addition there's our weekly trivia question to test what you know or find out something new.
Audio Bijou airs weekly at 7:00 pm Tuesday nights on 89.1 fm WIDR.
This week we reviewed Chris Rock's latest, I Think I Love My Wife, listened to music from all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, and had our usual bunch of previews of the new movies, look back at the weekend box office, and a trivia question about TMNT.
In honor of the upcoming TMNT, this week's musical selections are part one of our two week look at the soundtracks to the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies..
Turtle Power/ Partners in Kryme/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Soundtrack
John Du Prez/ Splinter's Tale I & II/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Soundtrack
M.C. Hammer/ This Is What We Do/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Soundtrack
Klaus Badelt/ I Love Being a Turtle/ TMNT
Gym Class Heroes/ Shell Shock/ TMNT
Psychadelic/ Turtle Jam/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
Ya Kid K/ Awesome/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II
Orchestra On the Half Shell/ Turtle Rhapsody/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Everyone knows that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were named after the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, (although Masaccio, Botticelli, Caravaggio, and Titian might wonder where their turtles are) but one of the turtles names is actually misspelled. Which member of the green machine has a typo for a title? Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, or Raphael?
(Highlight to reveal) Michaelangelo has a extra “a” in it. It should be Michelangelo, at least it should if he's supposed to be named after Michelangelo Buonarrotti, sculptor of David and painter of the Sistine Chapel. The error was corrected for the new series of comics, but still appears incorrectly everywhere else.
Starring Chris Rock and Kerry Washington with Gina Torres
Directed by Chris Rock, written by Chris Rock and Louis C.K., Based on Chloe in the Afternoon
Chris Rock stars a happily married, successful man whose seven year marriage stars to feel a little itchy when an old acquaintance, Kerry Washington, shows up at his workplace in need of a favor. The favor turns to lunch, the lunch turns to regular afternoons together, and those afternoons begin to lead to a place Chris Rock's bored family man isn't sure he's prepared to go.
Much of Chris Rock's funnier standup work recently has been about the difference between his married life and his single life, and this film's subject matter would seem to give him a great forum for such humor. There are some great observations, most of which will be familiar to anyone who's seen the latest HBO specials from either Rock or his co-writer Louis C.K., but the is humor is sparsely scattered though what is essentially a drama. A couple of the gags, including an incident with viagra and an embarrassing episode of buying condoms from the drugstore are not only less than funny they are less than original. Much like last year's The Breakup or The Last Kiss, this is a relationship movie rather than a romantic comedy. Chris Rock, it seems, has grown up and the few scenes where the raunchy, R-rated Rock enters in are somewhat forced and uncomfortable, and seemingly out of character for his suit and tie buppy character.
The other topic Rock is typically known for riffing on, of course, is race. Having previously made the one note, what if a black guy were President comedy Head of State, one might expect that it would be front and center here as well. It is, but refreshingly not in the way one would expect. Rock's character is comfortably assimilated to his upper middle class lifestyle, the type of guy who sheepishly slinks away from the rap spouting messenger guy in the elevator and worries that his suburban kids won't have any black friends. Washington too, as the girl from his partying past, is surprisingly cosmopolitan. When they exchange iPods she introduces him to The Killers to move his musical tastes beyond Luther Vandross and Usher.
Adapted from a French film, this is a movie that could have starred anyone and just happens to star Chris Rock. While perhaps sociologically this is a plus, as far as the movie goes it almost seems a shame that Rock's considerable power of personality is hidden behind an air of respectability. As far as the other actors performances go, Gina Torres is, as is typical in this sort of story, utterly wasted in the role of the steadfast wife. Her role is simply that of dutiful mother and tired, sexless spouse with little other dimension added. Steve Buscemi adds his quirky charm as one of Rocks officemates and fans of HBO's The Wire will be pleased to see Omar and The Bunk in cameo roles.
Washington though, is really the only one given a true chance to shine here.Her temptress is more than just a one note sex object, but a long in the tooth party girl who takes too long to realize that it's four a.m. and everyone else has work in the morning. Her performance is, as it should be, seductive, and gives the film its central issue- growing up and accepting responsibility. Rock's character finds happiness, not simply because he has assimilated to middle class culture, but to adulthood. Ultimately we all have to grow up. Unfortunately, that's not very funny.