Prince's 1984 movie, "Purple Rain," is coming back to the big screen in the L.A. area and elsewhere for a limited run starting this weekend. The film will screen Saturday through Thursday in select AMC theaters.
The screenings are designed to "pay tribute" to the musician, the theater chain said.
"Purple Rain" will be shown at the AMC Atlantic Times Square 14 in Monterey Park, AMC Broadway 4 in Santa Monica, AMC Covina 17 in Covina, AMC Norwalk 20 in Norwalk, AMC Ontario Mills 30 in Ontario, AMC Orange 30 with IMAX in Orange, AMC Promenade 16 in Woodland Hills and the AMC Rolling Hills 20 in Rolling Hills.
Much has already been written about Prince the composer, Prince the performer and band leader, Prince the musical pioneer. His skills at crafting a pop song and making it just weird enough to jump out amid lesser specimens was unparalleled.
Criminally less celebrated are his lyrics. Where aged, respected songwriters like Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello are praised for their language, few Prince appreciations have focused on his skills as a wordsmith. But Prince was as eloquent with the pen as those bards. Could it be that by wrapping his talent beneath spangled pantsuits and a high-heeled facade rather than in blue jeans or well-tailored suits, Prince has been given short shrift as a lyricist?
Prince’s primo opening lines, for example, are some of the best scene-setters in pop: “I guess I should have known by the way you parked your car sideways that it wouldn’t last,” from "Little Red Corvette," contains a novel’s worth of information about a relationship, a rendezvous and its futility.
Often regarded as Prince's crowning achievement, his album and film "Purple Rain" is -- through the hazy lens of 2016 -- ridiculous, overwrought and full of enough leaden dialogue to sink the film into the waters of Lake Minnetonka.
But taken as a document of the artist at the peak of his powers, it's essential, even astonishing in moments, most visibly in its performances from Prince and his band. Whether you were there in the '80s as the movie captivated pop culture or somehow missed seeing the movie the first time around, L.A.'s Cinefamily has you covered with a series of screenings going into this weekend that serve as a fitting tribute.
And if you don't get chills leading into Prince performing the film's title track, check to make sure you're still with us too.
We're still processing that we're now living in a world without Prince.
With a loss of this magnitude comes the inevitable, well-meaning tributes (keep your eye on the next Grammys, Oscars, the AMAs -- basically anywhere there's more than five musicians in the same room). Included in that is this weekend's Coachella, which just went from absorbing idle speculation about which famous guest will turn up to which of the acts will pay tribute to one of music's true indelible icons.
In a sense, the Empire Polo Club remains Prince's house since his unforgettable Coachella set in 2008. Following is a list of a few acts that could deliver fitting and goose-bump-raising Prince covers this weekend if they desired, along with a few other artists who, while their hearts may be in the right place, may want to think twice.
President Obama started his day of diplomacy in London on Friday with an important moment of meditation — with the U.S. ambassador, listening to Prince hits “Purple Rain” and “Delirious” on vinyl.
It was a fitting start for Obama and Ambassador Matthew Barzun as their generation mourned the death of the multi-genre superstar whose work was often political. Prince's 1980s-era music mourned nuclear proliferation and exhorted President Reagan to talk to Russia before it was too late.
But Obama cited simpler reasons for his kinship with the performer, who last summer put on a show at the White House for the Obamas and a few of their closest friends.
Sex is something we can all understand. It’s limitless. But I try to make the songs so they can be viewed in different ways, I know some people will go right through those [message] elements in a song, but there are some who won’t. If you make it too easy, you lose the point. Most music today is too easy. People just come out and do the same old same olds over and over. ... All people care about nowadays is getting paid so they try to do just what the audience wants them to do. I’d rather give people what they need rather than just what they want.