Tom Gregory's Hollywood Vault radio clips, as featured on Leeza Gibbons' national radio program Hollywood Confidential!
Below is a transcript of the review on the audio file playable above.There is nothing more powerful than a strong woman sneaking up on society and whacking it into common sense with alarming, well-timed charm.
There was Eleanor Roosevelt who said, "You must do the thing you think you cannot do". Rosa Parks simply stated, "Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it", and Rear Admiral Grace Hopper's words ring true for all eternity when she observed, "A ship in port is safe but that's not what ships are made for." These strong women refused to stand by unheard.
Eva Peron said, "I will come again, and I will be millions". And millions came and continue to rise up. There was Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana, and even you out there quietly doing what you do best. A true star lives life honestly and thoroughly, kicking butt and kicking down doors.
1996's Evita is a movie about that kind of woman. Eva Peron. It’s a thrilling film, with stellar performances by Madonna and Antonio Banderas. Say what you will about Madonna, she's a rare breed, more than a celebrity; she's an artist.
You owe it to yourself to see one of the arguably finest screen performances of the 90's. Directed like a music video by Allan Parker it soars to the top of the list as one of the most unique films of that decade.
The strong controversy over her religious depiction in her current tour seems unwarranted after I'd seen her concert. Press focus isn't on the AIDS orphan message that's streaming above her head while she's on the cross singing her ballad "Live to Tell". Sure, she isn't Judy Garland bellowing "Get Happy", but give her a few more years, rainbow and a little dog … ahh … now that would be art.