Across the Universe

All you need is love.

Of course, having a deep, burning appreciation for cinematic cheesiness doesn’t hurt, either.

Look, no one — well, at least not me — is going to claim this is some kind of deep, introspective look at life.

It is what it is, a really well-done jukebox musical, with director Julie Taymor splashing funky images across the screen while the music of The Beatles does the heavy lifting.

Light and fluffy comfort food for the soul, it goes down easy, and is essentially a two-hour-plus music video.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Every musical needs Steve Martin.

The veteran funnyman kills it as a giggle gas-addicted dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, and he’s easily the best thing here, playing a sadistic surgeon.

This has always been a love it or leave it movie, with many rebelling against the indisputable fact The Beatles are AWOL, leaving behind their music.

Instead, you get a wild mix of The Bee-Gees, Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, George Burns and many, many more, as cameos fly fast and furious.

To the haters, I have two words – bite me.

You were wrong then, and you’re wrong now.


Yellow Submarine

Buy the ticket, take the trip.

One of the loopier animated films ever crafted, and one of my favorites.

The Beatles, or at least anonymous voice actors filling in for the AWOL Fab Four, land in Pepperland, where life is freaky, and Blue Meanies run amok.

Despite playing the film frequently on the in-store TV’s back in my Videoville days, I only recently discovered my favorite section — Hey Bulldog — was not part of the original American release.

It played in Europe, but didn’t hit the USA until the film was restored in 1999.

Now you know, and knowing’s half the battle.