Julie Taymor’s Beatles-inspired blissed-out fantasy Across The Universe received a glowing review from the New York Times’ Stephen Holden (who, incidentally, used to be a pop music critic). Holden writes, "Somewhere around its midpoint, Across the Universe captured my heart, and I
realized that falling in love with a movie is like falling in love with another
person. Imperfections, however glaring, become endearing quirks once you’ve
And yet, there’s still an everlasting charm and continual brilliance to the five movies the young moptops themselves starred in. Check out these clips and trailers.
A Hard Day’s Night – It’s the Marx Brothers meets rock ‘n roll, touching and funny. Here’s a making-of news segment.
Help! — The best British invasion innovators meets a sendup of the James Bond movies. "Stop worrying! Help! is on the way."
— The trippy, hand-animated underwater adventure is a family film.
The trailer is brilliant and the rhyming Boob, truly farcical.
Magical Mystery Tour
— Roll up! Step right this way! Critics hated McCartney’s unscripted
fantasy back in the day. Now, it’s a cult classic. Why? "We guarantee the
trip of a lifetime."
Let It Be
— The music is soulful in this documentary which features the group "rapping and
philosophizing." But it’s sad to witness the arguments and mistrust
which eventually made the band break up.