I know we’re all aching from the loss of him. What could we possibly do to ease the pain, other than listen to our favorite Prince tracks on repeat and share our favorite performances on social media? Well, you could have a Prince Movie Marathon. In fact, he’s just gonna go ahead and dominate our Top 5 this week, because that’s what Prince does. Whether it’s music, basketball or just good, old-fashioned sex appeal, Prince dominates.
You should start with 1989’s Batman, starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger. It was back during the funky Tim Burton-Batman days, and he says that Prince’s music affected how he wrote The Joker. Prince returned the favor by creating an entire collection of music, inspired by Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego. When his Batman soundtrack was released in 1989, it was Prince’s first #1 in years and signaled the end of a career slump.
Prince directed and starred in Under the Cherry Moon in 1986. He plays a con artist who cruises the Mediterranean, scamming money out of wealthy debutantes. He meets his match in an heiress, played by Kristen Scott Thomas, and falls desperately in love. Under the Cherry Moon was essentially laughed out of theaters by critics, but it represents Prince at his flamboyant, sequined best.
Prince took the reins entirely in 1990, by writing AND directing Graffiti Bridge. It’s the unofficial sequel to Purple Rain and, though it was also panned by critics, it put Prince and Morris Day together onscreen again. They play dueling club owners who place a bet to see who can write the best song. They fight over a girl too, because Prince is at his best when he’s seducing someone.
It was on Chappelle’s Show, Episode 2.5 when Charlie Murphy talked of playing basketball with Prince in the now classic “shirts versus blouses” match. I know this doesn’t qualify as a movie or really of the man himself, but it’s still one of my favorite Prince moments. Even better, you don’t have to go anywhere to rent it because I’m putting it RIGHT HERE..
If you’re from my generation, you saw this at the theater and hopefully with a date. This movie impacted how we dressed, danced and even how we got dirty for decades. I’d be willing to bet that most of us had Prince on our Make-Out-Mix, and he was probably playing the in background the first time we tried everything. Purple Rain went beyond sex-appeal though, and told a story of self-destruction and how we’re so often doomed to repeat our parents mistakes. Scratch that last part. There’s too much grief floating around to psychologically dissect Purple Rain, right now. Instead, let’s watch it for of those juicy, horny moments that we love so dearly. After all, isn’t that what Prince would’ve wanted?