Daily Archives: September 10, 2015

Throwback Thursday-Sister Act (1992) & Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit (1993)

A good movie is sometimes hard to find. A good sequel to a good movie is an ever rarer find.

In the early 1990’s, comedian Whoopi Goldberg could do no wrong. In 1992, she starred in Sister Act.

Deloris (Whoopi Goldberg) is a lounge singer who has lousy taste in men. Witnessing her mobster boyfriend killing an employee, Deloris goes into the witness protection program. Of course Deloris would be hidden in a nunnery.  Mother Superior (Dame Maggie Smith) is not to pleased with her new charge charge, especially when she convinces several of the other nuns to stray to the outside world.

Deloris finds her place in the nunnery when she tries to revitalize the choir. But the revitalization draws the attention of her ex, who is eager to have reunion with Deloris.

This movie is just plain fun. Whoopi Goldberg puts her usual comedic spin on the story. And music never gets old.

A year later, Whoopi and Co returned in Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit. Returning to her career as a lounge singer, Deloris is called back to the habit (get it? ;)) when she is called upon by Mother Superior and the nuns. Their attempts to keep a parochial school open are not going well. Deloris’s task is to teach a music class. But the students are resistant and rebellious. Rita Watson (Lauryn Hill) has a gift, but her mother refuses to allow Rita to sing.  When the chance to win a music competition comes along that could potentially revitalize the school, can Deloris convince the school to let the students sing and more importantly, will Rita’s mother finally recognize her daughter’s gift?

Again, this movie is just plain fun, the music is cool (and very dated, depending on your age) and Whoopi, as she always does, brings her own vision to the character.

I recommend them both.

 

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Throwback Thursday-Seinfeld (1989-1998)

Ever since the dawn of television, the number of programs set in and around New York City is long and growing longer. But there is only one Seinfeld (1989-1998).

Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld) is a neurotic, slightly self absorbed comic who lives in New York City. His circle includes Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Kramer (Michael Richards) and George Costanza (Jason Alexander). All of his friends are as self absorbed and neurotic as Jerry is.

Seinfeld was dubbed “the show about nothing”. While that is technically true, what kept it relevant and still keeps it relevant is that it dealt with the daily nitty gritties that we all deal with. Another feature that kept fans coming back, even now in reruns is that New York City is as much a character as the four lead human characters. Fans living in or visiting New York City are very familiar with the character’s haunts, whether fictional or real.

I recommend it.

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