Daily Archives: October 29, 2016

Soon By You

In the old days, finding a spouse was a simple process. These days, it’s not so simple, especially when we marry for love as opposed to status or income.

In the YouTube series Soon By You, David (Danny Hoffman) is a Rabbi in New York City going out on a blind date with Sarah. He hits it nearly immediately with Sarah Feldman (Sara Scur). But she is not the Sarah he is going out with. His date is with Sarah Jacobs (Leah Gottfried), who is sitting right behind them. Sarah Feldman is on a blind date with Ben (Nathan Shapiro).

I find this series to be charming. It has the qualities of a typical romantic comedy: the hopefully meant to be couple who meet via the memorable meet cute, the daters or current partners who are plot points and are clearly not meant to last and the wacky or out there best friend in the forms of hippie-ish Z (Noam Harary) and the civic-minded Noa (Jessica Schechter).

Set it New York City and populated with modern Orthodox Jewish characters, this series has the qualities of a standard rom-com. But it is funny, adorable and entertaining. The series is only three episodes in and I am already a fan.

I recommend it.

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Late Flashback Friday-Superman (1978)

Superman was introduced to the world in 1938. Since then, every generation has their own Superman.

My generation has the most iconic of Superman, Christopher Reeve. In 1978, he starred in Superman, a film that unlike other superhero/comic book films, reminds audiences why this characters and the world he lives is just as iconic and beloved today as it was in 1938.

Kal-El (Christopher Reeve) is the lone survivor from a planet that no longer exists. His father, Jor-El (Marlon Brando) foresaw the end of his planet and his species. To save his young son and only child, the boy is put in a spaceship and sent to earth. Found and raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent (Glenn Ford and Phyllis Thaxter), he lives his life under the identity as Clark Kent, an ordinary farm boy who finds work as a reporter the Daily Planet in Metropolis.

But Clark is no ordinary man. Hiding under the guise of a slightly clumsy and nerdy human being, he is also known to public as Superman. While dealing with his dual identity and his responsibility to keep ordinary citizens safe, Superman/Clark Kent must do battle with villain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) and try to get his colleague Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) to see him in a different light.

If there was a definite list of superhero/comic book movies done right, this movie would rightly be in the top 5. This is how movies in this genre should be done every time. Focusing, as it should on the narrative and the characters as a pose to special effects and fighting scenes, this film deserves its classic status.

I recommend it.

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