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Blinded by the Light Movie Review

When one thinks of the bedroom of the average teenager, they think of a room covered with posters of a favorite performer. In the late 1980’s, Sarfraz Manzoor (the author of the memoir Greetings from Bury Park) was like any other teenager with one exception: his love of Bruce Springsteen‘s music was more of an obsession than the typical teenage fan.

His story is told in the new movie, Blinded by the Light. The late 1980’s was not an easy time to live in the UK. Economic and social unrest was the news of the day. The late Margaret Thatcher was running for another term as Prime Minister. In Luton, 16 year old Javed (Viveik Kalra) is your average teenage boy. He wants to write, but his strict Pakistani immigrant father, Malik (Kulvinder Ghir) has other ideas about his son’s future.

Then Javed is introduced to the music of Bruce Springsteen and his world changed forever. But he is caught between the expectations of his family and his own idea of what his future will look like. It takes his teacher, Ms. Clay (Hayley Atwell) to convince Javed to go for his dream, but at what cost?

I really love this film. I love that it speaks to all of us, regardless of age. The expectation of what everyone else expects of you vs following your own heart is a story that has been told time and again. But in the context of this film, this basic narrative with added layers of race, relationships and music, it becomes a story that is both personal and universal.

I absolutely recommend it.

Blinded by the Light is presently in theaters.

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Television Anniversary

Today marks two different, but equal birthdays in television.

20 years ago tonight, a sitcom on NBC about six twenty somethings aired it’s pilot. It was called Friends. The biggest star of the show was Courtney Cox, known for the being the girl who danced with Bruce Springsteen in his 1984 music video, Dancing In The Dark.

The other anniversary is Lost. 10 years ago tonight, an action drama made it’s debut. A plane crashed on a mysterious, unknown island somewhere in the South Pacific. Among the survivors was a doctor, a paraplegic, a pair of spoiled step siblings, a former Iraqi soldier and a convict. It was must see TV for years, despite the complicated plot twists and layers of questions.

Friends is 20 and Lost is 10. I feel old.

 

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