Thoughts On The 25th Anniversary Of The Bodyguard

Saturday will be the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

Rachel Marron (the late Whitney Houston) is a pop singer who is being stalked and harassed. Her management team hires Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner), a former secret service agent to protect her. While Frank’s past haunts him, he insists on security measures that don’t sit well with Rachel and her entourage.  Then things take a turn when Rachel and Frank’s relationship becomes more than star and bodyguard and the stalker gets a little too close for comfort.

This movie is nothing if a modern classic. Not only for the soundtrack and the immortal song “I Will Always Love You”, but for the story of a relationship, both personal and professional that changes the lives of both main characters.

Did anyone else see the American Music Awards last night? Christina Aguilera was beautiful.

Here is to the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard. May future generations of film and music fans come to know and love this film as we have.


It’s Just Melatonin

I’ve been thinking about the events that have hit Americans hard this week.

The problem is that we cannot see past skin color. It’s just melatonin. It’s simply the color of our skin. By fate, g-d or whatever higher power we believe in (if we do believe in a higher power), we were born with a certain skin color. The problem becomes when we make snap judgments about someone else because of their skin color or another factor.

We are all human beings at the end of the day. Just because someone is different does not automatically make them bad or harmful.

It’s 2016. For all of our advances in science and technology, we have not changed one bit from our ancient ancestors.

That makes me sad and angry.

Happy Saturday.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day.

Instead of talking about the usual subjects, I want to honor my fore-mothers and the path they paved for future generations of women.

Ladies, we cannot be held down, the future is ours for the taking.


International Women’s Day 2015 Part II

As a follow up to my earlier post on International Women’s Day, below is a few videos to continue to inspire us in our goal for equality.

The Critics Were Wrong-Burlesque

There is an old saying: all that glitters is not gold.

To those that dream of success as an entertainer, the glitter of success is not often made of gold. It is made of hard work, luck and patience.

In the 2010 movie Burlesque, Ali (Christina Aguilera) dreams of success as a performer. Taking a chance, she leaves her small town for Los Angeles. Entering Tess’s (Cher) neo-burlesque club, Ali is bold enough to approach Tess for a job. Un-impressed, but willing to take a chance on the new girl, Tess hires Ali. But Tess, who was a dancer years ago, has troubles of her own. The club has seen better days are behind it and unless she can scrounge up the cash, Tess and her staff will be out of work.

Are the critics wrong about Burlesque? If they look at this movie from the point of view of being completely cliched, but campy in a good way, then yes, they are wrong.  If they look at this movie from a scholarly, serious point of view, then yes, they are right. Aguilera in an appropriate film debut, is decent. Cher, well, is Cher.

This movie is not for everyone, but it’s not all bad.

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