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Yesterday Movie Review

Many movies start off with the premise of “what if” and go on from there. It is up to the screenwriter(s) to make the “what if” narrative feel new and alive instead of boring and predictable.

In the new film, Yesterday, Jack (Himesh Patel) is a singer-songwriter who just can’t get a break. One of his only fans is his long time bestie and manager Ellie (Lily James). Though he yearns to be a professional musician, he earns his bread by working at a local big box store. Then there is blackout all over the world and Jack is hit by a bus.

When he wakes up, he discovers that The Beatles have been erased from music history. Taking advantage of his knowledge, Jack starts to see his music career become a reality. But at what cost to his conscious and his relationship with Ellie?

Yesterday is charming, engaging and insightful. The music is obviously catchy. Jack’s arc over the course of the film is both cinematic and down to earth. I also appreciated the color blind casting of Patel in the lead role. As both actor and singer, Patel brings a level of reality to this performance in this otherwise out there world that his character inhabits.

I absolutely recommend it.

Yesterday is presently in theaters.

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Thoughts On The 21st Anniversary Of The Release Of Spice World

21 years ago yesterday, Spice World hit theaters.

My generation’s answer to The Beatles 1964 film A Hard Day’s Night, the film followed The Spice Girls as they traveled around London in the most spectacular tour bus ever seen, have a variety of wacky experiences and performed for their fans.

There are some movies that are intellectually stimulating and/or appeal to a wide variety of audience members. This film, however, is not one of them. While it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it is just really one very long music video meant to appeal to the fans of the group. It doesn’t help that the members of group are just playing themselves and are far from trained actors.

There are some films that are timeless and some that are dated. Spice World is dated.

Even so, the fact that this film is 21 makes me feel like time has gone by too fast. If it were a human being, it would be of age to drink legally. Happy Birthday Spice World.

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Flashback Friday- Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that love is not something that can normally be found by using a credit card.

The Beatles 1964 song, Can’t Buy Me Love is also the name of a 1987 high school comedy starring Patrick Dempsey and Cindy Mancini.

Ronald Miller (Dempsey) is your average high school nerd. Awkward and unpopular, he is at the very bottom of the high school social strata. To achieve popularity, he pays Amanda Peterson (Mancini) to go out with him for one month to appear that he is no longer the uncool nerd that his classmates assumed him to be. He becomes popular, but as the saying goes, not all that glitters is gold.

The movie is full on 1980’s. But there is a truth to the underlying message that being yourself is more important than appealing to those who look down on you.

In 2003, the movie was remade into Love Don’t Cost A Thing. The title again borrows from another popular song, Jennifer Lopez’s Love Don’t Cost A Thing.

Stepping into the shoes of Patrick Dempsey and Cindy Mancini are Nick Cannon and Christina Milian.

The only difference between this film and it’s predecessor is the racially diverse cast and the then updated references. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same film.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Music News: Goodbye Yellowcard And The Mess I Made

Last night, Yellowcard fans around the world went to bed with their hearts breaking. The upcoming album and tour will be the band’s last for the foreseeable future.

Their albums have been the soundtrack of my life for the last 10 years. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live several times. I cannot put into words the unbridled joy that comes the phrase “Yellowcard concert”.

All good things must come to an end, that is a fact of life. When the Beatles announced that they were breaking up in 1970, their fans must have felt like the world was falling apart.

The new album and tour will be bittersweet. Thank you guys, for 10 years of incredible music, my life would have been very different without you.

To honor their journey as musicians and mine as a fan, I give you their first song to hit the charts, Ocean Avenue and the first single off the new album, Rest In Peace.


In other music news, I have a new favorite song, The Mess I Made by Stillwell.

I found the song to be so true to life. We all make mistakes and it’s incredibly easy to punish ourselves for that mistake. I love a good rock song and this song is perfect.

Happy Saturday.

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Throwback Thursday- Groovy Television- The Partridge Family (1970-1974) & The Monkees (1966-1968)

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, television began to reflect the very colorful world that America was becoming.

Two very iconic television shows of the era, The Partridge Family (1970-1974) and The Monkees (1966-1968), reflect what it was  to be a part of the era.

The Partridge Family

Shirley Partridge (Shirley Jones) is a single mother of five growing children. Her children, led by eldest son Keith (David Cassidy, Shirley Jones’s IRL stepson) convince their mother to form a band and go on the road. Managed by Reuben Kincaid (Dave Madden), this family band can only live the life that was possible in the early 1970’s.

And course, there is the iconic song from the show.

Then there is the Monkees, television’s answer to the Beatles.

Davy (Davy Jones), Micky (Micky Dolenz),  Mike (Michael Nesmith) and Peter (Peter Tork) are the members of The Monkees, a rock and roll band that has a series of wacky adventures.

 

Do I recommend them? They’re harmless, so yes.

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Throwback Thursday- Spice World (1997)

In the late 1990’s, the Spice Girls were everywhere.  Their songs were all over the radio, it was hard to not miss them in the media.

Then, on top of all of that media coverage, Spice World (1997) hit theaters.

Taking a page out of the playbook of the Beatles, Spice World is a revamped A Hard Days Night.

As the girls prepare for their first live concert in London, they encounter aliens, spend the night in a haunted castle and find a moment of peace in a maternity ward.

Shakespeare, it ain’t.

This film is very much a moment in time kind of film. There are some movies that can transcend their era, but this film, like  A Hard Days Night, is forever stuck in its era.

Do I recommend it? If you were a pre-teen or teenage girl in the late 1990’s, then yes, because watching this film just takes us back to that time and place. If you were not, then I say no because the plot is nearly non-existent and the film is basically a feature-length music video.

 

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