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“Stillwater”–Movie Theatre Review   Leave a comment

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In 2007 an American girl, Amanda Knox, was sentenced to prison for killing her roommate when they were on a trip to Italy. Five years later the conviction was overturned and Ms. Knox returned to the USA. Screenwriters of “Stillwater” seem to have based the movie on the true story adding their own twists and turns and that is where the movie has gone wrong as it seems each of the 4 writers, Tom McCarthy, Marcus Hinchey, Thomas Bidegain and Noe Debre all had their own stories to tell so the movie is not only bloated and way too long but distracts from whatever ‘mystery’ there could have been. The climax of whatever happened comes across anti-climatic and after 2 hours an 10 minutes very disappointing.

I have seen most of the near 100 movies Matt Damon has been connected with either as an actor or producer or writer and he doesn’t disappoint here as the strong man who beat his alcohol and drug problems, believes in his daughter Allison’s innocence and gets to Marseilles as often as he can, eventually moving there. He has no understanding of the French language or how French law works. It is dropped in the conversation that his wife had committed suicide and never delved into, instead giving him a French woman who is into causes and has an 8 year old daughter who he can get close to as he wasn’t to Allison when she was young. Abigail Breslin is okay as Allison but her part,  as written, doesn’t make you feel any sympathy for her, which certainly would help. Lilou Siauvaud is as ‘cute as a button’ as the 8 year old while Camille Cotton as her mother, to me, was very hard to understand because of her French accent.

I have no idea what purpose Deanna Dunagan serves the film playing Allison’s maternal grandmother though the actress certainly gets across that she is too old and sick to travel. Various other actors such as Anne Le Ny as Allison’s lawyer are hard to understand as far as their accent or the soundtrack goes.

The direction by Tom McCarthy is too scattered though the director of photography Masanobu Takayanagi offers some beautiful shots of Marseilles in spite of the two time consuming, unnecessary scenes of Damon and/or Breslin swimming just add to the length of the movie.

Streaming has spoiled me with its fast forward and subtitles a definite plus but it was good to see that Matt Damon can still draw the people into a theatre.

Posted July 30, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIE REVIEW, MUSIC

85 years of songs and singers Part 7   2 comments

85 Years of songs, singers, songwriters    Part 7

Fun songs from Broadway

A story song from yesterday, “Miss Otis Regrets” sung by Carmen McCrae written by Cole Porter for “Hi Diddle Diddle”

Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur  “Bosom Buddies” from “Mame”

Nathan Lane “Comedy Tonight” from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

“A Musical” from “Something Rotten”

“Dance 10, Looks 3” (AKA T**s & A$$) Original cast of “A Chorus Line” with Pamela Blair as Val

“Adelaide’s Lament”  Vivian Blaine in “Guys And Dolls”

“Another Opening, Another Show” Broadway cast revival of “Kiss Me Kate”

“Big Spender” Original cast of “Sweet Charity” starring Gwen Verdon

Judy Holliday  Original BroadwayCast “Bells Are Ringing”  singing “I’m Going Back”

Posted February 22, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC

85 years of singers and songs Part 4   Leave a comment

85 years of songs & singers  part 4

The list of great singers is endless and I tend to favor those who were known before 1960 and mostly those referred to as balladeers. Of the singers and songs listed below the latest of the recordings was in 1966.

Like many listed above Sinatra first found fame in the 1940s and it would be hard to pick just one song of his to represent the singer because he had so many hits but the one I picked by him was a big hit when I was 30 and about to go a big change in my life.

All the songs, and singers, bring back memories, mainly in the 1950s as I came out in New York City and each one brings back many memories!

1)  Frank Sinatra “Strangers In The Night” 1966   https://youtu.be/BTOeRwIUnG0

2) Tony Bennett “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” 1957 https://youtu.be/jBesLqgs4yA

3) Johnny Ray “Cry” 1951 https://youtu.be/5FO07LN72ek

4) Mel Torme “The Christmas Song” 1950 Though made more famous by Nat King Cole Torme wrote this song so—- https://youtu.be/8fxmh9srt1w

5) Eddie Fisher  “Wish You Were Here” 1953 https://youtu.be/OPkEdMAFT00

6) Frankie Laine (One of my brother’s favorite singers–drove me crazy with “Mule Train” but I did like this one) “Black And Blue” 1946 https://youtu.be/23ccsC7UTOE

7) Vic Damone “We Kiss In A Shadow” 1958  from “The King and I” a Gay anthem https://youtu.be/xBBaCxxyBt0

8) Johnny Mathis “It’s Not For Me To Say” 1957 https://youtu.be/xBBaCxxyBt0

9) Billy Eckstine “My Foolish Heart” 1950 from one of my favorite movies https://youtu.be/tNTVqFUQxi4

10) Harry Belafonte “Day O” aka “Banana Boat Song” 1956 https://youtu.be/6Tou8-Cz8is

11) Nat King Cole “Unforgettable” 1951 https://youtu.be/JFyuOEovTOE

12) Al Martino “An Affair To Remember” 1957 Another favorite movie https://youtu.be/6EHGoJVeBK0

13) Perry Como “If (They Made Me A King)” 1951 https://youtu.be/jQvW1M7K6II

14) Tony Martin “Stranger In Paradise” 1954 https://youtu.be/rXJM_ZeMs1g

Posted January 31, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC

85 years of music and memories Part 1   1 comment

I was doodling on a piece of paper and started to write titles of songs that brought back memories and before I knew it I had 500 titles!! Well, after 85 years of songs that mean something to you, that trigger a memory keep on coming back–so here are some of the songs, in no particular order–and in some case a snippet of memory! 

1. 1945–the first time I remember being stunned by a song and singer in a Broadway Musical: John Raitt singing the “Soliloquy” in “Carousel”

https://youtu.be/CKCUapUEFkY

2. “But Not For Me”–Ella Fitzgerald–1950s–Everod Baths, NYC

https://youtu.be/FnfUN6bBAg4

3. “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing”–1955–Chinese Grauman Theatre–met Jennifer Jones–I was in the Marines–one of my top favorite movies–song sung at the end by the 4 Aces ‘destroyed’ me

https://youtu.be/4U5zkF3OJOM

4. “Look of Love”–1967–Sergio Mendez–Bernie–Weight Watchers–The Boys in the Band–moved to Memphis https://youtu.be/HAFYlBg_1u0

5.”I Wish You Love” Keely Smith–Basin Street East–I was 23–a young romantic nightclub kidhttps://youtu.be/WPJ-J3NUUyk

Posted January 18, 2021 by greatmartin in memories, MUSIC

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