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British Musical Superstar, Baron Andrew Lloyd Webber Was Born This Day 69-Years Ago; March 22, 1948.

by Anura Guruge




Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Lloyd_Webber


What an amazing body of work.

I am delighted that he shares a birthday with Teischan.

I have not seen all of his musicals BUT have seen most of them, some more than once and in some cases both in London and New York.

We watched “I’d Do Anything” on PBS and loved it.



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The Divine Johann Sebastian Bach Was Born This Day 332-Years Ago; March 21, 1685!

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Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Sebastian_Bach


Kind of funny. ‘March 21’ is his birthday per the ‘Old System’ – i.e., the pre-Gregorian calendar. But, it would appear that in his time this would definitely would have been his birthday.

So, let’s tip our hat to this great composer.



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‘Beauty And The Beast’ 3D, The 2017 Disney Movie, Far Exceeded Expectations THOUGH It Is Far From A Classic.

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Click image to access IMDb.com listing.



The official trailer on YouTube.


April 2016 ‘Prospect Mountain High School’ production. Click for lots more pictures.

It was GOOD. Very good, but not brilliant — though another lavish and sumptuous production true to the Disney-trademark.

Though I have seen the 1991 Disney animated version more times than I care to remember and was privileged to see the extremely good ‘Prospect Mountain High School’ version just last year, the ending of this brought a tear to my eye — so much so that the lady seated next to me (a total stranger) whispered to me: “haven’t you seen this before?”. I have. I have, but I am still a sucker for good ol’ fashioned sentimentality.

Kids will LOVE it. No question about that. They will, luckily, not be jaded by having seen the 1991 version which was, of course, a CLASSIC.

So, to keep this brief, let me hit the salient points in bullet form.

  • The infamous ‘overtly gay scene’ is so, so innocuous that it really should have gone unnoticed and uncommented. We see much verse, every day, on the sporting world! Gee. Come on.
    …..
  • The above said, Disney’s attempts to be INCLUSIVE, i.e., having black/colored semi-leading characters (e.g., main singer at the parties), was DISTRACTING and to a colored such as I, INSULTING. This is supposed to be 1600 France. If there were indeed non-white folks in very rural areas, they sure were not prancing around in fancy gowns being the ‘belle of the ball’. That was stupid.
    ….
  • I am a sucker for #D (but also a keen critic) — thought it was spot on. Others may disagree. 3D is so subjective. I am now convinced that one’s ability to truly enjoy 3D movies is connected to how quickly one’s brain is able to process the 3D data. If the brain doesn’t process the 3D data fast enough much of the 3D is going to get lost. That is a shame. Not the fault of the production or the technology. Not sure how this can be addressed.
    I Google “people having trouble seeing 3D movies”. Wow. Appears that it is quite a common problem; 1-in-10. This link, from ‘engadget’ was interesting:
    ….
  • The BEAST looked too much like a docile GOAT! Worst beast I have ever seen. It looked really, really dozy. Very distracting.
    ….
  • Got there 5 minutes before the 2pm start time and told that they only had a few seats left! The theater, for this Sunday matinee (at the Concord, Regal 10), was indeed full. Haven’t seen that around here in 20 years THOUGH we don’t go to the movies that often.
  • Appears that Disney made a very conscious effort not to step-on-the-toes of its animated version — so, for example, the dining table sequence was very subdued compared to what we saw in the 1991 version. That isn’t to say that it wasn’t good. Just got the feeling that Disney wanted to keep a separation.


All said, definitely worth watching. Kids will love it. I will probably watch it again when it is available on TV/online.


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‘Mr. Church’, The 2016 Movie, Poignant (In A Good Way) And Definitely A Movie For Today’s Times.

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Click image to access IMDb.com listing for movie.


The FULL movie, is available, for FREE,
on YouTube.


Watched in on Amazon Prime a few days ago. Every few weeks, when I have 5-minutes to spare, I browse through the Prime movie library to see what is new.

The description for this movie caught my eye.

It was a very touching and moving movie. A few storyline themes that seem farfetched BUT a great story for today’s troubled times.

IF life really could be this simple and neat.

Heartwarming. Definitely worth watching.

Full movie, supposedly, available on YouTube (see above).


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Amazon’s 2015 Movie, ‘The Dressmaker’, Set In Australia, Is Engaging And Sometimes V. Funny.

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Click image to access IMDb.com listing for movie.


The Trailer on YouTube.


Given I am an Amazon Prime member I get regular e-mails with Prime Movie recommendations.

This movie was in one of those e-mails last week. I added it to my Watchlist.

Being set in Australia and the 1950s time period made me think that it might be along the lines of “A Place To Call Home” — a series that we all really got hooked on.

I was right. Definite similarities.

Not a bad movie at all; at all. Actually quite a GOOD movie.

Engrossing story line. Some hilarious parts. Easy on the eye.

You will like it. Promise.


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Don McLean (As In ‘American Pie’) In Trouble In Maine — And 2016 Mugshot.

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The 2016 Mugshot in Maine.

Yikes.

Click to ENLARGE. Google for more.


That was in May 2016, i.e., last year.

He has now been slapped with a protective order from his estranged wife.

Click here to read the March 8, 2017, story from the (incomparable) U.K. “Daily Mail
— my primary source of U.S. news.

Click these two snippets to ENLARGE and read here.


A real shame for all involved.

I like Don McLean. Always has. ‘American Pie‘ is one of my all time favorite songs.

We were really lucky to see him in Portland, Maine on July 4, 2013.



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