Friday Movie Whimsy: Yesterday

Because Yesterday is a relatively family friendly movie, I saw the preview for the film many times in the previous few months. Every kids’ movie and every adult movie I watched featured the preview. And every time I saw the clip, I thought, “I don’t have any desire to see that movie with its ridiculous premise.” The truth is that it wasn’t until a blogger I like and trust said Yesterday was wonderful (in fact she said it was one of her favorite movies of all time) that I decided I wanted to see the movie. And I knew I had better hurry because it must be at the tail end of its run.

The British film features a cast with which I was mostly unfamiliar. I recognized Lily James from her Downton Abbey Days, and she plays the manager and closest friend of wannabe singer/songwriter Jack Malik. As hard as he tries, Jack finds no success and is becoming frustrated.

And then there is a never-explained event during which the entire world loses power for 12 minutes. Following that cataclysmic event, it doesn’t take long before Jack figures out that no one else in the world has ever heard of the Beatles or is familiar with any of their music. He takes advantage of that fact, and becomes an overnight success using their songs.

The story is poignant and mesmerizing as Jack is torn between the joy of finally being appreciated and the guilt in knowing that he has stolen the music even though nobody knows it. Or do they? The fun in the film for me is the opportunity to hear the classic and familiar Beatles songs performed ably by talented actor and musician Hamesh Patel who plays the lead. What, in fact, would the musical world be like if the Beatles’ music never existed?

The ending, which included a pleasant romantic conclusion, was satisfying and allows the viewer to leave the theater with a smile. See the movie while you still can!




Saturday Smile: She Loves You Yes, Yes, Yes

The Late Late Show’s host James Corden does a bit — called Carpool Karaoke — in which he drives around with a famous star — often a musician — during which they both sing karaoke-style to songs made famous both by the particular singer, or others. I am, of course, NEVER awake for The Late Late Show, but I was made aware of this particular episode via another blogger. It features Paul McCartney.

It’s fairly lengthy — 23 minutes, but worth every moment. Watching it made me extremely happy. I loved it. In fact, I cried through most of it. It’s not a bit sad, but it made me feel very nostalgic.

If you don’t feel you have 23 minutes to spare, fast forward until 15:30. It’s all good, but the ending is the best part. Watch the Baby Boomers!

Have a great weekend.

Thursday Thoughts

Bottoms Up
For me, a large portion of my enjoyment from food and drink is derived from how it looks. Drinking a martini out of a plastic cup simply wouldn’t do it for me. Since embarking on my whiskey drinking adventure, I have been dissatisfied with the glass in which I pour the drink. I want them to look like Frank Reagan on Blue Bloods. After all, it is because of him that I undertook this challenge. So I googled cut-glass rocks glasses. Much to my surprise and delight, what came up was an advertisement from Macy’s for Waterford Marquis rocks glasses that were on sale. It happened to be during Macy’s Friend and Family sale during which many items – including these glasses — were an additional 30 percent off. So I quickly ordered them and the grand total was $27 and some cents for four, plus shipping. They arrived yesterday, and my experience is now complete…..

Whatevah, They All Fly Around in the Air
Court showed me a photo of Cole wearing an astronaut’s costume that they own for some reason or another. Court suggested I ask Cole what he’s dressed as in the photo. I did so. Star Wars, he replied, referring to the Stormtroopers who worked for the Empire. I think he might have something there…..

When I’m 64 is Today
I was 14 years old when this tune was released on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 1967. So I have been waiting 50 years for this song to really mean something to me…..

When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I’d been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride.
Doing the garden, digging the weekds
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine forever more
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

Today is my birthday, and I’m 64!