Bruce Springsteen: For The Love Of Music!
Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, and Mick Jagger are in the movie 20 Feet From Stardom, but they are not the stars of the movie.
The stars of the movie are Darlene Love, Cheryl Crow, and the hundreds of backup singers who have never made it to the front of the stage.
The movie, in documentary form, is the story of great musical talent unrealized. Many of the performances that are featured are far beyond outstanding. The movie is a musical treat. The interviews are revealing and inspiring, too. Many performers work well behind the spotlight. Others are still trying to make it big. Their descriptions of this effort make for tremendous theater.
Cheryl Crow is one of the very few to go from backup to star. Her steps and methods in this move were not chronicled in the film! Inquiring minds do want to know!
The question featured in the movie is why do some make it and why do some not make it. It is definitely not a question of talent as was shown time and again in amazing performances. The business, science invention, and the Internet worlds ask these same questions. Fate? Location? Opportunity?
Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and Sting, among others, all voiced that they recruited the best talents to back them up. In Springsteen’s case, his back-up singers have been with him for twenty-five years. How can you be the best in the back of the stage but not in the front of the stage?
Questions unanswered make for an enjoyable night out at the movies for the love of music and the music lover.
Alfred North Whitehead a renowned scholar summed up this fame dilemma in the following quote from his God letters:
“A God capricious is fame,
When striving to make noted your name.
He boldly neglects you,
But sometimes selects you,
In an area far from your game.”
Oni Lasana: Theater At Its Best
Oni Lasana’s is a tour de force in the world of theater and history. Her signature program is a heartfelt portrayal of a woman living in America during the Civil War. Her main character is ‘Lias'(Elias) from Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem “In The Morning”. She develops Elias and the themes of Dunbar and the times in a one-woman educational must see. Her entertaining program features Paul Laurence Dunbar’s southern dialect poems, connected by Lasana’s engaging monologue and riveting depictions of life during the Civil war.
Her performance is a musical, interactive, and multidisciplinary theatrical treat for schools (grades 5 to University),
community groups, local theater, business, and civic organizations.
Nikki Giovanni, one of America’s premier authors sings Oni’s praises as she calls out that…“Oni Lasana is the voice of Dunbar!”
For information on how to incorporate this great experience into your community please contact Oni at: www.OniLasana.com.
The World Of Women: Amelia Earhart
Letters From Amelia Earhart: An Intimate Portrait (1982) is an enticing book by Jean Backus. Backus uses Amelia’s notes and letters to recreate a revealing picture of the reknowned pilot as Amelia discusses determination, faith, a life well lived, family, marriage, women’s rights, and new explorations in areas not previously open to woman in the beginning of the 1900’s.
Many of the letters and a cache of very rare photographs featured in the book were found 45 years after Amelia’s death in an attic in Berkeley, California. The four cardboard boxes that were discovered contained letters from Amelia to her mother. The letters give an endearing and intimate portrait of a creative women that should be emulated by young and old alike.
Her school years in Philadelphia give a great glimpse of the amazing woman she would soon become. Our favorite picture of Amelia is the one where she is pictured with Orville Wright at the Franklin Institute Science Museum. Wright’s famous biplane is framed behind these two great story sharers.
The World Of Men: Another Myth Debunked
Thank you Michelin Corporation for saving manhood and mankind, once again. Michelin has just completed a giant survey of cars, driving preferences, and the world of transportation. Their findings were monumental, but the standout fact destroyed one of the all time driving myths. Men do not ask for directions is the myth they destroyed. Michelin found that 36% of men use their cars GPS guidance systems, but only 23% of women. So take that man bashers!
Please stay tuned to upcoming columns as we attack that last bastions of anti-maledom and the following top ten of remaining male myths as outlined in Men’s Health.
Myth #1: Men Are Not Emotional
Myth #2: Sex Is What Matters the Most
Myth #3: A Man Is His Job
Myth #4: Males Are Limited Creatures
Myth #5: Men Hate to Commit
Myth #6: Guys Don’t Communicate
Myth #7: A Woman’s Looks Are Everything
Myth #8: Men Don’t Take Things Personally
Myth #9: Guys Don’t Listen to Criticism
Myth #10: Boys and Girls Are So Different
The World Of The Ageless: Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger turned 70 on Friday. The seventy in his age paints a far greater story than we could ever write in this column.
The World Of The Ageless II: Lucille Ball
The Lucille Ball Show is celebrating its 62nd consecutive year on television. That is more viewing hits than all of Justin Bieber’s hits on Facebook this year. Speaking of Facebook…Reenergize your site…The Facebook stocks have gone up sixty percent and have left all those negative predictors in their wake.
Hugh Jackman: Singer, Dancer, Wolverine?
History, faith, loyalty, and a life owed send Hugh Jackman to Japan to resolve issues starting just before the bombing of Hiroshima as he reprises the role of Wolverine in this week’s new addition to the movie race. Jackman, super buff as usual for the role, is called to Japan by, Yoshida, a successful Japanese entrepreneur. He owes his life to Jackman. They were both in the A-bomb blast at Hiroshima. Jackman’s body shielded Yoshida from certain death.
Yoshida, also, wants his granddaughter protected when she takes over the company after his imminent death. He wants more though as the story progresses, the fighting begins, and Wolverine’s vulnerability is revealed.
Read the 1982 issue of Wolverine #1.
Jackman is a spitting image of the original wolverine.
Holy Horror Movies Batman: The Conjuring
Sean Gallagher, our high school writer supreme, took a five paragraph go at The Conjuring. The movie has made over a hundred million dollars in less than ten days with a per theater average way above its competitors. Sean does a great breakdown of why horror movies remain the mainstay of Hollywood productions long after Lon Chaney’s death.
The Conjuring: An Old Fashioned, Genuinely Creepy Horror Movie
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in James Wan’s The Conjuring. The story has been played out countless times before onscreen…There are demons terrorizing a family’s home and they must be drawn out. The Conjuring works because it uses a standard horror formula and gives us something different. There’s nothing wrong with a good formula done well. The story is told mostly from the perspective of the Warrens and not the victimized family. This is different and very refreshing.
Supposedly, this film is based on a true case that the Warrens investigated. Whether or not you believe the “based on a true story” tagline won’t matter by the end of the movie. Skeptic or believer, this movie will probably scare the hell out of you. What’s great about The Conjuring is that the scares don’t simply stop and start. For the most part, there is a feeling of mounting and prolonged dread from beginning to end.
In fact, The Conjuring is one of the only film’s I’ve ever heard of that is rated R simply for being scary. The MPAA cites “sequences of disturbing violence and terror” as its reason for the rating, which in itself is a great compliment to the film. The Conjuring is indeed very scary, but hardly ever relies on gore or fake out “jump scares” to manipulate the audience. Director James Wan is well on his way to becoming a great horror director. Like John Carpenter, Wan understands that what is unseen is often scarier than what is explicitly shown.
The performances are all solid, especially from Lili Taylor. She is the tormented mother of the family dealing with things that go bump in the night. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson also take their roles as paranormal investigators very seriously, lending the film some credibility, despite its supernatural elements. The Warrens establish early on that most of the time, nothing supernatural or haunted is going on inside supposedly haunted locations. One scene shows the Warrens revealing creaky pipes and floorboards as the source of one couple’s “haunting.”
By taking time to set up the reality of this world, the later scenes inside the haunted house feel much more plausible and creepy. The Conjuring is a horror movie that I suspect will appeal to just about anyone who loves a scary story or a shiver down their spine. Viewers turned off by “torture porn” and explicit gore in recent horror films will appreciate the simplicity and inventiveness of the scares in this movie. The Conjuring is that rare horror movie that sticks with you afterwards. You may find yourself listening closely to ambient noise in your home, expecting to hear demons whispering in the shadows.
Helping Local Businesses, Entrepreneurs, And Artists
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