1. Movies…The Age Of Adaline…A Story Of A Long Life And A Great Love!
Blake Lively is Adaline Bowman. Adaline Bowman is twenty-nine years old. She has been twenty-nine years old for eighty-six years due to an unexplainable quirk in the space time continuum. Initially at age twenty nine she was married, had a daughter, and lost her architect husband to a Golden Gate Bridge construction accident.
It is now 2014 and we see eighty years of Adaline’s life through flashbacks. She has been on the run with her daughter from groups that want to make her a research guinea pig and from those that see she is not aging. Her daughter, played by Ellen Burstyn, is now eighty. Ten years is the most Adaline has stayed in any location. With minor changes Lively beautifully plays Adaline through all these decades of major and minor turmoil.
As a San Francisco librarian in 2014, she is recognized by people from her distant past. Adaline is ready to flee again. She meets her best friend of twenty years at their traditional New Year’s Eve party get-together. Her friend, Lynda Boyd, is singing at the New Year’s Eve celebration. Lynda is blind. She doesn’t realize Adaline hasn’t aged as she has. Adaline, also, meets Michiel Huisman at the party, falls in love with him, and has to decide whether to flee or watch him grow old as she stays the same age. This fact and her unavoidable predicament of fate is greatly disturbing to Adaline and has caused her to flee past loves. She keeps a notebook of the lives she has lead so far…dogs included.
Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, and Amanda Crew join the perplexing problem the movie presents as Michiel’s (Ellis Jones) parents and sister. Ford, at first, thinks Adaline is after his son’s money. Ford’s advice will bring further uncertainty into Adaline’s life. Love story devotees will surely like this one! Blake Lively will lead ‘many a more’ films after this one! Her ‘second place in a movie’ days are over!
2. Fashion…Giselle Bundchen…A Model For All Ages!
Still Number One…She Is Hanging Up Her Cleats And Going Out In Style!
Just as we were going to write a tome about Giselle Bundchen for this issue of Let’s Talk Philadelphia, Giselle decides to retire. At forty-two million dollars, Forbes Magazine has just featured Giselle as the top grossing model in the world for the fifth year in a row. Giselle started modeling at age fourteen. Age thirty-four, of course, is her twentieth year on the runway. She has, also, appeared on over one hundred magazine covers. She is the face that launched one thousand dresses.
Clothes designers could not have a runway showing of their new creations without her. She is not the most beautiful of the models, but she is the most memorable! Memorable wins out in all types of advertising and sales!
The office’s no brainer’s vote on what Giselle will do next includes:
A. Host a fashion show
B. Design her own line of clothes
C. Rest and enjoy her family
D. Continue to spokesperson for hair care and women’s accessories
What do you do in your office when things stagnate or get boring? We invent crazy contests to get everyone’s critical thinking, problem solving, and research skills going.
This week has us researching and presenting the craziest name for a successful music single or group. Write your three choices down before going on and viewing our choices.
A. Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole (The Fearless Eyed) was a six hundred and sixty pound Hawaiian singer noted for his covers of Somewhere Over The Rainbow and It’s A Wonderful Life. His exceptional ukele playing and fight for Hawaii’s sovereignty were featured on a number of films, television shows, and commercials before his death in 1993.
B. Second place goes to Dweezil Zappa!
C. Third place goes to Duffy (a girl) who begs for Mercy (our office play of the week). She wants to be released from the one she loves. We followed this with Duffy’s rendition of Stepping Stone and To Hurt To Dance. Her gravelly voice reminds us of someone. Any suggestions?
4. Movies…The Desert Dancer…Love Your Art, Love Yourself!
There was a giant fight over this suggestion. If no one can find this movie at their local theater, why recommend it? Only one theater out of fifty within ten miles of center city Philadelphia is showing Desert Dancer. Desert Dancer is the powerful true story of five people who tried to overcome Iran’s ban on dancing to pursue their art and love of dance. Only one succeeded!
Reece Ritchie and Freida Pinto magically change the sands of the Iranian desert into the floorboards of your local music and dance stage. The song What I Did For Love…of dance should be played throughout the whole movie as dancers are beaten, thrown in prison, and maimed before Afshin Ghaffarian, the real life star, flees Iran for England and leaves family and friends behind. He is now performing with his dance troupe all over Europe. On your next trip abroad, see if you can catch a performance?
Afshin Ghaffarian is a self-taught dancer who enjoyed watching the banned dance movies of Gene Kelly, Michael Jackson, and Rudolph Nureyev. He picked up additional ideas from underground dance clubs throughout Iran. Elaheh played by Freida Pinto is Afshin’s dance partner. Elaheh’s mother, who taught Elaheh how to dance, was a discredited member of the Iranian Ballet. These two and three other friends form an underground dance company only to be persecuted and hunted by the dance police of Iran. Hunt this one down at a theater near you. It is dance and the love of dance from a very different, but enjoyable lens.
5. Movies II…Get Hard…Twins From Different Mothers And Fathers!
Will Ferrell is six foot three inches tall. Kevin Hart is five foot two inches tall. In the movie Get Hard, Will Ferrell is a multi-millionaire business man. In the movie Get Hard, Kevin Hart owns a struggling car detail business. From the start of Get Hard, you could see they have a great deal in common.
In spite of seemingly having it all in the forms of job, money, house, girlfriend, and car, Ferrell is unfairly convicted of embezzling millions of dollars from his clients. Ferrell’s going to jail. Coping and social skills are not part of Ferrell’s having it all. Hart is Ferrell’s $25,000 hire. Ferrell needs to know how to survive in prison while his appeal is being processed. He claims he is not guilty.
Hart transforms Ferrell’s house into a prison. His butlers and maids form the prison guards. Hart organizes and conducts hilarious field trips to every prison gang Ferrell may meet while incarcerated. Ferrell needs to be looking for a friend when he enters the prison yard. These visits include the Russian mafia, white racist motorcycle gangs, black drug lords, and girl’s roller derby. All the encounters are crazy. In spite of the language, everyone in the office, from 22-60, couldn’t stop laughing. Hart and Ferrell score again in their ‘hapless person in need of help’ brand of humor.
6. Commentary…St. Patrick’s And Pi Day!
A Quick Peek Because We Missed The Two!
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