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“Jersey Boys” the Movie, from Clint Eastwood – Evocative Story Telling

30 Jun
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“Jersey Boys” the Movie from Clint Eastwood -

Evocative Story Telling

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Evocative Story Telling

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“we were not only thoroughly entertained, but moved to tears, smiles, and re-immersion into a lively coming of age time of our lives”

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Intro

I haven’t written a movie review in quite a few years, maybe ten or so.

And I wasn’t intending to, but yesterday my wife Sheila and I decided, despite very mixed reviews, to go see Clint Eastwood’s new movie, “Jersey Boys.”

We expected, at the very least, a good movie, entertaining, with old familiar music via those surround sound systems movie theaters have for big space / war / car chase and other such movies.

Well, there’s some kind of big divide going on (some say it’s political, some say aesthetic), but either way, we were not only thoroughly entertained, but moved to tears, smiles, and re-immersion into a lively coming of age time of our lives.

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Story Telling

Sure, the music as fantastic, probably better than we’d even vaguely remembered. Hearing those old songs in an enclosed theatre with the type of speakers they have now, wow!

And yes, the acting was convincing and attention keeping. Three of the four Four Seasons characters are from the original Broadway or touring company productions.

But what make this movie different from a pure music entertainment (closer to what the play is, and would be great fun to see/hear) is the story. Sheila says she saw that Frankie Valli was one of the producers, and I can’t help feel there was a very close connection between 80 year old Valli and 84 year old Eastwood about what matters.

Love, family, desire, heart break, rejections, success (esp sudden success), danger, and re-conciliations.

The fact is, realizing how and what these young men lived through, to get to the lyrics and sound of many of their songs, then hearing the song, from the actor playing Valli, touches so deep, that wells of emotion can’t help but come up.

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Other Reviews and Links of Interest

Below is both a pro and con review of the film. The comment thread for the con review is particularly interesting I think, as almost everyone disagrees with what the guys says. Both are worth reading though.

Also I’ve included a link to an interview with John Lloyd Young, who played Frankie Valli on stage and in the film.

Plus a link to info on the producers, which does show that Valli was involved with the film.

Con : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-weston/clint-eastwoods-jersey-bo_b_5519633.html

Pro : http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-jersey-boys-review-20140620-column.html

Interview with John Lloyd Young : http://www.biography.com/news/jersey-boys-movie-john-lloyd-young-interview#awesm=~oIFpJJgB0gcQjl

Google search, producers of Jersey Boys : http://glurl.co/equ

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Conclusion

Storytelling, especially when it’s about life, is at its best.

More so when mixed with the sounds and songs that emerged from life, then brought together by decades of perspective from someone like Clint Eastwood.

Totally recommend.

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Photo-Poem : “Magic at Art Hop 2011″ Burlington Vermont

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Photo-Poem combining video stills taken the Friday night of Art Hop 2011 with a few random-other-time images, threaded fictionally by poetry, creating a story of the feelings evoked by the memories of the pictures and events.


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if the words endure, they do so because they link the links -

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if the images endure, they do so because they illuminate them

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the two videos i pulled the stills from are on my youtube channel

art hop friday night has its own video, and the visit during the day to the small inlet near the main street of the festival does also

[note added 030312] special thanks to sambatucada, afro-brazilian percussion group, shown in five of the last six images of the photo-poem! great sound and co-hesiveness ;-)


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it was time!

art hop had skipped onto the calendar

the day was cool yet warmly greeted us, we were off -

Sheila at Lake Champlain inlet near Art Hop 2011

to be at art hop

to have it occupy us

as we’d inhabit

stalls and walls of art, booths of food and

music wafting from way down somewhere

art hop 1a

yet unseen

there, down a ways

there,

across the street with cars and merging

art hop 1b

stars

there

along old tracks

run by trains no longer hauling

art hop 1c

there

in chairs outside

the boxcars now gone

musicians laid new tracks of oldies drinking in

the growing darkness of night’s

art hop 1drestive still-quiet crowds

spaces opened light into the glowing

night

then

sounds of set ups

Fun Music Group

amps and wattage

watching

waiting

art hop 1ethe lookers had prepared

had

strung blank

canvases of light

contrasts, friends of night

art hop 1gcalling those inside -

pawn your indoor sleep!

and

wake!

shadow-glows burst

into drums and horns and flaring

art hop 1f

wails with secret smiles we see in real time – timing our hearts

snaring drumming dreams

art hop 1h

it followed us and we followed too…

art hop 1i

exhausting us

like an army leaving without orders

it was over

Headin' Home

and left its

imprint

played randomly

now

when

passing

sounds of night’s

secret fevers

find their way across remote controls left

uncontrolled

on sofas wanting only softness

wanting only

playfulness

wanting

art hop

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