30 Days, 30 Movies {Day 20} Broadway Hit Turned Movie – Jersey Boys

Broadway hits becoming cinematic gold was the norm in Hollywood 60 and 50 years ago. Now it seems to be the opposite. Movies such as Legally Blonde and Spiderman are turning into Broadway hits. I’m pretty sure Beauty and the Beast was the first animated movie to become a Broadway hit.

I remember the first time I heard about Jersey Boys, the Broadway musical. I was watching Regis and Kelly with my Mom, and Regis animatedly said, “Jersey Boys! You gotta see it!” I don’t know why I remember this, but I do. I thought that sounded interesting and I thought it was crazy that Regis was friends with Frankie Valli.

Nine years later, Hunny hurries me out of my Mom’s minus the Littles saying that we need to go to the store. I thought it was strange that we were going to the store alone, but any alone time with Hunny is welcome. Especially since we can’t afford dates outside our house. When we got in the car, he turned to me and said, “We’re going to the movies.”

I cried.

Hunny hadn’t taken me to the movies in years. The last movie I saw in the theaters before Jersey Boys was The Great Gatsby and I saw that with a friend. I asked him what we were seeing and when he said Jersey Boys, I was a little disappointed. We also missed the beginning of the movie, which is irritating.

But the movie was perfect. I loved the four narratives telling the same story. I loved the characters breaking the fourth wall in a natural way that wasn’t cheesy or goofy. Director Clint Eastwood even snuck himself in the movie by having the characters watch one of his movies on TV. I especially loved the music and learning the behind the scenes information about them. I grew up listening to music from the 1950’s and 1960’s, so in a weird way, watching this film was listening to my childhood. I don’t think any of the other audience members, all at least 50 years older than Hunny and myself, had a more enjoyable time than we did.

Now it’s at the dollar theater, and I’m hoping Hunny will take me to see it again!

30 Days, 30 Movies {Day 5} Biopic – Chaplin

You know how I feel about long movies. I loathe them. I get antsy. I just want it to be over already! I can read for hours (At least, I could until God put small children in my life), but you put a movie over 90 minutes in front of me and I start to loose it.

Chaplin broke me.

Chaplin is over two hours long and I was riveted from minute one to the end. As soon as the credits ended, Hunny and I watched the bonus features. It wasn’t a fluke, either. On my second viewing of the film, I found myself feeling sorry for Charlie Chaplin and even though I knew what would happen, I was still cheering him on. My being able to sit through more than two hours shows what great writing and acting can do.

The movie is based on Chaplin’s own autobiography. Before I watched this movie, I had never seen a Charlie Chaplin movie. I knew he was a silent film star, but I had absolutely no interest in him. After watching this movie, I wanted to see one of his movies. More proof of the influence movies can have.

I highly recommend viewing this as soon as possible. Robert Downey Jr. is phenomenal. Before filming, he watched every movie Charlie Chaplin made. Do you know how many that is? Eighty-seven. Sixty-two of those films were made before Chaplin was twenty-one.

30 Days, 30 Scenes {Day 14} Emotion Scene Two

When I told Hunny that I was doing 30 Scenes in 30 Days, he didn’t think that I could do it. And you know what? He was right! I couldn’t write a scene a day for a month. But I tried. I’m still trying.

This is a scene from my grandmother’s biopic. It doesn’t have character descriptions because the characters have been introduced earlier in the piece.

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After my Grandmother gave birth to Raymond, a still born child, the doctors told her she would never have children of her own. My Grandparents adopted my Aunt. Two years later, she gave birth to another son, my Dad. It’s such a miracle that we’re here right now and I am writing this.