We pre-purchased tickets for a 10pm screening of La La Land. It played at the Regal Park Terrace, in Charlotte — the only theatre in the area showing this film, as of tonight (it opens at others tomorrow).
We already have our Christmas Day movie picked out. We’ll be seeing Fences. So tonight was the night for La La Land.
That’s a one hour drive. I thought we were running late and I sped. We got there at 9:55.
All three of us — my wife, daughter, and myself — used the facilities.
We entered the theatre at 10:03. The theatre was packed and we had to sit very close.
The movie had started. No previews. That’s odd — but I thought that might be something they do with movies at that hour. Who knows?
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I hate to miss the beginning of a movie — and I love previews — but it seemed like we had only missed a minute or two, maybe even just a few seconds. That is, it seemed like the beginning of a movie.
Ten minutes later, the movie ended and the audience got up to leave.
My first thought was that I had read the times wrong. Then my daughter said, “We’re in the wrong theatre.”
We rushed into the next room and sat down in time to see the ending of a preview and the entire movie — including the ending, again.
Ordinarily, I would not recommend watching the ending first.
That said, it’s a beautiful movie, start to finish — so seeing a bit of it twice is really a bit of a bonus.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are classic big screen stars. Los Angeles glitters. The music is quite beautiful, and in one sequence, Gosling’s character explains why.
Although this movie was made well before anybody thought we would have such a catastrophic election result, I’d say there’s nothing better for a Trump infested country than movies like this. Good, big, bittersweet musicals with plenty of singing, dancing, and bigger than life beautiful stars who fall in love and overcome all their obstacles.
Keep ‘em coming, Hollywood. We’ll need more of these.
It’s Thanksgiving and I’m grateful for many things.
One thing I’m grateful for is that I have a big, loving family — and they are all liberal Democrats.
We have our moments, but there won’t be any heated arguments with Uncle Joe who voted for Trump.
Last Thanksgiving, we had some disagreement about Bernie and Hillary.
But this year, before the conversation even begins, I’m confident that we will all generally agree that the president-elect is a scary, albeit entertaining, celebrity who is surrounded by seedy racist characters and destined to do a lot of damage to our great country.
That said, let’s have a happy Thanksgiving.
If you have opposing political factions at your table, consider that there are more important things in life than politics.
And — perhaps take some comfort in these favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein show tunes:
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Earlier today, I saw a Facebook post reprinting an article in the Salisbury Post lamenting the decline of unbiased reporting in that thing we cherish that has been so widely and weirdly demonized of late, “the mainstream media.”
I attacked the piece’s sorry punctuation. In my view, if you’re going