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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This movie will "Fix You"

My colleague and friend Georgene was the one who introduced us to this movie back in the day when you picked up a CD from your local Hollywood Video, a million years ago, in 2008. Rarely has she gone out of her way to so highly recommend a film, and in this case, I’m happy to say she hit a home run. (This is the trailer on YouTube:)

The movie is called Young @ Heart, and it’s a sweet documentary about a group of septua- and octo- (and a nona-)genarians who started off a few years back as a vaudeville group, and went to rock and roll when one of their members did an improvised "Do Wah Diddy" at a concert. This documentary is about the lead-up to one of their concerts when they're practicing some new music, including "Yes We Can Can" by Allen Toussaint, "I Feel Good" by James Brown, and "Fix You" by Coldplay. Oh gosh, and "Schizophrenia" by Sonic Youth. You’ll see a few music videos of the group during the movie, their version of the Talking Heads’ “Road to Nowhere,” the Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated,” and little pieces of “Purple Haze” and “Somebody to Love.” It is a SCREAM! And it's funny and sad and real life stuff. Most of all, it affirms the life-giving, life-sustaining power of music. Trust me on this - you will not regret the 100 or so minutes you spend watching this movie, and you'll think of at least 5 other people who should run out and rent it to. It's a no-brainer. Just do it.

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