I wanted to post a special song for this occasion, and as luck would have it I had a very special musical experience a mere nine days ago that provided just the track.
If the Random iTunes Fairy has a sentimental streak, she’ll serve up a little Frank Sinatra in honor of my dad. Let’s spin the wheel and see what we get.
This was back when an easy listening light jazz/soul act could become a chart-topper. I guess the closest we get to this sort of thing these days is Adele, but she’s not quite in the same mold.
My final movie of the week is the most bonkers of the bunch. NetFlix’s The Perfection is best seen with no prior knowledge of the plot (although perhaps it’s best not seen at all, depending on your tastes).
Starring Allison Williams (Girls, Get Out) and Logan Browning (the Dear White People series) as cello prodigies and lovers, the film is packed with twists, turns and shocks. Director Richard Shepard plays with time and perspective in some neat ways. I’ll just leave it there.
Would movies like Set It Up, Ali’s Wedding, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before or The Incredible Jessica James ever have found a home, let alone an audience, on the big screen? And do they really need to? I’d argue these movies play even better while cuddled on the couch with a bowl of microwave popcorn.
Yes, the platform is also responsible for the horrific The Kissing Booth, but I’ll let that one slide.
Rocketman is a biopic about legendary rocker Elton John, directed by Dexter Fletcher (who took over the reins of Bohemian Rhapsody from Bryan Singer), starring Taron Egerton, and produced by Elton himself. That last fact is key, because you have to be a little wary of a film purporting to be a “warts and all” depiction when it is delivered by the subject himself.
The Olivia Wilde-helmed high school comedy blew through Sundance and left a trail of rapturous reviews and breathless recommendations in its wake. Its Rotten Tomatoes score sat at 100% until The New Yorker‘s Richard Brody spoiled the party. Comparisons were made to Superbad and Lady Bird.