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Sights & Sounds 34: Whitney Houston Edition

by Jamie Sanford on February 12, 2012

Sights and Sounds 34: Whitney Houston Edition

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Whitney Houston yesterday, as many of you probably were as well. I know that not everyone has the same experience or memories associated with Whitney and her music, but I have a lot. I had a teenage sister in the 80s, so pop music was king. I have a mom who was OBSESSED with The Bodyguard and the soundtrack, and so I have to start this out with a video of “Queen of the Night” from the soundtrack to The Bodyguard.

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For those of you who do not frequent bars with dance music, know that Whitney has been alive and well in the club for years with remixes of this song – “It’s Not Right, But It’s OK.

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This song too, also a club favorite. Check out the video for “Heartbreak Hotel.”

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One of my earlier favorites from Whitney Houston is “I’m Your Baby Tonight.” Check out the video.

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Whitney also did a duet in 1998 with one of my all-time favorite artists, George Michael.  Check out “If I Told You That.”

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Naturally, I have to end this post with Whitney Houston’s epic recording of the Dolly Parton song, “I Will Always Love You.” If nothing else, this song guarantees that Whitney Houston will live on for a long time to come.

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Rest in peace, Whitney.

Everyone, please share your favorite Whitney songs and memories in the comments!

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Remember Me (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 21, 2011

42. Remember Me (not available to stream on Netflix, available to buy digitally on Amazon)

Here is the Remember Me trailer.

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Spoiler alert! Remember Me is a 2010 film starring Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin.  It centers around Tyler and Ally, connected by the fact that Tyler had a run-in with her father (a cop, played by Chris Cooper) and the fact that they’ve both lost close family members.  Tyler is clearly lost, working at the bookstore and auditing classes at NYU. Ally is going to school but still living at home and doesn’t seem all that grown up.

Hmm, Robert Pattinson is hot in this movie.

They meet each other and things get serious very quickly, especially after an unfortunate incident between Ally and her father that leads to her moving in with Tyler and his roommate.

Things go well and they spend time with Tyler’s mother, stepfather and sister, who all love him, and occasionally his father (Pierce Brosnan), who seems very cold and closed off, which looks to be a result of losing his other son to suicide.  This especially hurts Tyler’s little sister, Caroline, played so well by Ruby Jerins.

Naturally, Ally eventually finds out about the link between Tyler and her father, and finds out that the reason Tyler approached her in the first place was at the prodding of his roommate, as a plan for how to get back at the cop who beat him up.  Drama ensues, Ally goes back to her father’s house, and it takes an unfortunate event that happens to Caroline to bring them back together. I will leave the rest off, because going further will spoil the movie beyond anyone wanting to watch it.

I liked the movie a lot – even though I am 31 and happy and settled in life, I can remember and still relate to watching people in their early 20s struggling with figuring things out, and then falling in love and having that be another crazy thing to deal with.  I can definitely recommend seeing this movie.  Bring tissues.

Remember Me is available on DVD from Amazon for $14.49.

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100 Films in 2011: Men in Black

by Jamie Sanford on February 9, 2011

Still behind.  Either way, I caught this movie on TV and watched it over the weekend.

8. Men in Black (Not available on Netflix Instant Watch)

I don’t remember if I saw this movie back in 1997 when it came out, but I remember one thing from that time—

Will Smith got sexy all of a sudden!  In the “Men in Black” video! My friend Christina and I did not go to high school together, sadly, but we talked a lot, and once we had cars, hung out a lot too.  I have a specific memory of talking about this with her and having her comment on how Will Smith’s dancing in the music video is SEXY.  The steps are pretty basic but Will Smith brings out some swagger here that has lasted, because he is still hot.

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Anyway, back to the movie.  It’s classic summer blockbuster fare, and I think it is mostly really entertaining.  It’s a comedy with some action in it.  I would have recast Linda Fiorentino with another actress, but I think that I am not a big fan of hers in general.  I also just read that Tommy Lee Jones was a second choice to Harrison Ford, and I can’t imagine the movie without the Agent K that we know and love.

Men in Black is available on DVD from Amazon for $8.99.

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