I've seen this trailer at least 3 or 4 times in the last two months. I don't know if it's in my area yet (it's theatrical release is currently limited). That means it'll probably be a Netflix rental for me. But I am eager to see this. How much fun to have old people sing music beyond their generation; how challenging and life-affirming. I can't watch this trailer without crying - so I know I'll need to have a kleenex box handy when I do see it.
The video below is of a member of that group singing Coldplay's "Fix You." That song is one I like to play when I need a want to be swallowed by a warm blanket and need a catharsis. I heard this version yesterday on NPR. He's not in the theatrical documentary. This singer breathes with the aid of an oxygen machine. According to the youtube summary, this was to be a duet, but his partner died leading up to this performance. If you don't at least fight back tears, you may have no soul.
Fred Knittle singing "Fix You"
In other news, we saw I Am Legend this weekend. It's one of those movies I'm sure I'll eventually forget. Nonetheless, it filled the purpose we had for it: mindless scariness. If you have any desire to see it, note there are spoilers below.
What I liked:
- good, faithful, happy dog;
- monsters around the corner - made me scream even when I knew it was coming
- Will Smith - c'mon! he's like a high school buddy by now
- that the cure for cancer turns those few it doesn't kill into vampires
- Emma Thompson's cameo at the top of the movie
- deer hunting in Manhattan
- Manhattan being reclaimed by nature; reminded me to add that book that that guy wrote about what Earth would look like if we were to vanish today to my Amazon list. What's that book called again? Anyone?
What I didn't like:
- dog got infected, had to be put down (screw you, screenwriter!)
- that his family is killed in front of him
- that a soldier utters famous last words before they die: "Don't worry, colonel, I'll guard them with my life," or something to that effect. (screw you, screenwriter!)
- that it took a successful medical trial of a vaccine on 10,009 humans to decide they had the cure for cancer, but the successful trial of the anti-vampire vaccine on only ONE human to decide he had a cure for vampirism. Even I know that's bad science.
- the underdeveloped butterfly as metaphor theme
- the pedestrian choice of a butterfly as metaphor
- that according to the posters still up in Times Square at the time of the outbreak, Legally Blonde is still on broadway at Christmastime 2009
I loved Mean Girls and 30 Rock is 'bout the best thing on network TV these days, so I can't wait for this!
Got any other movie-night suggestions for next week?