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Alive November 2016

A M O V I E R E V I E W Joy n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 6 A L I V E E A S T B A Y 45 T R I V I A L MATTERS B E N F E R N A N D E Z CAROLYN HASTINGS Sitting around with contemporaries over morning coffee leads to long discussions on matters in the distant past. This morning, for example, we discussed our favorite Broadway musicals. It is no surprise to anyone that we did not speak of "Hamilton" or "Book of Mormon." No, we spoke of older chestnuts. Thankfully, modern audiences enjoy these shows too, since they are constantly restaged for modern audiences. Bet you, most of you will know these. 1. My favorite is "My Fair Lady." What song writing team wrote the music and lyrics for this timeless classic? 2. My friend's favorite is "Guys and Dolls." I love it too. The words and music were crafted by a prolific tunesmith of movies, radio and stage. Who was he? 3. "Gypsy" is another show that pops up every few years to feature veteran actresses who love playing Mama Rose. Who wrote the music and what young prodigy wrote the lyrics for this timeless score? 4. Musicals of the 20s and 30s do not come around often, but "Anything Goes" is a delightful exception. Who was the composer of this great score? 5. Rogers and Hammerstein are responsible for so many of the great musicals. The sources of the stories will vary greatly. "The King and I" is based on a movie of the late 40s. What was that movie? 6. "The Music Man" was an original story that resulted in a great hit of the late 50s. The words and music were the brain work of a musician who had been better known as the backup band for a couple radio shows. Who was he? October Answers: 1. Make Room for. Daddy 2. The Dick Van Dyke Show 3. Mary Tyler Moore Show 4. Golden Girls 5. Frazier 6. The Office October Winner: WIN $25 ON BEN! The first person to email or mail (no calls please), the correct answers to all of the above questions will win a $25 gift certificate, compliments of Ben! Entries must be received by November 20, 2016. In the event of a tie, the winner will be drawn at random. Please email your answers to info@aliveeastbay.com, or mail to ALIVE, 3200 A Danville Blvd., Ste. 204, Alamo, CA 94507. Prizes are limited to only one winner per household per quarter (every three months). Employees and family members of employees of ALIVE are not eligible. I recently moved, not far, just a couple of towns up the road. While in the midst of my move, my granddaughter picked up a bag and asked, “Grandma, what are these?” She was holding a plastic bag full of film negatives. For a moment I didn’t understand the question and then I realized, “the times, they are a changing”. Dark rooms are a thing of the past as even professional photographers are sitting down at their computers. Joy is an interesting character study but it is also about a changing world. As bricks and mortar building costs are going higher and higher, business is moving to a different model. Joy is an American biographical comedy-drama film, written and directed by David O. Russell and starring Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano, a self-made millionaire who created her own business empire. In 1989, Joy Mangano is a divorced mother of two, working behind a desk for Eastern Airlines. Joy lives with her young children, her mother Terri, and her grandmother Mimi. Oh yes, her ex-husband Tony is living in the basement. Her parents are divorced and can’t be in the same room without broken stuff flying through the air and Tony usually comes back between wives. In a few words, Joy’s life is full of not enough money or time to take care of the all the people depending on her. Her Mom spends her life in bed watching soap operas and avoiding the world. The always entertaining Robert De Niro plays Rudy Mangano, Joy’s father who owns a truck and bus shop. After divorcing his third wife, Rudy starts dating Trudy, a wealthy Italian widow with a little business experience who becomes her investor. While on her yacht, someone drops a glass of red wine on the precious deck and everyone calls for Joy to “fix it” like she does with everything in their lives. She cuts her hands and, voila, she has an idea for a revolutionary mop which spurs her on to QVC glory. Bradley Cooper plays Neil Walker, a seasoned merchandising guy in charge of the amazing new venture where celebrities sell entrepreneur’s products through a telethon system. On the first try, the host doesn’t understand her mop and the segment bombs. Joy begs for another opportunity and insists on doing the selling herself. She sells 50,000 Miracle Mops in just a few minutes and she’s on her way! Joy has some tough times learning to become a businesswoman with manufacturers cheating her and trying to steal her patents. She survives. She thrives. As I hang my blouse on a weird hanger that actually holds tight and get my jewelry out of the box hanging on my closet door, I say, “Thank you, Joy.” Joy is not the most brilliant film I’ve watched but is definitely interesting enough for a Thursday evening—certainly more interesting than what they’re selling on the many shopping channels. As always, I welcome your comments at chastings@rockcliff.com.


Alive November 2016
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