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Topic Title: Blinded by the Light
Topic Summary: Even if you're not a Springsteen fan
Created On: 08/25/2019 01:06 PM
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 Blinded by the Light   - moody - 08/25/2019 01:06 PM  
 Blinded by the Light   - Central Floridave - 08/26/2019 08:23 AM  
 Blinded by the Light   - Greensleeves - 08/26/2019 09:07 AM  
 Blinded by the Light   - moody - 08/26/2019 11:49 AM  
 Blinded by the Light   - HAPDigital - 11/25/2019 06:06 AM  
 Blinded by the Light   - moody - 11/26/2019 05:58 PM  
 Blinded by the Light   - SlimyBritches - 08/26/2019 05:04 PM  
 Blinded by the Light   - tom - 11/25/2019 05:20 AM  
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 08/25/2019 01:06 PM
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moody

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I admit, I'm really not that much. I appreciate his music, but I kind of feel the way some of the other characters in the movie expressed it. But I LOVED the movie. It perfectly captured Thatcherite Britain, and it was a really sweet movie. I've since read the book by the author of the screenplay, Welcome to Bury Park, and have become a big fan of his writing.

I have a good friend who is at LEAST as much of a Springsteen fan as the author. He regularly flies over here to see him play, and took two trips to see his Broadway show when it was running, and has met The Boss multiple times, so I can kind of understand the obsession. He's been to Spain, Germany, Ireland, you name it - wherever Bruce is playing, Tony goes. So I think he's probably met the author, too.

Anyway, it's worth seeing, if you are not hopelessly jaded, or if you like music.

I liked Yesterday, too. This was quite different, so it's worth seeing them both.

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 08/26/2019 08:23 AM
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Central Floridave

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Thanks for the review. heard a promo of it on the radio the other day. Strange concept. Is it a musical?
 08/26/2019 09:07 AM
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Just can't do it. This was talked about on NPR. "Who doesn't like the boss?" Me.

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 08/26/2019 11:49 AM
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moody

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It's sort of/not really a musical (well, there is one musical number in it like a traditional musical and of course there is a lot of MUSIC in it). It's more about the UK under Thatcher. And the rise of the National Front there. And what it's like to live in an immigrant family there where the expectations for you are radically different from what you want. The music connected with him because of this, and that part was interesting.

In case you didn't know about that time in UK history - the UK in the early 90's went through a really deep recession (deeper than ours). There were riots (the poll tax riots) where people protested the Tory government and a lot of unrest and anger at the immigrant community. In many ways that time presaged Brexit.

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Edited: 08/26/2019 at 11:51 AM by moody
 11/25/2019 06:06 AM
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HAPDigital

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Originally posted by: Greensleeves

Just can't do it. This was talked about on NPR. "Who doesn't like the boss?" Me.


I'm no big Springsteen fan but the movie was great. The movie really explains Springsteen's appeal though. It's just a cute little vignette of how music helps a teen get through tough times while coming of age. Worth a watch.
 11/26/2019 05:58 PM
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moody

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The movie was way more about growing up in Thatcherite UK (poll tax riots, the dole, and "Paki go home") than it was about music, though. Well, it was about the music, too, as an escape. It's funny how we embraced the whole 2nd British Invasion culture here while Safraz Manzoor was embracing an American aesthetic as his escape. We've always had a weird relationship with our cousins over there - I guess we never really got over the war.

Speaking of which, Slate did a nifty podcast about the 2nd British invasion a while back, and I was finally able to dig up the transcript of it if you are interested (the podcast itself is better because it's got clips, but there's a link to it at the top of the transcript).

https://slate.com/transcripts/...BJV0lDTjZrejJQMldEMD0=

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Edited: 11/26/2019 at 06:02 PM by moody
 08/26/2019 05:04 PM
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SlimyBritches

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I've seen him several times in the late 70's and early 80's. Greatest showman for a while. Put it all out on stage until Clarence had to carry him off. He lost me with the Born in the USA album.
 11/25/2019 05:20 AM
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tom

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In the Redbox now. And on a separate but related note, Mrs. tom is gonna kill me if I don't quit upgrading the sound in the TV room....

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