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Jersey Boys (2014)
Should have been so much more -
***Trying not to do any spoilers*** Saw it on June 20, actually planned the day off around the show time, was really looking forward to Jersey Boys kicking off the summer movie season. Basically, not a strong screenplay, and some of the characters are not well written or fleshed out, and some are totally over the top. A lot of formulaic writing "bigger than Sinatra!" (F.Y.I. nobody ever was) The timing is off with the placement of songs, and I found it creepy where the song "My Eyes Adored You" is used in the film. The depiction of Frankie singing "I can't take my eyes off you" was anti climatic, and in the film it is depicted much later than when it really occurred, and the film associates the release of the song with a terrible incident in Frankie's life.
Constant breaking of the 4th wall so the characters could tell you what was going on, not needed we could see what was going on. The makeup in the Hall of Fame sequence is cringe worthy, and it felt like the film had two endings.
I liked the film for the great performance by Vincent Piazzo, the camera LOVES him, I couldn't take my eyes off him...the odd thing is that the character of Frankie Valli was not as interesting as he should have been, just feel the music of the Four Seasons deserved better than this film. The group had such a distinct sound, I still love their music.
Pão de Açúcar (1964)
Truly awful..not even up to a cult standard..you know, the bad films we love to watch. This is not one them, poor Rhonda Fleming, I hope she got a good vacation. The sound quality is bad and the film suffers from poor editing among so many other problems.
Neil Sedaka, in his one scene, sounds like he is singing in an echo chamber. I liked the title song and the sights of 1960's Brazil are lovely.
Some of Fleming's wardrobe is outstanding except for the dress she wears to the Festa, not flattering at all. She does wear a fabulous cocktail black dress in a "seduction" scene.
Watch this film only if you have time to kill