Takes Me Back

You know how you hear a song and instantly your mind takes you to a moment you haven’t thought about in decades? I love when that happens. Music is my favorite form of time travel, and it almost never causes a rift in the space-time-continuum.

As we begin the fall season of TV series (during the lull in the movie action), I find myself more critical of the new crop of programs. My life is ramping up with activities, and I’m just too busy to schedule in a series that is only so-so. Thus, if a new show wants a slot on my calendar, it needs to capture my attention. I want something to call to me.

When I was growing up, television shows had theme songs. The music and lyrics would call me to the living room like the Pied Piper. I’d race to get my homework finished so that my evenings would be available for my favorite sitcoms.

I’d claim my place on the couch and watch The Facts of Life, Cheers, or even The Partridge Family, and sing along with the themes. Shows like LA Law and M*A*S*H* didn’t have lyrics, but the music still called. I like theme songs.

At any given moment, I can cause my boys to stop and stare, simply by breaking into the lyrics from Laverne and Shirley or Bosom Buddies. I’m always amazed that I can remember the words to songs I haven’t heard in years, but once a trigger is pulled, there they are.

Imagine my delight when I discovered that Jimmy Fallon’s new series, Guys with Kids has a theme song. Imagine my complete joy to see Fallon’s segment where he, along with the cast of Guys with Kids, offers a musical history of TV theme songs. This is what I want to see. This gives me reason to smile!

History of TV Theme Songs, Jimmy Fallon

I have to share with you all, because I know you need a smile, and a quick trip back, just as much as I did!

That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema. Thanks for reading!

Life is Funny That Way

You’re chatting with a friend, and they talk about something you’ve never heard before. In my case, it was ice wine. I suppose I’ve heard of ice wine, but I didn’t know anything about it. (I’m not a big drinker.) My friend tells me all about it—well, enough that now I know what it is and where you find it. The conversation ends, and I think very little about it for the rest of the week.

Jump ahead a few days, and I’m watching a television show with my husband. The main character walks into his flat and knows something is amiss. His table is covered with empty wine bottles and there is a party going outside on his balcony. He complains to the instigator that they have consumed his supply of ice wine.

The whole thing struck me as weird. Maybe it’s not a big deal, but this type of thing has been happening to me a lot lately. I have an idea for a story, and before I know it, it’s on the big screen, starring Harrison Ford or Jim Carey. Not kidding.

I do research on a subject, and a few months later, there is a big expose’ about it on the Nightly News. I mention that I haven’t seen a particular actor around n a while—What’s he been up to? I wonder. A few months later, he’s featured on the cover of a magazine and about to be the lead in the next big movie.

I don’t think I’m psychic or anything. I don’t really believe in a collective consciousness. I have my theories about such things, but a movie blog is hardly the place to post about that. I just think it’s funny. Maybe a sign. Certainly strange.

The one think I do know for sure, and these little quirks continue to confirm for me, is that we are all connected in this world, and our Creator knows exactly what we need and when we need it. I think of it as a back-up plan. Like the fact that multiple light bulbs and telephones were invented at nearly the same time in history, by unrelated individuals. What is supposed to happen will happen—because of or in spite of us.

The things we are supposed to know and dream of will become part of our lives. The stories that will teach us will be told, if not by one person, then by another. There is a great plan, and we’re all a part of it. The stories we hear, the movies we watch, the music we sing– they are important. They play their part. These funny little moments serve as reminders that I must pay attention. We all must pay attention and learn.

That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema. Thanks for reading.

Time After Time

I grew up watching a lot of television. I’ve seen every episode of Gilligan’s Island, M*A*S*H*, The Brady Bunch, and several others, multiple times.

We live in the country, a few miles out of the city limits. For the last two years, we’ve only had satellite internet with limited download. It was not enough to stream videos from Netflix.

Then one magical day, our street became part of a service area for Clear. Suddenly we have unlimited download for half the price! We can stream videos. And there was great rejoicing.

 In the midst of all the wonderful movie titles now available to us, I found a few of my old favorite television series. Magnum P.I., Quantum Leap, Night Court, and more are right there in my living room once again. I thought about how fun it would be to share these shows with my boys.

Then I worried just a little that maybe my memories had somehow transformed these sitcoms, mysteries, and dramas into something better than what they really were. Do you know what I mean? Perhaps the idea of the series was better than the actual show itself.

With a hint of trepidation, we began Quantum Leap. My family loves time travel adventures and Scott Bakula. I figured this was a safe bet. I was not disappointed. Yes, there may be a few cheesy 80’s references, and Al’s wardrobe is completely over the top, but that’s completely within character.

The story holds up. The main characters are deep and loveable. We have a blast seeing who the “guest star” characters will be with each new episode. We watched “Play It Again, Seymour” (season 1, episode 9) and, to our delight, found Willie Garson, Mozzie of White Collar, playing the endearingSeymour.

With the plethora of less than interesting television series available, I was happy to discover that the shows that made me smile all those years ago still held their energy. Wit and charm never goes out of style. Good actors are good actors.

If you haven’t seen any Quantum Leap, it’s worth the watch. It’s fun TV with a good message that every person is important, and one courageous action can change the future.

That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema. Thanks for reading!