Welcome back to Thursday, as if you needed me to remind you what day it was. You know perfectly well that it's one step from Friday. That's good enough reason to sing. Trust me, I'm singing as I type this. I have a melodious voice. Just take my word for it. To hell with what Mrs. Dell has to say on this matter. I sing like a little birdie.
Speaking of singing that's kinda-sorta the topic for this week's Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. To be more specific, the theme is Music Biopics.
The sad face is for the fact that the topic forces me to yet again play it straight. I might explode soon, but I think I can keep it together for another couple weeks. To amuse myself and make playing nice just a bit more fun, I'm going theme within a theme...within a theme this week. I'm hitting you with only films about Latin artists and, well, none of them are with us due to some rather tragic circumstances. Sorry about that. But hey, at least tomorrow is Friday! Not working? Sorry. Let's just get on with the picks. Drums, please...
The Life and Times of Ritchie ValensRemember when Lou Diamond Phillips was legit? Here, takes on the role of Ritchie Valens who became an overnight sensation with the first non-English song to become a major hit on U.S. soil, the one that has the same title as the film. Unfortunately for Mr. Valens he died in a plane accident at age 17 along with fellow stars Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. Valens turns in what still might be his best performance as the ill-fated teen. The one drawback to watching this film is that you won't be able to stop singing "La Bamba" for days.
The Life and Times of Selena Quintanilla-PérezRemember when J-Lo was legit? I think she still is. Sue me. Anyhoo, she plays Selena, a young woman who became a superstar in Mexico. She was actually named Billboard magazine's Top Latin Artist of the 90s. She was all set to crossover into American fame when tragedy struck. She was shot and killed by the president of her fan club. Yup, you read that right. Like Lou Diamond Phillips in La Bamba, Jennifer Lopez gives a career defining performance. We can't see anyone else possibly playing Selena.
The Life and Times of Héctor LavoeRemember when Marc Anthony was legit? No? Me neither. Regardless, he is tasked with playing salsa music legend Héctor Lavoe. We watch as Lavoe becomes a star and succumbs to those familiar demons, drugs and alcohol. He would eventually die from AIDS in 1993 at age 46. A lot of it is framed as a love story between Lavoe and wife Puchi Roman, played by Marc Anthony's then real life wife Jennifer Lopez. Hmm,..where have I seen her before? This is the most maligned of these three films by a wide margin. I suspect because it was yet another project from J-Lo and the current man in her life, the first being Gigli. Whatever. I liked it.
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