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There are certain anniversaries that stick in my mind, and they either have -- or will -- for many years, even decades.
The most important, of course, is my own birthday. Duh, right? I've spent many a year trying to find something significant that happened on my birthday, but all I've ever found was the signing of the Lend-Lease Act after World War II. Pretty exciting, huh?
On the other hand, my dad died on my brother's birthday (January 15), and President Kennedy was assassinated on my sister's birthday (November 22).
Both of those are anniversaries that have stayed with me. The other anniversaries that stick with me number only six:
- The day Paul McCartney announced the death of The Beatles (April 10).
- The day John Lennon was murdered (December 8).
- The day George Harrison died (November 29).
- The day I met my Life Partner (May 26 -- we celebrate 15 years this month)
- The day my wise old grandmother died (June 13)
When each anniversary rolls around, I usually seek out something new to do, read, watch, or listen to as, not a celebration of the anniversary necessarily, but as simply a recognition of events that have happened in the past and from which I can continue to learn to move ahead in the future.
Last December 8, I put the movie "Chapter 27" in my Blockbuster queue. I guess lots of other people wanted to see it, too, or I have one heck of a long queue. Anyway, it arrived yesterday and I watched it this morning while working on reports and ActiveRain.
I have one word for "Chapter 27": SKIPIT.
It's hard for me, a true diehard Beatles fanatic, to say anything bad about anything by or about The Beatles, either collectively or individually. I even love "Revolution 9" -- LOL.
"Chapter 27" attempts to explore the psyche of Mark David Chapman before he murdered Lennon. I think it fails, although perhaps some psychologists might like it.
The book upon which the movie is based -- and I don't like comparing books to movies because they are two different media -- "Let Me Take You Down," by Jack Jones, is far better, perhaps because my own imagination in reading a book is far different from the imagination of J. P. Schaefer, who wrote and directed the film.
The movie takes place over just four days in December 1980 and tries to put emphasis on the murder instead of the murdered. Maybe that's what I didn't like about it.
For those who don't know about Mark David Chapman, when he was arrested, he was carrying "The Catcher in the Rye," by J. D. Salinger. Chapman apparently was obsessed with the book. I thought it was good, but not that good -- LOL. "The Catcher in the Rye" has 26 chapters; the title of the movie suggests a continuation, again in preference for Chapman's story rather than the story of Lennon's murder. Additionally, the number 9 was of significance to John Lennon, who was very much interested in numerology. Twenty-seven, of course, is just three nines. Little subtleties.
If you're a Beatles and Lennon fan, you might want to watch it just so you can say you did and then talk to other Beatles and Lennon fans about it. If not, SKIPIT.
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