Today’s Blog is of…[Click here ===> http://www.tones7.com/ringtones/919/Old_Telephone/ ]…Excuse me, readers…’Hello…Speaking….Loveless in Hartford?? Um, exactly what is a Sex Therapy Radio Chat Line and how did you get my number, Dr. Fieldstone?…I didn’t realize we have a problem…Um, slacks & a polo shirt, but what difference does that make?…I guess my favorite film I ever hosted is Leo McCarey’s “An Affair To Remember. Did you ever see it?…Ya, I kinda figured…It’s a wonderful romance from 1957 starring Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr. She’s gonna meet him at the top of the Empire State Building, only she got hit by a taxi. But he doesn’t know that so he waited & waited & waited, but she doesn’t show up.”…Yes, I’m still wearing pants! Goodbye!’ [Click here ===> http://www.soundjay.com/phone/sounds/phone-hang-up-1.mp3 ]
Sorry about that, guys. Like I was saying before we were so rudely interrupted, today’s Blog is of Nora Ephron’s 1993 romantic comedy, Sleepless in Seattle, starring Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie Reed. Sam is a recently widowed Chicago architect, still deeply in love with his deceased wife, Maggie (Carey Lowell), Since Maggie’s death, he can’t sleep, so he decides to move to Seattle to get a fresh start. His son, Jonah (Ross Malinger), is very worried about him and calls Dr. Marsha Fieldstone’s (voiced by Caroline Aaron) national radio show, You & Your Emotions, for help. Jonah gets his Dad on the phone & his poignant description of his love for Maggie is so touching that women all over the country begin to write to the show, then later to Sam directly. One of these letters is from Annie Reed, a writer for the Baltimore Sun. It moves Jonah so, that he becomes fixated with getting them together. Rosie O’Donnell is excellent as Annie’s boss, Becky.
Ephron, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated Original Screenplay, has a string of great films which she directed and/or wrote before she contracted leukemia & died of pneumonia in 2012 at 71, including 2 additional Original Screenplay Oscar nominations: She shared the nomination with Alice Arlen for Silkwood in 1984 at the 56th Academy Awards; and 6 years later for When Harry Met Sally…. also starring Meg Ryan. Silkwood stars Meryl Streep, who pseudo-played Ephron in her ’86 autobiographical film, Heartburn, about the demise of her marriage to Carl Bernstein (Jack Nicholson). Though the characters names are changed, the story is about Ephron & Bernstein.
Sleepless in Seattle was also nominated for Best Original Song: Marc Shaiman & Ramsey McLean’s A Wink and a Smile, sung by Harry Connick, Jr. The picture’s soundtrack is masterful. A soundtrack differs from a film score in that the score is original music written for the film & set in the background to accompany the action & set the mood. A soundtrack accompanies the film for independent or packaged sale, and consists of some or all of the music on it. These days, on CD. The first soundtrack was a 78 RPM record package of the music of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Much of Sleepless’ soundtrack is a stream of covers of great songs of yesteryear, including excellent versions of: When I Fall in Love by Celine Dion & Clive Griffin; As Time Goes By by Jimmy Durante; Bye Bye Blackbird by Joe Cocker; Over the Rainbow by Ray Charles; and Makin’ Whoopee by Dr. John & Rickie Lee Jones. So play the trailer below then add the film to your Netflix Queue, then sit back & enjoy the great music in Nora Ephron’s Sleepless in Seattle. 3 Stars!