Friday, November 13, 2015

Mock Squid Soup Film Society-Mr. Holland's Opus

Another month has passed-I can't believe it's not butter!  Oops sorry, I can't believe It's November already and soon I'll be baking, decorating, shopping, gift wrapping and going crazy. Typical for all of us:)  Anyhoo, over at Mock and The Armchair Squid, we get to choose, from a ever-growing list, a film that another member has already written about. I chose.....

MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS-1995


I saw this film in the theatres, Holy time warp Batman!, 20 years ago. I thought it was time for a revisit. Richard Dreyfuss (of Jaws fame) carries the film. He is, basically, in almost every shot. It starts off in 1964, which is a great year (I was born that year), when this would be composer decides to take a teaching job to pay the bills. He is reluctant to teach because his love is composing but, over the years, he invests so much of his time and heart into his job and to his students that his life changes in many ways- he inspires his students and is inspired by them. It is a feel good picture.

Dreyfuss was up for an Oscar because he carried this film but he had some great competition and I am actually glad he did not win since he was up against Nicolas Cage for Leaving Las Vegas (He won) and Sean Penn for Dead Man Walking. My favourite character is the phys-ed teacher and coach played by Jay Thomas(whatever happened to him?).

The music is excellent since you go through the 1960's all the way up to the late 80's (I think). It makes me think about getting the CD (yup I still buy those). The kids  go from looking sweet and so well dressed to...not, but the kids are all pretty nice. Something that is not realistic.

His final piece, the piece that he has been working on for 30 years finally is heard and lasts all of 2 minutes-Hahahaaaa. If I was his wife I would be smacking him with my purse thinking "After 30 years that's all you came up with you idiot!"  but he is able to showcase something that he loves to the school and kids he grew to love. It is without doubt sentimental and schmalzy but that's ok. I forgive  the schmalz since we all need this from time to time.

In the end, if you love music and love a nice movie you will like this one and, let's face it, we all wish we had a teacher like this. Some of us have been lucky to have had one.

75 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a blast from the past. Not because I actually watched... but because you just reminded me I had every intention to go see it... 20 years ago... but never it! Bumping it up on list.... thanks for the reminder!
    hugs Asha

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    1. I know-20 years! I think of 1995 as just the other day:)

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  2. Seen it a long time ago when it came out and enjoyed it indeed. lol don't recall his piece being a whole 2 minutes, but hey, at least he finished.

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  3. Finally, a movie I saw :) I too enjoyed it a lot; where has time gone? I can't believe it was 20 years ago!

    betty

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    1. yeah!!! You saw this film and it is a nice film but can't believe it is 20 yrs old

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  4. Yep, November. This is the time of year when we have one foot on a banana peel. In other words, it's almost time to stick a fork in 2015.
    Before you know it, I'll be deep inside a wine bottle cranking for the stupid ball to come down on Times Square so I can go to bed already.
    Can't wait.

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    1. hahaha-my hubby likes to go to bed before midnight. I want to at least the stupid ball come down-big whoop di doo

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    2. 12:00 Ball falls down into Times Square
      12:02 Al falls down into bed. A little tipsy. It's my way.

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  5. Richard Dreyfuss is one of my favorite actors. He's so talented. I don't think I've ever seen a movie of his I didn't like. I remember this one, and though I like him in comedies better, I enjoyed this movie a lot. Thanks for reminding me of it! :)

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    1. Oh he was really good in this one. I remember him in Jaws of course and The Goodbye Girl as well as The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

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  6. Some of things you describe strike a chord so I'm sure I saw it. Most likely one of the first movies the Husband and I saw when we were a courting each other, since he played in the band in both high school and college. I'm a sucker for feel good movies.

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    1. This is a feel good movie for sure. I think you would like this one

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  7. I remember enjoying the movie, but I don't recall a heck of a lot about it. Maybe I should see if I can find it again.

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    1. I remembered some but did forget quite a bit so it was nice to rewatch it

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  8. Wow! It's been 20 years already?! That was a good movie. I still buy CDs as well. :)

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    1. It is a good movie with flaws but glad you buy cd's still too

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  9. I'm glad you enjoyed watching it again.

    I have always been astonished that Sean Penn didn't win the Oscar that year. He barely moves in Dead Man Walking, and yet I'd say it was one of the greatest screen performances I've ever seen.

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    1. I think Sean Penn deserved the award that year of these 5 listed. He was powerful in the role

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  10. Glad you enjoyed it. It's a very nastalgic type movie, reminding you of times past. It's one of my mom's favorites, but for me it's just okay. I liked seeing it once and don't mind to remember it.

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    1. It is a film of schmaltz and sometimes we need schmaltz

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  11. Yeah, I saw that one. A while ago. I tend to shy away from the inspirational teacher stories nowadays.

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    1. Hahhaaaa-I bet considering you live the reality

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  12. Jay Thomas is 67. He has a Sirius radio program. I always thought he was funny. He was good on Cheers. I like Mr. Holland's Opus a lot, but Nic Cage deserved his win for Leaving Las Vegas. Sean Penn was good, too.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Oh I don't know this radio program at all. He was good in Cheers and Murphy Brown. Nicholas Cage was excellent in his role but I was voting for Sean Penn

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  13. I think I need to see this. :)

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    1. It is a nice film and one of inspiration-we need that today

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    1. Considering what just happened, we need films like this even more

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  15. I see now I stepped into this blog post with my comment on the last one. Ah well. Great minds thinking alike???

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    1. I was smiling when I read your post and knew that we had great minds:)

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  16. Hi, BB! I forgot to tell you that I needed to take a four day blog break. I'm late but I'm back. Thanks for your patience. Mrs. Shady's two children were both in the high school band and she I both enjoyed Mr. Holland's Opus. I have been a big fan of Dreyfuss ever since Graffiti and I have also been impressed by Alicia Witt ever since she appeared as Cybill Shepherd's daughter in the TV series Cybill, another series Mrs. S. and I watched regularly.

    Thank you for reviewing this sentimental, schmaltzy and very enjoyable opus, dear friend Birgit!

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    1. This movie must have been close to your hearts since both your kids were in the band. It is always nice to have a feel good movie being praised by critics and people

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  17. Not to make you feel old, but we watched this movie in middle school and high school quite a few times. The music teachers always felt like it would inspire us... and dammit, it sure did!

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    1. Yeah...thanks a mil:) Actually I am glad it was being shown in school. Glad it inspired you

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  18. I remember seeing this when I was in high school. I think I should revisit it because I liked it, but can't remember all the details. Great review!
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks! I couldn't remember either so it was nice to revisit this movie

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  19. I've never seen this film - but I love Richard Dreyfuss so I must look it out.

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    1. He is in almost every shot so I think you will like it

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  20. I have never seen this movie, but I really want to.

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  21. I'm pretty sure of seen this, but I don't remember any real details of the story. And that's the story of my movie watching life.


    Arlee Bird
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. hahahaaa-that can happen with movies. I know someone who falls asleep within 5 minutes of the movie starting

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  22. Don't think I've ever watched this one! (not a big Dreyfuss fan, but like him in some things). I enjoy the music of the 60's era, so maybe next time TCM airs it, I might give it a go! We all need a little schmaltz now & again. Beats the blood & guts that is so popular today! Give me a good John Wayne every time, and I'm happy! TFS

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    1. I think this is a good film and he does a good job in this movie. John Wayne is the best though

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  23. I do love music, classically performed as well. I do remember when this came out but I think it was right about the time I stopped going to the theatre. It's also possible I shyed away from it because Dryfuss was in it and the only thing I ever liked him in was American Graffiti. I'll have to look into this CD. Yup, I still purchase them too and have quite the collection.

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    1. The music is great and he is not grating, at least to me, like he was in Close Encounters. Glad you have a DVD collection also

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  24. Sounds like a great movie. Shall watch it over the coming weekend.

    Sorry to leave a link, Blogger won't allow my wordpress comment:
    Daily (w)rite

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    1. No probs and hope you like the movie

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  25. This is one movie that I've watched several times over, and wouldn't mind watching again, Birgit. I love the part when his student comes back and performs so beautifully!

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    1. That is a nice moment and I liked the student whom he spent so much time with-so many special parts

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  26. Never seen this movie! But, I have a soft spot for feel-good movies about teachers, so maybe I'll give it a go!

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    1. I did when I first saw it. Now...less so but it is still inspiring

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  28. I've seen this movie quite a few times. It is good.

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  29. I've seen this movie quite a few times. It is good.

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  30. Hi Birgit,
    Are you feeling better?

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    1. Better today and yesterday but rain coming...let's see what the body does:)

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  31. Birgit, I saw this movie, but at the time it just didn't do much for me. I may have to revisit this film to see what my opinion is now. Thanks for reminding me that Dreyfuss was in this flick. I totally forgot about it. Thanks for stopping by & voting! Have a tunetastic week, my friend!

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    1. I have seen films I thought sucked and then, much later, re-watched and had a better appreciation for it. You just never know

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  32. I love this movie! We had to watch it in school several times for different classes (probably whenever the teacher needed a break -ha!) and I loved it every time. That and Rigaletto.

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  33. Yeah, I liked that one and I remember the plot vividly, but I wasn't a huge fan. It felt too true to life to me, and I'm more an escapist when it comes to entertainment.

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  34. Yay! A movie I've watched. :) I love this one so much. It makes me bawl every time. The character goes through such a great, realistic arc of hating teaching to fighting to protect it.

    Really reminds me of the saying, "Life is what happens when you're making other plans."

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