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MOVIE REVIEW:Looking for an Echo
"A place to live in harmony, a place we almost found." Kenny Vance
In 1964, I used to hang around a bar in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (where
"Looking…" is set). I wasn't from the neighborhood, but they'd let me
in even though I was but seventeen – the legal age at that time was
eighteen. Most Fridays would find me at the bar, drinking and listening
to the bar band play…and sing. It was obvious that the band guys
could sing, but they were singing stuff like "Wooden Heart," maybe a
Beatles tune or two – nothing that you could call doo-wop.
I began to bug the band with taunts like, "Hey, why doncha sing some
harmony, man!?" and when they weren't performing I would talk to them a
bit. They were local guys. One night after their set, after they'd
heard one too many jibes from me, they dragged me into the men's room
and sang some very nice harmony. They really hit some notes and I never
taunted them again.
"Looking For An Echo" reminds me of those days. I found myself singing
along to the harmony parts of "Please Say You Want Me," a song
much-loved and covered in mid-1960s Brooklyn and Queens. And also, of
course, that latter-day hymn to harmony, "Looking For An Echo."
A kind of musically oriented "Goodfellas" where the fellas really are
good. A must-see for anyone who's ever sung a note of harmony.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This movie was a once in a life time experience for me, because I have
worked with some of the greatest actors of all time. I was pretty
impressed with the final product of the movie, and it's story line.
Watching the movie brought me back to 1997 when it was filmed and the
late night that I had to put in for my restaurant walk in role. We did
not finish until 1:30 in the morning with that scene. The band does
re-unite and play gigs like weddings, but the lead's daughter in the
movie dies in the end of the movie. Looking for an Echo is a definitive
masterpiece in the movie world and there should be many more movies
like it. The crew was great because they gave a chance for locals to be
the extras…and I was one of those lucky locals. Other movies about
fictional bands include: The Wedding Singer, and the 1984 classic This
is Spinal Tap. These three movies focused on the bands, their trials,
tribulations, and personal lives while not performing. After seeing
Looking for an Echo, please give The Wedding Singer and This is Spinal
Tap a view too. Just a note to let you know…The Boyz II Men Mega Hit
"It's So Hard To Say Goodbye (To Yesterday)" was used as the movie's
opening and closing song during the credits and DVD menu montage…and
it (the song)was released in 1997! Just weeks after the film wrapped
up. So if you older folks thought that the opening and closing credits
song was from the 50's you are "railroaded" a young person's way of
telling you that you are wrong.
While channel surfing I stumbled on this movie and now I own it. I
don’t buy many movies but this is one I had to have. A perfect movie to
put on when it’s one of those rainy days when you just want to relax.
The music draws you in and you find you want more music and less
talking. Being a fan of Armand Assante I found this one of his best.
The love his character had for his children was so evident and you knew
all he wanted was their happiness. And then there was Edoardo
Ballerini. Great eye candy and if that was his voice – can’t wait to
buy his CD’s. This is one of those movies that makes you wish for the
days when music made you swoon….
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