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Visual Review

Everything you need to

know about

MUSIC & LYRICS

…and how it relates to you

and the world around you.

Includes info on the

actors, director, with news,

reviews, and photos.

visual review by

david bruce

visualhollywood.com


SHORT SYNOPSIS

Movies Contain the

Essence of Being Human

Alex Fletcher (HUGH GRANT) is a washed-up ‘80s pop star who’s been

reduced to working the nostalgia circuit at county fairs and amusement

parks. The charismatic and talented musician gets a chance at a comeback

when reigning pop diva Cora Corman invites him to write and record a duet

with her, but there’s a problem—Alex hasn’t written a song in years, he’s

never written lyrics…and he has to come up with a hit in a matter of days.

Enter Sophie Fisher (DREW BARRYMORE), Alex’s beguilingly quirky plant

lady, whose flair for words strikes a chord with the struggling songwriter.


KEY ACTORS

The Cinematic Arts Have

the Power to Transform

DREW BARRYMORE

(Sophie Fisher) has

been a favorite of film

audiences for more

than two decades. She

is also enjoying

success as a producer

under her own ‘Flower

Films’ banner

HUGH GRANT (Alex

Fletcher) first gained

international

stardom in 1994

when he starred in

the comedy smash

‘Four Weddings and

a Funeral’

KRISTEN

JOHNSTON

(Rhonda) made her

film debut in the

short film “The

Debt,” which won a

number of

international awards.


KEY TALENT

Our Artists Are

Our Liberators

©Dimitrios Kambouris

/WireImage.com

MARC LAWRENCE

(Writer/Director) made

his directorial debut

with the romantic

comedy “Two Weeks’

Notice,” his third

collaboration with its

star Sandra Bullock.

NANCY JUVONEN

(Executive Producer)

founded Flower Films

with partner Drew

Barrymore in 1995.

Their first film, “Never

Been Kissed”

SUSAN E. MORSE

(Editor) previously

collaborated with Marc

Lawrence when she

edited “Two Weeks’

Notice.” She also has

enjoyed a long

association with

director Woody Allen


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

DREW BARRYMORE

(Sophie Fisher)

It was her scene-stealing performance

as the precocious Gertie in Steven

Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster ‘E.T. the

Extra-Terrestrial’ that catapulted the

young actress to stardom. She went

on to star in the thriller ‘Firestarter’

and the comedy ‘Irreconcilable

Differences’. Her other film credits

include ‘Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye’,

‘Far From Home’, ‘Poison Ivy’,

‘Guncrazy’, ‘Bad Girls’, ‘Boys on the

Side’, ‘Mad Love’, ‘Batman Forever’

Woody Allen’s ‘Everyone Says I Love

You’ and Wes Craven’s horror hit

‘Scream’.

Actors are Liberators

in Masquerade


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

HUGH GRANT

(Alex Fletcher)

Hailing from England, he attended

Oxford University and made his

feature film debut in ‘Privileged.’ His

breakthrough role came in the 1987

Merchant-Ivory film ‘Maurice’, based

on E.M. Forster’s novel. That led to

leading roles in such films as ‘The

Dawning,’ with Anthony Hopkins, Ken

Russell’s ‘The Lair of the White

Worm’, Roman Polanski’s ‘Bitter

Moon’, ‘Night Train to Venice’ and the

award-winning Mercent-Ivory drama

‘The Remains of the Day’, with

Anthony Hopkins and Emma

Thompson.

Actors help us: laugh, be happy,

cry, get angry, and even think.

Can there be any better gifts?


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

MARC LAWRENCE

(Writer/Director)

A Brooklyn native, Lawrence

graduated from SUNY-

Binghamton and briefly attended

NYU Law School. He began his

writing career when one of his

spec scripts earned him a

position as a staff writer on the

popular NBC series “Family

Ties.” By the third season, he had

been made a producer and

garnered Emmy and Humanitas

Award nominations for his work

on the show. He went on to write

and co-produce the NBC series

“Pride and Joy.”

Filmmakers are

Revolutionaries

Posing as Entertainers


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Stories are

Transforming

Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) is a former pop star, whose years at the top of

the charts are long behind him.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

All Kids are Born Artistic

What is Natural is Essential

Cora Corman (Haley Bennett), invites him to record a duet with her, Alex

suddenly sees a chance to rejuvenate a career that has been reduced to

embarrassing public appearances. If he is going to make a comeback, he

only has a few days to write a catchy song for the two of them.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Stories Embody the

Essence of Being Human

He hasn’t written anything in years and he will definitely need some help

with lyrics, which have always been a major obstacle. Fortunately for Alex,

Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore), his quirky and lovable plant lady, is quite

the wordsmith.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Cinematic Story Telling is a

Profoundly Humanizing

endeavor.

On the rebound from a bad relationship, she is reluctant to help him out at

first, fearing that their friendship may be affected. Eventually, she agrees

to collaborate and as the two begin to find the right notes, there are signs

of a budding romance.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Film making is a

Community Event.

Alex’s chief concern, however, may be to further his career and nothing

more. Hmm…. (You know how this will turn out, it’s just fun to watch it

happen.


LIFE CONNECTIONS IN MUSIC & LYRICS

Art is a

Liberating Force

Love is the difficult realization that

something other than oneself is real.

--Iris Murdoch

He who is not aware of his ignorance will

only be misled by his knowledge.

--Richard Whatley

The worst thing one can do is not to try, to

be aware of what one wants and not give

in to it, to spend years in silent hurt

wondering if something could have

materialized - never knowing.

--David Viscott

Intimate relationships cannot substitute

for a life plan. But to have any meaning or

viability at all, a life plan must include

intimate relationships.

--Harriet Lerner


CRITICAL OPINION OF MUSIC & LYRICS

CRITICS ARE ABOUT

55% POSITIVE

A watchable, workaday rom-

com with business as usual

from the leads, a bland plot

and inconsistent characters.

Anna Smith

Empire Magazine

What are the critics saying?

Sitcommy in structure and execution

Todd McCarthy

Variety

It begins well enough (then)

flat like Milli Vanilli.

Stella Papamichael

BBC

Grant and Barrymore keep this catchy

rom-com humming along agreeably.

Michael Rechtshaffen

Hollywood Reporter

The Free Speech Discussion of the Arts

is a Mark of a Free Society


FILM REVIEW: MUSIC & LYRICS

FROM VISUAL HOLLYWOOD

Art is the Language of

Liberation

John Lennon had a wonderful way with words

and great insight into life. He is the one who

famously said, “Life is what happens to you

while you're busy making other plans.” And this

is exactly the problem the Alex character has. He

is so busy making plans for his comeback that

he fails to be aware of the life that is happening

right under his nose.

Indeed, “Living is easy with eyes closed,

misunderstanding all you see” as Lennon says,

but not being aware is to miss life itself.

Take time, look around, listen to your heart, and

become aware of the great gift of life that seeks

to envelope you in all its fullness.

--David Bruce

David Bruce


FINDING TRUTH IN MUSIC & LYRICS

Society is only as free as its

arts. Art is the voice of

human freedom.

Men for the sake of getting a living

forget to live.

--Margaret Fuller

You are not here merely to make a

living. You are here to enable the

world to live more amply, with

greater vision, and with a finer spirit

of hope and achievement. You are

here to enrich the world. You

impoverish yourself if you forget

this errand.

--Woodrow Wilson

Living in the moment brings you a

sense of reverence for all of life's

blessings.

--Oprah Winfrey


TRIVIA AND NEWS: MUSIC & LYRICS

Movie Making is the Convergence

of Many Talents and Art Forms

Martin Fry worked as the vocal coach of

Hugh Grant during production.

The film's title was officially changed to

"Music and Lyrics" from "Music and

Lyrics By.“

Note: The Marc Lawrence who wrote and

directed this film (who also directed "Two

Weeks Notice") is not to be confused with

the Marc Lawrence who passed away in

2005. Obviousy.

Long Islander Julia Hodgkins plays the

daughter, Lizzy.


WHY MOVIES ARE SO IMPORTANT

"The meaning of life is the most urgent of

questions" --Albert Camus (Existentialist thinker).

To Restrict Creativity is

to Restrict the very

Nature of the Creator

In “Movies and the Meaning of Life” author Kimberly

Blessing points out that movies can help us reflect

on five of life’s most important questions:

1) What is reality and how can I know it?

2) How can I find my true identity?

3) What the significance of my interactions with

others?

4) What’s the point of my life?

5) How ought I to live my life?

The idea behind Visual Hollywood is that Movies can

and must play an essential role helping us explore

the meaning of our existence and our life together.

No other quest is more necessary or important.

Movies are powerful. Movies bring personal

meaning, and can contribute to a peaceful world.

Cinematic story telling can be a transforming event.

Visual Hollywood takes

an existential approach

to life. We celebrate

with human freedom.

We use movies and the

arts as a means of

understanding the

human condition and

our collective relation to

the world around us.

Our basic quest is:

1. To know what it

means to be human in

the world.

2. The pursuit of human

freedom.


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