Begin Again: Sweat, Tears, and Music

By Sandra Olmsted    

Begin Again is primarily a film about the blood, sweat, and tears that go into making a music video; however, it is also about the relationship between two damaged, hunting people who find a common purpose. There is also delicious sexual tension, but viewers will have to see the movie to find out if the claim made in When Harry Met Sally about a man and a woman not being friends without sex holds true in writer-director John Carney’s Begin Again. The story opens with a nonlinear section which tells the main characters’ version of events leading up to a chance meeting, but after this clearly delineated beginning, Carney switches to a traditional linear narrative.

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Third Person: Inside a Writer’s Mind

By Sandra Olmsted

Writer director Paul Haggis presents a negotiation of grief, guilty, and reality in his latest film, Third Person. Much like his earlier film, Crash (2004), Haggis employs his own special brand of magical realism in Third Person, which makes the film strange and confusing as three stories played out in New York, Rome, and Paris and the “characters” who populate them intertwine. They have either sprung from the mind of Michael (Liam Neeson), or he knows them. Three dark-haired women and two blonde women attorneys resemble each other for a reason, which is one of the puzzles Haggis develops. Discovering which characters are fabrications of Michael’s mind provides the central puzzle of Haggis’ film. In Third Person, three stories of a life in disarray explore the loss of a child and the guilt related to it in various situations, but the stories unfold very slowly, making this an overly-long film only for the patient viewer who doesn’t want everything explained quickly and easily in the first ten minutes.

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Florissant Asks Residents To Help Deter Mosquitoes

Florissant Director of Public Works Lou Jearls is asking residents to clean up their yards.

He notes that we have had a nice mix of sunshine and rain this past spring and now into the summer. However, along with this blessing we have grass to cut, weeds to pull, and with the warmer weather, we will have mosquitoes.

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John C. Murphy Health Center Offering Walk-In School Physicals, Shots

The Saint Louis County Department of Health is now offering walk-in school physicals and immunizations at its John C. Murphy Health Center every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“It may seem like summer only just started,” said Dr. Dolores J. Gunn, director of the department, “but the next school year is just around the corner. By providing walk-in school immunizations and physicals, we’re hoping to help parents beat the end-of-summer rush.”

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Hazelwood and Employee Associations Host ‘See Our Services’ Event July 19

Last of Public Meetings on Propositions July 26

Employees of the City of Hazelwood are inviting local residents to a special community event called “See Our Services” on Saturday, July 19, at Howdershell Park, 6810 Howdershell Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The employees will be showing some of the equipment they use to provide first-class municipal services and sharing with residents what it takes to maintain the quality of these services on a daily basis.

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Hazelwood Hosts Community Informational Meetings on August 5th Propositions

The City of Hazelwood will be hosting three community informational meetings on Propositions U & S for local residents. These events are set for the following dates, locations and times: July 14 – Civic Center East, 8969 Dunn Road, 7 p.m.; July 16 – City Hall, 415 Elm Grove Lane, 12 Noon; and July 26 – Hazelwood Community Center, 1186 Teson Road, 9 a.m.

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