That’s Auntertainment! Episode 39: West Side Story

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CREDIT: NBC/Screenshot

Aunt Beth and Jeff like to watch movies in America, which is good because they release a new West Side Story every 60 years.

I Saw ‘West Side Story’ (2021) a Few Days After New Year’s and Now I’m Going to Write About It

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West Side Story (CREDIT: Ramona Rosales/© 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved)

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Rita Moreno, Brian d’Arcy James, Corey Stoll

Director: Steven Spielberg

Running Time: 156 Minutes

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: December 10, 2021 (Theaters)

Did West Side Story (2021) make me want to have my own West Side Story? It wouldn’t be too hard! Considering my personal history, it would probably take place at the AMC Lincoln Square, even though that’s not the theater where I saw this particular movie. (I opted for the Brooklyn Alamo Drafthouse instead.)

I could certainly see myself suddenly falling for some fellow moviegoer as I walk to my seat, and then we dance through the lobby. But I don’t think I would kill her brother. I just don’t have it in me! Maybe we could find some replacement for that part.

Anyhow, I liked the part when Tony and Maria were talking on the subway the most. I may be skeptical of love at first sight, but I very much believe in the power of an initial spark leading to conversations about the practical steps needed to advance a relationship. If there had been more of that in this story, maybe there would have been less death!

Grade: I Felt Pretty, Insofar as I Feel Pretty While Being Fully Attentive During a Movie That I’m Enjoying

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 12/10/21

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SATURDAY MORNING ALL STAR HITS! (CREDIT: Netflix)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
National Champions (Theaters)
Red Rocket (Theaters)
West Side Story (Theaters) – Remake.

TV
Saturday Morning All Star Hits! Season 1 (December 10 on Netflix) – Kyle Mooney does his thing.
American Auto Series Premiere (December 13 on NBC) – Starring Ana Gasteyer. (Or should that be “Ana Gas Tire” in this case?)
MacGruber Series Premiere (December 16 on NBC) – Is it sponsored by Pepsi?
South Park: Post COVID: The Return of COVID (December 16 on Paramount+)

Music
-Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Barn