Movie Reviews

Stepping out

This little known film stars Liza Minelli as a former Broadway chorus member who now works as a tap dance teacher. On a dare, she and her troupe of middle-aged hoofers agree to participate in a local benefit concert. Along the way, each dancer grows and comes alive, and in the end, brings down the house.

Now, what does this have to do with changing your stars? Plenty. First, sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone, and just go for it, in spite of those who may try to tell you differently. And second, going for it is hard. It takes effort and commitment to try something new. And finally, sometimes the desire and the commitment come together to create something special.

That day we sang

That Day We Sang (Available to stream from Amazon Britbox) In this hidden gem of a musical, a news crew reunites a group of children who sang in a well-known local concert 40 years before, leading some of the now-grown group to come together and change their stars in new and personally gratifying ways.

You’re probably wondering, what does this have to do with the power of stories? In my opinion, it has a lot to do with it. Sometimes we find ourselves stuck. We’re not really sure how we got there, but we know we don’t really like where we are. The circumstances of life sometimes drive us, instead of us driving them. At times like this it can be helpful to revisit previous successes, and use that as a reference point for reminding ourselves that we can be successful again, and to press forward on a new path, one where we can have the courage to begin again and tell a new story.