Yesterday we went to a wonderful movie, “Selma”.  Without being a spoiler, I don’t remember when I’ve ever gone to a movie where I’ve burst into sobs within the first ten minutes. I could barely pull myself together to watch the film.   It was fantastic and emotional and a must see.  So what does that have to do with Opie Taylor?

Before the film, the previews were running and suddenly Ron Howard (the actor who played Opie on the Andy Griffith Show) popped up on the screen in full “director” garb with salt & cayenne pepper beard and the requisite cap to hide his bald head.  He was pitching his next movie.  My husband, who is 79, says. . . “Wow!  Opie is getting OLD!”  Hah! Hah! Hah! Good thing we’re not.

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Sunday, January 11, 2014

 

Today I am grateful for Opie Taylor.  If you don’t have a clue who that is, then get a cup of coffee, or go out for breakfast, or tweet, or twerk, or Instagram, or do something else because you’re gonna be bored in a nano-second anyway.

 

 

 

Yesterday we went to a wonderful movie, “Selma”.  Without being a spoiler, I don’t remember when I’ve ever gone to a movie where I’ve burst into sobs within the first ten minutes. I could barely pull myself together to watch the film.   It was fantastic and emotional and a must see.  So what does that have to do with Opie Taylor?

 

 

 

Before the film, the previews were running and suddenly Ron Howard (the actor who played Opie on the Andy Griffith Show) popped up on the screen in full “director” garb with salt & cayenne pepper beard and the requisite cap to hide his bald head.  He was pitching his next movie.  My husband, who is 79, says. . . “Wow!  Opie is getting OLD!”  Hah! Hah! Hah! Good thing we’re not.

 

 

 

It’s a real eye-opener when some little kid who lived in a maple wooden box with a big glass tube in your living room, who was cute beyond cute, who twisted Aunt Bea around his pinky and always took the sound advice of “Paw”. . .ages.  It’s like the worst version of the “mirror-mirror-on-the-wall” scenario.

 

 

 

I grew up with Opie.  And I remember when Opie/aka Ron Howard, played Winthrop in The Music Man.  I channel him every time we drive through Gary, Indiana and I lisp-sing the entire song, spraying spittle all over the windshield.  Ask my kids how much they loved that.  I was there, an avid fan, when he morphed into Richie Cunningham and “lived” in Milwaukee.  He saturated the airwaves for many, many years.  Then he was gone from view.  Vanished behind the camera, directing.  Who let’s little Opie direct?  It’s crazy.

 

 

 

“Splash”, “Cocoon”, “Parenthood”, “Backdraft”, “Ransom”, “Cinderella Man”, “Apollo 13”, and a whole slew more, were all directed by Ron Howard.  Opie.  And now he’s up on the big screen, pitching “In the Heart of the Sea”, his latest film, blowing my husband’s mind with his age.  It’s just not right!

 

 

 

Will we see it?  Probably.  I usually like his films a lot.  And him.  He’s not a tabloid monger.  He’s a director of substance, responsibility and integrity, all of which seem rare in today’s filmmaking world.  Who’d-a-thunk-it of little Opie Taylor?

 

It’s a real eye-opener when some little kid who lived in a maple wooden box with a big glass tube in your living room, who was cute beyond cute, who twisted Aunt Bea around his pinky and always took the sound advice of “Paw”. . .ages.  It’s like the worst version of the “mirror-mirror-on-the-wall” scenario.

I grew up with Opie.  And I remember when Opie/aka Ron Howard, played Winthrop in The Music Man.  I channel him every time we drive through Gary, Indiana and I lisp-sing the entire song, spraying spittle all over the windshield.  Ask my kids how much they loved that.  I was there, an avid fan, when he morphed into Richie Cunningham and “lived” in Milwaukee.  He saturated the airwaves for many, many years.  Then he was gone from view.  Vanished behind the camera, directing.  Who let’s little Opie direct?  It’s crazy.

“Splash”, “Cocoon”, “Parenthood”, “Backdraft”, “Ransom”, “Cinderella Man”, “Apollo 13”, and a whole slew more, were all directed by Ron Howard.  Opie.  And now he’s up on the big screen, pitching “In the Heart of the Sea”, his latest film, blowing my husband’s mind with his age.  It’s just not right!

Will we see it?  Probably.  I usually like his films a lot.  And him.  He’s not a tabloid monger.  He’s a director of substance, responsibility and integrity, all of which seem rare in today’s filmmaking world.  Who’d-a-thunk-it of little Opie Taylor?