Two of Us (2000)
Everyone who grew up watching the original Saturday Night Live remembers the fateful night in 1976 when Lorne Michaels, with mock gravity, announced that NBC would pay the munificent sum of 3,000 dollars if the Beatles would agree to come on the show and perform three Beatles songs. But everyone may not know that ex-Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney happened to be in New York, watching that particular episode of SNL -- and for a few moments, they were tempted to play along with the gag and accept the offer. How did this come about? Well, it seems that McCartney, riding high with his hit single "Silly Love Songs," was in Manhattan to promote an upcoming concert. For old time's sake, and (probably) to heal a few long-standing wounds, McCartney called upon Lennon at the latter's apartment in the Dakota. First telecast February 1, 2000, Two of Us dramatizes this bittersweet reunion, of which "L'Affair SNL" was but one of many extra added ingredients. Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who'd also helmed the Beatles' swan song movie, Let It Be, Two of Us was seen over the VH1 cable network. … More
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This obscure gem is a must for Beatle fans, in its intimate and low key way it's as good as Backbeat and Nowhere Boy, two of the better ones out there. Directed by Michael Lindsay Hogg (director of the documentary Let it Be) it feels authentic, and Linday Hogg comes by his knowlege honestly. The story's about one of the last meetings of John Lennon and Paul Mccartney in 1976, when Paul knocked on John's door at the Dakota in New York when Yoko was away.
Their complicated, love/hate relationship is portrayed wonderfully by the great Jared Harris (Lennon) and the unlikely casting of Aiden Quinn (Macca). Both actors have terrific chemistry and all of their conversations feel truthful and layered. Quinn is a little challenged by the Liverpudlian patois, but it doesn't matter. Nothing much happens, but it's a close to feeling like a fly on the wall as your going to get. You'll get the range of a long, complicated friendship which has been tested and torn asunder but is still deeply ingrained in the souls of both people.
The climax of the film is when Lorne Michaels comes on Saturday Night Live offering the Beatles $5000 to appear on the show. The stoned John and Paul seriously consider the offer. According to Paul they were watching TV at the time and entertained the idea, hence the story idea for this film.
It has some hokey and nerdy expository details for non-Beatle freaks, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of this little gem. For my homies, Toronto stands in for Manhattan, so you should have fun identifying the actual locations. Warning: there is zero Beatle music in this film, so don't even think of seeing it for that reason. Exorbitant royalty fees took care of that. However, you can play the songs after you see the movie. Don't know if it's on Netflix or not, but trust me, its a must for Beatle-holics.
remember the beatles? well, they were a popular musical group from england that a lot of people liked years and years ago. people liked them so much ... well, after they broke up, and they did, everybody wanted them to get back together again. they never did. but ... what if they would've??? despite the huge obstacles to overcome here, charm finally succeeds in obtaining the suspension of disbelief necessary to make this. er, yellow submarine float.More
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