Sitting through Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary wasn’t easy, though it was absolutely worth it.
Amy tells the story of hugely successful jazz singer Winehouse’s unfortunately short life and career.
Her story is told in her own words and through previously unseen / unheard footage and tracks. Interviews with the people that were closest to her are also featured.
As I watched this heartbreaking story, I was reminded of the truth of just how easily many parents seem to embrace denial. In particular, when it comes to seriously considering the long term effects of their behaviour and actions on their offspring.
Amy is a very well executed documentary and serves as useful food for thought for everyone but especially those thinking of life in the music industry. Having a good grasp of the priorities of the people you choose to surround yourself with is just one key take away.
Most of us could only and are glad to only imagine what it was like to live the nightmare that had become the life of Amy Winehouse. With Kapadia’s documentary, we all have a better idea. I wonder if the people that appeared to have been part of the problem, recognised the role they played and are therefore remorseful. One can only hope.
Watch it for all the reasons above as well as insight into the life and works of a gifted artist.
Antoine Fuqua is the man in the director’s seat for Southpaw, the movie where Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy Hope, a successful boxer seeking redemption after an unbearable tragedy derails his life completely.
Gyllenhaal’s physical transformation is noticeably impressive but it comes second to everything he manages to achieve with his character’s emotional journey.
As you watch the movie, you may find yourself cursing testosterone for being the cause of at least one of the bad things that happens to Hope. However, what seems like an absence of good sense likely also plays a large part.
Overall, there’s nothing particularly surprising or refreshingly new in Southpaw. Though there is one key aspect of the plot that would have been a great surprise – had it not been revealed in the trailer months prior.
Watch Southpaw because you like the filmmaking team and you’re curious about the movie’s exploration of redemption, regret, second chances, starting over and of course, the sport of boxing.
Forrest Whitaker, Naomie Harris and Rachel McAdams also star.
I can’t be sure that I’ve ever seen Sally field play a leading role before, but I like the idea of Hello, My Name Is Doris…
As is the case for many (I’m guessing), Sally Field’s role as Mrs Gump in Forrest Gump (1994) will forever be the one that sticks in mind when I here her name. A good thing since the movie is brilliant.
Directed by Michael Showalter, I’m expecting Hello, My Name Is Doris to be funny and a refreshingly welcome kind of different.
I had no idea that what was missing from my life was another Alice in Wonderland movie. That was until I saw the rather beautiful new trailer for Alice Through The looking Glass…
I remember loving Alice In Wonderland (2010); may this be just as good as it’s predecessor – at the very least. Especially since Tim Burton’s highly imaginative brain isn’t the one in the director’s chair this time.
Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter make up some of the colourful cast.
Bring on the colours, the rhymes and the brilliant costumes!
I have no idea how good this movie is going to be, but my, oh my do I love the trailer…
Written / directed by Marco Dutra andJuliana Rojas, Hard Labor is a Brazillian drama / horror film starring Helena Albergaria, Marat Descartes andNaloana Lima. I’m looking forward to how Helena handles business when she has to step up and take charge.
Charlie Kaufman, writer of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) has a new movie and it’s an intriguing stop-motion drama / comedy…
Interesting… though the trailer would have been more enjoyable if the textual interruptions were grouped together at the end.
What this version implies to me is that the editor doesn’t believe that a version of the trailer without the interrupting text is quite enough to keep people engaged and watching. So we must be rudely reminded over and over again of what others think of the film, instead of just taking in what’s actually happening on screen. There’s a reason why credits in movies are kept to the beginning and end of films, no?
Anyway… Just one of those things that frustrates me as a film fan. I’m still looking forward to Anomalisa because of the talent involved and the suggestion of ‘different.’
David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan star.