Tuesday, September 01, 2015
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Monday, August 10, 2015
I Am Big Bird- tells the story of Caroll Spinney the man in the bird suit the puppeteer and the voice of the beloved Sesame street character Big Bird. The film begins telling us about his childhood and when his mother introduced him to puppets. The film goes on to highlight steps that lead him to Sesame street. Then we go down the road to his heart breaks, career turmoils, major events on Sesame Street, and meeting the love of his life. The film ends leaving us knowing that someone will take over for Caroll when the time comes.
Big Bird's character was a huge part of Sesame Street in the beginning. I think this film unlike Being Elmo, the story of Kevin Clash the voice of Elmo, does a much better job of paying tribute to the creation of Sesame Street and the purpose it once served. A documentary about the show all together would be better. I cried through most of this film. I was a big fan of Sesame Street. I'm sure I wrote this on here before somewhere but I remember when Jim Henson died. This was the first time ever on TV I saw the subject of death and characters dealing with a loss. The movie talks about how the show addressed death when Mr. Hooper died, which is an emotional scene in the film. Most of the film pulls on your heart strings painting a picture of the lovable man behind the sweet yellow bird. This was good but I'm still looking for the full story of Sesame Street telling the Northern Calloway story, who created the music, how these actors stayed so long, and so on.....
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Nightcrawler- Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a videographer/journalist interested in making money and gaining notoriety through capturing crime scene footage. He bumps heads with a news producer who rejects his early footage and come-ons. She sends him on his way but his ambitions to prove he has something good for her turns him into sort of a monster (if you don't think he was already). He hires an assistant and together they chase down a crime and the criminals who committed the crime.
This is another film that got many great reviews. It took me several days to finish it, with Netflix giving me a hard time and my lack of time to focus on the film. Afterwards, I felt the film was good but not amazing. I do like the genre but somehow I just wasn't moved. I think if I saw this in the theater in one sitting I would have been like whew that was good this guy is crazy. So, I'll admit my review is a bit skewed. This of course needs to be applauded for minimal scene use and having such a great plot. As a person that does videography/video journalism myself and I am totally into forensics I dug the story a lot. The lead character is very well developed and Gyllenhaal has the look to play a creepy guy. Spoiler: I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. The story exposes the potential lack of compassion among journalist and the lead character is not punished for his actions. It's like the bad guy wins which is cool but I don't like this bad guy that much. He was a creep that needed a self-esteem boost. What do you think?
Here's the trailer:
I want to see this as a fan of her music. A friend of mine did a review and gave it 1.5 stars. I hope they keep pumping out these movies about the female musicians and I'm glad they are documentaries oppose to docudramas.