Sunday, July 31, 2016

On DVD: Amy - review

Amy Winehouse has her life story painted for us in this not so pretty documentary.  The film begins with young Amy and ends of course on her tragic death.  I'm not sure what's up with these films and why they have to focus more on the tragic sides of the artists.  When I finished the film I was depressed, like I walked through hell with her.  I mean it's long and the major pitfalls in her life are highlighted again and again.  It makes it clear that she was sweet and she was real. It's also obvious she was loved by many as an artist and men crushed on her( I'm sure women did too). I walked away feeling more sorry for her than amazed by her talent.  It's like it said this is how the industry destroys a good heart.

But being that I was already a fan of hers I revisited her music. ..... she could sing like she says.
I think if I were to ever do a documentary film, especially about someone I admire, I'd make it lean wayyyy more towards highlighting their artistic genius and what they gave to the world.  Nas in an interview says she told him she used to bring food for the paparazzi that camped in front of her house. Things like this should have been in the film.  Aside from the depressing theme, it was a well done film. The interviews,  photographs, old footage, and stock footage were combined smoothly to tell a well put together narrative.  Is it worth your time?  Yep, then afterwards watch a nice feel good movie to balance out your emotions.

Ghostbusters- Review

(image from nydailynews)

I have been waiting on this film to come out. I love the original films and I thought they could easily make a good reboot with or without women as the Ghostbusters. 

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this film and I get it but it was a good film. The issue that I too had a problem with was the Leslie Jones character not being a scientist as well. Although, her character was funny it was stereotypical and it would have been that more badass if she was a scientist too. I see how the character probably came about though as the original Black character Winston just simply wanted a job and wasn't a professor like the other guys.  So, I get the move and for comedic appeal the character had to be so easy to write for.  I don't think it went too sassy black female and I'm glad Melissa McCarthy toned it down as her humor can be too over the top for me as well. People really like Kate McKinnon's role but I found her to be annoying and I kept thinking why is she acting like that. Maybe, if I was already a fan of hers I would feel differently. Kristen Wiig was funny with the best character arc. The film wasn't perfect dragging at points and the bad guy was odd. The battle scene had some great parts and sold the women as the next generation of Ghostbusters. We really need these female superheroes and I'm happy to have them. I enjoyed the film and I can't hate on it at all. 
Correction: Actually, I can hate on it bc it continues the use of comedic relief through stereotypes however I did like the rest of it. Also, I can see that it might not say to little girls black women can be scientists but I think it can easily say to them who will see it in a more of what's in front of them kind of way that they could be a Ghostbuster.

The Secret Life of Pets - Review

My son and I bought a mystery bag for this film and I posted a video on my instagram. I felt up the bag thinking it was Snowball but  it turned out to be Croc the Crocodile in the film that we didn't  even know was in the movie(note this is why I used the poster above). This was a big disappointment for my son. I faced the same disappointment with the film... well actually I didn't think it would be that great in the first place.

In this film, Max is a dog that lives with his owner in pure bliss until she brings home Duke (the big brown dog in the promos) . Now, Duke and Max battle for most of the film until Max realizes that Duke just wants love too.

Bad parts: As a person that doesn't have any pets and never have had one, I have never asked the question what do they do all day.  I thought the film had dark theme with the outcast or ousted pets led by Snowball. They gave Kevin Hart little room to be funny with the dialogue. The films seems to be a whole bunch of scenes that don't really move the story along.

Good parts: The evil alley cats scene was well orchestrated props to the animators for that. There is a scene towards the end when Max and Duke finally get on the same page that is more typical of how most of these kids films start. This scene and the last 20 minutes or so is where the film got better. My favorite character was Duke with his bubbly personality.

This is better as a rental or dollar show trip. The film just didn't have much heart with most of it spent trying (I mean trying) to be funny.