December 28 2015 Drama Movies Newsletter
In may seem redundant to make a documentary about Amy Winehouse. She lived most of her brief life on-camera and in the public spotlight, so what else is there to know? Director Asif Kapadia focuses on Amy's live performances, which are electrifying, and her relationships with her parents and on-again off-again lover Blake Fielder. Their interviews reveal as much about themselves, as they do about Winehouse. Amy's father is reportedly unhappy with the film, but has only himself to blame. He seems more interested in getting his face on-camera than on the welfare of his daughter.
Kapadia is already an award-winning documentary filmmaker. He has three awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts(BAFTA). In addition, "Amy" has received the best documentary award from numerous critics associations in Chicago, Detroit, Boston, and Los Angeles. Winehouse is apparently a subject who fascinates audiences, and "Amy" is the highest-grossing documentary film ever in the UK.
Here in the US, the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony will be broadcast on CBS tomorrow night, the 29th. Among the honorees are actresses Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson and director/producer George Lucas. An interview with Lucas, conducted by Charlie Rose, was shown last Friday, the 25th. It was surprising to hear Lucas, the king of the blockbuster, criticize the studios for adhering to a narrow line of commercialism and not taking risks. Lucas sold his company, and the rights to the "Star Wars" franchise, to Disney for around four billion dollars. He said he plans to use the money to make small, experimental films. These films will tell stories visually with little dialogue, which sounds like a return to the silent film style. It will be interesting to see the results.
Here's the latest article from the Drama Movies site at BellaOnline.com.
Amy Film Review
Flamboyant, brash, uncompromising, and vulnerable, singer Amy Winehouse was a brilliant talent with unlimited potential. Asif Kapadia's film, "Amy", depicts her meteoric rise to fame and her tragic struggle with addiction.
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