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Amy

Summary: A look inside the personal life of star Amy Winehouse. The film follows her from being discovered through to the dizzying heights of winning a Grammy Award to her tragic demise.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 2nd July 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United Kingdom

Director: Asif Kapadia

Screenwriter: N/A

Cast: Juliette Ashby (herself), Darcus Beese (himself), Tony Bennett (himself), Sam Beste (himself), Yasiin Bey (himself), Russell Brand (himself), Raye Cosbert (himself), Dale Davis (himself), Shomari Dilon (himself), Pete Doherty (himself), Blake Fielder-Civil (himself), Nick Gatfield (himself), Lauren Gilbert (herself), Lucian Grainge (himself), Dave Grohl (himself), Tyler James (himself), Jay Leno (himself), David Letterman (himself), Monte Lipman (himself), Phil Meynell (himself), Guy Moot (himself), Andrew Morris (himself), Salaam Remi (himself), Cristina Romete (herself), Mark Ronson (himself), Nick Shymansky (himself), Chip Somers (himself), Amy Winehouse (herself), Janis Winehouse (herself), Mitch Winehouse (himself), Blake Wood (himself)

Runtime: 128 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR AMY REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Not being a fan of Amy Winehouse’s I wasn’t sure what to expect from the documentary Amy. The film had received rave reviews from right around but aside from knowing one of two of her big hits (namely Rehab) I actually didn’t know that much about her. Therefore the fact that this docco actually had me feeling somewhat emotional times really just goes to show how inside the life of his tragic star that director Asif Kapadia really goes… he doesn’t leave one single stone unturned.

Kapadia announced himself as a seriously gifted documentary maker when he released Senna in 2010. The docco went so far into Senna’s life that even those film critics and fans who despised and knew nothing about Formula One racing were listing the film as a film that you had to see. Kapadia does the same here with Winehouse. He doesn’t sugar coat anything and instead shows the tragic life of a girl who was given an amazing vocal talent but probably would have much better off and happier if she reached the level of stardom that she did.

One of the best things about Amy is just how watchable Kapadia has made the film. Yes it runs for 128 minutes (some would argue overly long for a documentary) but so gripping is the story being told that you never once start to feel bored and start to think what coffee you might order after the credits roll. Kapadia allows Amy to start off like any music documentary chronicling a young star’s life would. There are the customary shots of her mucking around with her friends, singing at clubs in front of small crowds, but Kapadia also allows the audience to see more than that as he clearly shows that even at the age of nine Winehouse was already deeply troubled and the rollercoaster was just starting to take off.

Like he did with Senna Kapadia breaks with normal traditional documentary filmmaking. There are virtually no talking head interviews here, instead the audience are treated to a lot of private home movies of Winehouse, her family and her friends that tell more about the star and her lifestyle than what any interview could ever do. Also making this a gripping watch is the fact that Kapadia doesn’t hold back when he is trying to tell his story. He doesn’t allow everybody in Amy Winehouse’s life come out of this smelling like roses. The audience watches as Winehouse’s life of destruction comes a lot worse with the arrival of her boyfriend (and then later husband) Blake Fielder-Civil on the scene – the film then basically points the finger as an expert eerily reveals that it was in Fielder-Civil’s best interest for his gravy train not to get sober again. Likewise Kapadia has the bravery to lump blame on Winehouse’s own father and he first reveals that Amy’s bulimia etc started when her father left the family home when she was just a child, how he was the main reason that she didn’t go into rehab when her managerial team was begging her to and how he brought film crews around and planned tours when all she wanted to do was rest and get herself well. It is a very brave documentary maker who is willing to tell a story with such brutal honesty.

Kapadia’s alternative style of filmmaking also allows for him to let the documentary move along as he showcases the events in Amy’s life that was making her write the music she was writing. As handwritten lyrics appear across the screen the audience watches the life events unfold that sparked her to write the usually dark lyrics in the first place. Just as that similar kind of thing made Teen Spirit a must read if you are a fan of Kurt Cobain, this style here makes Amy a must see for Winehouse fans. I know having seen the film set out in this way I will never listen to the track Rehab in the same way again.

There are times when you are watching Amy and it feels like you are watching car crash in slow motion. Instead of becoming a character study of one of the most successful young musicians of our generation the docco almost becomes a cautionary tale of what drugs, bulimia and super stardom can do to an ordinary person’s life. Kapadia’s brilliant style of story-making makes this the can kind of film that not only educates but washes over you with every emotion imaginable. One of the best music documentaries you will ever see.
Stars(4.5)

 

 

Greg King:

You can read Greg’s full Amy review on www.filmreviews.net.au

 

Stars(3.5)

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(4)

 

IMDB Rating: Amy (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Amy reviews: You can listen to our Amy review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #167. You can also read our Amy review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘The Emporer’s New Clothing,’ ‘Marshland’ ‘Jurassic World’ ‘The Mafia Only Kills In Summer,’ ‘Slow West’  and ‘54: The Director’s Cut′ . This episode also contains interviews with Russell Brand, Michael Winterbottom, Steven Speilberg, coln Trevorrow, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Enzo Tedeschi (Deadhouse Films) plus Rain Fuller and Osamah Sami stop by to talk about their new web series Two Refugees And A Blonde.

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Despicable Me 2

Summary: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster, Despicable Me, delighted audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In Summer 2013, get ready for more minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th June, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Screenwriter: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul

Cast: Moises Arias (Antonio (voice)), Russell Brand (Dr. Nefario (voice)), Benjamin Bratt (Eduardo/El Macho (voice)), Steve Carell (Gru (voice)), Pierre Coffin (Kevin The Minion/Bob The Minion/Stuart The Minion (voice)), Steve Coogan (Silas (voice)), Miranda Cosgrove (Margo (voice)), Elsie Kate Fisher (Agnes (voice)), Dana Gaier (Edith (voice)), Ken Jeong (Floyd (voice)), Nasim Pedrad (Jillian (voice)), Kristen Schaal (Shannon (voice)), Kristen Wiig (Lucy (voice)),

Runtime: 98 mins

Classification:PG

SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘DESPICABLE ME 2’:

David Griffiths: Stars(3.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Despicable Me 2’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Nick Gardener: Stars(3)

Please check Nick’s review of ‘Despicable Me 2’ that is available on the Built For Speed website

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

IMDB Rating:  Despicable Me 2 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Despicable Me 2′: Please check episode #37 of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show for more reviews of ‘Despicable Me 2’.

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WORST ACTOR: Russell Brand (Arthur), Nicolas Cage (Drive Angry, Season Of The Witch, Trespass), Taylor Lautner (Abduction, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1), Adam Sandler (Just Go With It, Jack & Jill), Nick Swardson (Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star)

WORST ACTRESS: Martin Lawrence (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son), Sarah Palin (Sarah Palin: The Undefeated), Sarah Jessica Parker (New Year’s Eve/I Don’t Know How She Does It), Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill), Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Patrick Dempsey (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon), James Franco (Your Highness), Ken Jeong (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son/The Hangover Part 2/Transformers: Dark Of The Moon/Zookeeper), Al Pacino (Jack & Jill), Nick Swardson (Jack & Jill/Just Go With It)

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WORST DIRECTOR: Michael Bay (Transformers: Dark Of The Moon), Tom Brady (Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star), Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1), Dennis Dugan (Jack & Jill/Just Go With It), Garry Marshall (New Year’s Eve)

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