It has been a while since I posted to this blog. It is not that I haven’t seen any movies since my last posting; its just that I have not blogged about it.  I will try to rectify that over the course of the next 30+ days.

Why that time frame? Well, the nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards were recent;y announced. So, it is that time of year when I go crazy to try to see as many of the nominated movies as possible. Of the 57 films nominated, I have only already seen 7: Amy, The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, Spectre, Spotlight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and What Happened, Miss Simone?

While I recommend seeing all 7 of these movies, I do want to point out two of them in this posting – Amy and What Happened, Miss Simone? Amy is out on DVD and can also be rented from Netflix. What Happened, Miss Simone? is only available through Netflix streaming.

Both are biographical documentaries about the lives of very iconic musicians (Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone).  Each performer was a reflection of the times during which she lived.  Amy Winehouse quickly rose to prominence as a pop star in a time when the media and everyone else through social media can capture almost every aspect of your life. Nina Simone’s career was influenced, an some may same adversely impacted, by the civil rights movement of the 60’s.Both suffered from mental emotional problems – Amy with addiction and Nina with bi-polar disorder. Both films used video footage that has been scene before (but isn’t that what one expects now in biographical documentaries). Interestingly enough, both performers had strong jazz backgrounds before transitioning into the world of pop music.

Both performers had amazing voices and I recommend seeing each of these movies.


One thought on “#OscarNoms

  1. I have seen both and loved both. I am embarrassed as an American that I had never heard of Nina Simone before. Such a talent, such a tortured soul and such a great voice for civil rights. I loved Amy – both the singer and the doc. I wish they had addressed her eating disorder more. I feel like it was as much to blame for her death as the drugs/alcohol.

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