Lately, as in the last few weeks, I’ve been checking off a lot of films on the “to watch list”. A slew of come in at the library and my “hold” queue is delivering like none other, and alongside that, it seems the streaming providers have been releasing documentaries, all for the viewer’s taking! Here’s what a slice of what I’ve been watching as of late. . .
- Everything Is Copy, a documentary about Nora Ephron, the late, great, esteemed (in my book) Nora Ephron. The documentary is made by one of her sons, Jacob, and gathers many first person accounts mixed with the numerous other spots of Nora on film for interviews being her honest, witty self. Before she was known as a screen writer and director, she was first and foremost a journalist. Covering women’s rights for Esquire at a time when there was no one covering women’s rights in long form essays let alone that many female journalists with any major following like she had. And then, in her later life she catapulted the genre of “romantic comedies” for the movie industry and continued writing from her personal life and using “life as material.” And then, someone who was so public for so long, kept a fatalistic health issue so private that only a few people in her life knew she was sick, and before anyone knew what had happened, she passed. But what a legend. If you’re a fan Nora’s movies, essays or both, then you’ll be a fan of this documentary.
- Miss You Already, marketed as the “Beaches for this generation”, and if you understand that parallel then you’ll understand this movie is a tear jerker, fairly depressing, and a sad narrative of a friendship between two women facing some of life’s heaviest and stacked hands of cards. But I was interested of course with Toni Colette leading the charge alongside Drew Barrymore, to see the two women play out their roles. The entire movie takes place in London, and well it does spiral you into really appreciating each day, and of course, life’s treasured friends and the friendships you’ve made along the way. Oy, is all I have to say!
- Amy, made by the same people who made Senna (which I’ve yet to see), the documentary is narrated by countless recorded voice overs of Amy’s closest friends and family, while you watch home videos, performances, and other filmed (some had to be paparazzi video even) scenes of Amy’s short life over the course of trajectory from just a girl who adores jazz to a woman eaten alive by fame. Another sad one for the books, I’m afraid. But if you loved and still love Amy’s first album, and remember hearing the sound of her voice, and just how fresh and refreshing the album was, you’ll find it interesting nonetheless. The poor girl was failed by so many people around her, and I still think, how sad it all was when I hear one of her songs being played. It was a tad too long in length, in my opinion, and one other weird thing: Not sure why the director wanted to include all lyrics on screen when Amy performed. They were weird distractions from the recorded performances and didn’t seem to fit the film style. Still worth a watch despite those two editing and artistic decisions. Viva Amy Winehouse!