Jul 022015

Amy Winehouse

In cinemas this week: Terminator Genisys, Amy and The Last Five Years. 

Terminator Genisys – When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission: reset the future. Has been mostly savaged and despised, but I rather enjoyed it. Review at the link.

Amy – Despite just two albums to her name Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. With a voice oft described as a combination of Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul; a once in two generational musical talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines. I have never been particularly interested in Amy Winehouse’s music, but her story is a tragic one. Director Asif Kapadia’s Senna was a phenomenal documentary and even non-F1 fans will tell you that. I have been expecting this to be equally transcendent. However, since the the bunch of extremely positive reviews at Cannes, there has been a lot of negative comments about the construction of this film.

The Last Five Years – In this adaptation of the hit musical, The Last Five Years is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie (Jordan), a young, talented up-and-coming Jewish novelist falls in love with Cathy (Kendrick), a Shiksa Goddess and struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. All of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes. Saw this at TIFF last year, and it was one of the worst experiences in a cinema of the entire year. Hated it!

Weekly Recommendation: I unashamedly enjoyed Terminator Genisys, so I am going to go against the grain and recommend it. I do think Amy will be worth the time, too.