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THIS IS IT :: DOC :: 041

Posted in Documentary, Special Interest with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 03/11/2010 by joycereview

The world loves Michael Jackson.   I love Michael Jackson. 

 I wish I could have loved this movie. 

A month ago, I watched clips of people’s reactions after watching this film and most of them came out teary-eyed and praising of the picture. 

Here’s what I saw:

I saw a very thin and pale version of the King of Pop, singing and dancing at 50% of his capacity in the rehearsals for his sold-out London concert.  His crew, Kenny Ortega and a slew of awe-struck dancers working tirelessly to make the show fast, bold and worthy of  “The final curtain call.”

This Is It, was a draw-out (111 min), behind-the-scenes of a concert that never happened.  Viewers are briefly entertained by new segments of “Smooth Criminal” and a redone, 3d version of “Thriller,” but besides this… all you see is a master of music working and perfecting the final presentation of his craft.

In an entire room of people that love Michael Jackson’s music, we all enjoyed it as background music as we played Bejeweled, uploaded pictures to facebook, and downloaded iTunes to their new netbook. 

I believe that Michael Jackson was our “Ambassador of Love” to the world.  There are very few people on this planet who have not heard his name.  His influence is felt in the lives of virtually everyone who has (heard his name), but this film didn’t show Michael the way that I want to remember him.  In his videos, in other documentaries, I’ve seen him much more happy – displaying his voice, dance and passion with more freedom and exuberance . 

I’ll simply watch (any of) the other videos/documentaries if I want to remember him.  Either that, or listen to my Jackson playlist that I’ve had since music could be put on computers.

What did you guys think?  Did it make you think it was any better than what we’ve seen from Michael Jackson in the past?  It feels bad to say, but to me, it seemed the simple and logical way to make millions on his name and legacy.

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WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? :: DOC :: 009

Posted in Documentary, Special Interest with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 11/02/2009 by joycereview

8bearElectricCarChris Paine‘s 2006 documentary film, Who Killed The Electric Car? is an entertaining and thought-provoking look at the history, the production and the cold-blooded-murder of the electric car.

It was the film’s tagline that made me quickly put this title into my Netflix queue and with great haste, move it to the top of my gigantic list;

In 1996, electric cars began to appear on roads all over California.  They were quiet and fast, produced no exhaust and ran without gasoline….. Ten years later, these cars were destroyed.

Is there a conspiracy against clean air, clean roads and the use of clean, reusable energy?  Was it a lack of consumer confidence or was it “this conspiracy.”  Jenny and I had to investigate for ourselves, so we popped in the dvd.

When I was about 10 years old, my parents took my sister and me to Walt Disney World in Florida.  Besides seeing the killer whales at Sea World, I was absolutely entranced by a sleek, shiny, solar & electric “car of the future” that they had on a rotating wheel at the Epcot Center.  Now, 21 years later, it probably can still be seen in the Future World showroom… because, let’s face it, it’s not here.  The sad truth is that it was here,… the future that I always felt would come, but “big business” and other “powers that be” decided that it would be more profitable to go back in time rather than forward.  Shame on you General Motors!

Who Killed The Electric Car? is an entertaining film with an important message.  The film features such celebrity electric car (EV-1) leasees such as: Alexandria Paul (kudos to her for standing tall and getting arrested for the cause), Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Ed Begley Jr.,  and Peter Horton.  I’m not a car fanatic,… but I hope in 10 years I can drive a car as dope as the EV-1 was.  I won’t hold my breath though.  Watch this film!