The Two Killings Of Sam Cooke is a documentary by Kelly Duane that is emotionally resonant but ultimately underwhelming. In essence, it rehashes the story of Cooke’s death and how it was shrouded in and remains shrouded in mystery. That is the first and obvious killing.
One thing you must get used to when writing about what you think something in a movie means is disagreement and derision. One must accept that there are those who will mock what you think is a fair rationalization of a piece of symbolism in a movie. Creators as well may mock your notion of what you think they meant when they created a piece of work. Bottom line, it takes confidence and a thick skin to read into a movie for a meaning that may or may not be there for others.
In this article, we will be looking at 2019’s book “1001 Movies to See Before You Die” and going through each film in a random order that I have chosen. We will be looking at what constitutes this film to be on the list and whether I think this film deserves to be here at all. I want to make perfectly clear that I won’t be revealing details from this book such as analyses by film reporters who have written about the film in question, so if you want the book itself you’ll have to buy it. But I will be covering the book’s suggestions on which films should be your top priority. I wouldn’t doubt for a second that everyone reading this article has probably watched many of these movies anyway. But we are just here to have a bit of fun. We’re going to not just look at whether it should be on this list but we’re also going to look at why the film has such a legacy at all. Remember, this is the 2019 version of the book and so, films like “Joker” will not be featured in this book and any film that came out in 2020 (and if we get there, in 2021). So strap in and if you have your own suggestions then don’t hesitate to email me using the address in my bio. Let’s get on with it then.
Shady Grove would initially seem to be a peaceful suburban neighborhood--and the perfect place for Lindsay Porter (Julie McNiven). After a divorce from her unstable ex-husband, the gated community allows Lindsay peace of mind as she runs her gym/yoga studio, hosts the neighborhood watch program, and raises her teenage daughter Jamie (Courtney Grosbeck). While dating is the last thing on her mind, Lindsay can't help but be attracted to Stephen Lane (Trevor Donovan), her new next-door neighbor. Despite her reservations, Lindsay is swept up by Stephen's charms and the two begin a tentative relationship.
I have spent hours trying to come up with a good opening joke to begin my review, but I can't come up with anything funny. Therefore, I'm just going to leave you with this: "you can't handle the truth!" Did you laugh? Yeah, I know. I'll start the review.
OF ALL THE SCHEMES that Toussaint LeFleur had dreamed up in prison, the one he wanted to execute the most was take the 1715 Stradivarius violin and hold it for ransom.
The macabre acts of killings are the hot topic right now. There are numerous podcasts, tours, movies, documentaries about many killers.
Camille (Kietta Mayweather Gamble) feels like she doesn't know the man she loves anymore. While her husband Roger (Jon Etiquette) cites work as the reason for his frequent late nights, Camille senses that something else is going on--and is certain her husband is cheating. After confiding in her friends, Camille is convinced to hire private investigator Philando (Walter Franks) to find out the truth. Despite being put off by Philando's odd behavior, Camille hopes hiring him will get her the answers she's looking for.
“American Murder: The Family Next Door” (2020) is one of the most famous newest documentaries on Netflix. It’s about a man who murders his wife, two baby daughters and unborn son. I think many of us actually remember hearing about this story especially if you’re like me and likes to keep up-to-date with trials if they’re in the USA and UK. Honestly, I knew what was happening in this story beforehand because, obviously, I had already heard about it. But another reason that I already knew what was happening was because the film itself was so badly made. I didn’t feel like there was any production value to the show and well, it was just a bunch of social media posts and pictures, videos etc. from Facebook. I mean, there’s not a real quality of classic documentary to it and I hope this doesn’t become a new-age documentary theme. I would appreciate it if that didn’t happen and I don’t think it is very appropriate to depict the victim as a mom who puts everything about their kids on social media. I think they were trying not to go there, but obviously they knew it would always be in the minds of the audience. Let’s have a look at why it didn’t work.
“Dahmer” (2002) is a film starring Jeremy Renner as the serial killer and cannibal/rapist Jeffrey Dahmer. It happens as two separate timelines. One in which Jeffrey Dahmer is an already profuse serial killer and the other where he is still starting out and understanding that he may actually be a monster. The starting-off timeline happens backwards and therefore, requires you to pay a lot of attention to why there is a damned pandora’s box in the bedroom and why he won’t let his father open it. However, it also requires you to pay attention to how these flashbacks are placed, because they are never there for no apparent reason. For example: the reason why Dahmer can’t go into the bar when Rodney does is told to us through a flashback. Be that as it may, this film had many pros and cons and we’re going to investigate them in much more detail as we delve deeper and see exactly why this film got very good reviews critically, but seemed to leave audiences a bit spaced out.
The Lie is one of the dumber movies I have seen in a long while. This sleezy production from Blumhouse Productions, better known for cheap horror, than anything remotely like The Lie, wants to put you in the awkward position of being the parents of a child who has murdered a friend. The filmmakers want you to ask what you would do in order to protect your child from going to prison for murder. For a good person, this question is very easy. For the low brain-power characters of The Lie it’s a plot contrivance.
Films that are based on true stories could always be embellished due to how the studio wanting to dramatize it. Also, films like those are also missing some vital pieces are rush through things just for the sake of telling the story. Molly’s Game would probably benefit from one.