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I've searched a couple of times, but can't find a thread for reviewing movies in the Home Theater forum. Would it be an idea to have a sub-forum for reviews? It would be nice to know what's mixed well for Blu-Ray, DVD (sometimes DVDs are better), whether 7.1 would make a difference (e.g. Jurassic World sounds too busy in 5.1 Blu-Ray), etc. Also, which speakers bring out the best of movie soundtracks - Heritage, Reference, etc.There could be one thread per movie, with various takes on what works / doesn't work with certain systems, so you can track which directors, genres, etc. will sound best given the type of setup each of us has. Thoughts?
So the lady and I saw the movie "Amy" yesterday, which documents Amy Winehouse's rise to fame and eventual death. Having never really listened to her music before seeing the movie, I was initially drawn in only because of the Rotten Tomatoes rating of the movie (98% at the time). The movie is excellent for a number of reasons. It presents the content without comment, letting home movies and interviews speak for themselves. However, what makes it really spectacular is how it weaves her music in with her personal story. Her lyrics were not just clever and her vocals were not delivered with flare. There is an emotional rawness and pain I didn't expect and her vocals land like that of a much older and more mature performer. I never knew Amy's music, but I feel like I know it much more intimately now having seen the film. I went out and bought an album. I had dismissed Amy Winehouse as a pop star junkie only to discover some incredible, raw talent that was lost too soon. Tony Bennet, at the end of the film, says she is one of the true legendary jazz singers--to be put alongside Sarah Vaughn and Ella. I plan on digging deep into her records this week, but thought I'd at least share my thoughts on the film. Regardless of experience with her music, the film stands alone as a truly remarkable music documentary. I feel that even those who might know and ultimately dislike her music might find themselves enjoying the movie. I highly recommend seeing it if you can find a way. It's playing at a number of places around here in Chicago. Cheers.