Lucy has always used food to escape life's problems, but when this self-titled "fat friend" lures her group of old college buddies to the Montana wilderness, she reveals a new self - skinny, beautiful and still flawed.
The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.
In the 60s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 80s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.
At the NFL Draft, General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
On route to the stage, singer James Brown recalls a life with a turbulent childhood where music was his only constructive release for his passions. A chance demonstration of that in prison led to a new friend who helped get him out and into a musical career. With his fire and creative daring, Brown became a star who defiantly created new possibilities in show business both on and behind the stage in face of racism and conventional thinking. Along the way, James would also become a peacemaker who redefined and raised the African-American community's feeling of self-worth when it was needed most. However, those same domineering passions would lead James Brown alienating everyone around him as his appetites became ever more self-destructive. Only after he hit rock bottom with a serious mistake does Brown realize what he needs to do make his life as the Godfather of Soul truly worthwhile.Written by
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My baby playing at the Apollo.
I ain't your baby, not then, not now. I look after James Brown. You want to know me, I'll tell you. My daddy in the army. My mamma left. No one else helped me. No one else.
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Please, Please, Please (Live in Tampa)
Written by James Brown, Johnny Terry
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Republic Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
Great movie on the Godfather of Soul
A movie on the great James Brown, the Godfather of Soul and one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. We see his life, from boyhood, to initial steps as an entertainer, to success and later life.
Great biopic. Directed by Tate Taylor, who directed The Help, and starring Chadwick Boseman (who played Jackie Robinson in 42) as James Brown, this is an entertaining, absorbing look into the life of one of the greatest stars of the 20th century, a man who created a genre of music (funk) and influenced several others.
Excellent performance by Chadwick Boseman in the lead role. Very convincing, capturing incredibly well the energy, swagger and determination of James Brown, plus his on-stage theatrics.
The film's hairstylist and make-up artist deserve heaps of credit too, considering the (quite accurate) transformations they put Boseman through.
Part of what makes the movie so great is the music, and the live performances to go with it. Very well done.
Not perfect though. Starts pretty disjointedly and non-engagingly. Takes a while to get into the movie (but once you do it is a great journey). Even once it does get going, there is still a degree of roughness around the edges. Tate Taylor seems to paint with broad brushes, as the smaller detail sometimes seems overlooked or bent for dramatic purposes.
Comparisons with Ray and Walk The Line are in order, and Get On Up is not quite up to the standard of those two movies, largely for the reasons mentioned above.
This all said, a great movie.
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