Twenty Feet From Stardom (2013)
From IMDB: Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.
My thoughts: Loved this – highly recommended! These, mostly ladies, with amazing, highly-recognizable voices. I was really surprised in particular by the music from the 50s and 60s – many of the voices I assumed were part of the main band were backup singers. I also like that the filmmaker interviews the backup singers and got memories/impressions from the “stars.”
Great quote: “You know, when you think about the history of pop music and all the memorable hooks that people sing along with, they’re singing with us most of the time, because that’s what we do on records. We come in and sing the hooks.”
Girl Model (2011)
From IMDB: A documentary on the modeling industry’s ‘supply chain’ between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model.
My thoughts: This was painful to watch. Seeing these young girls leaving homes and traveling to a country where they didn’t speak the language then – highly likely – leaving in debt without having booked the jobs they were promised. Families that didn’t really understand the fine print of the contract they were signing. And then more girls just waiting in the wings to take the next spot. Ugh.
From Showtime: We’ve all used the phrase “Oh, it’s that guy. The one from that other thing.” We all recognize them. They appear in dozens of movies and countless television shows, but no one ever bothers to learn their names. Sixteen actors detail their ups and downs as they struggle to forge careers in the world’s most cutthroat environment – Hollywood. They’ve played cops, lawyers, bosses, best friends, psychopaths, politicians and everything in between. Now you’ll know who they are.
My thoughts: Actors talking about being very recognizable, but no one really knowing their name. Nearly every time a new person came on screen, my husband or I said, “Oh, I know that guy!.” Truth in advertising.
Mortified Nation (2013)
From IMDB: Adults share their most embarrassing teenage writings and art in front of total strangers at Mortified stage shows across the country, as the filmmakers explore what the show’s popularity says about all of us.
My thoughts: I loved this. LOVED IT! Mortified is a stage show where people get up and read excerpts from things they wrote as children – mostly teenagers. I remember those years and it is nice to see other people experiencing the same things. Highly recommended!
Great Quote: “We are freaks. We are fragile. And we all survived.”
From IMDB: GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling chronicles the rise and fall of the first ever all-female wrestling show through the stories of those who lived it.
My thoughts: Do you remember GLOW? This documentary sets out to explain how GLOW got started, how the female wrestlers got involved, how it eventually ended, and how it left it’s ladies. It was very interesting, but not one of my favorites overall. The 1980s footage was excellent though.