I Am Ali is the newest documentary on one of the Great American lives. The early great ones (When We Were Kings) gives you an insight into his athletic greatness, last year’s fantastic The Trials of Muhammad Ali finally broke new ground on analyzing his role in the politics of his time. But just, as a man, flawed and imperfect like the rest of us, who was he?
This is the successful angle I Am Ali takes. Primarily structured through tapes of Ali talking to his children, we see the Champ as less as the everlasting icon, and more in a role most of us can relate to: husband trying to provide for his family, father trying to instill self confidence and worth into his children. We do of course get glimpses of the public figure; in this case it’s important in showing us how his children viewed ‘Muhammad Ali’ as Daddy turning his silly, charming personality up to 11.
That voice. It’s good to hear from his family that Ali doesn’t seem ready just yet to leave us, but hearing his voice in its youthful, playful, powerful peak here. You all know how I feel about appreciating the people you love while you have them.
Nice 2 hour documentary, now streaming on iTunes and other outlets.
And so this week is the first but not definitely not the last week that will be full of movie reviews in this space.
Interesting part of being around as long as I’ve been around: I’m a proud voting member of the guild I belong to, then I have friends who have projects out or on the verge of coming out, I have friends of friends who have projects coming out, and this year I’ll be as open to criticism as anybody I criticize since I have my own short that will be done…soon… (and I’m taking a cue from Beyonce and going fairly tight lipped about my own baby until it’s ready for the world, thus the above pic.)
I like to believe my constructive criticism voice has evolved to the point where I can talk about other films and filmmakers in a way that says ‘not for me’ more so than ‘that sucks’. But I guess time will tell over the next few months.
In the meantime, the songs will get in where they fit in this week (if at all).
(Fade the theatre lights…)
(swiveling my hips in your direction in your direction…)
Excuse m’lady, but may I have this dance into the weekend?
In an upbeat mood tonight as many of you know. Let’s keep the party going…
Taking longer than normal for me to transition out from ‘obsessive A Beautiful Mind artist’ to ‘devil may care world citizen,’ so today let’s split the difference and jam to this respectable cover of my all time favorite song (and the one I always play before I hit ‘Showtime’.)
A nice neo soul song I was turned onto by a friend this weekend. Enjoy this one.
(And thank you again Shannon!)
Actor. Writer. Director. Producer.
End of Production Day. Shot in Culver City, CA by Nathan Richardson.
(Also, let me shout out the Rock and Roots of Fight, because, a black and gold Muhammad Ali training shirt had to be the most predictable swagger jack/impulse purchase of my life.)
I know I usually take you into the weekends with lust, but this week (clearly) I’m more about love and heartbreak. So enjoy this black hippie classic.
Have a good weekend!
Oh come on, did we really need another cover of ‘God Only Knows’? You can’t really top the original.
Fine I’ll check it out…
Oh, an orchestra? OK…
(nostrils flaring up…)
Chris Martin?!? Kylie?!? Dave Grohl?!?
LORDE?!? ONE DIRECTION?!?
(‘God Only Knows What I’d Be Without You…’)
AND BRIAN WILSON GETS THE LAST VERSE?!?
OK, you guys win that one. That was certainly an above average cover.
(hitting ‘Post’ and walking away from the computer as the big tears roll down my cheeks…)
Feeling a bit silly while I get into ‘sad romantic’ mode. So you get this today.