Amy

Amy

DVD - 2015
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Examines the life and career of pop singer Amy Winehouse.
Publisher: [Canada] :, Mongrel Media,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.421644 AMY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 11, 2018

The movie Amy, is a documentary about the life of famed jazz and pop singer, Amy Winehouse. It highlights the various ups and downs the singer experienced before her tragic death in 2011. Directed by Asif Kapadia, and produced by James Gay- Rees, it shows never before seen home videos shot by close family friends of the late blues singer, as well as interviews with close friends and relatives. To be completely honest, before watching this documentary, I had a vague idea of who Amy Winehouse was. I feel like this documentary gave a lot of insight to the real demons she was fighting throughout her successful career. This movie also showed the true horrors of fame, as well as drugs and alcohol. After watching this movie, I can truly and honestly say, no voice currently could compare to that of Amy Winehouse’s. I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary, and I would definitely recommend this to a friend. I would give this movie a 4/5 rating.
@TheCuriousBookworm of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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GHN
Mar 16, 2018

Watching the movie "The Rose" (Bette Midler) which is supposed to be about Janis Joplin, I can draw some parallel between its story and Amy Winehouse's. Sad and tragic !

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reverendmike
Dec 19, 2017

I can't remember if I've already commented on this movie -- but it's a fantastic documentary, which clearly shows Amy Winehouse's immense talent. I'm not a fan of soul/jazz/R&B in general, but she was amazing. A tragic loss, well-illuminated in this movie. The movie makes her boyfriend/husband seem like an incredible scumbag, but I can't say if it's 100% accurate, given his substance abuse issues.

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AmyEighttrack
Aug 22, 2017

Well. Was glad I decided to tackle this documentary. I was afraid it was going to be very superficial. Instead, I came away with an appreciation of this 'pop phenomenon' as an artist and human being. It's left me noticing how many contemporary artists have been influenced by her; or perhaps are just copying her... Not to be too snarky...

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MartineVK
Jun 27, 2017

I was heartbroken when Amy Winehouse died. She was so much more talented than most popular musicians these days, that it felt like a real injustice. (Not that there is justice in the universe, but grief is not logical.) I remember the morning the news broke I spoke to someone (a singer) who said, somewhat dispassionately, that Winehouse was an accident waiting to happen. I felt offended by what she said at the time. But after seeing this extremely well edited documentary, I have to agree with her. Amy suffered from depression and taking drugs and drinking was her way of self-medicating. The film is well-balanced and takes you from the earliest days to the end. Best part is her singing in a recording booth doing Back to Black. It starts out just a capella then adds the backing track, first in part, then the whole thing. Makes the hair stand up....wherever you have hair. If you're a fan, this is unmissable. Even if you aren't a fan, this is highly recommended.

ArapahoeTiegan Jun 26, 2017

This movie didn't cover Amy's story quite as well as I had hoped it would. However, it was lovely to see her perform and my heart just broke all over again to watch her struggle and know how it ended. For fans: if you have watched this and need more, look into the two biographies written by her parents, they give a way better look into who Amy really was outside of the fame and her struggle with addictions.

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albioni
May 28, 2017

I love amy and I think she is way better than adele.

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sertaoprincess
Jan 05, 2017

a stellar documentary---way above the usual in its production value & lively storytelling. and it shows all too well what can happen when we are born into the wrong family. it also shows what a great talent she had & was developing. it left me with a sad question: if just someone had been there for her, an advocate, what might have been? I think that she would have given all of us incredible, long-living music.

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cclomen
Oct 24, 2016

I loved Amy through out her career and I held off on watching this movie because I was afraid it was going to focus more on her downfall, then her as a whole. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised and proved wrong when I finally gave into watching it. It shows her from the very beginning, before she was famous, to her very last days and everything in between, which I really appreciate. I feel as though too many people got to know her in the wrong light in the end, so I was so happy to see this portray her from every angle, even the jarring truth, which I thought was going to be candy coated but ended up not and was done so well. It really shows her true personality, her desire to succeed in making great music rather than becoming famous, then being sucked dry by not only her disease, but by those who percieved her as a cash cow rather than someone who was begging for help in an un conventional way because she never truly had the chance to grow up and out. Every minute is worth watching, but be prepared to cringe in more way than one.

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christinadseattle
Oct 23, 2016

Amazing talent surrounded by scum. Including her father. Very sad.

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Monolith
Dec 12, 2015

Tony Bennett: "If she had lived, I would have said, 'Slow down; you're too important... Life teaches you, really how to live it... if you could live long enough...' "

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