. Synopsis: Filmmaker Morgan Neville pays homage to some of the greatest vocalists you've never heard of in this documentary. These gifted singers are also terrific storytellers, taking us on a tour of their work over the decades with anecdotes that are hilarious, jaw-droppingly revelatory and sometimes deeply moving. Still, it's remarkable to get the chance to appreciate what these amazing women can do. The fact that this crossover rarely turns into a successful commercial career is part of the tragedy the film explores at length. They assigned her those harrowing, violent lyrics, which confounded Clayton.
And guess what, it is! The design resembles a modern magazine cover, failing to emphasize the film's general focus on music history. Still, it's remarkable to get the chance to appreciate what these amazing women can do. Read his other reviews at. Neville also convinced an impressive number of insightful icons to sing the praises of those hired to enhance their performance with little recognition, including , , , Sting and , whose camera-ready charm stands in stark contrast to the honest and raw presence of the movie's less lauded subjects. These afore mentioned backing artists, and others, share with us their frustrations, disappointments and the love for what they do. The film does touch on race and gender politics, though not to extreme depths, yet it is difficult to watch the film without realizing that the big stars who come out to discuss the value of the background singers to their popularity Springsteen, Jagger, Sting, etc. HeadStuff is all about putting buckets of interesting stuff in one place.
More importantly, such nitpicks feel irrelevant in the face of such an infectious, uplifting experience. Could have watched another hour of this. It is a fun ride but it sometimes lacks a bit of direction. She will gladly turn down all but the most elite backup jobs, because every hour spent not focusing on breaking out solo is an hour wasted in her mind. It mixed archival footage with new interviews.
An interesting look at why these powerhouse singers were always in the background and never made it big in their own right it could have been improved by widening its scope somewhat. Then those times ethics of the music world were different than now. Interviews with the likes of Bette Midler, Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen are full of praise for what the likes of Darlene Love, Tata Vega and Lisa Fischer amongst others have contributed to the major bands and pop stars over the years. Though many of the names in the film you may not know, the songs they have sung are familiar. The only minor nitpick is the inclusion of Hill, who is dropped into the film rather abruptly after Neville spends a lengthy period of time with Fischer. These women are legendary within the music industry and certainly have the talent to be stars, but why haven't they? So I think it is a good movie for young people to study about what to do and what not to do if they choose this same field as their profession.
It uses a mix of archival footage and new interviews to depict the ways in which these singers contributed a joyous and unique sound to seemingly countless rock and pop hits, yet rarely received the credit or royalty payments for it. But an easier way to source the types of documentaries that will move you is to look at what the best of the best has been for the last number of years and start exploring. In many ways the most exceptional thing about this film is the scope and depth. Then there are people like Judith Hill who are in limbo, trying to afford being in the front, but not getting the financial backing to do so. It's a resonant, enveloping sensation, allowing the viewer to sink into the sound. In many ways you wish it could all be like this. For some, like Tate Vega at Motown, their solo careers just never caught fire.
The film moves at a blistering pace as it charts the successes and failures of these supremely talented vocalists as they rode the wave of the American Dream against the backdrop of the dollar fuelled music industry. The film does but then it veers all over the place. The details of how these women made peace with their pasts or transitioned to successful lives in other fields provide many redemptive life lessons. It all adds up to an eminently enjoyable reflection on pop culture history. A few rock stars Springsteen, Jagger, Sting offer their comments. Springsteen points out that many of the uses of these singers stems from the choral gospel arrangements in the singers backgrounds, which is especially evidenced when each singer reveals herself to be the daughter of a preacher. When the focus turns to their failed attempts at moving to the front of the stage, the energy turns dark and drags on too long.
Love gave the guts but never got the glory she deserved. The fourth story is Judith Hill, a younger backup singer in a contemporary age which seems to shun backups. The film does but then it veers all over the place. The singers, whether speaking blissfully of a higher calling or tearfully recounting outrageous exploitation, are riveting. Since I don't know much about the musics of before 80s, I just enjoyed the stories they told in this documentary.
As Alita struggles to remember her former self and forge new connections, she also discovers hidden talents for fighting that come in handy in the violent culture of the bustling, post-apocalyptic metropolis she now calls home. A trailer for Cutie and the Boxer plays before the main menu. Still, Battle Angel is by some distance the most entertaining of the recent crop of would-be franchise starters, exciting on its own merits while leaving just enough of its world tantalizingly unexplored to actually fuel our interest in wanting to see where its characters go from here. Like most warm-blooded Americans, I love gospel music with all my heart. Interviews with the likes of Bette Midler, Mick Jagger and Bruce This Oscar winning documentary is both engrossing and fun highlighting as it does the careers and importance of some of the most famous backing singers in the business. These women deserve to be celebrated for what they brought to music.