My heart hurts. Tears are welling up in my eyes. He was one of the actors who could jump from genre to genre, from character to character. The transition was seamless. His future as an performer was full of possibilities.
But cancer had other plans.
May his memory be a blessing and may he live forever on the silver screen.
P.S. The fact that he was constantly working throughout the four years of his battle with cancer tells me at least everything I need to know about who the man was.
2014 has been a very interesting movie going year for me. While I did not see any movies that would substantiate a worst movies of 2014 list, there have been more than a few that are vying for best movie of 2014.
5. Noah-While this movie tried, it lived up to the title of biblical disaster for several reasons.
4. Get On Up– A biopic is always more interesting when the audience gets to know the whole person, warts and all. However, that doesn’t mean there can’t be a few scenes that can be saved for the extra’s portion of the DVD.
3. Monuments Men– I like this untold World War II stories, but there was something lacking.
2. Wish I Was Here– A realistic view of adulthood that felt a little too real.
1. Begin Again– Keira Knightley, breaking from her previous BPD (British Period Drama) roles and Mark Ruffalo as a disgraced music exec.
And now the fun begins. (Drum roll please) The top 5 movies of 2014 are….
5. Tie between Philomena and Maleficent– Two women who must go on a journey to re-discover their pasts and who they are.
James Brown is a music legend. His music has spawned several genres and produced countless imitators.
The new biopic of his life, Get On Up is presently in theaters. Chadwick Boseman, who last year played another ground breaking icon, Jackie Robinson, in 42, takes on the role of the Godfather Of Soul. James Brown grew in Augusta, Georgia, in extremely poor circumstances. His mother, Susie Brown (Viola Davis) abandoned her son as a boy, leaving him to be raised by Aunt Honey (Octavia Spencer). His rise to the top of the music scene is legendary, while his life is a mass of contradictions. He was a perfectionist performer, who doted on his family, but married several times over and was abusive to one of his wives. His manager Ben Bart (Dan Akroyd) and his best friend Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis) stand by him through the highs and lows of his life.
I’m not sure if I liked this movie. While I can foresee nominations for Davis, Boseman (who completely disappears into the part) and Ellis, the movie is a little long for my taste. As a biopic is not too over-dramatic, nor does it skip over it’s lead character’s worst qualities. But there are certain scenes that I would have left for the extras part of the DVD instead of leaving it on the theatrical release.