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Movie Reviews: Whitney: Can I Be Me + Goldeneye + 2 others

Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)
A documentary about Whitney Houston, her drugs, her sexuality and her self-made chaos. This is full of overwrought exposition and is a moribund tale of ignoble realities. Much is made about the relationship between Whitney Houston and Robyn Crawford, Robyn does not feature in this commentary and neither does Whitney’s ex husband Bobby Brown.

Whitney and Bobby Brown’s relationship is discussed as is the 1992 ‘The Bodyguard’ and Whitney’s poor daughter. This is a tale of drugs, a train wreck that nobody tried to stop, a bizarre lawsuit, a bizarre family and moochers. Whitney’s dazzling smile was wiped away by emotional distress and her death was caused by problems that people chose not to acknowledge.

Best Lines:
“Present you to be another way.”

“Didn’t take it especially well.”

“Far too established in their career as to who they were.”

“He be Ike.”

“Everybody was on drugs.”

“That level of inevitability.”

Goldeneye (1995)
This 007 movie is a bit crap and dated. It has a nice theme song though. Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Famke Janssen and Alan Cumming star. Bond is belligerent, rapey Bean is a social danger, the film tries for mythic importance and Bond tries for quiet intensity. M is ghastly and eminently dutiful. Nobody has moral qualms and there is no fearsome consequences.

This is woeful with no moral or emotional implications or ominous tone. Do TPTB know the Cold War is over? There is no potent character work or harrowing secrets. This is very dated from its tech to its depiction of Cuba and to its use of the internet. Bond is terse with a sense of grievance and reticence. Bean and his bad girl (Janssen) are super-sneery with vaulting ambition and opaque motivations. Bond is deeply unpleasant and tries for hardnut.

This is creatively bereft. Women are pleasure giving bodies. Joe Don Baker shows up in yet another 007 film and I didn’t care.

Best Lines:
“Bond. Only Bond.”

“Ram him.”

“A really sinister interrogation.”

“James and I shared everything. Absolutely everything.”

“Be and good boy and die.”
“You first.”

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Addicted To Love (1997)
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