September 5th, 2015

Girl Groups (1983)...

~Saturday~ We had some time to kill before dinner, and Bob said he was going into his collection of movies to pick out something short for us to watch. He returned with a VHS copy of the film, Girl Groups.

I'd not heard of this movie, but it seemed like a good juxtaposition to The Wrecking Crew, which we recently watched. We'll probably watch Twenty Feet from Stardom next, to complete a trio in this genre, although Bob's already seen that one.

The synopsis

A girl group is a popular music act featuring several young female singers who generally harmonise together.

Girl groups emerged in the late 1950s as groups of young singers teamed up with behind-the-scenes songwriters and music producers to create hit singles, often featuring glossy production values and backing by top studio musicians. Some acts had certain members taking the lead vocalist position with the other members as supporting vocalists. In later eras the girl group template would be applied to disco, contemporary R&B, and country-based formats as well as pop.

A distinction is made here with all-female bands, in which members also play instruments, though this terminology is not universally followed.

Spice Girls and TLC are considered the best-selling girl groups of all time. Both of their sales records have surpassed any other girl group in the world and their albums (Spice Girls' Spice and TLC's CrazySexyCool) are the best-selling albums of all time by a girl group.

~ (extract Wikipedia 2013)

The trailer

My thoughts and observations

  • I enjoyed this movie a lot.

  • I'm sure my enjoyment was boosted by Bob's commentary—filling in background details, and "the dirt," which he'd picked up reading two of Mary Wilson's books about her life with, and the rise and fall of, The Supremes.

  • Although it was a relatively short (60 minutes) movie, I could have done with hearing fewer full songs, and more clips of songs instead. With that said, it could be because Bob had intimated that he would choose a very short film (i.e., I was expecting 15 or 20 minutes), and it was the only thing between me and dinner.

  • Themes touched on in this movie included:

    • Fame and fortune

    • Being in the right place at the right time

    • Celebrity eccentricity

    • The role of women in music and Motown

    • Favoritism, nepotism, and jealousy

    • Attribution of artists in the earlier recording years, which was a similar theme in The Wrecking Crew

    • The rise and fall of music genres, especially toward the end of the movie, which was very similar to feelings expressed at the end of The wrecking Crew

  • I gave 1.5 thumbs up to this movie.

Have you seen this movie? If you haven't, it appears that the entire movie is available to watch online. If you have seen it, what did you think of it?

Full-length movie

Disclaimer: I haven't watched this copy of the film, and I can't vouch for its status as a legal copy of it, so it may or may not still be here at the time of your viewing this blog entry.

Doc Martin (2001)...

~Saturday~ Bob has had the two movies that were prequels to the television series, Doc Martin, in his Netflix queue for quite a while: Doc Martin (2001) and Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie (2003), and the 2001 one finally popped to the top.

Bob and I both absolutely love the TV series that was based on this movie, so we had very high expectations for it. Unfortunately, we were disappointed enough in it to decide to not watch the 2003 movie, and Bob removed it from his Netflix queue.

The synopsis

When an obstetrician learns that his wife has been unfaithful to him with all three of his best mates, he decides to leave London for a short while to think about what to do next. ~ From IMDB

The trailer

My thoughts and observations

  • I wanted to like this movie more than I did.

  • It was slow moving, particularly in the beginning, and I thought the "jelly thing" going on was kind of silly, mostly because it seemed silly to put a dry object in the middle of a wet glob.

  • I found it quite implausible that all three of the doc's "mates" had slept with his wife. I also found it a little frustrating that she never clearly states why she did it.

  • One of things I enjoy about watching the TV series with Bob is when he points out medical inaccuracies in the script. This happened in the movie, too, and it made me smile. "He wouldn't be able to talk with that trach[ea] in his throat." LOL.

  • I'm glad the Doc Martin character (known as Doctor Bamford in this movie) evolved to what it is in the TV series.

  • Themes touched on in this movie included:

    • Just up and leaving to get away from it all

    • Cheating and jealousy

    • Finding oneself

    • Fitting in—particularly in a new town and with new people

    • Flirting and attraction

    • Doing the more difficult thing in the end

  • I gave a half-a-thumb's up to this movie.

Have you seen this movie? If so, what did you think of it?