Boy

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I forgot I already watched this movie until I started to get flashbacks during the (apparent) second watching. The flashbacks were a little freaky as I knew I’d seen the scene before but couldn’t remember anything of what was to come. Then I thought maybe these were scenes that I’d seen in trailers – but how had I seen so many? That was  when I remembered the one thing that could cause this confusion – wine. That’s right, I watched Boy after a long lunch filled with good food and good wine (apparently).

I would have told anyone who asked me if I’d seen Boy that I hadn’t. That is how well wine can make you forget. (Why is it then, that if you say/do/are something stupid when you’re drinking wine, you wake up in the middle of the night replaying it over and over again in your mind? I wasn’t even that stupid and nobody else remembers it! Oops, overshare…).

I also think I fell asleep for a while during the infamous wine soaked first viewing of Boy but that is less a reflection on Boy than a reflection on wine…

More Boy less wine… that does not sound right.

More Boy the movie shall we? Taika Waititi directed Boy. You may know this director from other films he has directed including Search for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows. Yes, that’s him. Google tells me Mr Waititi will be directing the next Thor film.That is good.

Boy is lovely. You should watch it, but don’t drink wine beforehand. Drink your wine afterwards as you discuss the amazing New Zealand countryside, the role of fathers in a boy’s childhood, the role of Michael Jackson in everyone’s childhood and wonder at the complaint “not crayfish for dinner again”…

Awesome I F*in Shot That

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In 2004 the Beastie Boys recorded their sold-out show at Madison Square Gardens. They handed out about 20 cameras to people in the audience hence the ‘Awesome I F*in Shot That‘ of the title. Apparently AIFST was directed by Adam Yauch (MCA) although, as it’s a movie of a concert and MCA was on stage, I think the direction was a bit hands off. (MCA used the name Hornblower – see above poster for quote regarding that.)

Usually I would avoid concert movies like the plague. Even when it’s a favourite band I find them tedious. I don’t really like watching video clips either. I either want to see the band in concert or just listen to their music. Having said all of that I loved AIFST!

I was lucky enough to see the Beasties live during this concert tour so it brought back some excellent memories of an excellent gig. I almost touched Mike D! But I didn’t because nobody wants randoms touching them – creepy. And I danced so hard and sang along so hard and had a great time in general. I’d loved them so long and was finally at a gig! So, good memories – yeah!

Beastie’s certainly put on a good show and this movie catches them at a real high. It also captures the crowds love for them. Having the cameras in the crowd gives a grungier, closer feel which works well and makes a nice change from the perfectly presented concert. Don’t worry there are also the usual cameras onstage etc, it’s not all hand-held, you’re not going to vomit.

The Beasties know what we want and we get it, but this one’s interesting as it’s not just them as MC’s but as musicians. You get a bit of everything from them. Plus, OMG, Mix Master Mike – mad skillz! And for a little extra fun we get some back stage shenanigans. Lovely.

I really enjoyed this movie. I guess I was pleasantly surprised. I got carried away with it and it was all over in a flash. At the same time I am unlikely to ever watch it again because it’s still a concert movie.  Whatever critique that made me put this on my must watch movie list obviously hit the nail on the head.

Bringing it all home, of course, is the fact that MCA has passed away since this movie was made. This is it. This is the Beastie Boys and they’re a little bit wonderful.

RIP MCA.