The title: "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," implies a movie that will feature some sort of lawsuit against one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time. But this is no court-room drama. Instead, the title categorizes not only how Holiday fought against the norms of the time, but how the FBI tried desperately to silence her voice both literally and figuratively.
Shocking the world and making 2020 suck even more than it already did, Chadwick Boseman was announced dead this past August at just 43-years-old. Boseman had been battling colon cancer since 2016, despite continuing to work. What a life, what a career.
Don't try adjusting your set...when you play "Sound of Metal" on streaming, the closed-captioning option is locked to the "on" position. That's just one of the many ways this film will put you in the skin of a person living in the Deaf Community. With a brave, powerful performance by Riz Ahmed, the use of silence in "Sound of Metal" (available on Amazon Prime on 12/4) has never been quite so clear, or as powerfully portrayed.
5 out of 5 stars
Run Time: 1 hour 34 minutes, Rated R
Narrated by Laurence Fishburne
Featuring: Fishbone, Norwood Fisher, Angelo Moore, Ice-T, Flea, Gwen Stefani, Branford Marsalis, George Clinton
Directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler (Plagues and Pleasures on the Saltan Sea)
If you haven’t heard of the band Fishbone, you’re not alone. Fishbone is not too well-known, although they’ve been redefining music for over 30 years. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is a documentary film about the band that should have been your typical Behind the Music-esque exploration of a musical group and their struggles with fame, fortune, and glory. The only problem is that Fishbone is not your typical band, and its members have not gone down the typical path. In fact, there arguably isn’t a more original sound out there. Fishbone has left a mark on the music industry and should be recognized, and with Everyday Sunshine, you are given the argument as to why this is so…a compelling argument that results in what may very well be the most entertaining documentary of the year.
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