YOUNG@HEART (Netflix) – There are some fun candid scenes; soft shoe in the jail hallway, discussions about who has and has not had the Last Rites said for them, etc. Are these 70 and 80-somethings feeling young because they sing, or do they sing because they feel young? Singing old standards that you’d hear from any choir;
“Should I Stay or Should I Go” by the Clash
“I Wanna Be Sedated” by the Ramones
“Road To Nowhere” and “Life During Wartime” by Talking Heads
“Somebody to Love” by Queen
“Forever Young” by Bob Dylan
“She’s Not There” by The Zombies
“Nothing Compares To You” by Sinead O’Connor
“Schizophrenia” by Sonic Youth
“Fix You” by Coldplay
“Yes We Can Can” by the Pointer Sisters,
“Dancin’ In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen
“Golden Years” by David Bowie
“I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown
“Every Breath You Take” by The Police
You know, boring old church music.
Yes, the timing and flow of the songs is often different. I don’t think there’s any way in which a choir could perform anything by Sonic Youth without pretty major changes, but other songs make the transition pretty well. In some cases, the lyrics of the songs really hit on things that are happening with the members; such as with the live “Fix You” performance.
As a music documentary, it’s not really that good; but I don’t think that is what the film makers set out to make. Only a small number of the members are truly remarkable singers, and this isn’t just about the singers – it’s about the choir as a whole, finding that something special that helps them keep going.
This documentary did pretty well on the review sites, but those contrarian bad reviews are just bizarre. On Netflix was one that said “I am in my sixties and now I wish I did not know what the future holds in growing older.” This film illustrated to the reviewer that people get old, degrade, and die? Really? Another missed the point entirely, and accused the film of “mock[ing] some of the greatest rocknroll songs in such a horrid manner”
REPULSION (Netflix) – Carol Ledoux (Catherine Deneuve) is left alone in the apartment she shares with her sister. She loses her grip on reality quite quickly when left alone. What parts of the story are delusions, what part nightmares, and what part fantasy? Even the apartment that closes herself off in becomes an oppressor, and she defends herself against perceived (and real) threat.