Menudo’s Subete A Mi Moto (Episodes 3-6)

The bio-series on the Puerto Rican pop group, “Menudo” has been a serious eye-opener. Subete A Mi Moto is the manager/owner’s testament of group’s rise and fall. I already reviewed episodes 1-3 in a previous blog post, and today I am here to bitch about the next three episodes.

In episodes 1-3, we watched the group go from the last 70s to 1981. In episodes four and five, we spend a lot of time in the year 1982. A lot seemed to happen but at the same time that is when the group’s biggest impact was made. 1982 really did define the group internationally. They had a huge tour in South America that opened a lot of doors for the group.

One of the biggest complaints over this series so far is the producers lack of details. You have series such as the Luis Miguel series, even the Alejandra Guzman series, Gloria Trevi movie… Each of them had the care it took to get outfits correct, hairstyles, and simple things like dates. Fans are screaming over the inaccuracies of this Menudo series. It is almost like they didn’t care who they cast or if they the details correct. Based on the dates of casting, filming, and editing, there should have been enough time to get it correct.

From what we we see in the previous episodes is that Edgardo is making a lot of money and the guys are not seeing any of it. During this time, Edgardo purchased an airplane and a mansion in Orlando. That house could have been purchased in 1981 but I really don’t remember those early years being in the house. Fans really didn’t get to see the house in any magazine or tv show until 1983 during the promotion of the album A Todo Rock.  But we do remember the plane. There are photos of Rene on the airplane, so I will give them that.

During the episode where Rene accidently pushes the girl off the stage and Rene goes in the back to the dressing room. On the mirror in front of him, there is a photo of the real Menudo 1984 in New York in front of Madison Square Garden. I thought that was completely odd and not necessary.

Now, let’s discuss Episode 6. I can write an entire post on what was wrong with six. Seriously. In episode 6, we cover the most extensive span of time to date. This goes from 1982-1984 in a matter of minutes. First, we start with Miguel leaving the group. In the series, this takes place before Xavier leaves and they have brought in Roy to replace Miguel (the replacement is correct, just not the timeline).

If time happened as they stated in the series, this line up for the above photo on Silver Spoons would never have happened. It would have been Charlie, Ricky, Roy, Xavier, and Johnny. Miguel played a strong part of the beginning of the English crossover. He was the first to record Gimme Rock and Motorcycle Dreamer in English and I believe that this period of time was so important to the group. We have history such as Menudo On ABC, that was wasn’t even mentioned. If this part of the group’s history didn’t happen, I don’t think that crossover would have happened with as much success.

My next biggest compliant is the recording of songs in Portuguese. They talk about going to Brazil prior to Robby coming into the group. They show the group: Ricky, Johnny, Roy, Ray, and Charlie recording the album Mania with Roy singing the lead on “Sobe Em Minha Moto.” Sorry, this NEVER happened. Johnny never recorded in Portuguese and Roy didn’t sing it. They eventually re-recorded versions of Gotta Get On Movin’/Cambiale Las Pilas (bi-lingual), Ladron De Amor, and Subete A Mi Moto with Roy’s vocals. But this did not come until after Robby entered the group.

It is possible that Edgardo talked about recording in multiple languages even before the group recorded in English because from what I can tell, his head was so big that wanted to take on the world from such early on. I don’t really believe that Edgardo was thinking past the next album. I think that telling the story now, Edgardo has inflated his foreshadowing abilities.

Next we have Robby entering the group, with Johnny leaving. This was so glossed over in the series that it seemed to not be important either. It was like a spot between commercials that Robby comes in and records “If You’re Not Here.” It has been said that Robby helped record vocals for the album before, so if this is true why not talk about it. Now when Robby auditioned for the group, they stated he was 14 years old. This is technically not true. Robby turned 14 in June of 1984. When he entered the group in either late 1983 (possible audition date) to early 1984, he would have been 13 years old. The album, Reaching Out was released in January 1984, so in order to record the album it would have been recorded in 1983 making Robby’s entrance in the group earlier than officially dated.

I honestly believe that they rushed over everything just to get to Ricky Martin. It is like Edgardo seriously wants to brag on his Ricky Martin connection but honestly, Ricky wasn’t all that in Menudo. He really didn’t sing any leads except one or two until they changed the concepts of the albums.

We are now to summer of 1984 with Ricky Martin coming into the group. Know that at this point in time with Ricky Martin first coming in, the group was still singing tired old songs, just in different languages. During a dance rehearsal, Robby voices his opinion on wanting to sing “new” and “hip” songs. I am glad they showed this. Behind the scenes Robby was pretty vocal about the quality of music. This ultimately led to his quitting the group. But here is my complaint… during this rehearsal, they are performing “Con Un Beso Y Una Flor”, a lead song for Ricky Martin. We are two years away from this song existing. That song came out in 1986 with the album, Refrescante.

There is a lot of inconsistencies in this series that makes me scream and complain in each episode. BUT… we will continue watching and complaining. Until next time.

Allen v. Farrow (The Mini-Series)

This was not on my agenda to watch. Elisabeth turned on the first episode of the 4 part mini-series and I just happened to sit down on the sofa tired of writing as it began. Anyone who knows movies, knows Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. They are staples in the film world and over the past decades have created movies that you either loved, or hated, or we’re indifferent to. Just because you watch movies, doesn’t mean your are invested into the personal lives of the people behind the movies.

While I did know about the Woody Allen and Soon-Yi debacle, the story that shocked me was that of Dylan Farrow, Mia’s daughter and Woody’s adopted daughter. This docu-series took a look at the controversy and accusations of Mia/Dylan against Woody for sexual molesting and assaulting Dylan as a child around the age of seven. WOW! I didn’t even know any of it took place. I am not a news person. I don’t follow personal lives. So this entire situation was a shock to me.

During the series, interviews took place with Mia, Dylan, news reports, family members, and those close to the family. Each one of them having a say or recollection of the events that took place when Dylan was just a young girl. After watching the series, how can you not believe this happened. Even though Woody was found innocent and many of the steps he took to blackmail and blackball people. The evidence is and was there. Or you can chose to not. Your life, your choice.

I enjoyed the documentary, and normally I will when it is about people I know or have a connection with like these two high profile celebrities. I have watched their films and know a little about them. Now I know a lot more. Everyone will always say there are three sides to a story. Obviously with this, there is Dylan’s (a seven year old, now an adult who has never changed her story once) and Woody’s (a powerful movie mogul who can manipulate those around him, and who has never changed his story either)… and then the third? What is it, if there is one.

By the end of the documentary, I came to the conclusion of a few things. 1) I didn’t know Dylan was so damn pretty as an adult. 2) I believe Dylan and 3)… This comes to part of the series that I found quite interesting. Many of the reporters and fellow actors finally stood up, especially during the #METOO movement stating they would never work with Woody or fans and reporters saying they will never watch a Woody Allen movie again. A reporter stated it well: If you boycott every artist that does something wrong, you won’t have art. No one is perfect and the part of their work is that “negative or wrong” makes the work good. This I agree with… Just not with Woody Allen.

My #3 is that I won’t watch a Woody Allen film again… not for what he did, which I believe he did… but because I don’t like his films or his art. I have seen quite of bit of his movies over the years, and I can say that I really don’t like any of them. They are not my type of film and I can say that I have no interest in any future work because his past work just wasn’t my jam. Just now, I have a sour taste in my mouth when I think about him and what he did.

I recommend this series to anyone who is into film, movies, and pop culture should watch this film.