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.

ABBA: Super Troupe (2019)

ABBA Super Troupe is a hour long documentary of the Swedish pop band’s origins and how they became a household name, as well as international sensations.

“Few bands have been able to dominate the industry in the same way as ABBA. Follow their journey to celebrity stardom, through archival interviews and performances from ABBA, with added inside knowledge from leading industry professionals.”

If you don’t know who ABBA is, you have been under a rock since the 70’s. The maker of this documentary uses vintage interviews with the band, DJs, and managers to discuss the history of the band. They also interviewed John Tobler, who complied and produced the ABBA Gold Greatest hits album; and Paul Gambaccini, a British radio presenter. Both of these experts were focused on ABBA during their glory years.

There was not much we didn’t know about ABBA that came out in the documentary, but it is always fun to listen to experts talk about artists like this so fondly that you can see the love that they have for music and the artists. It was an hour well spent.

Movie Review: Parchís: the Documentary (2019)

Parchís: the Documentary  ★★★★

Being a Latin pop music fanatic, learning about this documentary was like a dream come true.

Parchis (chis, chis, chis) came out around the same time as Menudo, but they were actually more popular than Menudo. It wasn’t until the group disbanded in the early ’80s that Menudo took over the void that Parchis left in teen pop music.

Parchis was everything you could want in a kid’s pop group. You had the teen idol, the pretty girl, the dork, the girl next door, and the pretty blonde boy. The group hailed from Spain and was a hit from the very beginning. Each one of the members was identified by the colors of their clothes. That was their costumes.

In Spanish with English subtitles, the Netflix original documentary features interviews with many of the members. They discuss all aspects of their rise and fall and all the exploits in between. There was not much controversy with the group. Being around during their reign, you never heard of scandals that fans would have wanted to come to light. Most of their adventures were kids being kids and not having much supervision during their tours. If there was a scandal, no one knew and no one mentioned since then.

If you didn’t know about this band, you can skip this documentary. You have to know who they were to even begin to like it… and even then, there was no real purpose to this documentary other than to capitalize on the upcoming reunion of the group. It was just a recap of the band’s history.