Our capsule reviews for ‘’Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone’, ‘The Other F Word’, and ‘The Women on the Sixth Floor’
The following quotes were pulled from reviews written by AZ Weekly Entertainment Magazine in Phoenix, AZ’s Film Section contributors to present readers with a wider perspective about this weekend’s new releases.
At 27 years old, Joseph J. Airdo is a Walter Cronkite School of Journalism graduate with a degree in media analysis and criticism. Randy Montgomery, 34, works in media and marketing and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Education. And, at 65 years old, Stan Robinson is a retired First Assistant Director with more than 22 years of experience in film and media production.
Read their full reviews of these and other movies exclusively online at lodeplus.com, AZWeeklyMagazine.comand ScreenScene.org, respectively.
‘Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone’
The history of the punk band and their challenging of the racial stereotypes and the political order of the music industry. Playing exclusively at Harkins Valley Art. (NR – 103 minutes)
Joseph: “The key to making a documentary that chronicles the history of any given band is to get viewers who may not necessarily like said band’s music to at least appreciate its influence. Using that formula, one could say that ‘Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone’ is a stellar success. Granted, I will probably never listen to a Fishbone tune outside of this motion picture but I can certainly bow down to the band after having been enlightened to their spirited significance – something that would most definitely have not been the case had writer/directors Chris Metzler and Lev Anderson simply sung its praises, as is the case with so many similar projects.”Grade: B
‘The Other F Word’
Follows Jim Lindberg, 20-year veteran of skate punk band Pennywise, on his journey from belting his band’s anthem to embracing his ultimately pivotal authoritarian role in mid-life fatherhood. Playing exclusively at The Royale. (NR – 98 minutes)
Randy:“Director Andrea Blaugrund Nevinshas created a fun documentary featuring some of my favorite artists and groups from high school and college. Watching them grow from rebelling against their parents to becoming parents themselves is fascinating and made me ponder about how I’ve changed alongside them. While never a “punk” myself, we all change over the years and the content should be relatable to everyone.” Grade: B+
‘The Women on the Sixth Floor’
The behavior of two Spanish maids changes the lives of a conservative couple. In French with English subtitles. Playing exclusively at Harkins Camelview 5. (NR – 104 minutes)
Stan:“Director and co-writer Philippe Le Guaypresents a charmingly witty 1960s Parisian view of the familiar ‘Upstairs/Downstairs’ theme of the popular PBS series, as the central character’s (Fabrice Luchini) reformation from his stature of owner/resident of the luxury apartment building by ‘The Women on the 6th Floor’, the live-in maids under the employ of the various tenants, realizes the cultural uniqueness of their Spanish heritage and a new approach of life enlightens him, and we as viewers, that diversity is the strength of growth. By all means, don’t let ‘subtitles’ deter one from a delightful experience.” Grade: B