What’s wrong with Katy Perry’s Part of Me popumentary?

Louise Bruton is a freelance pop-culture writer from Dublin. Her work has appeared in The Irish Times, The Dubliner and Hot Press. She blogs at notverywise.blogspot.com. Read her previous work here at spooool.com/author/louisebruton.

| o | – ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ aka ‘Where Katy’s mirror confuses us all’.

Katy Perry’s cinematic release of Part Of Me (★★) - in 3D for added swirling, candy bra action – is described as an “intimate look at the fun, glamourous, heartbreaking, inspiring, crazy, magical, passionate, and honest mad diary of Katy”. You get these things but at absolute face value. There is no evaluation of what a hectic year it was for the Perry machine, with 124 live shows across the world and a high-profile divorce from that lovable vagabond, Russell Brand. We learn no more than we would from one of E!’s True Hollywood Stories.

Perry did minimal press following the high-profile end of her marriage of 14 months so this was her time to have her say. In one moving scene, filmed minutes before she’s due onstage at a sold-out show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, we see Perry hunched over, crying. The show goes on regardless, with her manager, Bradford Cobb, and assistant, Tamra Natisin, describing it as depression. That is one of the isolated scenes that shows the real Perry. Artists often claim that they want fans to know the ‘real me’ and popumentaries are a great way to do that but Part Of Me was mostly surface water.

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This Must Be the Place

Cheyenne's List - ★★★★

A Robert Smith-esque Sean Penn hunts down his father’s concentration camp inquisitor. David Bryne, a Native American and a buffalo all offer him guidance on his Odyssey and this is just half of the craziness contained in This Must Be the Place.

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Bob Dylan tips his hat to Scorsese. [video]

Martin Scorcese was the recipient of the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s “Music+Film Award” at the Critics Choice Movie Awards on VH1 last night.

This slightly bizarre award was first given to Quintin Tarantino last year and “honors a single filmmaker who has touched audiences through cinematic storytelling, and has heightened the impact of films through the brilliant use of source and original music.”

Fair enough so.

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We all go back to where we belong

Kirsten finds out that there's going to be a Melancholia II.

Last week R.E.M. released what is probably their last video from what is probably their last single from what is probably their last recording session.

This is not an arts or music blog (did you think it was?) but I am posting it here as the video features misunderstood movie star Kirsten Dunst, plus it’s a nice wee tune for the early hours of a Monday morning. There’s also a version featuring the performance artist John Giorno.