Reviewed byanniejpanniejpoVote: 7/10/10
I thought this film (which is actually a documentary) was prettyinteresting. I liked hearing celebrities honestly talking about thepaparazzi. I did get very depressed by especially the part about thekids of celebrities being chased by all these flashes, that really hasto stop. And I just got the urge to punch some of the paparazzi thatwere in this. But the structure of this documentary is pretty good andI think the only reason it has such a low rating is because (otherpeople have mentioned this) paparazzi are just don't want people to seethis. Because they're horrible. But if you're interested in Hollywood,in celebrities, or if you like Jennifer Aniston (who doesn't?), youshould check this one out.
Reviewed byDisturbedPixieVote: 6/10/10
This is a fun not so little documentary about celebrities andpaparazzi. There are several laughs along the way, and you can hearsome of the experiences from the celebs mouths.
Other interviewed, are paparazzo, editors, readers of tabloids, andthere is a little history lesson about how this all came about and howit used to be "back in the day".
To me it was all very interesting and honest in it's portrayal of howit is the walk the street or step out of your car as a celebrity. Theycover people who aim to be stalked by the paparazzi as well as thechildren of celebs who plead for people to stop taking pictures. Inthat one moment, where Travis' son was asking to be left alone, it'shard not to feel bad for just witnessing what is being done to thischild.
I'm one of those people who have never purchased a celebrity tabloidmagazine. I do scan the covers while waiting in obnoxiously long linesat the market and I do now and then click a link about a celebrity, butI have never qu8te understood the people who buy this junk. The kind ofpeople who talk about celebrities when you ask them how they are doing,as if that's their life. I find it a little pathetic.
At no point in the documentary do they explicitly say where the line isoverall, and I don't think anybody really knows. Some say it definitelystarts with the children, but people want to see little Suri. Andsometimes I figure, Katie Holmes wants to show her off. It's hard toknow where the line is... but for me, it's not making celebrities'daily activities a part of my daily life. They are just people, afterall, and my life has to be more important to me than theirs.
Reviewed byRealDualityVote: 5/10/10
$ellebrity is suppose to be a critical look at the media focus oncelebrity, which is a very serious issue. Many in the public are moreaware of who someone famous is dating than what genocides or wars aregoing on in the world. The documentary does manage to put thephenomenon in a historical context, but the problem lies with how it ismade. It is done in tabloid style.
Sensational anecdotes and the importance of what famous people think isthe focus. The Hollywood elites do have a valuable perspective, buttheir words shouldn't carry all the weight. Some of them areunsurprisingly overwrought, particular Jennifer Lopez. The girl fromthe Bronx who so badly wanted to be famous, can't stop complainingabout her life in the film. Being that well-known is a burden, andliving without anonymity is difficult, but they knew it came with theirfield. They were aware of what they were getting into. Sociologyexperts on the effects of fame could have added some depth to theseinterviews.
What it comes down to, is that $ellebrity doesn't have anythingimportant to say. Yes, paparazzi act uncivilized and seek to make-upstories, but what part of the media doesn't? With the industry havingbeen taken over by corporations, the bottom line rules over alldecisions, and people want simple, outrageous stories. The documentaryends by blaming the readers; however, they aren't really the source ofthe dilemma. The pure focus on the cash is. Kevin Mazur should havetaken a cue from his title.
Celebrity photographer Kevin Mazur gives an all access pass to life behind the velvet rope and in front of the camera.