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Critic Reviews for $ellebrity
The nimbly conceived and constructed documentary "Sellebrity" takes a vivid look at the megabucks industry of celebrity photography through a cogent variety of lenses.
Generally speaking, $ellebrity is informative, unblinkered and smart.
Mazur miscalculates when he tries to direct viewers' outrage at stars' inability to walk down the street without getting cameras thrust in their faces.
A smart, noteworthy socio-cultural snapshot, $ellebrity evinces a surprising depth.
A numbing viewing experience that's oddly constructed and a touch too sanctimonious to take seriously, eventually coming to blame the viewer for the ills of the tabloid industry.
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Audience Reviews for $ellebrity
$ellebrity is a documentary about paparazzi culture and its origins. The movie was produced and directed Kevin Mazur who is himself a celebrity photographer. Overall the movie is a fantastic effort that is slightly marred by some uneven moments. In one scene Mr. Mazur goes to an awkward length to show and tell us that he is not like the horrible stalking photographers that we've grown to hate. In other parts of the film the history of the paparazzi is woven into the story line in a slightly disjointed fashion which tends to be mildly distracting. However, beyond the minor quibbles, the movie succeeds magnificently. Intelligent perspectives are offered by Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock who is wonderfully compelling with his commentary.
Really such an amazing documentary that touches on the culture around celebrities. Interviews with some of the A List celebs, such as Jennifer Anniston and Jennifer Lopez makes this a really great movie!
I really enjoyed this documentary I happened to catch on Showtime. Most people already know Paparazzi are one of the lowest media life forms, but this documentary made me think we need legislation to address this issue. Yes, actors should expect to be photographed - it's part of the life, however there should be boundaries, especially where children are concerned. Right now there seem to be no boundaries whatsoever. One segment I found particularly creepy was watching different celebrities attempting to go about their daily business while their children are crying and begging the photographers to stop. Of course, the photographers don't stop (apparently they have no souls.) Since I don't read magazines like People or Us, I was surprised (at first) to see how many of the photos and "stories" they run are completely fabricated. For some reason I thought People and Us were a cut above say the National Enquirer, but now I see they're all the same - it's just a question of degrees. There is an enlightening segment on how these magazines take video footage and pull different still photos out of context to make a story where there is no story. Overall I thought it was an enlightening and fascinating look at an industry we are all exposed to while standing in the checkout line.
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