Saturday, April 30, 2016

Miles Ahead 2015

     On September 5, 1975 Miles Davis retired from music and retreated to his Upper West Side apartment.  He was able to live for six years because of a special financial retainer issued by Columbia Records.  He was supposed to working on music for them and he received $20,000 a month in the mail.  Dave Braden, a reporter came to see him from Rolling Stone hoping to get an interview.  The reporter took Miles to Columbia so he could complain about his check not coming that month.  There are flashbacks showing the career of Miles up to his retirement and his marriage to Frances Taylor.
     Miles is messed up, he doesn’t want to do anything about it and he doesn’t want to acknowledge it.  He had his glory days but now he’s just old.  No one knows if he still has what it takes to play the trumpet or write music?  Columbia is hoping that he can get himself back together but they may have to give up.  Nothing is sugarcoated about his life.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie)

100 Min, Bio directed by Don Cheadle with Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor, Don Cheadle, Michael Stuhlbarg, Austin Lyon, Nina Smilow, Christina Karis, Morgan Wolk, Chris Hahn, Theron Brown.

Note:  Imdb 7.2 out of 10, 72% critic 75% audience on Rotten Tomatoes,
Special Note:  Filmed in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Zoe Saldana was originally cast as Frances Taylor but she dropped out.  Dave Braden, the Rolling Stone reporter is a fictional character.

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