Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Last Days of Left Eye|
Actor: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
Director: Lauren Lazin
Genres: Television, Documentary
A documentary on Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the troubled, enigmatic rapper from the female R&B group TLC. In the days leading up to her tragic death on April 25, 2002, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was on a spiritual retreat in Hondur... more »
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Close-up to a good soul
JustAnotherCustomer | Basel | 11/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary is straight and -apart from some entirely unnecessary censorship- fairly unedited honest compilation of the video footage from Lisa's last days in Honduras. Some information and videos from her childhood and TLC life are inserted where appropriate to provide background information to the stories she tells to her friends and to the camera. This creates a quite informative picture about her career and some of her roots, but more importantly, it makes me feel like I can participate in one small piece of her very private life. It lets me have a very close look at her own, off-stage personality with all the twists, chaos, brilliance and these incredibly good energies inside... It's quite some time now that Lisa has left this planet, but I keep missing her a lot. If there is an afterlife, I guess she happily shakes up heaven now and keeps the good souls of our ancestors dancing in the skies (having a lot of fun in piece rather than just "resting" there)."
The Last Days..
Nathan H. Histed | Buffalo, NY | 07/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary follows Lisa around during the last few weeks of her life. Throughout the journey, we learn many inside stories, leading up to the tragic death. Lisa was full of life, and you could see that she had so much she wanted to get done, yet it all got cut short. This documentary shows Lisa at all angels, and she finally speaks the truth about everything leading up to her final day. A must see for everyone!"
A disturbing, yet very touching film....
Mike | New York City, USA | 12/23/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the last film by TLC group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. She filmed most of it in Honduras in late March and throughout April 2002, and the idea behind it was to give her fans an inside look into her life. So they could get to know her better, through her own words and videos, and not just what's reported in the media.
The film starts off with Lisa leaving the U.S. and heading off to her spiritual retreat in Honduras. While Lisa narrates (with voiceovers and audio clips from previous interviews she did), you see rare photos and old film clips of Lisa Lopes when she was a baby and as a teen. She talks about her turbulent childhood and growing up under a very strict father. And she tells the story about how TLC began, talks about her ex-boyfriend Andre Rison and the infamous fire incident at his mansion. She also talks about her interest in numerology and being spiritual.
Unfortunately Lisa did not live to finish this documentary, but after seeing what she did film, in my opinion, I felt I got to know her much better. I definitely saw a different side to her as opposed to what i've seen previously (ex. the interviews, videos, etc). I see she had a sense of humor. She was gifted (could play the piano by ear at the age of four), and she was artistic. But she also had deep emotional pain/problems too (ex. carving the word "hate" on her arm).
The picture quality is good and the sound is in stereo. But for some reason, the song "Let's Just Do It" isn't on this DVD (at least not my copy). I received an email response from the Left Eye Legacy website and they stated that VH1 was provided with the song, but for some reason they didn't put it on the DVD. Hmmmm. And the DVD is also censored (any nudity is digitally concealed). Also it would have been great to have had more clips, and any other interviews she did when she was alive. The video extras are ok, but they are the same ones you can see on the VH1 website. I understand that the upcoming "Eye-Legacy" cd will have more deleted scenes from this documentary, but why couldn't they have just put those scenes on this DVD? That would have been more appropriate in my opinion.
Also, there are two things regarding this film that I believe are not accurate:
1. At least as best as I can tell, after watching this DVD in slow motion a few times, Lisa Lopes was NOT wearing a seatbelt. I didn't see ANY type of restraint device in use - no shoulder belt or lap/waist seat belt. Nothing. It's also ironic that after the accident clip where she loses her life, you see the following sentence come up on screen:
"Lopes, who was wearing her seat belt, was the only fatality."
I didn't see her wearing any seat belt.
2. Another thing that isn't accurate is the timeline. In the film, after the graphic: "day 25 of filming" is shown, you then hear about the accident that happened while she was in Honduras - a child ran in front of the van Lisa was riding in. The van hits the child (Bayron Fuentes Lopez), who later dies at a hospital. The film gives the impression that the accident happened in late April and then Lisa Lopes lost her life two or three days later. From what i've read this is not true. The accident involving the boy took place on April 6, 2002. Which is in early April. Lisa Lopes lost her life on April 25, 2002. Late April. So this is a few weeks difference, NOT a few days as the documentary seems to state. Or at least gives the impression.
Another thing that I didn't like: VH1 put promotional clips of the upcoming "Flavor of Love: 3" and "I Love New York: 3" reality series on this DVD. Oh brother!! Thankfully you can fast forward past this stuff, but this does, in my opinion, cheapen the DVD. Who wants to see clips of the reality trash, when you have a REAL and touching film to watch already? But given that this "Rockdocs" documentary is a VH1 production....
I first remember seeing Lisa Lopes back in 1992, at the beginning of the "Ain't to Proud to Beg" video taking off those huge sunglasses and showing those big, round, beautiful eyes she had. I was infatuated with her ever since.
It's sad she's not here now. But before her passing, she did live her life. She traveled around the world. Made good music. Lived, loved and laughed. She was still young, very beautiful, captivating and full of life. And she had much more to accomplish. A tragic loss. But at least we still have her music (Check out Supernova) to listen to and this documentary to watch and appreciate.
If you are a fan of Left Eye and/or the group TLC, you should definitely get this DVD.
TOUCHING YET DISTURBING
Adam Blackstock | H-Town, MD | 10/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a fan of TLC since late 1991. The chemistry and talent that T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli share with the world is something only TLC execute. After a decade of hits, singles, videos, albums, movies, ups and downs we lost one of the most creative emcees to every bless Hip-Hop and R-N-B. Years after her passing, the footage of the documentary that she was shooting was put together with tags of her history to create The Last Days of Left Eye. The story of her humble beginnings and rise to fame will warm your heart. The footage she shot on her last days will make you laugh and disturb you a little bit. Even if you aren't a fan of TLC, the story is so unique and interesting that this movie will probably keep the attention and engage anyone who watchs it. It also has a few short left-out scenes in the Special Features. The only downside is that the DVD boasts about having an unreleased TLC song called "Let's Just Do It" that should play as part of a CD-Rom. However, the song does not play. I've spoken to other people who have this DVD and they have the same problem. Reguardless, if u are a TLC and/or Left Eye fan, you will enjoy this DVD. Check it, and remember one of music's modern day legends."