TV: Last Days of Left Eye
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Lisa (Left Eye) Lopes was a member of the world renowned R&B supergroup TLC. She was considered the “crazy” one out of the trio. She was the most outspoken and was generally known to be somewhat weird, to say the least. Unfortunately she met her demise in Honduras in 2002 due to an auto accident.
In the month before her untimely death, she had decided to do a documentary about her life. So much has been spread and read about her in the media that is just simply not true, and she wanted to set the record straight. She was really into health and wellness, and she took her family and friends to a wellness center in Honduras for 30 days.
In a very controversial move, she spends much of the film butt booty naked. She was a free-spirit and felt most comfortable naked in a jungle. Her nudity comes across in an unusual way. Usually, when I see a naked woman all I can think about is sex. Well after listening to Left Eye talk for five minutes you realize what a free spirit she is and her nakedness makes perfect sense. This was controversial because her fans thought it was disrespectful to show her naked after her death. However, her family and friends argue this is the way she would have wanted to be portrayed, thus the reason she filmed it that way.
She spends a good portion of the film justifying her crazy behavior of the past. I’m sure most people are familiar with her burning down the house of former NFL player Andre Rison. She goes on to explain she was trying to burn a pair of shoes, and it got out of control. She goes on to point out that she was still Andre Rison for months after the incident. Although the media made her out to be some psycho-pyro. And the movie generally goes on like this though the top two-thirds. She basically prances around naked and justifies her craziness. That is until we get near the end are only days away from her death…
Now in the past few years I have watched about every horror film and grindhouse matinee that I could get my hands on. I’ve seen more blood and gore and death then the grim reaper on a slow day. I am so desensitized to death that I could pretty much watch the St Valentines Day massacre and not bat an eye. That being said, this movie disturbed me. It freaked me out like no movie has done in years. Just writing this review gives me chills.
Left Eye talked frequently about how she felt a bad spirit was stalking her, and gunning for her. In the days just prior to her death Lisa and her friends went into the local village. There, they accidentally killed a young boy who stepped in front of their car. Lisa said she felt like the evil spirit that was stalking her made their move, and missed and got this kid instead. Then after she had stated that she found out that the kids last name was identical to her own, Lopes. Even weirder was that his last name like hers, has an “S” instead of a “Z” which is highly uncommon especially in that part of the world. Just the look on her face as she explained this, knowing full well she was going to die in two days, was just eerie.
This documentary took it to the extreme. During this month of wellness, Lisa constantly had the camera rolling. It was even rolling at the moment of death. They show Lisa and her friends driving down the road, then you hear cars screeching and see the car go off the road and then it ends. Lisa was the only one out of eight people to have her seatbelt on, and she was the only one who died. She was also the only one who didn’t scream at the time of the incident. In fact, as soon as cars started screeching she looked coldly into the camera as if to say, I told you so.
Now I know it seems as though I spoiled the entire documentary, which I did. But everything I discussed was in major newspapers worldwide at the time of the incident. If you watch this you should know before it even starts that she died. Hell, the title gives that away. No, you should watch this simply because Lisa was an extraordinary human being who lived an interesting life full of passion and love and we should not forget her anytime soon.
Added: Tuesday, June 26, 2007
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