Jimi: All Is By My Side Directed and Written by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) (2013) Featuring Andre Benjamin, Imogen Poots, Hayley Atwell, and Burn Gorman.

   With a completely appropriate approach, this unique biopic takes shape as an authentic, transcendent snapshot into the conflicting anxieties of music’s most subtle legend.  Dashed with incredibly charming, remarkable moments of artistry from Andre Benjamin(of Outkast), the restriction to Jimi’s actual discography does not hinder but instead gave rare handstyle that transformed the film’s potential pitfalls into beautifully impressive moments from one of music’s most profound personas.  What makes this not merely just a retread of any other musician biography is the director’s affection for the specific aesthetics of the time period (1966-’67) and the pivotal characters surrounding his star.  The interactions between Hendrix, Clapton, the Beatles, and other figures of the era are projected in a quiet, understated fashion that felt strangely, very real. Linearly, the story is unconventional and plays out with sporadic ups and downs that is a bit unsettling but at the same time scarily similar to how our deeply romantic relationships can take us from extreme highs to extreme lows without remorse. I am fond of saying that this film instilled a vibrant warmth in me and is not about what it’s about but how it’s about.