"She Made Me Do It" profiles true stories of women accused of manipulating men to do their evil bidding. Although the crimes differ in nature, they all share a common theme – a woman is credited to being the chief mastermind behind-the-scenes. Through witness testimonies, expert interviews and dramatic reenactments, each episode explores criminal cases surrounding the femme fatale. From a romantic reconciliation dinner that ends in homicide to a star athlete who is discovered lifeless with mysterious wounds, viewers will follow the investigation of the alleged perpetrators who claim "She Made Me Do It," hear both sides of the story and ultimately discover the jury's verdict.
Runtime: 60 minutes
She Made Me Do It? - When She Loved Me - Netflix
“When She Loved Me” is a song written by Randy Newman for Pixar's animated film Toy Story 2 (1999), recorded by Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan. The song reveals the backstory of Jessie, a toy cowgirl, as she reflects upon her now-defunct relationship with her original owner by whom she is eventually outgrown, forsaken and donated. Heard in the film during a flashback sequence, the filmmakers decided to incorporate a song into the montage in which Jessie details her backstory to Woody after multiple attempts to have the character explain her traumatic experience verbally proved unsuccessful. Newman initially felt that the song was not suitable for the film because he doubted that children would be interested in it until he was ultimately convinced otherwise. The song was offered to McLachlan after Newman and the filmmakers agreed that it would be more appropriate for a female artist. Despite some hesitation from her management, McLachlan enjoyed the ballad and agreed to record it upon hearing Newman's demo, finding that she was drawn towards its melancholy nature. Musically, “When She Loved Me” is an emotional pop ballad backed by simple piano accompaniment. Various interpretations about the song's lyrics and themes have been offered; while “When She Loved Me” is primarily about the pain felt when losing a platonic friend, it has also been interpreted as a love song, while some music journalists believe that the song is a metaphor for children inevitably growing up and becoming more independent of their parents. “When She Loved Me” has garnered positive reviews from film and music critics, who found the song to be moving and heartbreaking, praising both Newman's songwriting and McLachlan's vocal performance. “When She Loved Me” won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. The song was nominated for both Golden Globe and Academy Awards for Best Original Song but lost both to “You'll Be in My Heart” from Disney's animated film Tarzan (1999). “When She Loved Me” has since earned a reputation as one of the saddest sequences featured in both Pixar and Disney films, as well as one of the saddest songs ever written for a film. The song has been covered by several recording artists, including Steve Tyrell, Bridgit Mendler and the musical group Steps.
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Serving as a “haunting soundtrack to Jesse's tale of abandonment”, “When She Loved Me” is Toy Story 2's main song, and plays during a montage featuring images of Jessie and Emily, her former owner. Heard approximately midway through the film, the song narrates a flashback during which Jessie recalls the moment she is abandoned by Emily, reflecting upon their once-loving relationship and the good times they shared until Jessie is gradually outgrown and ultimately donated to charity in a cardboard box. The montage was animated by Tasha Wedeen. According to co-director Ash Brannon, the scene is “an example of perfect animation casting”. In addition to the sequel having more female animators than Toy Story, Brannon found it helpful to have a woman animate Jessie, elaborating, “Tasha animated [”When She Loved Me“] and I don't think anybody could have done her better.” Specific lighting affects and filters were used throughout the sequence to compliment its mood, including sun-kissed lighting. Earlier in the film, Woody is stolen from a yard sale by Al McWhiggin, a toy collector, in order to complete his collection of vintage Woody's Roundup toys. A Japanese toy museum is willing to purchase Woody and the rest of the Woody's Roundup cast for a lucrative sum, each of whom have become collector's items since the show's cancellation. Most of the toys long to travel to the museum in order to avoid spending the remainder of their lives in storage, but Woody is hesitant and the museum will only accept the toys as a complete set. Jessie is particularly adamant that it would be best for the toys to relocate to the museum. While explains that he is eager to return home to his rightful owner Andy, preferring to be loved while risking damage and abandonment as opposed to being immortalized in a museum, Jessie finally reveals that she herself once had an owner much like Andy, by whom she was treasured before ultimately being discarded. Before the song begins, Woody tells Jessie about his relationship with Andy, which prompts her to share her own embittered experience with Emily, the only person she has ever truly cared about. Seated on a window sill, Jessie perfectly interprets Woody's feelings for Andy: “when Andy plays with you it's like, even though you're not moving, you feel like you're alive, 'cos that's how he sees you.” Describing Emily as her “whole world”, Jessie proceeds to explain to Woody both the joy and tragedy of being loved by a child, having once been Emily's favorite toy before her interests change as she grows older, turning towards music and makeup, and causing her to increasingly neglect Jessie in the process, including forgetting her underneath her bed. Emily's cowgirl-themed possessions are gradually replaced with make up and music albums. Before it ends, the scene offers audiences (and Jessie) a moment of false hope by showing Jessie being rediscovered, retrieved from underneath the bed and held as though she is about to be played with once again, only to be placed inside of a cardboard box and left on the side of a road. Jessie believes that all toys eventually “outlive their usefulness”; to her, the idea of being relocated to Japan “at least means that she will provide pleasure again and have some purpose in life.” Sky TV described the scene as “Jessie's wistful trip down Memory Lane”. The song also develops Jessie and Woody's relationship; Jessie grows the courage to tell Woody about her story, explaining why she's so apprehensive towards the idea of having an owner, while Woody becomes a compassionate listener, learning how she came to be a collectible in the first place. Jessie's sadness is used “as the anchor to keep Woody in place”, making him torn between decision to make upon listening to Jessie's story. Later in the film, Jessie must then make a choice of her own to forsake immortality for the change of being loved by a child once again. BBC Online summarized the song's use in the film as “girl meets toy, girl loves toy, girl grows up, toy is left out for recycling.” Slant Magazine's Aaron Cutler identified “When She Loved Me” as one of the “few moments of melancholia” amidst an otherwise “sweet and light” film. Describing the song as “a fundamental Disney moment”, Lasseter himself explained, “It's like Walt [Disney] once said, for every laugh there should be a tear and for every tear a laugh.” During this song, the audience learns about the origins of Jessie's “deep abandonment issues”. Paste contributor Tim Grierson expressed that the toy “isn’t just singing ... she’s expressing a very human fear of abandonment that’s backed up by decades of Newman’s previous scarred protagonists.” On the Track: A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring author Fred Karlin agreed that the song “gives Jessie's statement not only a specific emotionality, but also a universal one.” Daly described “When She Loved Me” as the “weepiest moment” in the Toy Story trilogy, while Michael Mallory of the Los Angeles Times believes that both the song “encompasses the film's key message”. By exploring the doll's character, film critic Roger Ebert wrote that the song proves that Jessie “does get the blues”, despite her “spunky and liberated” personality. Contributors to the book Toy Story: How Pixar Reinvented the Animated Feature found “When She Loved Me” to be the “tragic inverse” of the series' theme song “You've Got a Friend in Me” due to its melancholy tone and outlook. Set nearly in the centre of the original Toy Story trilogy, GamesRadar+ contributor Simon Kinnear identified the scene as “the point where the series truly grows up, shifting from a tale of childhood imagination to a mature reflection on growing up.” The Nashville Scene opined that although “The scene is shot from a toy's point of view ... the primal fear it expresses--of fading from a child's memory as he or she grows older--is only too parental.” Similar, Consequence of Sound contributor Allison Shoemaker wrote “The sequence manages to convey not only the ache of being left behind by someone you love, but the inevitable tragedy of growing up (and getting old). We all leave our childish things behind.”
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