In the interchangeably morphing online film discourse space post-pandemic debate around awards contenders seems to be getting even more niche and fragmented. Spearheaded by the kind of people who would not know what cinema with a shred of populism if it hit them with the speed and force of an oncoming freight train. The kindContinue reading “Tar. Online Film Discourse Eats Its Own Tail”
Category Archives: Music
If These Walls Could Sing (Disney +) The Most Definitive “Nepo Babby” Project to Currently Exist
Discussion around industry nepotism has always existed from the moment one industry figure passes their resources knowledge and pool of contacts down to the next generation. As of 2022, it has morphed into the pretty effective social media shorthand “nepo baby” bolstered by online journalism on the topic. Inherently the mere concept of nepotism fromContinue reading “If These Walls Could Sing (Disney +) The Most Definitive “Nepo Babby” Project to Currently Exist”
Spirited. (Apple TV +) Review.
Hollywood comedy hack director Sean Anders was out of absolute nowhere responsible for the rather lovely Mark Wahlberg fostering comedy Instant Family. This is the lead example this viewer also always comes back to where any discussion of truly unexpected upward quality anomalies within directors who you had previously written off come up. it wasContinue reading “Spirited. (Apple TV +) Review.”
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix) Season 3. Review (MIld Spoilers)
In terms of superhero adjacent streaming series debuting in 2019 the diverging paths of Netflix’s, The Umbrella Academy and Amazon The Boys are an interesting point of comparison. One has blossomed into one of the best most critically acclaimed multilayered shows on TV. The other is The Umbrella Academy. Season One is mostly fun withContinue reading “The Umbrella Academy (Netflix) Season 3. Review (MIld Spoilers)”
Toy Story In Concert. Edinburgh (Usher Hall.) Review.
In the age of Disney +, the entire Pixar canon is available at the push of a button for nothing more than the cost of a subscription. This doesn’t account for the viewers that still have physical media collections. Some (including this writer) still treasure them in the age of continued streaming dominance. What willContinue reading “Toy Story In Concert. Edinburgh (Usher Hall.) Review.”
Waitress (UK Tour, Aberdeen ) Quick Review.
It’s rare for this viewer to go to his local theatre. Honestly, there isn’t that much that comes as far north within Scotland as Aberdeen and the shows that do are often the same usual suspects. Much as. We don’t get the new Disney stage version of Beauty and the Beast or the current HeathersContinue reading “Waitress (UK Tour, Aberdeen ) Quick Review.”
National Canadian Film Day (2020 .) You Are Here. A Come From Away Story (2018)
This critic has referenced his yearly journey into the West End as part of a broader summer trip a few times on this blog. The big new show he saw in 2019 was Come From Away. He was very sceptical upon hearing the vague premise. Who wants to see a 9/11 musical? Upon a friendsContinue reading “National Canadian Film Day (2020 .) You Are Here. A Come From Away Story (2018)”
Billie Eilish: The Worlds A Little Blurry. Apple TV Plus. Review.
If you have paid attention to music or music culture over the past two years, Billie Eilish likely needs no introduction. Even if not the Bad Guy instrumental has been so heavily adopted by advertisers that it will be recognisable independent of the artist. What do teenage pop sensations typically get as their fame explodes?Continue reading “Billie Eilish: The Worlds A Little Blurry. Apple TV Plus. Review.”
Bruce Springsteen. Letter to You (Apple TV Plus.)Review.
For Bruce Springsteen’s previous solo album Western Stars he and director Thom Zimny put together an accompanying film. This was made up of a concert performing the album with full orchestral backing and interlude sections with Springsteen talking about his creative process. The interludes might be a little derivative but the performance itself was stunningContinue reading “Bruce Springsteen. Letter to You (Apple TV Plus.)Review.”
Howard (Disney +). Review
As a musical theatre fan, the name Howard Ashman is very familiar but it has to be said that outside of the Disney renaissance this viewer is not hugely familiar with his work (his song writing partner Alan Menken on the other hand has done a metric tonne of work since Ashman’s passing.) This documentaryContinue reading “Howard (Disney +). Review”