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”

Lockdown Streaming Reviews #25. The Eddy. (Netflix.)

From the moment Damien Chazelle announced himself with the one two punch of Whiplash and La La  Land he immediately became a film maker whose projects would always demand high priority viewing regardless of content or topic. His now forays into streaming TV with this bilingual series centred around a Paris jazz club owner,his daughter as well asContinue reading “Lockdown Streaming Reviews #25. The Eddy. (Netflix.)”

Lockdown Streaming Reviews #4. A Celebration of The Music of Coco. (Disney +.)

On paper it makes sense that a film celebrating Mexican music and culture would get a concert film/ special. Then you remember that part of what makes the examination of these themes in the film so effective is that despite the bright colours and visually stunning animation it’s a very down beat story about theContinue reading “Lockdown Streaming Reviews #4. A Celebration of The Music of Coco. (Disney +.)”