The Get Down: season one, part two – review

The Get Down was, by its own admission, a hugely ambitious undertaking by Baz Luhrmann and his team. With a sizeable investment from Netflix (although they’re seemingly unstoppable these days, so whatever). So it meant that a lot was riding on this tale of late ‘70s New York, painted as a city in crisis –… Continue reading The Get Down: season one, part two – review

The washed-up DJ

You’ve been left behind, you’re obsolete. Downbeat and no longer discreet, you desperately scratch the needle in search of the beat. You’ve let your skills slip. Now all you taste is defeat. Hard truth is… you can’t compete. Battling bottom tier DJs, the best you can manage is a dead heat. Your career in a… Continue reading The washed-up DJ

Whiplash: Who knew jazz could be so brutal?

His knees weak, arms are heavy, vomit on his sweater, mom’s spaghetti… Sorry, lost myself in the moment there. Short of a hoodie and a rap battle, there’s a lot of similarities to be drawn between Whiplash and 8 Mile. In fact, any sports movie (if you consider freestyle rapping a sport). There’s blood, sweat… Continue reading Whiplash: Who knew jazz could be so brutal?

Frank: what doesn’t kill you makes you stranger

A man wearing a giant fake head. A band full of oddballs, real oddballs. Is this a film about those characters we meet in life – if we’re lucky enough – that exist at the edges of normal? Based on the real life experiences of writer Jon Ronson, Frank starts with Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a… Continue reading Frank: what doesn’t kill you makes you stranger

Film composers – cinema’s unsung heroes?

“If I weren’t a director, I would want to be a film composer.” Steven Spielberg Would great films be great without great scores? Hard to know really. What I do know is that us humans are emotive creatures. Whilst visual images are often arresting, music cuts to the bone. It sears the soul in ways… Continue reading Film composers – cinema’s unsung heroes?

Best use of 80s electro songs in film

Ok, here are the rules. The songs had to have been released in the ’80s, but could have been used in any films during this time. Whether they introduce or accentuate a scene, or were the film’s theme song, each track is special to me in some way. Here’s my list: ‘Atomic’ by Blondie (1980)… Continue reading Best use of 80s electro songs in film

Brisfest 2012: A twisted tale of badgers and burlesque

Along with 20,000 other music fans, I attended the first day of Brisfest music festival yesterday. For those unaware of its origins it was created following the demise of the Ashton Court Festival, which started in the 1970s but was unable to continue as a free event and sadly closed. Organisers created Brisfest in 2007… Continue reading Brisfest 2012: A twisted tale of badgers and burlesque