Category Archives: Music

SCORE – A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY (2016): New Trailer Featuring Composers Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Quincy Jones…

Score - A Film Music Documentary (2016), Hans Zimmer
Score – A Film Music Documentary (2016), Hans Zimmer

Score – A Film Music Documentary promises to give us a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy surrounding the film score. Written and directed by Matt Schrader; John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Quincy Jones, Trent Raznor and several more of Hollywood’s premier composers are featured…

I don’t really know many film score composers by name, except Hans Zimmer and the unfortunately late James Horner. Zimmer and Horner created music for Inception (2010) and Titanic (1996) respectively. Two films that have undoubtably helped shape the unapologetic and fully dedicated film lover that I have become. I imagine and hope that Horner (who doesn’t seem to have been mentioned in this trailer) will be featured. After all, the Titanic soundtrack is one of the most recognisable. It’s also the first movie soundtrack I ever purchased, thanks to Horner and James Cameron’s great work.

Score: A Film Music Documentary Release Dates: June 16th, 2017 (US)…

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DAVID BRENT – LIFE ON THE ROAD (2016): The Thing I Liked…

David Brent - Life On The Road (2016), Ricky Gervais
David Brent – Life On The Road (2016), Ricky Gervais

In David Brent – Life On The Road, Ricky Gervais is back as everyone’s favourite ‘office idiot’ – except that this time, Brent has largely left the office behind in exchange for life on the road as a wannabe rock star. The first ten minutes of David Brent – Life On The Road is a lot like The Office, the hit TV show on which this film is based. Unfortunately though, it’s not quite as fun. I found the whole experience of this movie quite awkward and dare I say, ‘very ten years ago.’ The question of whether I felt just as awkward as the members of Brent’s band throughout most of the film is debatable but the difference is likely negligible. I’d like to say that I found the story arc of Brent’s band’s attitude towards him convincing – particularly by the end but I don’t.

David Brent - Life On The Road (2016), Ricky Gervais
David Brent – Life On The Road (2016), Ricky Gervais

The moments I did enjoy besides the ones in the trailer would be each time the band played a one of their funny songs. I also liked the newness that is the character played by Doc Brown.

Before the movie ended, it was quite clear that perhaps this film wasn’t really needed by fans of the The Office (the UK version) because we’d seen all that awkwardness and lack of self-awareness before – and probably executed more effectively. Still, I’m very happy for the people who are mighty glad that this film exists. I just wish that I could be one of them.

Tom Bennett, Mandeep Dhillon, Rebecca Gethings and Rob Jarvis also star.

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SONG TO SONG (2017): New Trailer From Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling…

Song To Song (2017), Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling
Song To Song (2017), Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling

Celebrated filmmaker Terrence Malick has a new movie starring Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling. Song To Song is about two intersecting love triangles set against the music scene in Austin, Texas…

I want this to be great because I’m a fan of everyone involved. I especially want this to be better than Malick’s previous movie Knight Of Cups (2015), which I’m yet to see but I know the reception wasn’t great. On another note, I’m going to guess that both trailers were edited by the very same person, probably.

Song To Song Release Dates: March 17th, (2017); 2017 (UK)…

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DANNY COLLINS (2015): A Memorable Bobby Cannavale Performance…

Danny Collins (2015), Bobby Cannavale, Al Pacino
Danny Collins (2015), Bobby Cannavale, Al Pacino

Danny Collins is a well told story of a less than ideal father/ son relationship. This is of course not all that the movie is about but it’s the part that appealed to me the most. The film is moving, engaging and for want of a better phrase, a relaxing watch thanks to the well played characters and the healthy sprinklings of humour.

Danny Collins (2015), Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Garner
Danny Collins (2015), Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Garner

Directed by Dan Fogelman of Crazy Stupid Love (2011)Bobby Cannavale’s part as the ‘abandoned son’ of a rockstar father is one of my favourites of his roles. Al Pacino is, as always very watchable,  as is Christopher Plummer and my dear ‘Lady Bening’. That’s Annette Bening to everyone else. I also really appreciated Jennifer Garner’s performance as the ‘very good wife.’

Since Pacino is a musician in this role, is the music any good..?, you may wonder. It’s by no means  a key reason for tuning in; though it isn’t completely terrible either. Watch it for the charm, humour, the story of a difficult father/ son relationship and that of an ageing rocker on a mission to change his life for the better.

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SUPERSONIC (2016): New Trailer For Oasis Documentary

Supersonic (2016), Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher (Oasis)
Supersonic (2016), Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher (Oasis)

Supersonic is a new documentary that offers an in-depth look at the life and music of Oasis, one of England’s most successful rock bands…

The producing team behind the highly praised Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy (2015) are involved in the making of Supersonic – a fact that should only mean good things.

Featuring archive footage and commentary, Mat Whitecross directs with Asif Kapadia (Amy Director) as one of the executive producers. I’d guess that there’s commentary from both Liam and Noel Gallagher but I’m not sure where the brothers were in their famously difficult relationship during the making of this documentary.

Supersonic Release Dates: October 14th, 2016 (UK)…

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NOWHERE BOY (2009): For The Story, Music & Performances…

Nowhere Boy (2009), Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Nowhere Boy (2009), Aaron Taylor-Johnson

By the end of Nowhere Boy I found myself wondering why it is that we don’t see Aaron Taylor-Johnson in more movies. His performance as John Lennon is really quite impressive.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, Nowhere Boy tells the story of celebrated musician, activist and The Beatles co-founder John Lennon. We get to find out about the unconventional circumstances of his adolescent years, his relationship with key relatives and of course, the events that lead to the founding of The Beatles.

The movie appealed to me – not so much for the music of the mid 1950s era, even though that is a highlight. The big draw for me was my curiosity about the beginnings of Lennon and as a fan of great acting, I was drawn to the the key cast and their portrayals.

Nowhere Boy (2009), Ann-Marie Duff
Nowhere Boy (2009), Ann-Marie Duff

The performances by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristen Scott Thomas, Ann-Marie Duff and David Threlfall (of TV show Shameless – the original UK version ) really stood out for me. I particularly loved the powerful, well paced and perfectly choreographed confrontation scene towards the end. That moment took me back to my High School and College drama class days when you know that you’re experiencing something that just really works.

Watch it for all the reasons above; 1950’s music, fashion, the story and performances you won’t be forgetting too soon.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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BAZODEE (2016): New Trailer From Machel Montano, Staz Nair & Natalie Perera

Bazodee (2016), Staz Nair, Natalie Perera
Bazodee (2016), Staz Nair, Natalie Perera

Starring Soca music star Machel Montano, Natalie Perera and Staz Nair, Bazodee is a drama/ musical / romance about a dutiful daughter who must review her plans to marry a wealthy suitor after a chance encounter…

I don’t remember having watched a film hailing from Trinidad and Tobago before, so I guess it’s time. May it be as joyful as this trailer suggests.

Directed by Todd Kessler, Kabir Bedi, Valmike Rampersad, Cindy F. Daniel and Rahul Nath also star.

Bazodee Release Dates: August 5th, 2016 (US)…

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ALL EYEZ ON ME (2016): New Trailer For Tupac Shakur Biopic Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr. & Danai Gurira

All Eyez On Me (2016), Demetrius Shipp Jr.
All Eyez On Me (2016), Demetrius Shipp Jr.

The Tupac Shakur biopic all major fans have been waiting for finally has a trailer. Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the celebrated late rapper – and Danai Gurira as his mother who recently passed, I’ve seen the trailer and  I’m going to say it; the movie looks good…

Teaser trailer 1

Teaser trailer 2

Directed by Benny boom, what’s quite clear right now is that  All Eyez On Me won’t be an easy watch for a number of reasons. I just hope that by the end I’ll be impressed and proud as I was after Straight Outta Compton (2015)a movie I recommend to fans of good film and storytelling, not just those who know, understand and appreciate the music of N.W.A.

What’s obvious is that Demetrius Shipp Jr. looks a lot like Tupac, but an important question that neither of the above trailers currently answers is whether he actually has Tupac’s flow. I guess we’ll find out in the movie, maybe. Let’s hope.

All Eyez On Me Release Dates: June 16th, 2017 (US)…

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