Category Archives: Music

THE BEATLES – GET BACK (2021): Sneak Peak Of Peter Jackson Documentary About THE BEATLES…

The Beatles - Get Back (2021), Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Walt Disney Studios
The Beatles – Get Back (2021), Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Walt Disney Studios

The Beatles – Get Back is the latest documentary film from The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.

Featuring footage of all four band members; John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr; The Beatles – Get Back presents in-studio footage of the band making music in early 1969 and more.

Additional key cast includes Yoko Ono, George Martin and Mal Evans.

The Beatles are an iconic band I’m aware of because I live and breath. However, when it comes to their music, I can’t say that I’ve ever dedicated time to listen to any of their songs. This is partly because I didn’t grow up during the peak of their success, and my parents didn’t play their music at home.

I of course could have started playing their music on my own accord. Only, there was always another newer and ‘cooler’ artist to get excited about. Or, I’d simply moved on from an interest in new music with great production and lyrics to my far greater and more lasting obsession, film.

Thanks to this well edited ‘non-trailer,’ for the very first time I’m interested in The Beatles and their music. A change I can only really attribute to the way this sneak peak non-trailer has opened a door to the bands’ personalities; plus the brotherhood and fun they seem to have had together while making music. I’ve always been a sucker for beautiful bromances/ friendships. I imagine that once I watch this film in August 2021, the answer to the question ‘can you name a single Beatles song?’ will no longer result in me pausing for a long time only to then say ‘Imagine.’ Firstly because Imagine is a John Lennon song, not a Beatles song. And secondly, I’d have finally listened to at least one Beatles song that I like – probably a lot.

What’s your relationship with The Beatles?

The Beatles – Get Back Release Dates: August 27th, 2021 (US), Disney+…

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MARIAH CAREY’S MAGICAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (2020): The Things I Liked…

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special (2020), Mariah Carey, Apple TV+
Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special (2020), Mariah Carey, Apple TV+

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special has Christmas music, seasonal cheer and beautiful decorations. Yet, the main reason it left me disappointed is, I’d been mistakenly expecting a party. A get up and dance because the beat is irresistible kind of party. 

It may well be that I simply wasn’t fully paying attention to the trailer. Or, maybe I can blame the presence of Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri (two of hip/hop’s greatest), for my confusion about the special. I’m sure that seeing Dupri and Snoop simply took me back to a time when they ruled the charts with well-produced party music. I digress.

Visually speaking, the production quality of Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special is beautiful. I enjoyed the costumes and Christmas-rich surroundings. I even appreciated the one or two moments when Carey’s lesser-known but anecdotally ‘great sense of humour’ surfaced, but for a second.

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special (2020), Ariana Grande, Apple TV+
Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special (2020), Ariana Grande, Apple TV+

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special is supposed to be a universally heartwarming story designed to bring us all together in 2020. Only, the story element is the ‘barely there’ kind. Meaning, don’t go expecting anything too sophisticated, because what you’ll get feels more like a bunch of Christmas themed music videos, many of which you’ll enjoy if you’re into Christmas and or Carey.

As for what’s in between the music, you’re unlikely to miss it if it weren’t there. That is except Tiffany Haddish’s spirited narration and Heidi Klum’s perfectly delivered comedy line: ‘Gone out? Out of the house? I don’t understand.’ 

Upon a second viewing of the special, I gladly skipped to my favourite four/five Christmas songs, which of course includes Carey’s super famous classic All I want for Christmas is you.

A few other things I enjoyed include Carey’s super glamorous appearance in the gold sequin dress and the unexpected animation based on themes that speak to how many of us may approach the festive season in 2020. Then there’s the performance that included Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson. It would have been great if they performed in more than one song. But, I’ve decided to stop fantasising about what Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special could have been and instead keep on skipping to my favourite moments within it. 

Give directors Roman Coppola and Hamish Hamilton’s special a chance if you’re curious. Also do so if you’re a Carey fan, enjoy Christmassy surroundings/classic Christmas songs you can sing along to. You may just love it even though I didn’t completely.

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MARIAH CAREY’S MAGICAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (2020): New Trailer Starring Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Tiffany Haddish, Ariana Grande…

Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special (2020), Mariah Carey, Apple TV+
Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special (2020), Mariah Carey, Apple TV+

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special (2020).


Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special is a Holiday special that promises music, dancing and animation. All of which is driven by a universally heartwarming story to bring us all together in 2020.

Directed by Roman Coppola and Hamish Hamilton; Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special also stars, to name just a few, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Tiffany Haddish, Ariana Grande and Jermain Dupri.

I’ve personally been in the Christmas spirit for a while now, and this film right here is going to send me right over the edge. And I’m not mad about it.

As a Carey, Snoop, Haddish, Grande, Dupri and Hudson fan, I can’t wait to experience the seasonal spectacle, humour and oh, so beautiful voices.

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special Release Dates: December 4th, Apple TV+

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MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (2020): New Trailer From Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman…

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020), Chadwick Boseman, Netflix
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020), Chadwick Boseman, Netflix

Produced by Denzel Washington; starring Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman and based on a play by Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a new drama/music film directed by George C. Wolfe.

Set in 1927 Chicago; tensions rise during a recording session between Ma Rainey (Davis), her ambitious horn player (Boseman) and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable ‘Mother of the Blues’.

The story telling talent involved here is fantastic and I’m excited to experience the full results of Davis’s transformation. Also, considering that this is the last movie the late Chadwick Boseman made, I’m sure this is going to be a bitter sweet viewing experience. It took me a while but finally, I’m ready to go on this journey with the characters as they fight for autonomy and their dreams.

Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Taylour Paige, Jonny Coyne, Michael Potts, Jeremy Shamos, Joshua Harto and Dusan Brown also star.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Release Dates: December 18th, 2020 (US), Netflix…

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SELENA – THE SERIES (2020): New Trailer From Jesse Posey, Madison Taylor Baez, Christian Serratos…

Selena - The Series (2020), Christian Marie Serratos, Netflix
Selena – The Series (2020), Christian Marie Serratos, Netflix

Selena – The Series is a new Netflix music/biography about the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer.

Starring Christian Marie Serratos, Madison Taylor Baez and Jesse Posey; we’ll be taken back to the beginning as Selena’s dreams come true, and her family makes life-changing choices on the singer’s journey to success.

Even though I’m not familiar with her music, I’m interested because I know that Quintanilla was a huge inspiration for the likes of Jennifer Lopez and several other music artists. There’s also the fact that her story is unbearably tragic.

Carlos Alfredo Jr., Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Noemi Gonzalez, Seidy Lopez, Julio Macias, Juan Martinez, Hunter Reese Peña and David Fernandez Jr. also star.

Selena – The Series Release Dates: December 4th, 2020 (US)…

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SOUND OF METAL (2019): New Trailer From Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Mathieu Amalric…

Sound of Metal (2019), Riz Ahmed, Prime Video
Sound of Metal (2019), Riz Ahmed, Prime Video

Directed/co-written by Darius Marder, Sound of Metal is a new drama/music film starring Riz Ahmed and about a heavy-metal drummer’s journey through hearing loss.

Additional key cast includes Olivia Cooke and Mathieu Amalric.

I’m very excited by Ahmed’s performance in this one. What this trailer has shown takes me back to his brilliant work in Nightcrawler (2014), alongside Jake Gyllenhaal

The subject matter is also equally intriguing. Particularly since it seems that there are many films about people losing their sight, and Sound of Metal is the only one I’m aware of that focuses on hearing loss.

Lauren Ridloff, Jamie Ghazarian, Chris Perfetti, William Xifaras, Hillary Baack, Paul Raci, Bill Thorpe and Chelsea Lee also star.

Sound of Metal Release Dates: November 20th, 2020 (US)…

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BLACK IS KING (2020): The Things I liked…

Black Is King (2020), Beyoncé Knowles, Disney+
Black Is King (2020), Beyoncé Knowles, Disney+

Beyoncé Knowles, an artist who many years before said that she makes music to empower girls and women has delighted her fans once again, with the release of her new visual album Black is King.

Even though Black is King is dedicated to her young son, Sir – and it features a fair amount of lifting messages for black boys and men, in no way has the queen forgotten about all the girls and women who have looked forward to the new words, moves, messaging, beats and visuals of The Lion King (2019) movie-inspired Black is King.

As expected, there are plenty of great songs on Black is King; including Water featuring Pharrell Williams and Salatiel; Already and Black Parade.

As for a brand new female empowerment anthem, all I needed to hear was the first few seconds of My Power and I knew I’d found my favourite song.

The visuals in Black is King are often so arresting that you may find it hard to look away; even if you may not be loving a song that’s playing in the moment.

Beyoncé fans don’t need telling to watch Black is King. As for film, fashion, poetry and photography fans, watch Black is King for a memorable audio-visual feast. It’s certainly more than a series of music videos playing one after the other.

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BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC (2020): New Trailer Starring KeanuReeves, SAamara Weaving, Alex Winter…

Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020), Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Orion Pictures
Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020), Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Orion Pictures

A new trailer for Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter and Samara Weaving’s new Dean Parisot directed Bill & Ted movie, Bill & Ted Face The Music just landed and it’s looking like fun.

I’m very much in and ready for this particular brand of silliness. I also rather like that this movie lands in the comedy, music and the sci-fi categories. It seems as though that’s not a thing that happens very often.

Hal Landon Jr., Kid Cudi, Beck Bennett, Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler, Kristen Schaal and Holland Taylor also star.

Bill & Ted Face The Music Release Dates: August 28th, 2020 (US)…

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