Tag Archives: Music

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): That forgotten summer of Harlem, 1969

You all probably know about the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, but most of you have probably never heard about the Harlem Cultural Festival, which was incidentally also held during the summer of 1969 just like Woodstock. Mainly based on … Continue reading

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CODA (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A bit better remake on the whole

“CODA” is a solid crowd-pleaser which has its big heart in the right place. Based on French film “La Famille Bélier” (2014), the movie gives us a sensitive and heartwarming tale of one musically talented girl and her culturally deaf … Continue reading

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Small Axe: Lovers Rock (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Their one romantic night to remember

Steve McQueen’s remarkable movie anthology series “Small Axe” impressed me a lot for many reasons. Although I have only watched its first two movies at this point, I already marvel at the vivid presentation of Black British people and their … Continue reading

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On the Record (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Another harrowing #MeToo era documentary

Documentary film “On the Record” is often chilling and devastating as listening to several female survivors who were sexually assaulted or abused by a man who is still regarded as one of the most influential figures in the American hip-hop … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): He is a lot cooler than you may think…

Jimmy Carter was surely one of the most decent and admirable American Presidents in the 20th century. While his presidency was not entirely without faults and failures, he and his government certainly showed the better sides of the country to … Continue reading

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Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): As he records with his colleagues

Documentary film “Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You”, which came out shortly before his twentieth studio album of the same name was released in last month, gives us a close look on the artistic process of Springsteen and his regular backing … Continue reading

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I’m No Longer Here (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Adrift between Monterrey and NYC

“I’m No Longer Here”, which was released on Netflix in US and several other countries a few months ago, gives us a vivid glimpse into a Mexican subculture probably quite unfamiliar to many of you. Although I must point out … Continue reading

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Blinded by the Light (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): When he discovers Bruce Springsteen

“Blinded by the Light” is a familiar but enjoyable feel-good movie driven by a number of songs from Bruce Springsteen. I must confess that I do not know much about the music of Springsteen besides his haunting Oscar-winning song for … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Amazing indeed

“Amazing Grace”, a music documentary film which was shot by Sydney Pollack in 1972 but then had been kept in vault for more than 40 years due to not only technical problems but also legal issues, is amazing indeed. Even … Continue reading

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Heavy Trip (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A rural Finnish heavy metal band’s first gig

Finnish comedy film “Heavy Trip” made me cheer for guys from whom I would rather distance myself as much as I can. As a neurotic nerdy guy still cringing at the traumatizing memories of attending a Nine Inch Nails concert, … Continue reading

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