Tag Archives: Musician

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Inside Louis Armstrong

Documentary film “Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues”, which is currently available on Apple TV+, does more than merely presenting the life and career of Louis Armstrong, who has been regarded as one of the greatest American musicians in the 20th … Continue reading

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La Vie en Rose (2007) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Non, je ne Regrette rien

As your average inconsequential movie reviewer, I have seen heaps of musician biography films come and go for more than 20 years, and not many of them can top what is so powerfully achieved in Olivier Dahan’s “La Vie en … Continue reading

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Moonage Daydream (2022) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4): A Bowie Odyssey

Brett Morgan’s latest documentary “Moonage Daydream” is a kaleidoscopic presentation of the artistic career of David Bowie, one of the most interesting pop musicians in the late 20th century. Regardless of how much you know about David Bowie (Full Disclosure: … Continue reading

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Tár (2022) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A dry but complex character study from Field and Blanchett

Todd Field’s latest film “Tár” fascinated me a lot for how it is about. While this is basically another familiar tale about art, fame, and personality, the movie is deliberately dry and restrained as patiently doling out a number of … Continue reading

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A Jazzman’s Blues (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Tyler Perry comes to Netflix

Here is my inconsequential confession: I did not watch any film directed by Tyler Perry during last two decades. Sure, like many of you, I do know that he has made a bunch of notable films since his first commercial … Continue reading

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Jazz on a Summer’s Day (1959) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Jazz on the seaside

“Jazz on a Summer’s Day”, whose recent 4K remastered version was somehow released in South Korean theaters a few days ago, is an interesting time capsule which attempts to bring us into one day of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival … Continue reading

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Nocturne (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A son, his mother, and her other son

South Korean documentary film “Nocturne” follows the cacophonic life story of a mother and her two very different sons. Because one of these two sons happens to have a serious case of autistic disorder, his younger brother as well as … Continue reading

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Elvis (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Extremely excessive and incredibly superficial

Baz Luhrmann’s latest film “Elvis” is extremely excessive and incredibly superficial. Like many of his previous works such as “Romeo + Juliet” (1996), “Moulin Rouge!” (2001), and “The Great Gatsby” (2013), the movie is full of Luhrmann’s own dizzy stylish … Continue reading

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Halftime (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The halftime of her life

Netflix documentary film “Halftime” examines what may be regarded as the middle point of Jennifer Lopez’s life and career, and it interests me to some degree. Although I am not that familiar with her music career, I saw several movies … Continue reading

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The Sparks Brothers (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Going their way together

Edgar Wright’s music documentary film “The Sparks Brothers” looks broadly over the long, illustrious career of Ron and Russel Mael, two musician brothers who have been steadily active in their pop and rock band Sparks. To be frank with you, … Continue reading

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