Tag Archives: Musician

Homecoming (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A superlative concert film by Beyoncé

First, let me confess to you that I have underestimated Beyoncé for a rather silly reason. While I have not paid much attention to many of her songs, I only watched her in a few films including “Dreamgirls” (2006) and … Continue reading

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Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): An intimate and dynamic portrait of M.I.A.

Documentary film “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.”, which received the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival early in last year, is an intimate and dynamic portrait of one renowned female musician who is not only … Continue reading

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Leto (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A biographical rock drama set in Leningrad during the 1980s

Russian film “Leto” tries to give us a glimpse into the Russian rock music culture during the early 1980s, and I admire its attempt to some degree. Although my mind frequently went somewhere when I watched it early in this … Continue reading

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4): It will rock you – sporadically

While I do not know much about Queen, a famous British rock band active during the 1970-80s, I can confidently tell you as your average amateur movie critic that “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a rather forgettable experience on the whole. Sure, … Continue reading

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Juliet, Naked (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): With her boyfriend’s idol

“Juliet, Naked” is too mild for me. While there are some good elements to be appreciated, these moments do not click well together without much comic synergy, and I was left with empty feeling even though I was amused to … Continue reading

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Hearts Beat Loud (2018) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4): Father and daughter’s band

“Hearts Beat Loud” is a mildly charming music drama movie which plays familiar notes while not bringing anything particularly new to its genre territory. Although it is often middling as being hampered by its predictable storytelling and thin characterization, its … Continue reading

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A Star Is Born (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): It’s old-fashioned indeed – but it still works

“A Star Is Born” is your typical old-fashioned show business melodrama which is quite familiar to the bone. A successful male star entertainer comes across an unknown girl with talent and potential, and then they fall in love each other … Continue reading

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