Tag Archives: Musician

Shoot the Piano Player (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A ‘blind’ piano player in trouble

Indian film “Shoot the Piano Player”, which was recently released in South Korea as “The Blind Melody”, is a ridiculously funny black comedy thriller packed with some good laughs and wild twists. Although it is uneven and incoherent at times … Continue reading

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Wild Rose (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): The tale of a Scottish country singer girl

“Wild Rose” is your average music drama which hits many familiar notes, but it distinguishes itself pretty well via its irrepressible spirit and personality. Right from the beginning, we can instantly see where it is heading along with its feisty … Continue reading

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Leaving Neverland (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A sobering allegation of sexual abuse

HBO documentary film “Leaving Neverland” gave me a number of sobering moments I will easily not forget for a while. As listening to two men who were allegedly abused and molested in sexual ways by Michael Jackson when they were … Continue reading

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Rocketman (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A typical but flamboyant biographical jukebox musical film

“Rocketman” is a typical but flamboyant biographical jukebox musical film based on the life and career of a man who has been one of the most successful musicians in our time. While it is often generic and predictable in terms … Continue reading

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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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