At the height of Britpop, the founder and head of Creation Records, Alan McGee (played by Ewen Bremner in the biography Creation Stories) was at the height of his career, discovering bands like Oasis that would heavily influence the 1990s, and music from there on. Nick Moran's film tells the story of the rebellion of the age, [...]
On what is nearly the 9-year anniversary of my website, this review is the first post written by someone other than myself. The author of this review is Arpit Nayak, a good friend of Filmcraziest.com and a regular staff writer at TheMovieBuff.net., where you can read more of his in-depth reviews here. Here's his review of Sound of Metal: The story kicks off with a hard punk music performance in a club. We see the band's drummer, Ruben (Riz Ahmed), playing it all out with lead singer and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke), snarling indistinguishable lyrics at the multitude. You want more of it, but it shifts gears as it pitches into a more piercingly pacific world where the agitation is profound and you can't vigor your way through.
For this episode of my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to speak with Iain Cooke, music supervisor on the new Apple TV+ Original series 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything. The show is a docuseries about the musicians and soundtracks that shaped the culture and politics of the year 1971. In the conversation, we chat about reuniting with director Asif Kapadia, the process for this series, as well as immersing himself into the year of 1971 and the 158 songs put into this project.
If you’ve ever wanted a movie with the abrasive punk rock attitude of Green Room, or the quirky comedy of films like Napoleon Dynamite, you need to look no further than Dinner in America. Simon as a character is in-your-face, abrasive and offensive, and just everything that’s cool about punk rock.
Patty is everything sweet and nice but gets bullied for not being the smartest person. She doesn’t even get bullied at school – she’s a 20-year-old who gets picked on by high schoolers because they’re on the same bus route. She totally seems like a character that could fit in that Napoleon Dynamite world, but she’s totally her own person.
Directed by: Nisha Ganatra. Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelvin Harrison Jr. Runtime: 1h 53 min. Released: May 29, 2020. In Los Angeles, a personal assistant, Maggie (Dakota Johnson), working for music superstar Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), follows her dreams of being a producer when she meets singer David Cliff (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) [...]
Climax. Directed by: Gaspar Noé. Starring: Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile, Souhelia Yacoub. Runtime: 1h 37 min. Released: March 1, 2019. French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD. I figure I’ll [...]
Directed by: Stephen Frears. Starring: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black. Runtime: 1h 53 min. Released: March 31, 2000. This is a review of a classic music film, Stephen Frears’ High Fidelity, from someone who doesn’t live and breathe music. Music’s everywhere but most of the music I come across, it’s from film. I don’t [...]
Directed by: Julie Taymor. Starring: Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, Joe Anderson. Runtime: 2h 13 min. Released: October 9, 2007. So far in my 29 Days of Romance series, I haven’t liked Footloose, Midnight in Paris or Blue Valentine but Across the Universe just takes the cake in films I didn’t like. It’s a [...]
Directed by: Herbert Ross. Starring: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow. Runtime: 1h 47 min. Released: February 17, 1984. I’ll discuss some spoilers in this review, but I feel like I’m the only person who hadn’t seen this. Released 36 years ago today, I don’t think Footloose has aged well. In the no-fun-town of [...]