REVIEW: ‘The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart’ (2020) Proves Disco Doesn’t Suck

“A joy to watch… [a] documentary not so much concerned with hard historical facts as it is with the brothers as they experienced each other, themselves, and their fame.”  How Can You Mend A Broken Heart begins with the quintessential. A pared down, echoey version of “Stayin’ Alive”—probably the Bee Gees song to end all…

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REVIEW: ‘American Utopia’ Shows David Byrne Is As Good As He Ever Was

David Byrne has the most calming presence I’ve ever witnessed. 36 years after the ground-breaking Stop Making Sense, David Byrne is still taking our expectations of concerts and theatre, elevating them to a higher level that only a frontman like him could do. Stop Making Sense was more than just a concert, it was performing…

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Top of the Docs #13 – Searching for Sugar Man: A Feel-Good Detective Documentary

“What follows is a heartening story about how meeting your idols can sometimes be a blessed thing for both parties.”

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INTERVIEW: Brett James Talks Nashville, Songwriting, and the Release of ‘It All Begins With A Song’

It All Begins With A Song is a feature length documentary that offers a fascinating look into the world of professional songwriters and their successes, failures, processes, and inspirations.

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REVIEW: ‘It All Begins With a Song’ Reveals the Force That Is the Nashville Songwriter

The country music documentary It All Begins With A Song parts the curtains of the music industry to reveal the tour de force that is the Nashville songwriter.

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“I’ll Be Seeing You”: Falling Apart and Together in ‘Out of Blue’

Carol Morley’s Out of Blue follows Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson), a detective investigating the apparent murder of astrophysicist Jennifer Rockwell (Mamie Gummer) in a New Orleans observatory. As Mike attempts to unravel the many mysteries surrounding the incident, her own sense of reality and sense of herself fall apart and then back together again. I…

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REVIEW: “A Bark With No Bite” – ‘Anima’ (2019)

★ ★ “Disappointingly flat, delivering platitudes instead of punch” Thom Yorke has always been wary of the digital age. Radiohead’s breakout, possibly career-defining work, OK Computer, was an album of computerised alienation and political pessimism. Released in 1997, it stood in stark contrast to the overwhelming mood of Britain (and much of the world) at…

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Five Great Closing Movie Tracks

Recently I wrote about how ‘Willow’, the closing track from High Life, fuses elegantly with the themes of the film. A well-chosen final piece of music can turn a good film into a great one and a great one into a stone-cold classic. When the marriage of sight and sound is a perfect melding of…

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