Pistol (2022): Danny Boyle’s miniseries felt punk to me

Pistol is Danny Boyle’s TV show about the Sex Pistols. I didn’t watch it on release as I’d heard mixed things, and I had plenty of other stuff on my ‘to watch’ list. Eventually, though, I thought I’d give it a go, as I’d always been interested in the story of the band and I was curious to see what Danny Boyle’s creative take on … Continue reading Pistol (2022): Danny Boyle’s miniseries felt punk to me

The Get Down: season one, part two – review

The Get Down was, by its own admission, a hugely ambitious undertaking by Baz Luhrmann and his team. With a sizeable investment from Netflix (although they’re seemingly unstoppable these days, so whatever). So it meant that a lot was riding on this tale of late ‘70s New York, painted as a city in crisis – at least in the Bronx, where most of our story … Continue reading The Get Down: season one, part two – review

Whiplash: Who knew jazz could be so brutal?

His knees weak, arms are heavy, vomit on his sweater, mom’s spaghetti… Sorry, lost myself in the moment there. Short of a hoodie and a rap battle, there’s a lot of similarities to be drawn between Whiplash and 8 Mile. In fact, any sports movie (if you consider freestyle rapping a sport). There’s blood, sweat and tears aplenty. Not what you’d expect from jazz, but … Continue reading Whiplash: Who knew jazz could be so brutal?

Frank: what doesn’t kill you makes you stranger

A man wearing a giant fake head. A band full of oddballs, real oddballs. Is this a film about those characters we meet in life – if we’re lucky enough – that exist at the edges of normal? Based on the real life experiences of writer Jon Ronson, Frank starts with Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a talentless wannabe musician who, through a chance encounter with a … Continue reading Frank: what doesn’t kill you makes you stranger

Film composers – cinema’s unsung heroes?

“If I weren’t a director, I would want to be a film composer.” Steven Spielberg Would great films be great without great scores? Hard to know really. What I do know is that us humans are emotive creatures. Whilst visual images are often arresting, music cuts to the bone. It sears the soul in ways that, sometimes, visual cannot. Indeed, there’s something about music that … Continue reading Film composers – cinema’s unsung heroes?

Best use of 80s electro songs in film

Ok, here are the rules. The songs had to have been released in the ’80s, but could have been used in any films during this time. Whether they introduce or accentuate a scene, or were the film’s theme song, each track is special to me in some way. Here’s my list: ‘Atomic’ by Blondie (1980) – Trainspotting This takes place in the Volcano club where … Continue reading Best use of 80s electro songs in film