The Brown Note Movie Review
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) Movie Review

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) Movie Review

May 18, 2022

Even though the rabid fan boys will never admit it, Endgame should've been the perfect ending is was and the quality has dropped off a cliff since. But apparently the Marvel Comic Universe will never stop until its stopped by force. This is one of the slightest and most pointless Marvel films yet, it doesn't even look that good, the only possible reason for coming is a superb Elizabeth Olsen - if only she'd played it like that in the main films - absolutely every thing else here is an instantly forgettable and aggravatingly cynical excuse for a movie.

The Lost City (2022) Movie Review

The Lost City (2022) Movie Review

May 18, 2022

Crucially closer to Romancing The Stone than Raiders of the Lost Ark, this is an un-challenging balm for troubled times. Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum have the charisma and comic chops to carry the movie, even if the frequent flat spots stop it shy of greatness. It should be criminal, however, not to have had Brad Pitt in two thirds of the movie in arguably the cameo of the year (spin off!!!) and has Daniel Radcliff finally found his groove playing evil billionaires?!

Pusha T - It’s Almost Dry (2022) Album Review

Pusha T - It’s Almost Dry (2022) Album Review

May 9, 2022

Still pushing the line that his previous brotherly duo, Clipse's Hell Hath No Fury album is the centuries best rap record, the decade solo Pusha continues one of Hip-hops hot streaks, after the instant classic Daytona. Reuniting with both that record's producer Kanye West and that previous masterpieces producer, Pharrell Williams, for another thrilling ride of apex coke-rap.

Spiritualized - Everything Was Beautiful (2022) Album Review

Spiritualized - Everything Was Beautiful (2022) Album Review

May 9, 2022

Jason Pierce's longstanding coda to his previous band, Spacemen 3, have been ploughing the maximalist space rock field for decades now, and their high point, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, is my second favorite album of all time. After the excellent and very underappreciated, And Nothing Hurt in 2018, Pierce has now opted for a full-on Phil Spector wall of sound assault, touching on most parts of the bands history, to mainly great effect.

Sault - Air (2022) Album Review

Sault - Air (2022) Album Review

May 9, 2022

Arguably the world's most important band, after the still largely anonymous London collective have now put out six near fantastic albums in only three years. But this one is a shocker, after five albums steeped in "black" music, whether that be retro, contemporary or future - they decided a classical album was the way to go. Even more surprising is how white it is - as least in its wholehearted embrace of a very European classical tradition of choral, brass and orchestral traditions. Beautiful paced, overlaying imaginative shifts to this paradigm at expertly placed spots - a triumph.

All the Old Knives (2022) Movie Review

All the Old Knives (2022) Movie Review

May 4, 2022

Released to zero fanfare and tepid reviews - my most undervalued film so far this year, it's wonderful. Perhaps it is an ordinary spy thriller but that's just a framing device (like the beautifully shot and helmed dinner sequence) for what the film really is, a tragic love story. Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton are sublime, subsumed with passion and regret, it's beautifully shot, sound-tracked and story-boarded - so the delicate pace drip feeds a continually changing and compelling world. The riveting story here isn't a who done it spy drama but the question that has defined each of the two leads lives, why did you break my heart? The answers are shattering.

Ambulance (2022) Movie Review

Ambulance (2022) Movie Review

May 4, 2022

I honestly try to give Michael Bay the benefit of the doubt every time. I figure the further we get from the Transformers era, the more we will get films like Pain and Gain, 13 Hours or even the better half of 6 Underground but alas, despite some of best reviews of his later career, Ambulance is a steaming pile of crap and the worst film I've seen so far this year. All his worst is on continual display - the world's most annoying headache inducing over-editing, the nausea inducing camera that cant stop swooping and spinning around and painfully thin not at all written characters with awful dialogue and poor, very poor performances. And sadly, incomprehensibly, the great Jake Gyllenhaal's worst performance and role ever.

Bringing Out the Dead (1999) Movie Review

Bringing Out the Dead (1999) Movie Review

April 29, 2022

We are living in the AGE OF CAGE and finally the world is waking up, surely we are close to a Keanufication of this living deity. This one is a real treat - arguably the most un-watched Martin Scorcese film since Goodfellas, his last with writer Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver/Raging Bull) and a link to the later man's recent First Reformed. It's also the only post 1980's art film Scorcese has made. Plus this heartbreaking look at the people who look after us, barely holding it together feels even more relevant in COVID times. A still underappreciated near masterpiece.

The Batman (2022) Movie Review

The Batman (2022) Movie Review

April 29, 2022

The relentless recasting and rebooting of this character continues unabated, now completely ignoring the failed DCU universe - though it's serious and dark tone (a high point) make it more relatable to the Snyder Cut and The Joker than those films. In fact it rivals the Snyder Cut of Justice League as one of the best looking superhero films ever - without Christopher Nolan's reliance on massive scope, the cinematography is unexpectedly art-house, even recalling hyper-stylized films like Mandy at times, the sound-stage is nearly as good. The Agatha Twistie detective yarn that runs through the main part of the film is another high. HOWEVER, the writing of both dialogue and characters is really poor, leading to great actors, who've been better every other time I've seen them, wrestle with place holder roles. Given the writing track record of the uniformly excellent director Matt Reeves, it smacks of written by committee. Add to the that a main protagonist and labored final hour that are both completely inconsequential and it all adds up to a bit of a big nothing.

Pig (2021) - Movie Review

Pig (2021) - Movie Review

April 25, 2022

I have been promoting the AGE OF CAGE for some years now and am pleased the Keanu-fication of the deity Nick Cage is nearly complete. Adding to his raft of actually great performances in actually great indie fair, is one of the most surprising films of recent years. Better to watch it thinking you are getting a John Wick rip off with a pig, than read up on just how far wrong that assertion is. Wonderful, in the truest sense of the word.

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