Movie description: Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet – finding a way to keep the band together amid the success and excess.
Actor(s): Rami Malek, Lucy Boyton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy,
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Craft - 80%
Artistry - 85%
Spoiler alert: I love Queen so I am totally biased on this movie. The movie itself takes poetic license almost to the max but it is a very interesting and enjoyable movie (if not always accurate). Gives the viewer the general idea behind the band and band-mates. Wonderful soundtrack.
Interestingly, Bryan Singer got fired from the picture and Dexter Flectcher came in to finish it and do all of the editing. Dexter would then go on to Rocketman.
Also, Sasha Baron Cohen originally had the rights to the film and was originally to star as Freddie Mercury. Creative differences between Sasha and Brian May and Roger Taylor (Queen band members) ended this arrangement.
Great acting (Rami Malek)
Fun cameo appearances
Movie description: Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.
Date published: 2019-07-14
Director(s): Danny Boyle
Actor(s): Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Kate McKinnon, Joel Fry
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Music
Craft - 68%
Artistry - 70%
This is a fantastical story about what life might have been like without the Beatles; of, wait, someone remembers them and their music. A date night movie (it was a slow week for Guys’ movies) and the best thing about the movie was the music. The movie was pleasant to watch but nothing was significant in accomplishment. Some would argue that Kate McKinnon overplayed her role and insiders would argue she underplayed it. Either way, I love Kate McKinnon. Nice work by Ed Sheeran. Interestingly, Chris Martin was to play Ed Sheeran’s role but scheduling conflicts with Chris prevented him from performing in the role. Also, Danny Boyle said the rights to 20 songs were obtained for use in the film of which 17 are actually in the film.
Wonderful music Likeable characters Feel-good movie
Simplistic story arc Unrealistic premise Leaves you with a lot of earworms
Movie description: The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.
Director(s): Dexter Fletcher
Actor(s): Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard,
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Craft - 90%
Artistry - 86%
Taron Egerton does yeoman’s duty on this film and highlights his passion for singing (Taron sang in Eddie the Eagle and Sing). Difficult to watch at times but always interesting. If you were present in the 70’s and 80’s then this movie really brings you back and reminds you of what you were doing then.
Dexter Fletcher was brought in to finish Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) though he is not credited in the film. So this is his second musical biopic. Fletcher directed for 16 days of filming and oversaw post-production.
Strong script and directing
Wonderful costuming (Taron wears 53 different pairs of glasses in the film)
Reviews 9.0 out of 10 – Very entertaining, heartfelt, fun. (Andrew C.) 5.0 – (Mary G.)
Synopsis Enormous: The Gorge Story carves out the never-before-told story of the world’s most iconic music venue ,The Gorge Amphitheatre. This music film investigates the venue’s unlikely evolution from a small winery created by a neurosurgeon to becoming one of the greatest outdoor music destinations in the world.
Reviews 9.0 out of 10 – Very well done doc. and very interesting (if you like 60’s-70’s music). (Jon, Sandy) 10 – Great era, music, and editing. (Carol N.) 8.5 – Very well done and entertaining. (Andrew C.) 8.4 – Well constructed doc. with great music and fun interviews. (Gary J.) 7.0 – Started strong and faded in the second half. Good insights. (Von J.)
Synopsis A look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic music groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas.