music

Notebook Reviews: VANILLA SKY

Cameron Crowe – 2001 Writer/director Cameron Crowe‘s Vanilla Sky is a masterpiece. Crowe’s ‘cover version’ of Alejandro Amenábar’s Open Your Eyes is a glossy and surreal romantic-drama-sci-fi-thriller. Tom [...]

April 28, 2021

Dolenz Sings Nesmith

Movies In Focus is a huge fan of The Monkees – and also the solo career of Michael Nesmith. I actually saw the full Monkees line-up – Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith – play in Belfast in 1997.  Michael [...]

April 27, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MOULIN ROUGE!

Baz Luhrmann – 2001 Moulin Rouge! is a stylish and energetic musical from director Baz Luhrmann. The film features a punchy soundtrack and enthusiastic dance numbers, which sit alongside huge, impressively designed sets (the film looks [...]

March 9, 2021

Van Morrison – LATEST RECORD PROJECT: VOLUME 1

Never one to rest on his laurels, The mighty Van Morrison was never going to spend lockdown baking bread and watching box sets. The Belfast born star spent the period writing and recording his 42nd record – which is now set for release on 7 [...]

March 5, 2021

Bruce Springsteen’s Cinema

The mighty Bruce Springsteen is an American legend. He’s sort of like the musical equivalent of John Wayne or Clint Eastwood, a strong presence who delivers a quintessential view of the United States. Springsteen has always been a huge [...]

February 8, 2021

Bruce Springsteen’s THE MIDDLE

On a superficial level Bruce Springsteen‘s Jeep advert, The Middle might be intended to sell you an automobile – but it’s much more than that. It’s a piece intended to reunite a broken United States of America.  The advert [...]

February 8, 2021

Alan Parker’s THE COMMITMENTS At 30

Alan Parker’s The Commitments might be 30 years old but the film still packs the same mighty punch that it did when it was first released in 1991. Based on Roddy Doyle’s book of the same name, there’s a wit and energy to Parker’s film [...]

January 19, 2021

Controversial Music Producer Phil Spector Dies

Phil Spector, the music producer behind the iconic ‘Wall Of Sound’ has died at the age of 81. Spector was a complex figure – a genius and a madman who infamously brought guns into the recoding studio.  The length and breadth of [...]

January 18, 2021

Notebook Reviews: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB

Wim Wenders – 1999 Wim Wenders’ Buena Vista Social Club is a captivating documentary about the Cuban music scene. Interviews with the musicians and performances are intercut to deliver a throughly engaging film. It would have been nice [...]

December 15, 2020

Mark Pellington’s Music Film For Nada Surf’s JUST WAIT

Mark Pellington is one of today’s great visual stylists. Pellington is a director who merges strong imagery with interesting storytelling across a variety of different mediums. Over the years he has directed music videos with acts like Bruce [...]

December 15, 2020

If Jesus Was A Sheriff And I Was The Priest…

If I Was the Priest was one of the songs that helped Bruce Springsteen score a record deal with CBS Records (now Columbia/Sony Records) back in 1972. It was in the set of the songs that Springsteen played for CBS record producer John Hammond during [...]

November 25, 2020

The Great Opening Of HIGH NOON

With one of the greatest opening sequences in film history, Fred Zinneman’s High Noon kicks-off in an outstanding fashion and this 1952 film just gets better and better as it builds towards its climax. Zinnemann delivers one of the great [...]

November 22, 2020

Official Trailer For Bruce Springsteen’s LETTER TO YOU

The mighty Bruce Springsteen has become a cross-generational icon. He’s now more than a musician, he’s one of the great artists of the last century. Over the last decade or so, Springsteen has started to document his life and career in [...]

October 15, 2020

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