A STAR IS BORN 2018

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It’s all about Who You Nose. Bradley Cooper co-writes the movie, directs, stars, plays guitar, plays piano, sings, co-writes the songs, and co-produces… A STAR IS BORN all right – Bradley Cooper! Passion bleeds off the screen in the fourth filmic iteration of A STAR IS BORN! A scintillating, vibrant tale of a talented young singer (played by Lady Gaga) … Read More

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

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The Good, The Bad and the Freddie. Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? — Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” We may well apply the first lines of Queen’s magnum opus Bohemian Rhapsody to the movie encomium of the same name. There is some biography in BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (“the real life”), yet much dramatic license (“just fantasy”), with particular focus … Read More

QUEEN | Made In Heaven

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One golden glance of what should be… Get me to sing anything, write me anything and I will sing it and I will leave you as much as I possibly can. — Freddie Mercury to Queen. or Don McLean, “the day the music died” was when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in a 1959 plane … Read More

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR 2018

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SUPERSTAR falters, as Legend lacks. Poor John Legend! He’s a great soulful rhythm and blues vocalist, a great composer, a great performer; he’s won Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes and Tonys; he’s a friend to the last great American president, Barack Obama, and he was instrumental in bringing a whole generation to that inspiring 2008 election. He’s a producer, actor and … Read More

PETER CRISS | Out Of Control

Jon Dunmore

From KISS to this… lmost disco, almost MOR, almost pop, almost soul, almost KISS. KISS ex-drummer Peter Criss started recording his second solo album, Out Of Control, before he was officially out of KISS (March 1980, officially fired from KISS in May 1980), and it is the fame of his former band that is the sole problem behind this watery … Read More

FRANK 2014

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Good Head. Music, experimentation, death, disappointment, fear, surrogate family, unfulfillable longing. A musician’s life for me… FRANK, a quirky dramedy centering on an avant-garde rock band and its offbeat leader in particular, is – unlike many movies of its musical ilk – not about seeking success through stardom, but fulfillment through creation. We meet keyboardist Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), trying in … Read More

DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD

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Art Imitating Life Imitating Irony. David Brent (Ricky Gervais), 15 years after leaving THE OFFICE, takes his self-financed band out on the road, for one last stab at “making it.” But, as one character laments, “he doesn’t really know what ‘it’ is.” DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD is a loving elegy for a much-loved character. But writer-director Gervais has … Read More

KURT & COURTNEY

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Don’t Believe Anything Anymore. A documentary about Kurt Cobain, as confused, conflicted and depressing as Kurt Cobain. KURT & COURTNEY certainly looks and feels like a credible documentary, with its hand-held ethos and somber-bordering-on-ominous narration by filmmaker Nick Broomfield, but in the end, it only throws more fuel on the fiery controversy surrounding Kurt Cobain’s and Courtney Love’s relationship and … Read More

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK

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Montage of Mediocrity. Kurt Cobain’s life is documented via montage, through journal entries, excellent realistic cartoons, home video, live performances, talking heads and a haze of heroin. MONTAGE OF HECK tells us just the bits it wants to tell us about Kurt Cobain. There is much content from Cobain’s birth in Aberdeen, Washington in 1967 to his troubled teen years, … Read More

GRAFFITI BRIDGE

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Bridge of Sighs. Prince oversteps his genius by taking on GRAFFITI BRIDGE as writer, director, actor, dancer, composer and messiah complex… From what we can tell in this disjointed, surreal, badly-constructed sequel to PURPLE RAIN (1984), The Kid (Prince) is part-owner of a nightclub, for which his co-owner Morris (Morris Day) is trying to squeeze him out and acquire full … Read More

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR

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High on Schrooms-ical. Three words describe HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR: Ab. Bombin’. Nation. Once again, choreographer Kenny Ortega directs, and clueless, unoriginal screenwriter Peter Barsocchini writes what will eventually end up a laughing fart from the buttocks of Satan. Zac Efron returns as Troy Bolton, beefcake boy-beauty of East High School, with his indeterminate-Latina girlfriend Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens, … Read More

WE ARE TWISTED FUCKING SISTER!

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Fifteen Twisted Minutes. Sure they suck, but they’re gonna sell a lot of records! — Phil Carson, Atlantic Records, Europe. From the outset, I am a card-carrying Sick Motherfucking Friend of Twister Sister. So the rock doc WE ARE TWISTED FUCKING SISTER! holds some resonance for me, and fills in many Scenes Missing in this hard rock band’s long haul … Read More

ALICE COOPER | Love It To Death

Jon Dunmore

A melody black / Flowed out of my breath… rapped in a dark room. From out of the blackness swirls a delicate piano and an unsure voice, quaking, lamenting, “I couldn’t tell if the bells are getting louder / The songs they ring I finally recognize…” Something ominous this way comes… “I only know / Hell is getting hotter / … Read More

KISS | Symphony: Alive IV

Jon Dunmore

Rock and Roll Over Beethoven. ISS versus The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in a battle to the Bach. KISS Symphony: Alive IV is sold in a One-Disc or Two-Disc format, the single disc version omitting a few songs (tabulated in the sidebar). It’s a magnificent concert, hearing classic KISS juxtaposed with classical instruments! The audio is excellent, the vocals are tight, … Read More

KISS | Killers

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It won’t kill you, but it might hurt you like a girl slap. irstly, Jesus! The assface record company could not come up with a more clichéd name? Killers is the 18th overall release for KISS, and their 2nd Greatest Hits compilation. And also the name of Iron Maiden’s 2nd album (1981). And Killer was the name of Alice Cooper’s … Read More

KISS | Alive III

Jon Dunmore

Vengeance is theirs. Alive! for GeneratioNext.   nice clean desk tape with crowd noise overdubbed. D’oh! Truth or fiction? You decide. The 26th overall KISS album, Alive III is the 3rd Live album from the New York foursome whom many fans and critics had dismissed as irrelevant after their uneven studio effort Hot In The Shade (1989). But after the … Read More

KISS | Monster

Jon Dunmore

Dinosaurs… with sharp teeth! he problem is: I’m old. And so are you. And so is KISS. Pondering the 20th studio album of a band 38 years old is a daunting task when we’ve come so far together, across mountains of metal and deserts of disco; through the shadow of The Elder, borne on a cross of Crazy Nights; weighing … Read More

KISS | Hot In The Shade

Jon Dunmore

Hot Mess In The Shade. irst of all, too many songs. Like the emperor summing up Mozart in AMADEUS: “Too many notes.” Well, Hot In The Shade does not have “too many notes” – that would be Animalize – but it seems like producers Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons crammed every sticky-sweet, trashy-funk, dirty-glam, sweaty-shoed cockrocker they could find into … Read More

KISS | The Best Of The Solo Albums

Jon Dunmore

Quadruple Fantasy, Together As One. y definition, The Best Of The Solo Albums should be a super collection. It is. Many fans feel it should have been the 1978 KISS album after Love Gun, rather than the extended, drawn out cavalcade of four Solo albums. This collection was not released in the United States, but in Europe and the Antipodes … Read More

KISS | Paul Stanley

Jon Dunmore

KISS Kollider-scope. On September 18, 1978, the four members of KISS each released a Solo Album. No band in history had ever done this before. Released by Casablanca Records under the KISS banner, the albums had a unified look, with the KISS logo emblazoned in the top left corner, each album dedicated to the other three members of the band, … Read More