Music – a film by Sia

You might be forgiven for thinking this is a musical, or at least one giant music video. I mean, with Sia at the director’s helm, you already know what to expect. Dancing? Check. Surrealist sets? Check. Maddie Ziegler? MOST DEFINITELY. What I didn’t expect is how this film takes on some pretty difficult themes with surprising boldness. Ziegler plays Music, a girl on the autistic spectrum. He...

Blinded By The Light

I watched the trailer. I thought to myself “This looks a bit cheesy, but has potential. Bruce Springsteen will probably make up for any cheese”. I was right and wrong and just generally unprepared for what I was about to experience.

A Star is Born

I should start by saying I did not buy into the hype for A Star is Born. Anything that is written (partly at least), directed and starring the same person is sure to be self indulgent but in less than five minutes, my mind was to be completely changed. There is no question that Cooper is a born director with a very clear and unique vision for a film that had already been remade three times since t...

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble

Don’t be put off. This isn’t just a film for musicians (although everything about it would probably suggest otherwise). In this documentary, iconic cellist Yo-Yo Ma puts together a gregarious ensemble of musicians gathered from the dusty corners of the globe to explore what it means to make music. Initially, you’d think that this would be all right. After all, music is music righ...

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