Tag Archives: Music

What Happened, Miss Simone?

HER STORY. HER VOICE. The Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011) director takes on another troubled celebrity and cultural phenomenon in this lauded documentary. Made in collaboration with Nina Simone’s family, the film celebrates the artist’s musical talents but doesn’t avoid her dark sides, including the abusive marriage, her bipolar disorder and how she treated … Continue reading What Happened, Miss Simone?

Three Candidates Are Worthy of Winning Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Song Contest is on right now, this year hosted by Stockholm since Sweden won last year. For the first time ever, the show is broadcast in the U.S., which prompted GQ Magazine to post the following: A very relevant question. Eurovision Song Contest, which airs right now on Logo Network, is a cheesy European annual TV … Continue reading Three Candidates Are Worthy of Winning Eurovision Song Contest

Straight Outta Compton: Lesson of Street Knowledge

THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS TIMES CREATED THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS GROUP. The story of how the rap group N.W.A. started was sanctioned by its two most prominent members, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who also served as producers. You’ve even got Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr., playing Cube. In other words, it comes as not … Continue reading Straight Outta Compton: Lesson of Street Knowledge

Whiplash: Blood, Sweat and Tears

THE ROAD TO GREATNESS CAN TAKE YOU TO THE EDGE.   Famous jazz drummer and bandleader Buddy Rich had a short temper. His outbursts were caught in secret recordings made in the early 1980s and have become the stuff of legend; another time, Dusty Springfield allegedly slapped Rich after putting up with his insults for … Continue reading Whiplash: Blood, Sweat and Tears

All Five Best Song Oscar Nominees 2015

A truly weird category this year since two of the candidates are favorites partly because the movies were snubbed in bigger categories. That’s Selma and The Lego Movie; the former is likely to win. Let’s take a look at the candidates: Selma – It’s kind of impossible to resist “Glory”, as performed by Common and John Legend. It’s instantly … Continue reading All Five Best Song Oscar Nominees 2015

A Late Quartet

NO ARRANGEMENT IS MORE BEAUTIFUL… OR MORE COMPLICATED.   Approaching its 25th anniversary, a string quartet is shaken when the cellist, Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken), announces that he’s retiring because of a debilitating illness. Documentary filmmaker Yaron Zilberman brings a sense of honesty and carefulness to his first dramatic feature, which is obvious in the … Continue reading A Late Quartet

All Four (Five?) Best Song Oscar Nominees 2014

There used to be five Oscar nominees for Best Original Song. Well, no more. “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the movie of the same title was disqualified two weeks ago, since its composer Bruce Broughton had been found e-mailing Academy members during the voting period, which is not allowed. Broughton has protested against this, since … Continue reading All Four (Five?) Best Song Oscar Nominees 2014