Tag Archives: Music

Bohemian Rhapsody

THE ONLY THING MORE EXTRAORDINARY THAN THEIR MUSIC IS HIS STORY. This biopic of the legendary rock band Queen and its singer Freddie Mercury was long in the making and suffered from a troubled production. The final results aren’t exactly bad, but certainly unremarkable. Engagingly told, the film ends with a carefully recreated 1985 Live … Continue reading Bohemian Rhapsody

Whitney: Family = Enemy

In the past, director Kevin Macdonald has chronicled major artists like Mick Jagger and Bob Marley. His documentary about the life of Whitney Houston gained attention at the Cannes festival this year, and no wonder. It’s a powerful film and it did present some news – Whitney’s brother Gary and her longtime assistant Mary Jones … Continue reading Whitney: Family = Enemy

Jóhann Jóhannsson 1969–2018

He had a meteoric rise as a composer, and now suddenly, shockingly, he’s passed away. Jóhann Jóhannsson had a unique sound, which isn’t something you can say about many composers working in Hollywood. In the clip above from Hollywood Resume TV, Jóhannsson talks about his work on Prisoners in 2013. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1969, … Continue reading Jóhann Jóhannsson 1969–2018

Saturday Night Fever: Disco Inferno

… CATCH IT! In the mid-1970s, British rock journalist Nik Cohn arrived in New York City. He gained attention by writing an article for New York Magazine called ”Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night”, vividly depicting the local disco scene. The article ended up inspiring the movie Saturday Night Fever… but it turned out … Continue reading Saturday Night Fever: Disco Inferno

Springsteen’s Career in 11 Rock Clips

During my vacation, I read Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run”, the best-selling biography he released last year. At about the same time, there was also an accompanying documentary, Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words, and an album, “Chapter and Verse”. The Boss may have grown up in New Jersey more or less poor, but he sure … Continue reading Springsteen’s Career in 11 Rock Clips

A Glorious Evening with Hans Zimmer

I’m back from watching the legendary, Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer in concert tonight in Stockholm and my head is full of the themes from movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight and Inception. And the sight of long-time Zimmer collaborator Nick Glennie-Smith dancing around to the theme of Pirates of the Caribbean with a fake parrot attached … Continue reading A Glorious Evening with Hans Zimmer