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The High Note

Published May 31, 2020

The High Note

I hadn’t even heard of this film going into it, but we’re always up for a music movie and this looked like it could be good. I’ve not been a big fan of Dakota Johnson in the past (can’t remember why now…) but she was great in this - torn between her loyalty to Grace and her desire to be something more.

Thankful by Kelly Clarkson

Published May 31, 2020

Thankful by Kelly Clarkson

Ah, lovely Kelly Clarkson. You can tell that this, being her first album, isn’t exactly her style - mostly because she’s trying out a few styles along the way. There are elements of Christina, and Alicia, and others, but of course you can’t get away from that great Kelly voice.

Notes On A Conditional Form by The 1975

Published May 31, 2020

Notes On A Conditional Form by The 1975

On the one hand, I think this is a great effort - at this point in their careers, The 1975 can’t just put out a middle of the road album, they need to be pushing the envelope. I love that it starts with a manifesto from Greta and there are some highlights along the way. On the other hand, I can’t say that this is anything but a sprawling mess.

Kelly's Heroes

Published May 25, 2020

Kelly's Heroes

This is an odd film. It has that classic older movie problem of being far too slow to get going. Seriously, I don’t mind a bit of build up but it’s 45 minutes before they even decide to do the god-damn heist. And it’s not even that the length of time is a problem in itself, it’s that you don’t learn anything about any of the characters in that time. There’s such a lot of them, that there’s barely time to get to know any, and in the end the only ones you could care about were Big Joe and Oddball.

Learning from the best

Published May 25, 2020

Learning from the best

The ongoing lockdown continues to evolve and I have found it fascinating to see how the creative types have been trying to keep themselves entertained. Plenty are trying to keep doing what they usually do just in a different way. Some are providing distraction for others, and there’s another subset who are using their time to try and impart wisdom to others. I missed this at the time, but Radio 1 have been getting artists to give music lessons, sharing an insight into how to play one of their songs.

Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl

Published May 25, 2020

Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl

I’ve read this before in a variety of formats but realised I hadn’t reviewed it, so I quickly dug out the audiobook and whipped through it again. I love these Roald Dahl short stories – they’re all so clever, although they don’t all do it for me.

Charlie's Angels

Published May 24, 2020

Charlie's Angels

So much better than that Full Throttle sequel! I really loved this. Trust in Elizabeth Banks for a girl power movie that isn’t too in-your-face, it’s just people being awesome. It’s a movie in which Patrick Stewart is the bad guy but was still brilliant!

Dangerously in Love by Beyoncé

Published May 24, 2020

Dangerously in Love by Beyoncé

Here’s a weird thing. In my head, I feel like I’ve long since fallen out of love with Beyoncé whilst still acknowledging that she is an incredible woman. The music of recent times hasn’t been to my taste and her other choices are her own to make, obviously.

All Visible Objects by Moby

Published May 24, 2020

All Visible Objects by Moby

Dance music isn’t one of my favourite genres but Moby is a big deal in that area and it seemed worth giving this a listen, given that new albums are quite thin on the ground at the moment. I quite liked it, it felt like the kind of album that you should sit back and properly listen to rather than as background music.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Published May 24, 2020

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

It’s so good. Brutal, and terrifying, hitting harder than the film does and delving deeper into the chaos theory that Malcolm expands on to the point where you are sort of left wondering if you have any control over anything.