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The Secret: Dare to Dream

Published August 8, 2020

The Secret: Dare to Dream

It really wasn’t a very well-made film. It’s got an okay story at its heart, pretty derivative and the kind of thing that romance novels are made of, but okay, a beginning, middle and end. It’s so overdone though - the moment where they’re sat at the table and she says ‘He made everything lighter’ as the literal beams of light come through the skylight that he put in. (Also, what moon actually gives off light like that? I’ve never seen it.) Hamfisted and in your face, with a lot of very dislikable characters because their dialogue is so on-the-nose. It’s bad.

Making Movies by Dire Straits

Published August 7, 2020

Making Movies by Dire Straits

Obviously, Romeo and Juliet is a ridiculously stand-out song, but the rest of it is pretty good too. It’s so clearly Dire Straits, their individual sound so good from start to finish. There are only seven tracks but it still manages to take you on a bit of a journey. I enjoyed it!

Such Pretty Forks in the Road by Alanis Morisette

Published August 7, 2020

Such Pretty Forks in the Road by Alanis Morisette

Oh wow, this is such a good album and was a surprise to me, really. I’m a fan of Alanis’ work from Jagged Little Pill, but if I’m honest I don’t know much of her album work outside that one. This is her first album for a while and it’s like plugging right back in to Alanis’ world.

Almost Famous

Published August 6, 2020

Almost Famous

Love, love, love. After not enjoying the last music movie we watched, it was time to crack open a well-received, critic-approved journey into the seventies. I wasn’t quite expecting the vast array of moustaches and flares, but once I got used to that, it was a triumph.

Life With Music

Published August 1, 2020

Life With Music

I’d not heard of it before but thought the combination of Katie, Patrick and a load of pianos couldn’t go wrong. And yet it did! There just didn’t seem to be a lot of story to it, at the end no one really seemed to be further forward than they were at the beginning, and although there were some pretty visuals along the way, I was left feeling pretty empty about the whole thing.

Come As You Are

Published August 1, 2020

Come As You Are

I loved it. There’s heart to it but ultimately it’s just a buddy road trip comedy, with three boys escaping their parents to go in search of some long overdue gratification. They learn and grow and get what they wanted in more ways than expected, and it ends with a somehow desperately sad but ultimately uplifting resolution. Incredible.

Elastica by Elastica

Published August 1, 2020

Elastica by Elastica

I can’t believe Elastica only had two albums altogether, and only really this one has stood the test of time. It’s so good! Some really good pop rock punk combo, with unique elements and interesting riffs and beats that I’ve not really heard anywhere else.

folklore by Taylor Swift

Published August 1, 2020

folklore by Taylor Swift

My first listen through this was, I’ll admit, a bit disappointing. It has a slow, slow pace, with very few upbeat songs, and I thought it was a bit boring. As always, the first listen isn’t the one to fully judge an album on. Second time through, I could start picking out the good songs, and that gives me something to work with.

She's the Man

Published July 25, 2020

She's the Man

It turned out to be a really good film, funny and with interesting thoughts on gender, a little bit stereotypical in places, and a clear gaping hole in how she thought things were going to resolve themselves if it hadn’t all gone wrong like it did.

Vienna by Ultravox

Published July 25, 2020

Vienna by Ultravox

This is an interesting one. Obviously Vienna, the title track from this album, is an incredible, classic and long-lasting song that will stand the test of time. Amazing to know that Midge wasn’t that bothered about it and his refrains of ‘this means nothing to me’ are more about the song than anything else.