The Sparks Brothers. Review.

If there’s a general theme among all of Edgar Wrights lockdown work It’s approaching the topics he covers with a sincere and infectious heart. Whether it’s his work spotlighting the importance of the big screen experience. Writing an essay about someone who he considers important within the film space. Or in this case, putting togetherContinue reading “The Sparks Brothers. Review.”

Billie Eilish: The Worlds A Little Blurry. Apple TV Plus. Review.

If you have paid attention to music or music culture over the past two years, Billie Eilish likely needs no introduction. Even if not the Bad Guy instrumental has been so heavily adopted by advertisers that it will be recognisable independent of the artist. What do teenage pop sensations typically get as their fame explodes?Continue reading “Billie Eilish: The Worlds A Little Blurry. Apple TV Plus. Review.”

Framing Britney Spears. Review.

There tend to be two different strains of the viral documentary. True crime pieces have been sold and packaged by the media as having some form of insanity within them. (Tiger King says hello.) Secondly celebrity culture tales about established public figures. These either frame themselves as exposes or explanations of the media history surroundingContinue reading “Framing Britney Spears. Review.”

The Last Blockbuster. Documentary Review.

A few months ago the last remaining Blockbuster Video in the town of Bend Oregon made international news by converting its space into to a 90s themed Airbnb location. This has been one of several storeys down the years about the store. Director Taylor Morton has now made this indie documentary focusing on the location.Continue reading “The Last Blockbuster. Documentary Review.”

One Man And His Shoes. Review.

How much can you expect a potential audience for something to have seen a very recent incredibly acclaimed very similar piece of content. (in this case a TV mini-series. )This was the question this critic was faced with after watching One Man and His Shoes. This feature documentary focuses in large part on the impactContinue reading “One Man And His Shoes. Review.”

Live From The Space Stage: A HALYX Story. (Defunctland.) Review.

Of the thousands of YouTube channels in the video essay/documentary scene Defunctland  is one of the best around.  Created by Kevin Perjurer and focusing on defunct theme park attractions and pop culture as well as a side series focusing on the runs of culturally important children’s TV shows.  The creative team behind the channel takeContinue reading “Live From The Space Stage: A HALYX Story. (Defunctland.) Review.”

Howard (Disney +). Review

As a musical theatre fan, the name Howard Ashman is very familiar but it has to be said that outside of the Disney renaissance this viewer is not hugely familiar with his work (his song writing partner Alan Menken on the other hand has done a metric tonne of work since Ashman’s passing.) This documentaryContinue reading “Howard (Disney +). Review”

Showbiz Kids (HBO) Review.

The prospect and pitfalls of child stardom is an inherently fascinating subject. Unfortunately, this HBO film directed by Bill and Ted star Alex Winter takes a fundamentally flawed and often extremely undercooked approach   discussing it.   A plethora of 80s and 90s child stars (Henry Thomas, Evan Rachel Wood, Milla Jovovich, Will Wheaton, Mara Wilson) as well as appearances from Baby Peggy and Cameron Boyce (the film is dedicated to both their memories RIP) appear and deliver variations of theContinue reading “Showbiz Kids (HBO) Review.”

Cleaning Out my Film Rentals. #7 Inmate #1. The Rise of Danny Trejo.

Danny Trejo is one of the most fascinating figures in the acting world. Not necessarily for his ability or the string of direct video action movies in which he typically appears but for his incredible life story starting out as a career criminal on the streets of Los Angeles before being incarcerated in some of the world’s toughest prisonsContinue reading “Cleaning Out my Film Rentals. #7 Inmate #1. The Rise of Danny Trejo.”

McMillions$. (HBO) Review

Sky have been launching new channels and offshoots left right and centre as of recently. One of their big launch titles for their   documentary offshoot was this six-part HBO limited documentary series telling the story of how an employee at the outsourced marketing company for McDonald’s defrauded the company out of $20,000,000 by stealing winning tickets for their popularContinue reading “McMillions$. (HBO) Review”