20 Feet From Stardom (2013) – Documentary Film Review


Winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature,  ‘20 Feet From Stardom‘ explores the first-hand accounts and experiences of several backing singers who have worked with the biggest names of the music industry – Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie to name a few. Meanwhile, revealing details from recording sessions with prominent musicians and producers to the lifestyle that revolves around being a ‘background singer’ exposing the treatment and attitude towards background singers. This engaging feature offers a perspective into the lives of the people you hear on the biggest songs of the music industry but don’t recognise.

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A Prelude to The Wind Rises: Miyazaki’s Magical Journeys


Japanese animation’s mercurial magician is without question my cinematic idol. The magnitude of his success is most recently recognised by fellow cartoon titan “The Simpsons”; paying homage to his greatest characters through the guise of Evergreen Terrace. From April, the British Film Institute will launch a ‘Studio Ghibli season’ spanning across two months, recognising the organisation’s glittering back catalogue.

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Analysing ‘Only God Forgives’ (2013) – Film Review


Two years after the commercial success of his 2011 neo-noir ‘Drive’ Nicolas Winding Refn takes a step back from narrative storytelling and cinema as entertainment to deliver a surrealist piece of art about crime, punishment and the search for God, misunderstood and underrated by mainstream audience. MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS

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