Movie reviews from The Brown Note radio show presented by Julian Brown, recorded unscripted, unedited and live. https://www.mixcloud.com/julian-brown/
King Richard (2021)
This biopic of Serena and Venus Williams indomitable father, is obvious Oscar bait but has a decent stab at a worthy subject. Centered by a possible career best from a triumphant Will Smith, after wallowing in a career low for that last few years. The screenplay doesn't match his performance and we could do with a lot more grit but it's certainly emotionally satisfying and exciting entertainment.
Red Notice (2020)
I must admit I stand in opposition to the hugely negative response to the most expensive Netflix film in history. It wasn't as cynical or bombastic as I'd been led to believe, it's actually kinda amiable and fun. Even, dare I say it, quite elegant. The mega watt leads are good value, the long form set pieces well executed and I didn't feel that dirty after watching it.
Venom 2 (2020)
The only achievement this sequel, to a highly lack-luster original, has to its name is doing everything the first did badly, even worse. The charm of Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams withstanding, nearly everything is rubbish, it has half the story and some of the worst CGI $200 million can buy.
The Best And Worst Films Of 2021
Exactly what it says it is, with a worst film of the year guaranteed to be a popular choice.
Was 2021 The Worst Year For Art This Century?
Working our my usual radio show end of year best-of lists, I was struck by how weak 2021 was - across albums, movies and tracks, the lamest of the century, why?
Albums Of The Year 2021
In the weakest year for albums, tracks and movies of the century.