Movie reviews from The Brown Note radio show presented by Julian Brown, recorded unscripted, unedited and live. https://www.mixcloud.com/julian-brown/
Morbius (2022) Movie Review
It's Morbin time! fellow kids. Despite awful reviews, I didn't have a problem with this 300% on Rotten Tomatoes smash fail. I haven't been a fan of Jared Leto's jarring cameos in recent movie history, but he fares much better as a lead here, and both he and Matt Smith have, I think well developed and well acted characters, in a story with strong motivations. I've certainly seen worse from the Marvel stable and - shock horror - enjoyed it slightly more than The Batman.
Firestarter (2022) Film Review
As we continue to trawl the depths of remake and reboot - the unasked for return to a lesser Steven King novel and its even lesser film version, has been panned by critics. A whopping 11% Rotten Tomatoes. HOWEVER if you like the modern era's low key, low budget, homage to cult 70's/80's horror or Sci-fi movies with awesome soundtracks - by the very king of this himself, John Carpenter (if only he'd directed too!) I actually liked this, especially its off the leash final third.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022) Movie Review
The once universally loved wizarding world arrived at the third installment of this prequel to the Harry Potter franchise in much darker waters. The replacement of Johnny Depp and the equally large controversy surrounding JK Rowling. Both far more compelling than this unnecessary franchise (or lead character) has ever been. Despite the gay love story adding unexpected depth, there's little here to do than ponder what the purpose of any of this was.
Arcade Fire - WE (2022) Album Review
Canada's indie royalty, Arcade Fire, have struggled this last decade to sustain the immortal high of their first three albums, their latest, WE, seems to want to hark back to that golden era. It almost does so successfully - at times. The first half less so, than a near faultless second, and Butler's lyrics are occasionally hello kids cringe, but there's a raft of compelling and soaring new songs here.
Uncharted (2022) Film Review
Video game adaptions are a historic basket case for no real reason either, just hire some one to write a decent script and screenplay and the rest is already in place. This Mark Wahlberg/Tom Holland'er has neither and is possibly shallower than the games themselves but despite almost nothing to recommend it, I couldn't bring myself to hate it - mainly because it has a climactic battle of Spanish galleons jousting beneath giant helicopters.
Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers (2022) Album Review
Definitely the toughest gig for reviewers in the modern era, given his peerless history and the uncompromising difficultly of the double album offered here. Plenty that is amazing and also a fair bit that is not. Still a wildly impressive and artistic fulmination to the five chapter story arc began with Section.80. I'd go 8.5/9.5/9.5/7/7.5