Sound City is truly a film of two-half. The first part is quite a likable documentary; giving a pleasant introduction to the life of a studio and tracking the challenges it faced amid the changing landscape of recorded music throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. Unfortunately the second act revolves chiefly around Dave Grohl dicking about in a studio, and it adds very little to the story of Sound City. It's a really shame, as it does seem that Grohl…
I'm sure there are more charming and sweeter films out there, but for the life of me I can't think of them! I'm a huge fan of Gregory's Girl. It's got wonderful characters, great warmth and a winning sense of humour. This film is my go-to reminder of what it was like to be a teenager. Just perfect!
It's easy to imagine that in a few years time the following conversation will happen in hundreds of homes:
"So did you just go to bed when you came in?"
"Actually no, I turned on the TV and ended up watching this crappy movie."
"What was it?"
"Oh, it was called Penthouse Robbery or Apartment Theft or something."
"I can't remember any of it, but yeah it was actually pretty ok!"
Tower Heist - adequately watchable
Beautiful and tragic; Never Let Me Go is the type of film which creeps up on you and leaves you devastated for hours afterwards. Romanek's take on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel is note perfect - capturing the writer's ability to never force the story, he bravely allows for the impact of the tale be told through the delicate and muted performances of his excellent cast.
Sobering yet essential viewing.