Music and glitter, what more could you want?
Velvet Goldmine is a fictional account based loosely on the alleged relationship between glam rock mega star David Bowie and garage rock bad boy Iggy Pop.
The film is set mostly in 1970's England when glam rock was taking the nation and turning them into glitter raving loonies.
The costumes are amazing, the soundtrack is epic, featuring songs by Roxy Music and Slade (yes, 'Merry Christmas Everyone Slade') and there is a stellar cast including Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale and Eddie Izzard.
The film deals unashamedly, yet at the same time sympathetically with themes of drugs (mis)use, alcoholism, bisexuality, adultery and fame.
Another point I would have to make is that one of the producers of the film is REM legend Michael Stipe.
90's rock band Placebo even show their pretty little faces faces (and their musical talent) during the movie.
In the whole of my life, I have only ever come across two other people who have seen the movie which is a sad fact, but does also make me feel special, like I'm in on a little glam rock secret that no one else knows about.
Velvet Goldmine was released in 1998 when the media didn't really know what to do with a film about men loving men and women and women loving women and men. Today, I can't help but feel, it would be a cult legend before it was even released.
la la land
it's interesting because this movie did get a lot of press attention, but I still feel as though it is underrated in ways.
La la land nowadays is seen as a Golden Globe, faux-Oscar-winner of the 2018 days.
People can hardly remember its plot, and will pick many of the other hot-off-the-shelf big-name shows of today.
However, la la land changed something in me. I was always a huge fan of broadway shows, and movies alike, yet never seemed to like it when the two combined.
Yet I always remember, watching the movie for the first time, hearing the music, seeing the camera action brought me back to when I was a child.
It brought me back to watching music videos, singing in the choir, and telling everyone I was going to be Britney Spears when I grew up.
Although life has not gone the way my 10-year-old self expected, and I had to find another career besides the arts - I always find some things that remind me of my love for music as a child.
And in that theatre, watching La La Land, I somehow felt the music, the hope and joyfulness of my childhood that I hadn't felt in a while.
So yes, I will never stop talking about the movie because it truly made my soul feel magical.
Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is an autistic math savant. He is a small-town CPA with a side-gig as a freelance accountant for criminal organizations. Wolff is a shadowy figure who eludes the Feds until, with the law closing in, he chooses a new legit client, a robotics firm. At this company the accounting clerk Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy. Nobody expected him to find the truth, especially company CEO (John Lithgow) and (spoiler alert) everything goes dramatically sideways as a result.
The compelling thing about this film is the performance of Ben Affleck. His life has been a tortured trial, an abusive father bent on 'fixing' his neuro-divergent son has created an action hero: a Jason Bourne who suffers in loneliness as he excels at his job.
The story line isn't perfect by any means, however it's a satisfying action film with a plethora of great plot twists and excitement. Definitely worth a look.