Stardust

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (1985)

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Hoshikuzu kyôdai no densetsu)  first published by VODzilla.co While some of the details may have been embellished over the intervening years, the story goes that, back in 1985, 22-year-old Makoto Tezuka ran into musician and TV celebrity Haruo Chikada. It would turn out that each had something the other…

Stage Fright

Stage Fright (2014)

“I’m going to reinvent the entire production and cover it with a postmodern face.” So says Artie Getz (Brandon Uranowitz), a pretentious director of musical theatre brought into Center Stage Camp to get their latest production noticed by Broadway before the camp’s manager Roger McCall (Meat Loaf) is overtaken by debt. What Artie has in…

All Stars (2013)

Review first appeared in Sight & Sound, May 2013 Synopsis: South London. Although he has been forbidden to dance by his parents (who want him to concentrate on passing the entrance exam for a private school), Jaden secretly organises a talent contest to save Gina’s youth community centre The Garage from closure. Jaden turns for…

Pitch

Pitch Perfect (2012)

Pitch Perfect first published S&S Nov 2012 Review: It is hardly surprising that Mickey Rapkin’s 2008 book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory should have been optioned immediately for adaptation to film (as the feature debut of Jason Moore, who directed Broadway’s Avenue Q). After all, its story harmonises neatly with a…

Misérables

Les Misérables

Les Misérables first published S&S Feb 2013 Review: Les Misérables (1862), Victor Hugo’s historical novel of revolution and redemption, has proven irresistible to filmmakers. As far back as 1887, the Lumière brothers shot a quick-change artist’s character impersonations in Victor Hugo et les principaux personnages des Misérables, while Albert Cappelani’s Le Chemineau (1906) and Alice…