Gaga: Five Foot Two

I like documentaries about super-duper people, it is always interesting to see how they live and to see how they spend their millions. It is also interesting to see how they became famous and why it is they are so popular.

Lady Gaga is of course a mega-star having sold over 27 million albums and a whole lot more singles, and makes herself even more famous by wearing some really wacky costumes. She deserves all of the buckets of cash she rakes in every second as this film shows that she has talent as a musician and song writer, as well working hard for it. She also has people following her everywhere all the time, not just her entourage, but also paparazzi and fans of course. There was one scene though where she drove a big old convertible down the street in Malibu completely unnoticed (she seems to like old American cars, although she also has a Lamborghini).

We also saw though that she seems like a normal human being with normal physical problems like everyone else (although she has chronic pain which looks to be rather serious), and uses the F-word quite a lot. She has few inhibitions (she was casually topless in one scene, and smoked a joint in another). She is a perfectionist in her work as we saw in a couple of scenes, and gets a bit miffed when things aren’t going her way, but she doesn’t seem to be a diva.

This was filmed during the making of her album “Joanna” and showed preparations for her performance at half-time of a big sporting event called NFL in Texas (some kind of rugby game). Unfortunately we did not get to see her actual performance, the film ended just as she started, but you can watch it here, it is quite impressive.

So it was an interesting look into the world of fame and fortune. It will be interesting to see another documentary about her in twenty years time.

Here is a good write-up about the documentary.

Date watched: September 23rd
Score: 8/10
Film count 2017: 108

The Martian

James and I watched this this afternoon, he had been wanting to see it.

I must say it was just as good second time around, entertaining stuff. For my first review click here, everything I said there is exactly how I would describe this film today.

For some filler here is a picture of a kitty shark… hehe!

Date watched: September 23rd
Score: 8.5/10 (previously 8)
Film count 2017: 107

Click on the image to see some Martian Easter eggs.

Foo Fighters: Back and Forth

The Foo Fighters are one of my fave second-tier bands (first-tier bands include Carcass, Type O Negative, Superchunk, and The Manic Street Preachers). So when I saw this on Netflix I had to watch it.

It starts off of course with a little Nirvana history which was mostly nothing new to me, although there was some good footage and images I had never seen before. It then went on to how he started the Foo Fighters several months after Kurt died, and the process of getting band members together. It then went through a history of each album and how they were made, and followed their rise to the ultimate gig at Wembley Stadium, which was humongous.

Overall, this was a well made and told story about Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters. Dave has a bit of an ego, and seems to be a little manipulative, but he is just too lovable and smiley to dislike at all. The other members all seem to be very nice chaps, and have their fair share of rock ‘n’ roll good times and bad times. The first drummer had a sad story, his drum tracks for the second album were completely redone by perfectionist Dave, and after that he couldn’t handle being in the band any longer, felt sorry for the guy.

Nice to see legends such as Bob Mould, Krist Novoselic, and Butch Vig.

I have a brand new documentary lined up on Netflix to watch about Lady Gaga next. Here she chugs beer with Dave…

Date watched: September 22nd
Score: 8/10
Film count 2017: 106

More music catchups

Wilco: Schmilco – Another great record from Wilco, the title paying homage to Harry Nilsson’s record Nilsson Schmilsson. With tops cover artwork too.

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Animal – Swap meet score this, Lou and his band blast out Velvet Underground hits and one of Lou’s solo tunes. Only five tunes in all but great stuff, most live records are pants but this is gold. The two guitarists on this would later become part of Alice Cooper’s backing band.

Edward Woodward: The Edward Woodward Album – Yes, the Edward Woodward sings. He released twelve albums of romantic songs, as well as three albums of poetry. I have two so far.

Rod Stewart: A Night on the Town – Have not had a to listen to this yet (probably never will), has some recognisable hits, and a funny cover.

Stevie Nicks: 24 Karat Gold – I got this from the library. Not sure why really.

Beatles: Abbey Road – Picked up another Beatles vinyl from my bookstore mate, this is an Australian pressing in near perfect condition of the 1969 classic. Above are The Beatles going back across the road.

Simon and Garfunkel: Live in Central Park – Another score from the bookstore, original double vinyl of Simon & Garfunkel’s comeback concert in 1981. Check out the guy with the huge chilly bin on the gatefold pic! I made a DL flyer for the bookstore guy, he gave me this and Abbey Road in return. Sweet!

Album Count 2017: 99

Catching up on sounds

The Ritchie Family: Arabian Nights – I mainly got this for the cover, it’s ace as you can see. These disco gals (who are not related) were active in the 70s/80s.

Soviet Army Ensemble – I got this for the cover, look at those pants! And what is that guy in the middle thinking about? Probably his pants.

The Last Shadow Puppets: Everything You’ve Come to Expect – Latest album from this mini-supergroup, not given it a good listen. And yes, that is Tina Turner on the cover.

Sigur Ros: Huaf/Haim – This is a two-disc compilation album, consisting of unreleased tunes and live tunes. The covers are pinhole polaroid photos. Nice!

Bruce Springsteen: The Rising – Op-shop score, album number 12 from Bruce, his first (at the time) for seven years, and first with the E Street band for 18. So corking good stuff.

Tim Buckley: Greetings from L.A. – I got his on CD a ways back but saw the LP for $5 so grabbed it, being a tops record and all.

Stevie Wonder: Wonderland – Another album I already have but saw it on vinyl so in the collection it goes.

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Willy and the Poor Boys – I think I almost have all of Creedence’s records on vinyl now. Sweet.

Prince: Purple Rain – This is my Fathers Day present, on nice heavyweight vinyl. One of the best records ever of course. I might have posted the below video before, but it is absolutely ace. Just wait for Prince to show the other guys in the band how it’s done.

Album Count 2017: 92

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Watched this again as Ana had not seen it. She didn’t fall asleep (as she normally does when watching films on the comfy sofa) so must have liked it! Good second time around for me, but Jyn Erso was a little annoying, reminded of posh english girls. Which the actress probably is.

Date watched: 10th September
Score: 9/10
Film count 2017: 50