Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

I felt like watching a music documentary and came across this on Netflix.

It follows Glen Campbell and his family as they do a final tour in the U.S., and tells the story of his Alzheimer’s disease. There is some past history told throughout as well, and he was a much bigger star back in the day than I thought. It was interesting to know that he was a respected session musician, and that he filled in for Brian Wilson:

From December 1964 to early March 1965, Campbell was a touring member of The Beach Boys, filling in for Brian Wilson.[9] He also played guitar on the band’s Pet Sounds (1966) album, among other recordings. On tour, he played bass guitar and sang falsetto harmonies. – Wikipedia

His Alzheimer’s got progressively worse throughout the documentary, but what was impressive was that he didn’t forget how to play guitar, which he was an ace at. He needed a teleprompter for the lyrics sometimes though. On tour with him were two of his sons and his daughter, all superb musicians too. I was impressed with the whole band, they were very professional and seemed to play flawlessly.

The documentary was very well told and filmed, no complaints at all.

This was released two years ago, so I checked up on him to see how he is now. He is now in a “memory care facility” and is in the late stages of the disease. He cannot communicate at all, but his daughter says he is happy.

Excellent stuff, even if it is hard to watch at times.

Date watched: July 16th
Score: 10/10
Film count 2017: 78

Writing a post to the sound of Jackie Mittoo

Time again to catch up on music purchases, in no particular order, and whilst listening to the fine sounds of Jackie Mittoo.

They Might Be Giants, Factory Showroom
I just bought this today. But, my CD ripping program refused to rip the first track which is a bummer. It is the first time I have bought a used CD which would not rip completely, and there is no visible damage. Quite off! I have not listened to the remaining 12 tracks yet, but I am expecting good stuff.

Rancid, Rancid
Rancid are a ska punk band that have been around since 1991. When looking at them you would think they are a G.B.H. tribute band, they have the spikes, boots, and tats at the very least. But, in fact they have a very ska punk sound, and are not too shabby.

Lou Reed, New York
Well, it’s Lou Reed, so there you go.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Question the Answers
This is a band I have been wanting to check out for ages, and when I found this used and at a price much less than a regular coffee at Starbucks, I snapped it up. And I quite like it, more than Rancid truth told. The lead singer, Dicky Barrett, is also the announcer on a show called Jimmy Kimmel Live! which is some American music show or something.

Sum 41, All Killer, No Filler
Apart from their latest album, I have their entire album discography. Fun band.

Graham Coxon, Crow Sit On Blood Tree
I bought this because I like Blur a lot. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I have heard another album. Graham is only 13 days older than me!

Franz Ferdinand, You Could Have It So Much Better
Over the years in my CD music browsing I have seen albums from this band, but have never considered buying one. Well, yesterday I decided to jolly well buy one. I just had a quick listen to a song just now and I liked what I heard. I may have to buy another album I saw by them yesterday as well.

Dinosaur Jr., Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
I bought this on Bandcamp, which if I want to buy new music, is now my outlet of choice (new CD albums here are a tad expensive). And it is fantastic as you would imagine, they just get better and better. And apart from their first album I now have their entire album discography, which makes me feel all fuzzy inside.

Album count 2017: 72

John Wick

After reading Paul’s review for this I decided I had to see it for myself. It was exactly as he described.

I didn’t really know what to make of the whole thing. It was just John Wick killing Russian mafia henchman after henchman, often killing them by shooting them in the head, or killing them then shooting them in the head just to make sure. All this because someone stole his car, killed his dog, and murdered his wife (actually she died of an illness, but in John’s demented mind he probably figured it was the Russian mafia that did it).

It was sylishly filmed and there was some great lighting in some scenes. It had the usual car chase here and there, but was pretty much devoid of humour. Keanu was fine, I kind of like the guy, and the rest of the cast were also pretty good. But, there was little point to the whole thing except watching people get shot or bust each other up in fisticuffs.

It was good to see John Leguizamo and David Patrick Kelly.

All in all though, I did find it entertaining. The sequel is out now, so I will check that out when it comes out on Netflix.

Date watched: July 8th
Score: 7/10
Film count 2017: 77

Suicide Squad

This is just plain bad. A muddled boring mess of a film, feels like a wasted opportunity. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is having fun, as is Jared Leto as the Joker (even though its a terrible performance of the Joker).

Date watched: 1st July
Score: 2/10
Film count 2017: 32


Yet another dumb American comedy featuring all your favourite dumb American comedians. Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Leslie Jones and the excellent Kate KcKinnon (Wiig, Jones and McKinnon are the new Ghostbusters) star in this actually quite funny true story about security guard workers who steal $17million. I laughed out loud a few times (wine helped), and was pleasantly surprised by its silliness. This gets pretty bad reviews but I thought it was OK.

Date watched: 31st June.
Score: 7/10
Film count 2017: 31

Blast of Silence

Continuing on with my crime noir film watching I chose this film mostly because of it’s excellent title.

This was a low budget film written and directed by a chap named Allen Baron who would later go on to direct TV classics such as The Brady Bunch, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island. The producer of this film also did the cinematography.

The main character is a hitman contracted to knock-off a gangster. The film follows him as he meticulously prepares for the job, but on the way meets an old flame which complicates his work and ultimately leads to his downfall. The acting by Allen was very good, but not Oscar-winning good because this film did not make a large amount of money. The writing too was good, and even though there was little action there was enough tension to keep the story going. And like The Seven-Ups there was a lot of olde New York to see.

The icing on the cake in this film was the narration by Lionel Stander (uncredited), you will remember him as the star of Hart to Hart as Max, co-starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. Click here to listen to his narration in the opening theme of Hart to Hart… dig that funky disco!

So this was a pleasant surprise. It is pretty low key and low budget, but it has been a lot better than many of the big budget crime film productions from the same era. Recommended watching.

Date watched: July 1st
Score: 8/10
Film count 2017: 76