Music

The Prince look and the Prince sound collide with spectacular – and often brutal – results in the legendary ‘Purple Rain’, on SBS this Friday.
The front cover of the 1984 soundtrack to the film Purple Rain features one of the most famous images of 1980s American pop culture: Prince, straddling a purple motorbike, sits at night outside a yellow-lit apartment where his caped co-star...
One of the film's successes is that it coherently keeps track of these disparate characters in an interesting way. Writer/director Clinton Smith has chosen a hyped-up reality look in terms of colours and angles, that matches his inner-city drug...
Surprise is a theme constantly revisited and revised in German filmmaker Chris Kraus' riveting feature about a precocious pianist and her elderly tutor. From the deafening opener to an electrifying finale, there are few moments that don't...
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: From its opening salvo, which shows African music legend Fela Kuti in typically vocal mood at the 1978 Berlin Jazz Festival, Alex Gibney’s latest feature doc understandably seeks to illustrate the man’s remarkable ability at...
An odyssey full of surprises
It's 1937, and three convicts escape from a southern chain gang. Ulysses (George Clooney) is a vain, fast talking philosopher who models himself after Clark Gable; Pete (John Turturro) and Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) are his not so bright offsiders.