Growing up in the 60s I think I probably first discovered them through black and white reproductions in English weekly comics like Smash or Whizzer and Chips. They reprinted early Fantastic Four, Thor and Daredevil issues and I really took to them – particularly the Jack Kirby artwork with the strange anatomy and alien landscapes.
Sure, I could point to almost any other Prince album before it and a few after it as being “better” – but the sentimental favourite will always be Prince’s soundtrack to Batman; not the actual score and basically the soundtrack to the movie of Batman that was playing in Prince’s head. Prince the star. Of […]
Suicide Squad Director: David Ayer DC Entertainment/RatPac-Dune Entertainment/Atlas Entertainment/Warner Bros. Pictures The latest comic book writ large for the big screen and seeming more two-dimensional than its source material is Suicide Squad. And look, it’s not good. Not good at all. But it’s very nearly watchable – because unlike the absurd one-note Deadpool and other […]
It was a tribute night to the Purple One following the news that’s still so hard to take even as it continues to sink in, and the loss seems more astounding by the day. I teared up this afternoon rewatching the clip of Prince slaying all with his solo at the end of the all-star […]
Kina Sai is an Auckland musician who goes under the moniker Sinatra Frank. Here are, ahem, “five films” that say with her… I’ve realised through this exercise I don’t watch movies. The last time I was seriously watching movies was when I was a teenager and when I was a teenager it was the nineties. […]
Jonathan Bree The Primrose Path Lil’ Chief This solo album from Jonathan Bree is the grown-up/mature version of the clever record-collection pop he offered as part of (leader of) The Brunettes. I loved a lot of what The Brunettes had to say – shamelessly borrowing it before saying it, obviously – but Bree’s writing and […]
Prince, Batdance [Single] (1989) I have had this 7” for a while now – not sure how long – but I was always a huge fan of the Prince soundtrack for the first Tim Burton Batman film (as much a concept album or album-as-Prince’s-own-movie as it was a “soundtrack” per se). But it was almost/essentially […]
Prince, Batman (1989) I’ll always name this as one of my favourite Prince albums. In fact it’s probably the Prince album I have listened to the most. And that’s because it was linked to the huge franchise that was Tim Burton’s Batman film, sure. I collected the bubblegum cards and I had this on […]