“Bohemian Rhapsody” Film About Queen Sweeps Golden Globes Awards Show

Bohemian Rhapsody, the music biopic about the band Queen and the life and times of frontman Freddie Mercury won two Gold Globes awards last night. The film, directed by Dexter Fletcher, was named best drama at the 76th annual awards, while actor Rami Malek won the best actor award for his portrayal of Mercury. Queen members and executive producers on the film Dr. Brian May and Roger Taylor were also on hand and spoke to the media at the event. Malek beat out such stars as Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born, John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman, Lucas Hedges in Boy Erased and Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate. We don’t love award shows here at Ghost Cult, but it’s cool to see some light shed on the massive impact Queen and Freddie has made as one of the greatest bands ever. Bohemian Rhapsody has already become the highest-grossing musical biopic of all time, bringing over $700 million at the worldwide box office. Continue reading

FILM REVIEW: Bohemian Rhapsody – Bryan Singer & Dexter Fletcher

Biopics are a tough type of genre to analyze. Neither a documentary or so often a honest linear accounting of events, these types of films are a type of Cliff’s Notes version of history. This is even more prickly with music biopics because no one has a lower tolerance for bullshit and rose-colored glasses than a die-hard fan of a band or artist. In the case of Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody, the fact that the film got made at all after development hell, Sasha Baron Cohen quitting the project, director Bryan Singer being fired towards the end of production, Dexter Fletcher coming on to finish it up and more. Still, you have to tip the hat for the job 20th Century Fox did pulling this together and getting the film out into theaters. And the theater is where you should see this film because it is a spectacle and your cell phone or your living room can’t contain it. Continue reading