Sean Patrick

I have been a film critic for more than 17 years and worked professionally, as a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association for the past 6 years. My favorite movie of all time is The Big Lebowski because it always feels new. 

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Movie Review 'Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda'
6 months ago
For years, for me, the music of Ryuichi Sakamoto was some throwaway music reference. In the movie High Fidelity, I always intended to look up but never did. I took note of his work recently when I saw The Last Emperor, for the first time in more than a decade, but it wasn’t until this week when I saw the remarkable documentary Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda that I finally came to understand his genius. Ryuichi Sakamoto has been a massive star in Japan since the early 1970s and on the fringe of American ...
Pointless Scene Reveals Fatal Falsehood of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
7 months ago
There are many, many, many things wrong with Bryan Singer's Bohemian Rhapsody from the joyless portrayal of Freddie Mercury's life to the script which features Mercury spouting music producer jargon to explain the creative magic of Queen, to Mike Myers being, well, Mike Myers in a role that amounts to little more than a dimwitted meta gag. To get over just how atrocious Bohemian Rhapsody is, I decided to go home and listen to Queen on YouTube. This was fortuitous as YouTube has Queen's performan...
Music Review: 'Jump' by Cythia Erivo
2 years ago
It’s awards season in Hollywood and with that I am being inundated with potential nominees across the spectrum. As a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, I have a lot of things to wade through this year and that includes nominees in our original music categories. Today, I received a copy of an original single from the recently released documentary Step. The song is called "Jump" and it was written and produced by music legend Raph...
Revisionist History: Arguing Tutti Frutti with Malcolm Gladwell
2 years ago
“Tutti Frutti, Aw Rooty, Tutti Frutti, Aw Rooty, A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-boom!" –Little Richard 1955. On a recent episode of his exceptional podcast Revisionist History, journalist Malcolm Gladwell was discussing why country music embraces sadness while rock n’roll tended toward generalism in songwriting. Gladwell’s point was to emphasize the awe-inspiring power of music, especially sad music like that of his other subject on the show, the so-called “King of Tears,” songwriter Bobby Braddo...