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Aladdin (2019 film)

Tony Talks #16: Me and Rakuten TV

The age of streaming is well and truly upon us, guys.

This, you already know. You no doubt subscribe to a wealth of different providers. If you’re in the States, you’re overloaded with cable channels alongside streaming giants. If you’re in the UK, satellite TV and the dominance of Sky has given way to Netflix or Amazon Prime, and soon the new big movers and shakers on the immediate horizon – Apple TV+ and Disney+. You even have, tucked away within Prime, a range of sub-channels depending on your taste – Mubi, StarzPlay, BFI, Shudder and if you want a reality TV fix, Hayu (though I doubt many readers of this blog are subscribers there…).

I’d like you to pause for a minute or two and consider another kid on the block. He’s been there for a while, lurking on your plasma smart TV’s, quietly waiting for a chance to impress. His name is Rakuten and he’s actually got some skin in the game, I’ve found recently. Here’s why.

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New Podcast: Between the Notes – ‘Aladdin / Vox Lux / Rocketman’

Hosted by myself and journalist/film score aficionado Sean Wilson, Between the Notes is a podcast devoted to the sounds of cinema which airs between every two-four weeks.

This time, we discuss Alan Menken’s Aladdin, Scott Walker’s Vox Lux and Matthew Margeson’s Rocketman, plus put together a Top 5 Scores/Songs films list to honour this musicals special, including discussion of films including Guardians of the Galaxy, La La Land, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, and the 1996 version of Romeo & Juliet