Movies & Music with Dennis Willis

Dennis Willis is an award-winning producer, TV host, director, editor, author and film critic (print and radio). Dennis produced and hosted the TV program “Soundwaves” and produces the annual Soundwaves Xmas charity special. He currently hosts the venerable Bay Area music program “10@10,” with “ten great songs from one great year!”

On the cinema side, he runs the Flick Nation website, is a member of both the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and has reviewed movies on KGO radio since 1997. His books include “American Popcorn: Hollywood and the War on Common Sense” and the noir fiction “Barca’s Jackpot.”

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Actor Allen Leech, left, musician Brian May, actor Rami Malek, musician Roger Taylor, actor Joe Mazzello and actor Gwilym Lee pose together at the premiere of “Bohemian Rhapsody” at The Paris Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) The long-awaited Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody arrives with a lot of…Continue Reading

A Star is Born

A Star is Born

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bradley Cooper, left, and Lady Gaga in a scene from “A Star is Born.” (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) Do we really need a fourth version of “A Star Is Born“? Film Critic Dennis Willis considers that relevant question while also trying to make sense of…Continue Reading

The King

The King

“The King” is searing documentary that goes beneath the surface of Elvis Presley’s legend to reveal a different side of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s impact on culture music and America, for better or worse. It’s a challenging work that examines Elvis’s mythos from a wide range of perspectives, and Dennis Willis found a lot…Continue Reading

40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie

40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie

Between 1970 and 1976, Magic Music was the hottest band in Boulder, Colorado. They never recorded an album and disappeared overnight. Forty years later, TV producer Lee Aronsohn set out to find out what happened. In the podcast below, Dennis Willis takes a look at the documentary that attempts the near-impossible: to reunite the group…Continue Reading