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FILM: Hitchcock/Truffaut

FILM: Hitchcock/Truffaut

Reaching out to the master-of-suspense via fan letters, the young Truffaut managed to corral a very cordial and flattered Hitchcock to a sit down for eight days at Hitch’s offices at Universal Studios. This movie, showing many great candid stills from that conversation as well as keeps a running commentary of the actual interview from the notes is interspersed with current interviews about both filmmakers from Wes Anderson, Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin and Olivier Assayas.

Close To You: Remembering The Carpenters: P.B.S. Documentary

Close To You: Remembering The Carpenters: P.B.S. Documentary

This show tells the whole Carpenters story, with Richard himself sitting at the piano, as much talking about the band’s creation, signing, rise (and fall) as much tickling the keys showing how he came up with many of the infamous Carpenters arraignments…arraignments that saw the duo score three Grammy’s and countless gold record. Songwriters, Paul Williams, Burt Bacharach (who penned hit songs for the duo) and Herb Albert (who sgned the band to A&M) also appear, along with many ithers. But the real treat is the arahcieval footage of the band, some rare footage indeed, that;s included in the show.

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is a romp of a documentary, telling the story of the National Lampoon from its start in 1970 as a magazine, through that magazine’s stuttering then growing popularity, its radio and stage shows, the stealing of its talent by Saturday Night Live and the mag’s movies. It is a story of the creators Doug Kenney and Henry Beard and all the talent they amassed over the years (people like Chevy Chase, John Landis, P.J.O’Rourke, Anne Beatts-all interviewed here, with plenty more) and how at one times this really was the place to be in American comedy.

FILM: Jellyfish Eyes

FILM: Jellyfish Eyes

I’ve been a fan of the artwork of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and his “superflat” pop-art inspired characters, so the potential to […]

FILM: Best of Enemies

FILM: Best of Enemies

In Best Enemies filmmakers Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville give us a perfect picture of a wonderful age in American politics, lovingly reveal the very best of the art of debate and remind us that there was a time where great thinkers could expound on their views, even argue and call one another names, without fear of being politically incorrect…and the world was a better place because of it.

FILM: Mistress America

FILM: Mistress America

With such recent films as Frances Ha, While We’re Young, and now his latest, Mistress America, filmmaker Noah Baumbach really seems to have […]

FILM: Listen To Me Marlon

FILM: Listen To Me Marlon

We as much learn about Marlon Brando’s childhood and stormy relationship with his mom, his bad boy reputation in his early stage/movie career as a lady’s man unmatched, his specific feelings at the many stages of his storied career. To hear Brando’s wry monologues about movies we revere so much, “On The Waterfront,” “Streetcar Names Desire” to name a few, as much as his insight into acting on Broadway is really priceless. This was not a man known for sitting down allowing himself to be interviewed, so to hear one of the greatest actors of all time basically expound without being prompted for the most part, is a gift really.

FILM: A Poem Is A Naked Person

FILM: A Poem Is A Naked Person

Leon Russell is as enigmatic a musician as there ever was and this film reveals him in his own Paradise Studios in Northeast Oklahoma, playing shows in New Orleans and California and introduces band-mates, artists and friends along the way. It is a quirky mélange of music and characters, with a spry and wry Russell in the center of a universe certainly of his own making.

TV; Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Press Premier Episodes And Q&A @ Webster Hall, NYC 6/23/15

TV; Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Press Premier Episodes And Q&A @ Webster Hall, NYC 6/23/15

Starring Elizabeth Gillies, John Ales, Bobby Kelly, John Corbett and Elaine Hendrix this show offers lots of laugh, some tight little dramatic moments and a big brew of music that Leary had a hand in writing, all running round the story of a self-destructive kinda-was aging rock star (that’s Leary’s “Johnny Rock”) trying to start the career of his daughter “Gigi (played by Gillies). At the Q&A after the showing of the first three episodes, Leary related how really the background story for the show comes from observing musician buddies he has known and played with for years (Leary consistently performs his hit “Asshole” on stage and has been playing/writing music for years with his band).

FILM: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

FILM: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

“Please read my diary, look through my things and figure me out” –From the journals of Kurt Cobain Recently shown at the […]

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