Archive for September, 2014

The Midnight Special

The Midnight Special

| September 9, 2014

Today, producer Burt Sugarman’s late night musical variety show, The Midnight Special (NBC, 1973-1981), arrives on DVD in three configurations from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life. Featuring select performances from some of the biggest stars of music and comedy, StarVista/Time Life’s 11-Disc Midnight Special Collector’s Edition set features nearly ten hours of live music; an entire disc […]

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Elaine Bowen’s Old School Adventures from Englewood–South Side of Chicago

Elaine Bowen’s Old School Adventures from Englewood–South Side of Chicago

| September 9, 2014

FilmMonthly contributor Elaine Hegwood Bowen has written her first book called Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago. The book is a retrospective about her parents coming to Chicago from Shaw, Mississippi, in the early 1950s and then buying a home in Chicago in the Englewood community in 1959. Elaine was prompted to write […]

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The Television-Styled Puff Piece Called Life Itself

The Television-Styled Puff Piece Called Life Itself

| September 5, 2014

Life Itself (2014) is a documentary about the late and great film critic Roger Ebert.  Rather than focusing on his life, as its title implies it will, the film focuses on his death.  It opens with footage of Ebert in the midst of his last battle in the war against cancer.  Steve James, the director of Life […]

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Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep)

Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep)

| September 4, 2014

The neo-giallo has become a popular style among independent filmmakers over the last few years. The relative success rate for these films has been all over the place, which also reflects where the films are coming from: Italy, France, Spain, Australia, America, etc. Now we can add Argentina to the list of countries contributing films […]

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Night Moves

Night Moves

| September 3, 2014

The late director Robert Altman had a notorious aversion to story.  He believed story and plot were a distraction to the study of simple human behavior.  Kelly Reichardt approaches her films much the same way, focusing less on story – or even character – and more on how certain types of people behave in a […]

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Cinemassacre’s James Rolfe & Kevin Finn on Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Cinemassacre’s James Rolfe & Kevin Finn on Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

| September 1, 2014

I consider James Rolfe a major pioneer of transmedia.  His website, Cinemassacre, offers a wide array of short films, videos, blog posts, podcasts, etc. I’ve personally followed Rolfe and Cinemassacre since the fall of 2008, when I discovered the Angry Video Game Nerd. The first AVGN review I ever watched was in fact his 3-part […]

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