Author Archive: Kylah Magee

Kylah Magee received an MA in film studies from Chapman University and a music degree from Texas State. She has worked with the LA Film Festival and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. She owns and operates Nine Muses Studio where she teaches private voice lessons in Austin, TX.

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Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Anyone with even a slight interest in the eruption of blues, funk and rock that came out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama in the 1960s will enjoy the documentary film Muscle Shoals, directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier. It’s a phenomenal piece of music history that tells a story many may not be familiar with. That’s the […]

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

| August 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

One of the things Mira Nair has proven so very capable of in her films is an ability to portray tangible, multidimensional characters. She takes us through a great journey: getting to know a character’s situation, beginning to understand them, empathizing with their struggles, doubting their motives, questioning their loyalty to others or fearing what […]

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Gottfried Helnwein and The Dreaming Child

Gottfried Helnwein and The Dreaming Child

| November 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

“Every artist has one basic theme they want to talk about.” This is the essence of the film Gottfried Helnwein and The Dreaming Child. Helnwein, an Austrian artist born in Vienna a few years after the end of World War II, became obsessed with violence against children when he learned of the horrors they endured […]

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Music and Story – An Interview with Film and TV Composer, Joey Newman

Music and Story – An Interview with Film and TV Composer, Joey Newman

| May 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

For film and television composer, Joey Newman, writing music for the big and small screens runs in his family. But for Newman, the desire to work as a composer evolved organically, starting with learning both the drums and piano at a very young age, attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, and falling in love […]

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History of the World in Two Hours

History of the World in Two Hours

| March 12, 2012

The History Channel creates another exciting adventure with their documentary special History of the World in Two Hours. This program provides a thorough chronology of the entire universe, from the infinitesimal flash of the Big Bang to the introduction of the Space Age. While I could have done with a little less emphasis on how […]

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Beneath the Darkness

Beneath the Darkness

| February 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Most of the frights in the 2011 film Beneath the Darkness come from Dennis Quaid’s intensely violent character Ely. As the local embalmer who seems to kill people when he’s in a bad mood, Quaid provides a serious level of creepiness that never quite frightened me but instead, left me with a rather uneasy feeling. […]

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The Debt (Ha Hov)

The Debt (Ha Hov)

| February 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

How do you know when you’re doing the right thing? This question permeates the thoughts of the main character, Rachel, in the 2007 Israeli film The Debt (Ha Hov). The story follows a woman who, in 1965, played a role in the capture and killing of a Nazi war criminal. Rachel and two other Mossad […]

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Editing

Editing

| January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Anyone who thought editing was purely a technical or practical sort of job should be required to read Justin Chang’s new book, Editing. Never have I been so convinced of the detrimental role an editor plays in shaping a story. Emotion, intuition, perception, reaction – these are the key words used most often by the […]

Medea

Medea

| December 6, 2011

Pier Pasolini and Maria Callas turn Greek tragedy into realism in Medea.

Finding Joe

Finding Joe

| November 14, 2011

In the first few minutes of Finding Joe, the question is posed: Who is Joseph Campbell and why should we care? The question is never fully answered. This documentary is more of a self-improvement guide rather than a film about the life and work of mythologist Joseph Campbell. While somewhat disappointing to someone who was […]

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