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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Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto

Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto

| April 23, 2015

Béla Anton Leoš Fleck plays the banjo. Considering what he’s done with the instrument, transforming it to work in a multitude of styles and genres, makes him quite possibly the most famous banjo player in the world. But the Béla Fleck we meet in the film Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto would […]

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And You Belong

And You Belong

| March 15, 2015

And You Belong is a film about the collaborative music duo Scream Club, an exclusive group of women performing electronic, techno, and hip hop. Their music is simple, with uncomplicated beats backing up fun, straightforward lyrics. Scream Club’s main players are Cindy Wonderful and Sarah Adorable, both of who identify themselves as female, homosexual musicians. […]

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Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video

Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video

| October 7, 2014

It’s interesting how much care and practice can go into creating a film based on a book. And no matter how great the film is, it will most likely never match how well thought out, creative and worthy the book. I’ve never had an opportunity to view and critique a documentary film based on a […]

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Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals

| February 25, 2014

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

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

“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

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

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

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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