Tag: music

Shout! Factory announces special presentation of James Brown

Shout! Factory announces special presentation of James Brown

| July 31, 2014

Shout! Factory’s critically acclaimed 3-disc DVD set I Got The Feelin’ – James Brown In The ‘60s will be available for viewing in its entirety, for free, on the James Brown YouTube channel, and on Pluto.TV’s James Brown channel (Ch. 117), from August 1-10. With the new James Brown biopic Get On Up in theaters August 1, Shout! Factory will be […]

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The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff

| June 22, 2014

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff opens on June 25 at the IFC Center in New York City. And Hentoff, age 89, who was born in Boston and educated at Northeastern University, should be so proud to have this documentary available for all to see. Directed by […]

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Grand Piano

Grand Piano

| May 17, 2014

I had no idea what to expect going into this one.  Elijah Wood (Wilfred) always interests me as an actor, and I don’t usually care for John Cusack (Being John Malkovich), so to see them as adversaries in a cat and mouse thriller instilled no clue as to what I was about to watch.  Wood […]

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What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music

What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music

| March 10, 2014

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy recently released the full-length feature film What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music. Directed by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg and shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York, the film is available worldwide on digital release on redbullmusicacademy.com. What […]

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N.A.S.A. – Spirit of Apollo

N.A.S.A. – Spirit of Apollo

| March 26, 2013

When I volunteered to review this documentary, I assumed based on the title that it was about the origins of the NASA Space Program, which I thought would be interesting, although probably fairly standard.  Turns out this documentary is actually about a pair of musicians who call themselves N.A.S.A., which stands for “North America South […]

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Marley

Marley

| August 9, 2012

Marley is the definitive documentary of the late Reggae star Bob Marley, whose life began amid a humble, poverty-stricken, farming environment in 1945 in Jamaica. But in the midst of these shortcomings, Bob became the “architect” of Reggae music. The documentary, which is well written and provides an exhaustive look into the musician, revolutionary, legend, and […]

Life After Django

Life After Django

| August 16, 2011

In 2010, renowned Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt would have turned 100 years old. To honor him, 100 guitarists, including his grandson, David, gathered to pay tribute to this exceptional musician. The film, Life After Django (La vie Django), documented this studio performance and interviewed a handful of musicians and historians who have all dedicated their […]

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