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Much Ado About Dying Movie Review: Beautifully Uncomfortable

The burden of care-giving for another person at the end of their life is not something everyone will have to ...
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Frida (2024) Movie Review: An Artistic Tribute to Kahlo from Kahlo

Frida Kahlo used herself as the subject of many of her paintings because, as she said, “I am the subject ...
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Bigfoot: Beyond the Legend Blu-ray Review: I’m Honestly at a Loss After Watching This

Bigfoot: Beyond the Legend looks at the legend of Bigfoot using historical accounts, testimony, and information from Bigfoot experts and ...
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Jeanne Moreau, Filmmaker Blu-ray Review: Girl Power

Any casual fan of French cinema recognizes the name of esteemed actress Jeanne Moreau. Of far less common knowledge is ...
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The Hobby Movie Review: What Was Once About Collecting Is Now About Investing

The documentary The Hobby bills itself as “a character-driven, feel-good deep dive into the high-stakes, eccentric world of card collecting.”  ...
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Wolfman’s Got Nards Blu-ray Review: The Monster Squad Squad Speaks

The Monster Squad and Wolfman's Got Nards, the 30th anniversary documentary about the film and its fans, are available together ...
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2024 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Short Films Review

Starting February 16, the 19th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films will be available in over 700 theaters globally and in ...
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Godard Cinema Blu-ray Review: Interesting and Involving

When legendary, unconventional, and challenging filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard passed away in 2022, it left quite a shock to everyone, not ...
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American Dharma Movie Review: Duty, Fate, and Destiny

American Dharma is a documentary film in which director Errol Morris interviews Steve Bannon, who, among many other roles, was ...
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Why We Fight (2020) Blu-ray Review: Three Athletes Tell Us Why They Do

Why We Fight is a look at three combat sports athletes and why they are so passionate about the Martial ...
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A Disturbance in the Force: How the Star Wars Holiday Special Happened Blu-ray Review: Bringing Balance and Answers After 45 Years  

Making its sole television appearance on November 17, 1978, the Star Wars Holiday Special is an event that remains forever ...
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From the Couch Hole: Best of the Rest 2023 – You Can Burn The Midnight Oil With Me

From 2005-2013 and 2014-2022, I punctuated each year with an ever increasingly complex Best of List. In 2021 I returned ...
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Anti-Nowhere League: We Are the League DVD Review: Rude and Crude…They Are the League

Anti-Nowhere League did this and they did that. Animal did it with a shiny axe. So what? Winston shoved a ...
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Standard Operating Procedure Movie Review: We Just Did What We Were Told

Errol Morris’ 2008 documentary Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) concerns itself with the photos uncovered at Abu Ghraib prison in 2004 ...
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The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg DVD Review: See One of the Best Minds of His Generation

Originally released in 1993, Jerry Aronson documents The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg, the famed Beat Generation poet who ...
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Mondo New York Blu-ray Review: A Time Capsule Full of Uninhibited Freedom and Expression

Performance art, for many, is something that most people will take with a grain of salt, or twenty. However, it ...
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The Sorrow and the Pity Blu-ray Review: A Multi-perspective Essay on the German Occupation of France

It’s 259 minutes long, it’s a bunch of interviews with folks who resisted (and others who collaborated with) the German ...
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Immediate Family (2023) Movie Review: A Must-watch for Music Lovers

Denny Tedesco introduced the world to the Wrecking Crew with the release of his film of the same name. Now Tedesco ...
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The Exiles (1961) Blu-ray Review: This Film Is a Revelation

Fish-out-of-water stories are pretty common and now cliched; they feature characters who usually leave their home, especially for better lives ...
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Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer Movie Review: The Master Becomes the Subject

After a lifetime of training his lens on other fictional and real subjects, Werner Herzog is now the subject of ...
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Moonage Daydream Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Phantasmagoric Journey Through the Art and Mind of David Bowie

Taking its title from a David Bowie song of the same name originally recorded by his band Arnold Corns then ...
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The Fog of War Blu-ray Review: Robert McNamara Tells All

Although I’ve never held a role in politics, nor do I intend to, there’s no doubt that they come with ...
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Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind DVD Review: An Intimate Conversation with a Living Legend

In just 89 minutes, Stig Bjorkman, the director, brings us the life of one of America’s most prolific writers (over ...
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Scorsese Shorts Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Must-own for Fans of the Director

Scorsese Shorts presents a quintet of director Martin Scorsese's early short films, two documentaries from the '70s and three short ...
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Desperate Souls, Dark City, and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy DVD Review

We always get typical making-of documentaries about movies and how they get made; we don't usually get those that emphasize ...
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After Death (2023) Movie Review: A Beautifully Filmed Exploration of Near-Death Experiences

The biggest question that people ask, whether they are young or old, is what happens when we die? Where do ...
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The Storms of Jeremy Thomas DVD Review: An Entrancing Documentary

In cinema, there are always going to be troublemakers and button pushers, meaning that these are people who come in ...
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Sex, Power, and Money: Films by Beth B Blu-ray Review: A Filmmaker of Incredible Vision and Prescience

As an extreme film buff, I always appreciate and seek out filmmakers and films that challenge the usual and obviously ...
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Kokomo City Movie Review: A Raw Portrait of Sex Work

I'm always struck by powerful stories that showcase our lives as LGBTQIA+ individuals, because we matter too, especially in an ...
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Have You Got It Yet? The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd Movie Review: A Look at the Life of Pink Floyd’s Founder

Before Pink Floyd became stadium rock giants during the 1970s, they were at the forefront of the London psychedelic music ...
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Only in Theaters DVD Review: If You Love Movies, It’s a Must-see

Ironically, watching last year's documentary Only In Theaters, filmed by Raphael Sbarge, I felt regret for doing so on DVD. ...
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Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis) Movie Review: Album Art Gods

Chances are, Hipgnosis—the working name of a pair of English lads, Storm Thorgerson & Audrey ‘Po’ Powell, who revolutionized the ...
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Film: The Living Record of Our Memory DVD Review: Boiling the Preservation Ocean

This new documentary takes a look at film preservation and restoration efforts underway around the world. We tend to think ...
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Tribeca 2023 Review: Stan Lee

Stan Lee, the legendary Marvel Comics co-founder, passed away back in 2018. But the work he did during his time ...
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Tribeca 2023 Review: Richland

Richland, Washington is a small town with which not many people may be familiar. And yet, it has a fascinating ...
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Tribeca 2023 Interview: Filmmaker Irene Lusztig Discusses Her New Documentary, Richland

While the summer movie season will feature a lot of discussion about Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, which tells the true story ...
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LYNCH/OZ Movie Review: A Slightly Repetitive but Illuminating Deep Dive into Inspired Cinephila

As many of us film buffs already know, legendary and strangely original filmmaker David Lynch has an iconic oeuvre that ...
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It’s Quieter in the Twilight Movie Review: The Final Frontier

Space exploration is one of the most fascinating subjects we’ve been able to conduct in human history. It gives us ...
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A Night at the Family Dog / Go Ride the Music / West Pole DVD Review: Celebrating San Francisco’s Psychedelic Rock Scene

Mercury Studio repackages A Night at the Family Dog / Go Ride the Music / West Pole into a 2-DVD ...
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The Super 8 Years DVD Review: A Remembrance of the Past

Films can be meditative and self-reflecting, meaning they can come from one's own experience (internal or external). This can also ...
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Kubrick by Kubrick Movie Review: Stanley Speaks

Director Stanley Kubrick died March 7, 1999, a few months before the release of his thirteenth and final feature film, ...
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2023 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Short Films Review

Starting February 17, the 2023 Oscar Nominated Short Films will be available in over 500 theaters across 75+ theatrical markets ...
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The Final 19 Movie Review: A Riveting Account of a POW’s Experience

Dan Hefel knew he was going to be drafted eventually. With the Vietnam War intensifying, Hefel decided that it would ...
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Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power Blu-ray Review: A Look at How Things Look

The male gaze in film has been problematic since the silent age. Sometimes directors (mostly male) unintentionally objectify women on ...
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Darryl Jones: In the Blood DVD Review: The Man in the Stones’ Shadow

While not a well-known name, Darryl Jones is an integral component of the “Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band in the ...
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Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece DVD Review: The Restoration and Reopening of a Historic and Beautiful Landmark

Many people know Frank Lloyd Wright for his incredible home designs such as Cedar Rock and the Hollyhock House. However, ...
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Bloom Up: A Swinger Couple Story DVD Review: A Film That’s Not for Everyone

The old saying goes that we don't know what goes on behind closed doors. But what happens when we are ...
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Let There Be Drums! DVD Review: And There Was Drums and Drummers!

Promotional materials for director Justin Kreutzmann's Let There Be Drums! state “The world’s greatest drummers reflect on the art of ...
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Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman Collection Blu-ray Review: Essential Viewing

As I may have mentioned in previous reviews, documentaries (more than anything in film) have the power to move, enrage, ...
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We Are As Gods DVD Review: A Life Well Lived

We Are As Gods takes its title from a line in subject Stewart Brand's Whole Earth Catalog, a book Steve ...
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The Automat DVD Review: A Wonderful Piece of Americana

Horn & Hardart's The Automat was a chain of self-serve restaurants in Philadelphia and New York City, and although only ...
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TV Review: Love & Rockets: The Great American Comic Book

After 40 years of ongoing publication, the Love & Rockets comic book is long overdue for a celebratory retrospective. Thankfully, ...
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South: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition Blu-ray Review

It’s hard to imagine the trials and tribulations that must have befallen Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to reach the South Pole ...
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Kamikaze Hearts Blu-ray Review: A Gritty Deep Dive into the Porn Industry

There are so many facets to the queer film, not just a showcase of bodies. Most people (definitely conservatives) think ...
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Facing Nolan Blu-ray Review: All Baseball Fans Should Face Ryan’s Story

Director Bradley Jackson's Facing Nolan details the career of first-ballot National Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan whose accomplishments over ...
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The Capote Tapes DVD Review: Other Voices Help Tell the Story of the Famous Author

The Capone Tapes is a documentary about the life of author Truman Capote (1924 – 1984). The titular tapes were ...
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Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen Blu-ray Review: An Absolute Delight All the Way Through

I have seen lots of documentaries about the making of cherished films, but only a few of them really impressed ...
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My Old School Movie Review: Something Is Rotten in Scotland

In 1993, a 16-year-old boy named Brandon Lee enrolled at a secondary school in an upscale neighborhood in Scotland. A ...
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The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender DVD Review: A Fun Essay

Sometimes I don't get Hollywood. It has an infamously tedious tendency to be really behind the times. It's not exactly ...
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Phil Lynott Songs For While I’m Away + Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back In Town: Live at the Sydney Opera House October 1978 DVD Review

Mercury Studios has paired the 2020 documentary Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away, which aired on BBC Two,with the ...
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American Werewolves Movie Review: Has the Vibe of a 1980’s Network Special About Cryptids

The independent production company Small Town Monsters is not afraid to explore topics in the worlds of the strange and ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: The DOC

In the rap and hip hop world, it's one thing to have confidence and ego about being one of the ...
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The Beatles and India: An Enduring Love Affair Blu-ray Review

This new feature-length documentary directed by Ajoy Bose was released June 21, 2022 by MVD Visual on DVD and Blu-ray. ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Katrina Babies

There is no way that someone could direct a documentary such as Katrina Babies the same way if they had ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: A Rising Fury

Starting with the Maidan Revolution in Kyiv in 2013, and leading up to the current invasion from Russia, A Rising ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: Butterfly in the Sky

The opening scene of Butterfly in the Sky centers LeVar Burton in front of a huge library filled with books. ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: The Lost Weekend: A Love Story

Produced and directed by Eve Brandstein, Richard Kaufman, and Stuart Samuels, The Lost Weekend: A Love Story documents the love ...
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Fanny: The Right to Rock Movie Review: Queens of Rock & Roll

Directed by Bobbi Jo Hart, Fanny: The Right to Rock, a documentary on the all-female rock band, Fanny, is a ...
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The Police: Around the World (Restored & Expanded) Review: An Entertaining Scrapbook from the Band’s Early Days

Originally available on VHS and Laserdisc, The Police: Around The World (Restored & Expanded) is now available on DVD and ...
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Trekkies: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review: It’s Logical to Them

Released in 1997, Trekkies is a documentary about Star Trek fandom, particularly as it was in the mid-'90s when the ...
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How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and the Road to Rock & Roll DVD Review

Rock & roll’s roots draw from numerous genres—blues, country, and rhythm and blues, to name a few.  However, gospel remains ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon

If you were watching MTV in the late '80s, not only was Elvis everywhere thanks to Mojo Nixon, but so ...
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The Last Waltz Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: And All the People Were Singin’

After years playing together as the backing band for Ronnie Hawkins and then Bob Dylan, the quintent of Rick Danko ...
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Marionette Land DVD Review: What Happens When a Dream Is Realized, Then Deferred?

​In his poem, "Harlem," Langston Hughes considers what happens to a dream deferred?​ But what happens when a dream is ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Mickey: The Story of a Mouse

As Walt Disney once said, “It all started with a mouse.” Now, that mouse, whose name you are probably spelling ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: In the Court of the Crimson King

I've seen King Crimson once in concert. It was at the Greek in Los Angeles in 2017, and I went ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

The opening minutes of Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off captivate the viewer with footage of a present-day Hawk, ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks Review

If you're a huge fan of the classic sketch comedy show The Kids of the Hall, you instantly recognize the ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Mama Bears

When you grow up in the Christian faith, you are told that if you follow God, honor Jesus, and stay ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Crows are White

Traditions are hard to break, especially if a particular population has been practicing them for more than a century. And ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: Your Friend, Memphis

People with disabilities are too often ignored in documentaries, and that's a shame. You can learn a lot from them, ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: This Much I Know to Be True

Months ahead of its cinematic release in theaters, the SXSW audience had the opportunity to view the new music documentary ...
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2022 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Short Films Review

ShortsTV presents the 17th annual Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical releases. Spanning the categories of Live Action, Animation, and Documentary, the ...
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Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché Movie Review: Her Trailblazing Music Career Is Only Part of the Story

“I wasn’t ready to be the caretaker of Poly Styrene’s legacy. I just lost my Mum,” Celeste Bell says at ...
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Salt in My Soul Movie Review: What It Means to Search for Hope and Answers

Most of us don't consider our own mortality as children. But children who live with chronic diseases are forced to ...
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The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection (Uncensored) 13-DVD Set Review: Earns the Ultimate Designation

The Ultimate Richard Pryor Collection (Uncensored) is a 13-disc set celebrating the iconic comedian's work in TV and film, ranging ...
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Live at Mister Kelly’s DVD Review: A History of Chicago Told Through a Nightclub

Director Theodore Bogosian's Live at Mister Kelly's tells the story of Mister Kelly's, a famous Chicago nightclub, which existed on ...
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World Series 2021 Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Almost All the Highlights and Footage a Fan Could Ask For

Growing up in a small town in the middle of nowhere, we didn’t have a local MLB team, and it ...
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Bob Spit: We Do Not Like People Movie Review: Punk is NOT Dead

Angeli is an apparently extremely famous cartoonist in Brazil. He has created several iconic characters that are, and combined shock ...
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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain DVD Review: Not the Biopic That Some Might Think

I have had to sit for a while figuring out how to write about and review Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony ...
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Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road Movie Review: His Music, and His Life, Past and Present

The story of Brain Wilson and the Beach Boys has been told before in the form of documentaries and motion ...
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Karen Dalton: In My Own Time DVD Review: Sad Songs, Sad Life

Karen Dalton, as described by one of the participants in this documentary, was one of the few folk singers in ...
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Movie Review: Joy Ride (2021)

As a writer and a comedian, you never want to be hacky. And I certainly don't want to be hacky ...
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Becoming Cousteau Movie Review: From Exploration to Conservation

Decades before David Attenborough became a household name in the U.S., Jacques-Yves Cousteau was the king of nature documentaries. Along ...
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On Broadway DVD Review: Start Spreading the News

After an unprecedented 18-month shutdown caused by the pandemic, Broadway finally started reopening many shows last month. Oscar-nominated director Oren ...
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Apocalypse ’45 Blu-ray Review: A Brutal Look at the Harsh Realities of the War with Japan During World War II

Over the years, there have been numerous documentaries and movies about World War II, but none of them quite like ...
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Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster Movie Review: A Warm Love Letter

For many movie fans, Boris Karloff lumbered onto their screens as Frankenstein’s monster or as the Mummy. And for others ...
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The Village Detective: A Song Cycle Movie Review: Meditation on Ruined Film

Around 2016, an Icelandic fishing boat caught something unusual in their nets. The ship was a bottom trawler, which sends ...
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Bob Marley and The Wailers: The Capitol Session ’73 Review: A Glimpse at the Legend on the Cusp of Fame

Bob Marley and The Wailers’ The Capitol Session ’73 was lost to history until researcher Martin Disney unearthed a three-minute clip ...
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Original Cast Album “Company” Criterion Collection: You Could Drive an Actor Crazy

Originating as a series of 11 one-act plays by George Furth, Company evolved into a musical with music and lyrics ...
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Hail to the Deadites Movie Review: Evil Dead’s Biggest Fans

Horror movie fanatics are a different breed. They've attached themselves to a genre, and usually one film or series in ...
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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain Movie Review: A Wonderful Tribute, Albeit One Tinged with Sadness

Documentarian Morgan Neville has won an Academy Award and Grammy Award for 20 Feet from Stardom, has won and Emmy ...
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Punk the Capital Blu-ray Review: Building a Sound Movement

If you are a punk or a fan of punk and hardcore, you know the importance of Washington DC in the ...
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Tove Movie Review: Moomin Mama Makes Her Mark

Tove Jansson rose to international fame thanks to her creation of the iconic Moomin characters. Although she passed away 20 ...
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Trances Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Beautiful Audiovisual Journey

During a four-month period, filmmaker Ahmed El-Maanouni followed the politically and peace-minded avant-pop band Nass El Ghiwane on their tour ...
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TV Review: The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

What happens when a man begins to investigate a case as a journalist, but then becomes so engrossed in the ...
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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street Movie Review: And How Sesame Street Got to Us

November 1969 was the first time children across the country would hear the theme song to a new television show ...
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Tiny Tim: King for a Day Movie Review: A Poignant Look at the Quirky 1960s Star

Wacky and somewhat unhinged reality TV (or YouTube) stars are common today, so common that we’re way past asking, “Is ...
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Clapboard Jungle Movie Review: A Brutally Involving Document

I don't have personal experience, but I've seen and heard enough to know that the film business can be a ...
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2021 Oscar-nominated Documentary Short Films Review

On April 2, 2021, THE 2021 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS will be available in over 200 screens across 50+ theatrical ...
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Sundance 2021 Review: Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

During the summer of 1969, a remarkable music festival was held in New York that featured some of the world's ...
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Sundance 2021 Review: Playing with Sharks

Playing with Sharks tells the story of Valerie (Hayes) Taylor, an amazing marine/shark conservationist. Well known in her home country ...
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Sundance 2021 Review: Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It tells the fascinating story of the triumphs and tragedies ...
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The 2020 World Series Blu-ray Review: It’s Time for Dodgers Baseball

Major League Baseball presents The 2020 World Series, the official 85-minute documentary of the six-game series played between the Los ...
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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

As a passionately dedicated lover of film, I really enjoy that not every film has to be a cliche, meaning ...
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Dear Santa (2020) Movie Review: A Lesson in Miracle

The United States Post Office has had quite a challenging year. Leadership changes, cutbacks, setbacks, and financial woes are just ...
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Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan Movie Review

Do you listen to the Pogues? If your answer is "no" or "I'm not sure", as the holidays are upon ...
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Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind DVD Review: Something Very Special

Named after Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot's 1970 breakout hit in the United States, Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni's biographical documentary ...
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Where She Lies Movie Review: ‘It Was a Different Time’

There is a point in the new documentary, Where She Lies, where one of the interviewees uses the phrase, “It was ...
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AFI Fest 2020 Review: My Psychedelic Love Story

(L-R): Timothy Leary and Joanna Harcourt-Smith in MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY. Photo Credit: Joanna Harcourt-Smith/Courtesy of SHOWTIME. My Psychedelic Love ...
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Totally Under Control Movie Review: Timely and Timeless

Written by Ram Venkat Srikar The obligation while reviewing documentaries that has always challenged and fascinated me is to create ...
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Pizza, A Love Story Movie Review: A Loving Tribute to New Haven’s Tomato Pie

Pizza wasn't invented in New Haven. It was perfected there. That's the tagline to MVD Entertainment Group's Pizza, A Love Story, ...
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Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story Movie Review: Yes, Sir. I Do Like It

Do you know what rolls down stairs, alone or in pairs, and over your neighbor's dog? Do you know who ...
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Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo Movie Review: A Complex and Compelling Story

As a culture, we love all kinds of stories. Stories of people coming from nothing to achieve great success. Stories ...
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Athlete A Movie Review: Moving Documentation of an Immense Tragedy and a Gargantuan Triumph

Written by Ram Venkat Srikar The greatest achievement of any great documentary is that it can actually change lives. Indirectly, ...
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Suzi Q Movie Review: Looks at the Groundbreaking Career of Rocker Suzi Quatro

Australian director Liam Firmager spent four years working on Suzi Q, the definitive documentary of Detroit-born rock star Suzi Quatro, who rocketed ...
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The Booksellers DVD Review: Like a Good Book, You Won’t Want It to End

Calling all bibliophiles - The Booksellers is a documentary that you won't want to miss. And like a good book, you won't ...
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When We Were Kings Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Marvelous Time Capsule of Muhammad Ali in 1974

Leon Gast's When We Were Kings documents the "Rumble in the Jungle," the legendary boxing match between undefeated heavyweight champion George Foreman ...
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In Search of Dracula Blu-ray Review: A Bloody Good Documentary

In Search of Dracula, originally released in 1975, and directed by Calvin Floyd (Terror of Frankenstein, The Sleep of Death), has ...
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Circus of Books Movie Review: Love over Sexuality

Written by Ram Venkat Srikar At the center of Rachel Mason & Kathryn Robson's Circus of Books is the bookstore run by ...
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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band Movie Review

Even before learning that the film was based on Robbie Robertson's memoir Testimony, his name separate from “The Band” in ...
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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice DVD Review: A Fantastic Appreciation

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice is a biographical documentary that Ronstadt was involved with as she introduces the ...
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Antonio Gaudí Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Tone Poem of Gaudí, Barcelona, and Art

Antonio Gaudí, a film by Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara (1927-2001), is a tone poem of Gaudí, Barcelona, and art - ...
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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible Movie Review: What Would Modern Art Be Like Without Duchamp?

Available on iTunes and Amazon on March 10, 2020, comes a new documentary film from Electrolift Creative Productions, Marcel Duchamp: The ...
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2020 Oscar-nominated Documentary Short Films Review

On January 29, ShortsTV will debut THE 2020 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS at the IFC Center in New York City ...
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Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma – The Colours of Life DVD Review

Next to the director, the cinematographer is one of the most essential components to making great art. Cinematography can capture ...
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PSIFF 2020 Review: Free Color Replicates Its Master’s Art Form

Written by Ram Venkat Srikar I've always wondered how individuals feel after reaching a peak of success in their respective ...
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I’ll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours of Lynyrd Skynyrd DVD Review

I'll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours Of Lynyrd Skynyrd is the second recent documentary about Southern rock band Lynyrd ...
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Fantastic Fungi Movie Review: Mushrooms Are (Finally) Cool

Written by Michael Frank Fungi aren't something stapled to the front of people's minds. They aren't something we think about ...
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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Movie Review: A Quiet Passion for Life, for Knowledge, and for Words

The Pieces I Am, Timothy Greenfield-Sander's straightforward documentary about the late Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, consists (mostly) of ...
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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache DVD Review: Returning a Chapter to Cinema History

As someone who spent time studying film in college, I was taught about the early pioneers of film like the ...
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The Quiet One Movie Review: Explores Ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s Life Through His Media Archives

It's been 26 years since Bill Wyman quit the Rolling Stones for civilian life in 1993, and the documentary The Quiet ...
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Pavarotti Movie Review: A Fine Look at the Opera Legend

Luciano Pavarotti was one of the best opera singers to have lived, and his memory will live on forever in ...
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At the Drive-In DVD Review: A Compelling David vs. Goliath Story

Director Alexander Monelli originally intended the documentary At the Drive-In to focus on the near-extinct drive-in movie theatre industry in the U.S. ...
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Down in the Flood DVD Review: Bob Dylan and the Band Examined in New Documentary

Written by Donald Gibson Bob Dylan had just rewritten his own rules and those of nearly every other popular musician ...
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The War Room Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Peek Behind the Campaign Curtain

While the campaigns for United States President seem to grow increasingly relentless with every cycle, especially in so-called battleground states, ...
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One Bright Shining Moment Movie Review: What Made George McGovern Run

For political junkies, there is no greater spectacle than the election of the President of the United States.  The appeal ...
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Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live Blu-ray Review: An Impressive Combination of Music and Visuals

The Grammy Award-winning Secret World Live finds Peter Gabriel in Modena, Italy over the course of two November nights 1993, ...
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Produced by George Martin Blu-ray Review: A Stroll Down Melody Lane with Britain’s Most Lauded Music Maker

This January, Sir George Martin CBE turns 87. The reserved, seemingly guarded young man with movie-star looks and ears that ...
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Surviving Progress DVD Review: How to Temper a Double-Edged Sword

Surviving Progress takes a look at the advancements human beings have made over the last few thousand years, what our ...
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Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender Blu-ray Review: Queen’s Frontman Gets the Royal Treatment

Written by Chad Derdowski One of the most unique voices in rock music and arguably the greatest front man to ...
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TIFF 2012 Review: Storm Surfers 3D: A Marvelous Adventure

Australians Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones are well-known figures in the world of surfing. Carroll, age 49, had a Hall ...
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SpokAnarchy! DVD Review: An Excellent Documentary

Spokane, WA is about as unlikely a place I can think of to have developed a thriving punk scene in ...
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Trek Nation Movie Review: The Search for Dad

In attempt to find out more about the father he lost at 17 and the science-fiction empire he built, Rod ...
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Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters Movie Review: The Pieces Fall Perfectly into Place

Written by Chad Derdowski Originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris is one of the most popular video games ...
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The Beatles: Their Golden Age DVD Review: A Short, but Information-packed Documentary on the Fab Four

It’s not possible to thoroughly cover the Beatles’ unparalleled career in an hour, but The Beatles: Their Golden Age attempts ...
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Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles Movie Review: An Intriguing Documentary about a Decades-Long Mystery

I love documentaries! Or should I say I love good documentaries. However, the more I watch, I feel like the ...
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Jimi Plays Berkeley DVD Review: Flawed but Fascinating

The newly re-mastered film Jimi Plays Berkeley (1971) is an incredible document of its time. Back in the late ’70s, ...
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LAFF 2012 Review: A Band Called Death Rises from Obscurity

While attending the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in 2009, I noticed the headlining band was called Death. That doesn’t make ...
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Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance Movie Review: The Politics of Dance from the Ground Up

Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance does what ballet so often fails to do: it draws laymen into a world perceived ...
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Surviving Progress Movie Review: A Wake-Up Call About the Progress Trap

Written by Mary K. Williams “We tend to delude ourselves that these changes always result in improvements from the human ...
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SXSW 2012 Review: Paul Williams Still Alive

Written by Leo Sopicki “We usually save this surprise for after the movie”, explained director Stephen Kessler. Kessler, who was ...
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SXSW 2012 Review: Paul Williams Still Alive

Written by Leo Sopicki “We usually save this surprise for after the movie”, explained director Stephen Kessler. Kessler, who was ...
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Pianomania DVD Review: Surprisingly Compelling Study of a Master Piano Technician

When listening to master pianists such as Vladimer Horowitz or Keith Jarrett, I wonder if many people consider the actual ...
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Queen: Days of Our Lives DVD Review: They Made the Rockin’ World Go Round

As good a documentary as Queen: Days Of Our Lives is, it is also a bit of a strange beast. ...
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The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman DVD Review: A Look at One of Their Most Enduring Works

By the end of 1970, The Doors were done as a live act. Jim Morrison still had the legal ramifications ...
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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth Movie Review: An Absolutely Fascinating Documentary

Written by Max Naylor You don’t normally go into a documentary as a blank slate, a sincerely pure vessel. It ...
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The Captains DVD Review: William Shatner Logs Interviews with Peers

William Shatner has written and directed this compilation of interviews and brief glimpses into the lives of the six actors, ...
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Shut Up, Little Man! Movie Review: Viral Outrageousness from the Pre-Internet Age

Written by handyguy Shut Up, Little Man! is an amusing, occasionally disturbing documentary about the origins and aftereffects of a ...
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Senna Movie Review: See It Now, Because Everyone Will Be Talking About It

One thing I learned early in life: it's okay for boys to cry, as long as the tears are shed ...
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Electric Daisy Carnival Experience Movie Review: Experience It…If You Can Find It

America’s largest dance music festival has been under fire for the last year after massive fallout from the 2010 edition ...
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Ladies & Gentlemen…The Rolling Stones DVD Review: A Great Introduction to the Band

The year 1972 was a pivotal one for The Rolling Stones. They spent the summer as tax exiles in France, ...
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Elvis on Tour DVD Review: Presley Goes out on a High Note in his Final Film

In 1972, Elvis Presley was still riding high from the commercial and critical rebirth that started with the ’68 Comeback ...
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Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (Special Edition) DVD Review: It’s Good to be the King

Elvis Presley was riding a major wave of success in 1970. Free of his movie obligations of the 1960s, Presley ...
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Shine a Light DVD Review: The Rolling Stones and Martin Scorsese Deliver Satisfaction

Longevity in the arts can be a double-edge sword. Artists no doubt appreciate having long careers in the endeavors they ...
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The Complete Monterey Pop Festival Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Marvelous Time Capsule

During the Summer of Love, the weekend of June 16-18, 1967 to be specific, the Monterey International Pop Music Festival ...
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4192: The Crowning of the Hit King DVD Review: A Solid Hit But Not a Home Run

This 90-minute documentary on the career of Pete Rose, which was released on February 22, 2011 by Rivercoast Films, is ...
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