Archive for the ‘Film/TV/DVD’ Category

Hump Day Unusual Moment

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Flashback to 1961: Fab Muppetteer Jim Henson serves up an eye-boggling paper-cut animation video to accompany a Chico Hamilton drum solo. With a quick bit of behind-the-scenes footage tagged on at the end. Coolee-oo…

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DVD: “Super Duper Alice Cooper”

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Alice Cooper Super Duper

Review by Tim Livingston

“Super Duper Alice Cooper”
127 Minutes
Bonus Material:
Deleted Scenes
Rare Footage
Metal Evolution
Interview Scenes

“Super Duper Alice Cooper,” the theatrically released documentary now out on DVD, tells the tale of Vincent Furnier and his transformation into Alice Cooper, one of the biggest rock stars in the world.

Using archival footage, tons of vintage photos and commentary by the likes of Alice Cooper Group bassist Dennis Dunaway, manager Shep Gordon, super-groupie Pamela Des Barres, contemporaries Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer, Elton John and Alice himself, the movie goes from Vince’s beginning, born in Detroit, but raised on Phoenix, AZ a preachers son, to the band’s start as Beatles wannabes the Earwigs, the name changes; the Spiders, the Nazz and eventually – with help of a a ouiji board – the Alice Cooper Group, a sinister, long-haired rock and roll band that changed the face of theatrics in rock music.

The film moves quickly from the early days to the band’s escape to LA, where – with the help of the notorious GTOs girl group and their introduction to Frank Zappa – they began threatening hippies on the Sunset Strip, to their move to Detroit were the group of oddly dressed misfits found a spiritual home and honed their act into the most visual and shocking of the time, to the making of their first hit the iconic anthem, “Eighteen.”

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Palace Theatre Announces Another New Concert

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

“Let’s go see a movie,” she said.

“Nah, I think I’d rather go to a concert,” he suggested.

Well, why don’t you just go to Albany’s Palace Theatre on Friday, October 3, and you can both get what you want…

That’s when groundbreaking hip-hopster Nas is set to rock the house. He’s celebrating the 20th anniversary of his pioneering album, Illmatic, and the evening will kick off at 9pm with the screening of the feature-length documentary film, “Nas: Time Is Illmatic,” followed by a live performance by Nas, as he grabs the mic to perform Illmatic in its entirety.

Priced at $40, $47.50 & $55, tickets for the film/concert doubleheader go on sale to the general public on Friday (August 15).

FILM: A Look Back at the Late Great Barons in the Attic

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Barons in the Attic have officially called it quits, but as a lovely parting gift to their fans they’ve left us a splendid going-away present in the form of this very fine 40-minute retrospective film, “You Can’t Front On That.”

And if this gets you in a nostalgic mood for, say, BITA’s boffo gig at last year’s Rest Fest, well, you can also check out their complete recorded oeuvre

“Waiting for Uncle Maestro”

Monday, July 14th, 2014

In this short Michael Camoin film, Greg Aidala and Isabelle Camoin make beautiful music together on the “Play Me, I’m Yours” pianos that dot Albany’s downtown landscape through Saturday, July 27…

“A Day in the Life of Phantogram”

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

A short, two-and-a-half-minute film by Miaken Christensen featuring the Nippertonian electro-pop duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter

Mass Live Arts in Great Barrington Offers Experimental Performance, Film, Art, July 7-26 [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, July 7th, 2014
Thank You for Coming by Faye Driscoll (photo:  Maria Baranova)

“Thank You for Coming” by Faye Driscoll (photo: Maria Baranova)

Mass Live Arts, a summer festival of contemporary and experimental performing arts, returns for its second year to Bard College at Simon’s Rock in the Berkshires, tonight (July 7) through July 26. This year’s festival presents three New England premieres of critically-acclaimed, new and remounted works by choreographer Faye Driscoll, theater artists Sibyl Kempson and Mike Iveson, Jr., along with two media based performances by director Phil Soltanoff.

In addition to works of live performance, this year’s offerings have been expanded to include a Monday night film series July 7, 14 & 21 of “The Bogeyman Trilogy” by seminal theater director Reza Abdoh (1963-1995), as well as a rotating gallery showcasing visual works by established American theater artists Andrew Schneider (of the Wooster Group), Anne Gridley and Nature Theater of Oklahoma. This year will also be the first of an annual benefit dance party on Sunday, July 20 to raise funds for year-round residencies to commission and develop large-scale new works.

Mass Live Arts 2014 takes place July 7-26 at the Daniel Arts Center [Bard College at Simon’s Rock] 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA 02130. Tickets are on sale now and range $10-30 with $150 all-inclusive Festival Passes.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

FILM: “Obvious Child”

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Film review by Pete Mason

When it comes to movies about abortion, options are limited. On one hand, there is “Vera Drake,” and while it was nominated for Best Picture in 2004, no one saw it. Then on the other hand, there is “Obvious Child,” the recent film starring Jenny Slate that takes a comedic yet serious look at having an abortion in present day. The movie does nothing to glamorize getting an abortion, and brings audience members to connect with Donna (Slate) as she deals with the events leading up to having the procedure.

The result of a one-night stand, Donna is pregnant, just dumped and working at a soon-to-close bookstore, and performs stand up comedy to small crowds. She hooks up with Max (Jake Lacy, from the last two seasons of “The Office” and calm and cool like his annex character) and tracing events back, realizes she is pregnant. Her economic and living situations do not bode well for her having a baby, and she moves towards her decision, weighing it all the while she waits a couple weeks before her appointment.

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