Archive for the ‘Film/TV/DVD’ Category

Filmmaker Alex Cox Featured @ BasilicaScope This Weekend

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Basilica Hudson in Hudson is hosting its second annual BasilicaScope: Weekend Film Festival on Friday and Sarurday (September 19 & 20).

The work of British film director Alex Cox will be featured at the fest, including “Straight to Hell Returns,” “Walker” and “Repo Man.” Cox will be at the Basilica in person to conduct post-screening Q&A sessions on Friday and Saturday.

Friday (September 19), 8pm
“Straight to Hell Returns” (Director’s Re-cut)
followed by an extended Q&A

Saturday (September 20), 7pm
“Walker”
followed by an extended Q&A

Saturday (September 20), 10pm
“Repo Man” (30th anniversary showing)

Tickets are $10 per screening, or $25 for all three films (plus free popcorn).

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Calling All Feline Film Fans…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The First (and Probably Last) Annual Capital Region Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans from The First Annual on Vimeo.

Albany native Mike Keegan has teamed up with Jay Wertzler to present a very special, one-night-only event at Albany’s Spectrum 8 Theatres at 7pm on Tuesday, October 7. It’s the First (and Probably Last) Annual Capital Region Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans.

As their press release explains, the fest boasts “all of the elements of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, but with one distinct advantage over its storied predecessors: we show CAT VIDEOS!”

That’s right, for one night only cat videos will jump off your computer and onto the big screen. Keegan and Wertzler held their first feline film fest in San Francisco in May, and it went off purrrfectly, so they decided to take it out on tour this fall – from Austin to Boston, including a stop right here in Nippertown.

And your very own talented tabby just might grace the silver screen alongside superstar felines like Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub and Keyboard Cat… That’s right, the fest producers are on the lookout for the Local 518′s budding cat video directors and/or cute kittens who would like to showcase their feline film skills. GO HERE for all the details you need to submit your own cat video/film to the fest.

Sean Rowe’s New Video for “Desiree”

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Sean Rowe’s new album Madman was officially released on Tuesday (September 9), accompanied by a video for “Desiree” (directed by the album’s co-producer, Troy Pohl) and a spot on GQ’s Punch List

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…

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…

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