DVD Review: “Whiplash”

With only a handful of credits and just one feature under his belt, Writer/Director Damien Chazelle has made a revelatory film in his Academy Award winning Whiplash.  J.K. Simmons, Editor Tom Cross and Sound Mixers Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas ...

DVD REVIEW: R.E.M., “R.E.M. By MTV” (6 disc set)

It’s already three years since Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe officially announced the end of R.E.M. as a band (after a 30-year run as a recording unit and 14 years after drummer Bill Berry had left the group) ...

Indie Briefs: “Lucky Them,” “A Promise,” “Premature”

Looking for something different than what the local cineplex is offering? Disappointed that your local art house closed or is on the other side of town? Here are three recent indie releases that may whet your appetite.

Lucky Them (IFC Films)

Toni ...

DVD Review: “The Merv Griffin Show”

In the very late 1970s the world of talk shows was beginning to change. This was primarily thanks to the outsized efforts of Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show. Prior to Carson, comedy had played a part in the format, but not ...

DVD REVIEW: “B.B. King: The Life Of Riley”

What can one say about Riley King, better known and loved by the world as B.B. King, one of the greatest blues guitarists ever, that hasn’t been said a million times before without sounding insincere or hackneyed?  Not much, frankly.  ...

DVD Review: A Tale of 9/11, “Out of the Clear Blue Sky”

At the start of the work day of September 11, 2001, it was business as usual for the employees of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world’s largest traders of US Government bonds. The firm occupied the top floors, 101-105, of the ...

DVD REVIEW: Devo, “The Men Who Make The Music”

Do I REALLY need to spell out the importance of Akron, Ohio’s finest, the one and only DEVO?  Forget it; I won’t.  You should know.  And if you don’t, there’s a lot you can learn on your own.  This band ...

DVD Review: “Kilimanjaro”

I love it when gems like Kilimanjaro happens across my desk. Discovering a small budget, big hearted film like this one fills me with excitement and makes me want to tell anyone I can to seek out the movie. An accomplished ...

DVD REVIEW: Suzanne Vega, “Live Solitude Standing”

Suzanne Vega has always been a delight in my musical life; I can’t pretend that I haven’t loved her from the moment I heard “Marlena On The Wall”.  She is a gifted writer, singer, musician, artist.  Her 1987 album Solitude ...

DVD REVIEW: “Punk In Africa”

Punk In Africa is a surprise to me.  First, because it is a concept I did not know existed – for someone who had lived the punk-rock life or worshiped at its altar from inception, this is unacceptable that I ...

DVD Review: “BIG ASS SPIDER”

If BIG ASS SPIDER was one of those Syfy Channel Saturday Night schlocky monster movies, I wouldn’t have given it a second look. But BIG ASS SPIDER stars three actors I like and respect, so I had to watch it. And ...

DVD Review: “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

The use of “Powerhouse Cast” is generally reserved for all-star movie productions featuring Academy Award winners like Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Matt Damon. I don’t think anyone tosses around that term for indie films that barely get a ...

DVD REVIEW: “Oil City Confidential”

FINALLY…  the story of England’s Dr. Feelgood – the seminal pub-rock band who were the crucial bridge to the beginnings of punk rock – is finally available in the United States.  The last of a trilogy from film maker Julien ...

DVD Review: “The Canyons”

The Canyons really pissed me off. Seriously. Here was an opportunity squandered by an esteemed filmmaker and there’s no reason the film should be so awful. Paul Schrader is a man who wrote Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and  The Last Temptation ...

DVD Review: Rush Clockwork Angels Tour

Rush used to be quite careful about releasing live recordings. The first two decades of their career saw only four live albums that captured the band after various milestones.  First was the long-form proggy years of songs that went on for 18 ...

DVD Review: Diablo Cody’s Directorial Debut, “Paradise”

Diablo Cody, the Academy Award winning writer of Juno, as well as the critically acclaimed TV Series, The United States of Tara, makes her directorial debut with Paradise. Julianne Hough (Safe Haven, Footloose) stars in this coming- of age film that ...

DVD Review: “¡Released! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998″

The crossroads between youth culture and Amnesty International came together in the mid-70s with a series of concerts that included members of Monty Python, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, as well as music by various recording artists, including Pete Townshend, Eric ...

DVD Review: “Gimme the Loot”

Malcolm and Sofia are graffiti artists who need $500. Malcolm has a friend who can get them into the Mets Stadium after hours, and there, the inner city teens plan to “bomb” (i.e tag) the apple that rises in the stands ...