Blu-ray Review: Genesis, “The Sum of the Parts”

As a longtime Genesis fan (in particular the Phil Collins era), I was pretty thrilled about this documentary coming out in the U.S. (it aired on the BBC under the title Together and Apart) especially when it was announced that the ...

Blu-ray Review: Matthew Crawley Goes Psycho in “The Guest”

From the opening titles of The Guest to the music and the film’s purposeful pacing, it’s pretty obvious that director Adam Wingard and his creative partner, writer Simon Barrett (they were both responsible for the twisted horror film You’re Next) are paying ...

2014 PICKS – A PLENTIFUL YEAR

Since I didn’t do this last year, I’m throwing my hat in with every one of the fine folks here at Popdose as 2014 was one of the most interesting, diverse and fruitful years – especially musically.  So rather than ...

No Concessions: “Big Eyes”

Last week’s national nightmare is over, sort of, as Sony puts The Interview into release–in a few, mostly out of the way theaters, and on a handful or so of balky streaming platforms. That’ll show ya, Kim! Likely to be playing nearer your ...

Box Office Flashback: December 22, 1983

As the latest round of would-be blockbusters not starring Seth Rogen and James Franco packs ‘em in at a theater near you, Popdose looks back at the box office totals of yesteryear. This week we revisit the top ten films of ...

The Popdose Interview: Steve De Jarnatt

Not every creative professional can claim to have badgered Ringo Starr on network television, ushered the popular SCTV characters Bob & Doug McKenzie onto the big screen, and directed a nail-biting cult classic of ’80s cinema before having his first published short story, ...

No Concessions: Cancelling “The Interview”

On paper, The Interview looked–well, maybe not great, but half-decent, a rare attempt by a Hollywood studio at a comedy with satiric bite. Think co-director Seth Rogen and James (“I’m creating as fast as I can”) Franco as a contemporary Bob ...

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) ...

Spinning Discs: All the Trimmings

I don’t do holiday gift guides. Not my bag. But–’tis the season and everyone’s having big sales from now until the end of the year, so rather than be Scrooge about it, feel free to stuff your stockings with new releases from ...

MOVIE REVIEW: “20000 Days On Earth”

One of the more interesting (to fascinating) musicians/writers to come out of the post-punk era is unquestionably Nick Cave.  As the lead singer of The Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s, he ...

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)

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Film Review: “Interstellar”

On the surface, Christopher Nolan’s film, “Interstellar,” is a love story. While there are different kinds of love we feel, the types of love Nolan weaves into this film are that of family and exploration. The premise of the movie is fairly ...

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 ...

Spinning Discs: Witches Brew

Halloween festivities started early for us, as Maleficent arrived a few days ahead of street date–and when Angelina Jolie knocks on your door, you open it. The closest thing we have to a queen of the world, Jolie enjoyed a huge ...

MOVIE REVIEW: “Frank” (2014)

The story of director Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank is simple:  Jon is a would-be songwriter with endless ideas in his head, but no outlet.  He winds up joining, due to an accident, an unusual band called “Soronprfbs” which is led by ...

Blu-ray Review: “Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection”

I’m always suspicious of these specially packaged Blu-ray collections, especially ones that are obviously repurposing previously released discs. However, the Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection is definitely one of the finer box sets I’ve come across. The release comes from Universal Studios ...

No Concessions: Blood on the Festival Floor

The 52nd New York Film Festival saw more of me than in the past few years, as fortunate scheduling allowed me to see eight films during the event, which ended on Sunday, and one more entrant outside Lincoln Center. Of course, ...

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.  ...