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SXSW 2017 Song to Song_1

When it comes to Terrence Malick there are those that love his work and then there are those that don’t really get it. Admittedly, I firmly fall into the latter camp. For those people that seek out Malick’s work, that gobble up his special brand…

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At one point in Daniel Cross’ I Am the Blues one of the many musicians is casually reminiscing on what music has meant to him. Just as he wraps up his tale, he looks up at the camera and casually mumbles, “There’s always a story behind the song.” That one quote is probably the best summary of the entire…

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Not every commercially and/or critically successful film needs or demands a sequel. Sometimes, once is more than enough. Sometimes, one-and-done is all a particular premise or a set of characters really need. That, of course, has never stopped a Hollywood studio from moving forward with a sequel and hoping for a lucrative series or franchise. Sadly, Pitch Perfect 2, the aptly, if unimaginatively titled …

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There are two instances in my life where I have been forced to sit in the front row of a movie theater. The first was when I was six-years-old, and my mom, grandpa, and I squeezed into a sold-out showing of the remastered re-release of Disney’s Fantasia. The second was just the other…

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I was in my parents’ living room stuffing my face with potato chips when I first heard and saw the video for Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. I almost choked. The punk rock bands that I was heavily in to then, were long gone, so the noise and anarchic imagery coming out of the television spoke to something…

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The concept of a rave is remote and alien to me. The pulsing lights, the non-stop music, the glow sticks, the E, the dancing with reckless abandon. All I have when it comes to understanding a rave is cliché. This was not my culture. This is not my…

BUFF 2015 buff capsules

The World of Kanako is a cinematic experience unlike any I’ve ever had before. For long periods I wanted to run out. Director Tetsuya Nakashima has committed to film a twisted, ugly, and mean-spirited world. It is populated by the worst people imaginable, yet shown…

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Stay Awhile is a film about a Canadian super group called The Bells. The story centers on the relationship developed between two of the group members and the rise and fall of the band. The music sounds great but this film feels like a short film stretched out to become a full-length feature film…

Reviews low-down02

Joe Albany (John Hawkes) is a talented musician living in Hollywood during the 1970. He deeply loves jazz, his young daughter Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning), and heroin. The real Joe Albany was esteemed, playing with well-recognized musicians like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Director Jeff Preiss tells the story of Joe from …

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There is a stark contradiction at the heart of Raffaele Mosca’s documentary showcasing the heavy rock movement in Africa. Whether that contradiction is intentional or not is more difficult to ascertain as the tone of the film switches from admirable respect to sad judgement on more than one occasion.

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