Category Archives: Music & Movies

More Music & Movies: Bandwagon (USA, 1997)

Good Lord, how I love this cult favorite about a ne’er-do-well indie band from North Carolina. It came out when I was living and working in Winston-Salem. N.C., and just seemed to sum up everything I loved about the late … Continue reading

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Finally: The Replacements get the documentary treatment they deserve.

If, like I did, you grew up listening to independent music and college radio in the 1980s, then you probably loved The Replacements. The Minneapolis band led by singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg could be brilliant and heart-rending and they could also … Continue reading

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First Look: Poster for “Pitch Perfect,” starring Anna Kendrick.

It had to happen sometime — someone had to make a movie about a capella groups. And here’s a synopsis: “Fiercely competitive UMass undergraduate a capella groups Divisi (all girls) and Treblemakers (all boys) practice and perform throughout the year … Continue reading

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New “Les Miz” Teaser Trailer Debuts.

So yesterday, you may recall, I posted some new promo photos of the big-screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic tale. Today, the teaser trailer for the Hugh Jackman-starring film makes its bow. Amanda Seyfried and Russell Crowe also star. Tom … Continue reading

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Short Film Favorite: “We Didn’t Get Famous.”

This one is well worth the 35 minutes of your time it will take to watch it. “We Didn’t Get Famous” is a history of the southeastern American rock scene from 1978 to 1990. It features some of the unsung … Continue reading

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The Observer Reviews “Marley.”

I’m completely fascinated by Kevin MacDonald’s epic biopic of the late reggae singer, who died 30 years ago at the age of 36. Writing in The Observer of London this morning, critic Phillip French offers his take on the movie. … Continue reading

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Video Interview With “Marley” Director Kevin MacDonald

Here’s the filmmaker talking about his new documentary of the life and times of the legendary reggae singer, who died of cancer in 1981. Reggae is a huge part of my life, so I’m really quite keen to see this … Continue reading

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