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Bringing Light to Black Metal: Interview with Filmmakers Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites


“Until the Light Takes Us,” a new documentary by Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites, tells the origin story of Black Metal.

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DVD Review: “Herbert Von Karajan: Maestro for the Screen”

Georg Wübbolt’s documentary, originally produced for German television, focuses on the conductor Herbert Von Karajan’s near-obsession with capturing his work with the Berlin Philharmonic on video.Karajan initially opposed the small screen medium, claiming the visual and audio quality of the 1950s-era television productions could not properly recreate the impact of a concert hall setting. But […]

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DVD Review: "PetroApocalypse Now?"

British filmmaker Andrew Evans asks many questions in “PetroApocalypse Now?” regarding the state of the world’s oil supplies. The answers he receives, however, are contradictory.On one side, there are those who argue the world is facing a peak oil situation where demand will soon outstrip supply – and it is possible it could be happening […]

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Retro TV: "General Electric Theater: Judy Garland"

(Originally published on Film Threat)In September 1955, Judy Garland made her U.S. television debut on the CBS program “Ford Star Jubilee.” The show was a ratings phenomenon, and the network quickly signed the star to a six-year contract. However, when it came time to do an encore, problems arose.Initially, Garland wanted to do a television […]

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Bright Lights, Big Cine: Interview with Bright Lights’ Editor Gary Morris

Bright Lights Film Journal, which offers some of the finest film writing out there, took the gamble and went virtual in 1996 after an on-off history in print.

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Context and Re-Context: Star Wars in Concert

What is central to Lucas’s vision is the argument that boundaries (even ones set by tyrants) can be transcended if one has talent, nerve and higher aspirations.

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DVD Review: The Who, The Mods and the Quadrophenia Connection (MVD)

Finally, an unauthorized peek at a crucial period of a classic band that doesn’t suck! You’ve surely seen the recent Dylan and Beatles videos that feature still photos, lame background music in keys that suggest the artists’ music but can’t use it because of copyright. The Who, The Mods and the Quadrophenia Connection is actually […]

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Our City Dreams Really Can Come True, Right?

Our City Dreams opens with an epigraph by Susan Sontag, a reasonably reliable authority on the female artistic experience: “I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.” This whimsical sentiment is an appropriate indication of the documentary’s insistence that dreams can come true […]

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Jazz Night 2009

On behalf of Denise Louie Education Center and the Jazz Night Committee, we would like to thank our sponsors, donors, table captains, and attendees. It was a very successful event with over 320 guests in attendance. Everyone’s support and contribution was an important part of our success of earning over $84,000 this year, which benefits […]

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Macky Alston’s The Killer Within

Macky Alston’s documentary The Killer Within is an unflinching exploration into the nature of guilt, told from the perspective of one man who must reveal a terrible secret.

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DVD Review: Know Your Mushrooms (2009 Sphynx Productions)

Those expecting this documentary to be about the mind-expanding, space-travel inducing, true sacred portal to the gods types of mushrooms, you have to wait until the latter half of the film. The first part is about plain old yummy wild mushrooms, and the people who love them, hunt for them, and hold festivals in honor […]

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The Wrestler: A Predictable Plot, Impressive Punch

In Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, the time-honored sports genre is reimagined, yielding a uniquely touching story about loneliness and second chances. The story is familiar, as are the friendly giants that represent the arguably outdated world of professional wrestling. It follows Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke), a washed-up wrestler who peaked in the late […]

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Book Review: The American International Pictures Video Guide by Gary A. Smith

Shame on any film fan who doesn’t have a warm spot in their soul for AIP. American International Pictures was, if not consistently good, at least consistently inventive. From 1954 through the late 70s, the studio cranked out eccentric and sometimes brilliant B-movies, employing the likes of Roger Corman, Vincent Price, and Michael Landon, as […]

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Shame on You, Suburbia, for Smothering Another Couple of Outlaws: Restlessness and Resignation in Revolutionary Road

Suburban malaise is well-worn territory in just about every realm of artistic expression, but Sam Mendes has breathed new life into what appear to be his pet themes: alienation and disappointment in middle-class America. Based on Richard Yates’ 1961 novel of the same title, Revolutionary Road follows the relationship between April (Kate Winslet) and Frank […]

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DVD review: One Love: Words Sounds & Powah (1988/2009; MVD)

In the late 1980s, documentary filmmaker Howard Johnson was given unprecedented access to the Rastafarian community in Britain, resulting in a 10 part series, Rockers Roadshow. Some of his wealth of material, shot in London and Nottingham, also was also collected in the One Love series, three short films that even today are riveting in […]

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