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“Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes” Documentary Review

“Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes,” a film by Sophie Huber, tosses you straight into a stylish mood poem. It’s medium-raucous to medium-mellow jazz with soft shots of “cool cats” opinionating on a range of topics – improvised jazz-chat. Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper, Norah Jones, Don Was, and more, these jazz musicians cross an interview-portal to play in dimensions of possibility beyond the dilemmas of yes or no. Consequently, they have a points of view more engaging than your Average Joe

Review: “The Spy Behind Home Plate” by Aviva Kempner

A common criticism often heard in reviewing documentaries is “it’s more of Dateline segment than a movie;” even good investigative journalism does not in itself make a movie. Sometimes “advocacy documentaries” can be forgiven their school-bookishness because the subject is so urgently relevant; their social or political importance overrides their artistic mediocrity. But how do you justify “The Spy Behind Home Plate,” written and directed by Aviva Kempner? This documentary, in theaters now, is more of an answer to a Jeopardy question than it is a movie. Or maybe it’s an entire Jeopardy episode – as chock full of rapid-fire bits of quirky trivia as it is.

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Tribeca Film Festival 2019 Curtain Raiser: What to See / Part 2

Following up on my previous What-to-See article, which focused on Archival Movies at Tribeca Film Festival, I am listing a few more Top Picks that I could not exclude. Here are some films that grabbed my attention during the pre-festival screenings, and which you cannot fail in seeing. I am recommending two Magic Realism films that are beautiful and dramatic, and two Activism films that are urgently important. Plus, one of the several Music Documentaries that I haven’t seen but is sure to be a winner.

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Support Documentary For Women By Women

For the past few years a silent sexual revolution has been taking place. More than half of American women use a vibrator. Research suggests that women may be even less suitable for monogamy than men. For years women have been sexually objectified in magazines, on TV and daily life. But what happens when the roles

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10 Things You’re Doing Wrong In Your Screenplay

You have spent tens of hours (and probably hundreds of dollars on ridiculously expensive coffee) over your computer, typing like a maniac, trying to convince yourself this is the time you are going to have your breakthrough: this script will make it to a director’s hands and this time next year you will be walking

Tarantino’s Hateful Eight, Extended Version, is Now a Netflix Miniseries

Netflix surprised Quentin Tarantino fans when it announced in March that an extended version of the director’s 2015 wild-west-thriller-mystery-horror flick, The Hateful Eight would be available for streaming. The movie is now available on Netflix as planned, although with an even bigger surprise: The movie has been uploaded as a miniseries with four episodes, each running approximately 50 minutes. The film’s theatrical edition continues to stream on Netflix as a feature film, as well

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Helen Highly Vindicated: Alyssa Milano and Bill Maher Reference Lysistrata, Classical Dramatic Literature

Helen Highly Vindicated. In the last two days I’ve heard at least two pop-culture references to an ancient play by Aristophanes. As someone who can’t seem to stop writing commentary about popular culture by comparing it to classic theater, it is refreshing to hear someone else finally do it – two people no less! Alyssa Milano and Bill Maher, thank you very much for making me feel less out of touch with the world.

HP Power Up Festival: Visual Effects in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Everything about Manhattan’s Milk Studios, from its clean, curving white walls and pillars, to its expansive plate-glass windows that leave the space bathed in light, breathes sleekness and smooth, cutting-edge professionalism. So Kyle McCulloch, standing on a polished wooden stage flanked on either side by two enormous flat-screen TVs, found himself in the perfect place

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