Film Review


The Beatles: Get Back

Read "The Beatles: Get Back" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Beatles Get Back Apple2022 Following Thanksgiving weekend 2021's much-ballyhooed Disney+ streaming premiere of Peter Jackson's The Beatles: Get Back, the announcement of its physical release came off slightly anti-climactic. The prospective excitement was further dampened by the fact no additional content was to be included over and above the original eight-hours or so, then further muffled by the delay of issue by technical glitches in the first run of duplication. Thus, ...


The Rolling Stones: Licked Live In NYC

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Rolling Stones Licked Live In NYC Mercury Studios 2022 It is no little poetic justice, but also a perfectly appropriate gesture of respect on its own terms that, when the Rolling Stones first appear on the Madison Square Garden stage in Licked Live In NYC, vocalist Mick Jagger is swinging his arm up and down, right in time with the massive thud coming from the drums behind him manned by the late Charlie ...


The Beatles And India

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The Beatles The Beatles And India Renoir Pictures/MVD 2022 The Beatles And India is not an authorized piece of film approved for release thru the current Apple organization, but perhaps it ought to be. This feature-length documentary collects in one place the various story lines arising around the iconic British band's abiding interest in all things Indian over the years, focusing on the late '60s. More importantly, this multiple-film-festival selection adds to and clarifies the ...


Joanne Shaw Taylor: Blues From The Heart Live

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Joanne Shaw Taylor Blues From the Heart Live KTBA Records 2022 The title of Joanne Shaw Taylor's Blues From The Heart Live is no more redundant than the one assigned to her last studio release. On The Blues Album (KTBA Records, 2021), the British blueswoman revealed the roots and influences of her previous works that consist mostly of original material, and in doing so, she dramatically elevated the authenticity of her modern take on ...



Read "HARGROVE" reviewed by Bridget A. Arnwine

Roy Hargrove HARGROVE Poplife Productions 2022 When trumpeter Roy Hargrove passed away in November 2018, after enduring a longstanding battle with kidney disease, friends and fans of the jazz wunderkind mourned what could have been almost as much as they celebrated what was. He was, for many, an accessible bridge to jazz music that curious followers of hip-hop and R&B were willing to explore simply because Hargrove had shown them the way. For others, he ...


Motian In Motion

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Paul Motian Motian In Motion Aquapio Films 2021 There could have been no more apt title for film maker Michael Patrick Kelly's documentary film on drummer, Paul Motian (1931-2011), who buzzes about his New York business—in and out of taxis on the way to and from gigs or the recording studio—with perpetual wind in his sails. Even when simply chatting with friends, Motian always seems to be in movement. A hug is never ...


Sam Cooke: Legend

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Sam Cooke Legend Abkco 2021 With a running time of seventy minutes, the documentary on singer/composer/producer Sam Cooke is far shorter than the bonus material included on the DVD of Legend. But in its own way, that's fitting as the late r&b/soul icon's lasting influence, based on his varied career as an artist, entrepreneur and civil rights activist, far outstrips the actual duration of his life. Sam Cooke's greatest ambition was also his greatest achievement, ...


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