Mile Davis: Birth of the Cool at a Screen Near You

A still from Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool by Stanley Nelson, an official selection of the Documentary Premieres program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Guy Le Querrec.

Few artists in the pantheon of contemporary music have shaped the American soundscape as much as Miles Davis. Coming to theaters in time for the anniversary of the jazz trumpeter and composer’s death 28-years ago this September is documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s much-anticipated Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. Borrowing its name from Davis’ groundbreaking…… Continue reading Mile Davis: Birth of the Cool at a Screen Near You

Trump Tweets Lead Universal to Shelve ‘The Hunt’

President Donald Trump, long known for his sensitivity to social satire and nuanced political commentary, recently decried the release of Universal Pictures’ dark comedy The Hunt and now the studio has shelved the picture. A sort of redux of The Most Dangerous Game but with liberal elites apparently hunting MAGA-types for sport, the President accused…… Continue reading Trump Tweets Lead Universal to Shelve ‘The Hunt’

How to Celebrate Pi Day Like Dr. Strangelove

In honor of Pi Day, the annual commemoration of the mathematical constant pi, or 3.14 (hence, March 14), below are images from perhaps the most infamous pie fights ever filmed – then never screened. Die-hard Stanley Kubrick fans have long known about the pie fight which was to conclude Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned…… Continue reading How to Celebrate Pi Day Like Dr. Strangelove

The Beginning of the Film Industry

The film business is born in Paris with the Brothers Lumières’ first paid public film screening on this day, December 28 in 1895. Among other selections, on the bill was La Sortie de l’Usine Lumière à Lyon (literally, “the exit from the Lumière factory in Lyon”, or, under its more common English title, Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory.…… Continue reading The Beginning of the Film Industry

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To B-film, or not to B-film

A documentary on erstwhile B-film studio Cannon Films, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, will stoke your Gen X nostalgia for what is now vintage schlock…