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 3.2
 
Tuesday, 16 September 2008 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
An American in Paris (Two-Disc Special Edition) With songs by George and Ira Gershwin and Gene Kelly’s rapturous dancing and choreography, movie musicals just don’t come much more exuberant or gorgeous than ‘An American in Paris.’ Winner of the 1951 Best Picture Oscar (and five other Academy Awards), ‘American’ stands the test of time, largely because while artists of similar stature in their own right have come along since, there’s no one really like the Gershwins or Kelly. This film provides the real articles at the top of their form. Kelly plays the title role, Jerry Mulligan, an ex-G.I. who after WWII has stayed on in Paris to paint. He’s content with his penniless, bohemian existence until, in quick succession, he is taken under the wing of a smitten, rich American patroness (Nina Foch) and falls for local shopgirl Lise (Leslie Caron) who, unbeknownst to Jerry, is engaged ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.6
 
Tuesday, 16 September 2008 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
Gigi (50th Anniversary Two-Disc) Partly because it’s a period piece, partly because it deals with subjects that are ever timely and partly because it was so brilliantly made to begin with, ‘Gigi’ hasn’t dated at all. The 1958 musical, which won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Musical Score and six others besides, looks just as charming, sophisticated and humane today as ever. Thanks to its rich-hued DVD transfer, it’s as colorfully beautiful as ever, too. Adapted from a story by Colette by screenwriter/lyricist Alan J. Lerner, with music by Frederick Loewe and directed by Vincente Minnelli, ‘Gigi’ tells the story of the title character (Leslie Caron), a young Parisian girl on the verge of adulthood at the same time that the century is turning from the 19th to the 20th. Gigi, born of a long line of unmarried ladies, is being trained to ...
Tuesday, 17 October 2006 |  Written by Dan Macintosh  | 
title: Blame It On The Fish: An Abstract Look At The 2003 Primus Tour De Fromage function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Prawn Song MPAA rating: NR starring (voices): Primus. DVD release year: 2006 film rating: Two Stars sound/picture rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Dan MacIntosh Primus bassist/leader Les Claypool is like a guy who talks a lot without saying much. Smart people are able to string together long and complicated sentences, filled with polysyllabic words that make you reach immediately for your thesaurus, yet still leave you unenlightened and unimpressed. Same goes for how Claypool works his instrument: Lotsa notes, minimal impact. Just as there is little point in talking if you’re not truly communicating anything noteworthy, there is no reason to play music if it doesn’t make an audience feel anything – positive or negative. With musical talk this cheap, is there a discernable purpose for Primus? I think not.
Tuesday, 12 September 2006 |  Written by Dan Macintosh  | 
title: Public Enemy - Manchester UK: MKLVFKWR function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Sony Pictures Video MPAA rating: Parental Advisory. Explicit Content starring: Public Enemy DVD release year: 2006 film rating: Three and a half Stars sound/picture rating: Three and a half Stars reviewed by: Dan MacIntosh Sportscasters often speak about momentum. It is a mysterious intangible, but it is undeniably real, nonetheless. When one team has momentum over another, it can do no wrong while their opponents can seemingly do nothing right. If it is a basketball game, the one squad with momentum on its side cannot miss a shot, while the other team cannot throw a pea in the ocean. Momentum applies to musical careers as well, with Public Enemy being a prime example of an act that had it but lost it. In the 90s, nobody in the rap world was hotter then Public Enemy. So hot were they, in fact, some even referred to them as the Black CNN. They were the act ...
Tuesday, 13 June 2006 |  Written by Mike Levy  | 
title: Neil Young: Heart of Gold function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Paramount MPAA rating: PG starring (by film):: Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ben Keith, Spooner Oldham, Rick Rosas, Karl Himmel, Chad Cromwell, Grant Boatwright, Gary Pigg, Diana De Witt, and Pegi Young director: Jonathan Demme film release year: 2006 DVD release year: 2006 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture rating: Three-and-a-Half-Stars reviewed by: Mike Levy Director Jonathan Demme’s (“Stop Making Sense,” “Silence of the Lambs”) eloquent “Neil Young: Heart of Gold” documents last year’s world premiere of the legendary singer’s Prairie Wind concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Once the home of the Grand Ole Opry, the historic Ryman is a fitting setting for a concert featuring Prairie Wind’s nostalgic themes. Aging, the death of a parent, friends present and past, and dreams both realized and lost—Young focuses on the concerns of a generation whose children have moved away from home and are now coming to grips with life in their 50’s and 60’s.
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