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Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words review - career highlights of a serious musical joker

This documentary about the oddball musician may not satisfy completists, but it’s still a fascinating run-through of Zappa’s greatest – and weirdest – moments

My wife can handle my snoring and my tendency to forget to do the dishes, but all bets are off when I drag out my Frank Zappa albums. To the great many people who just can’t stand the man’s music, it is an antic mess of arpeggios, endless guitar solos, puerile baby noises, irritating musique concrète and vulgar lyrics. (I’ll agree to a lot of this, and that’s coming from a diehard fan.) German director Thorsten Schütte’s documentary Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words would finally, I think, get her to understand just what it is that I love about the foul-mouthed mustachioed freak. That is, if I could ever convince her to watch it.

Like Steven Soderbergh’s documentary on Spalding Gray,
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Forget Sundance: Here Are the Three Must-see Slamdance Documentaries

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Why the Slamdance Film Festival isn't more celebrated for its documentary finds each year is a question I ask, well, every year. Sure, its annual feature-doc program isn't filled exclusively with good movies, but neither is Sundance nor any other festival. There have been at least a few in every crop of eight-or-so titles that I'd recommend, and in most year's there's at least one really terrific work. Look at some of the successes to come out of Slamdance for proof that it's worthy of serious doc fans' attendance: Mad Hot Ballroom, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists and Steven Soderbergh's And Everything Is Going Fine all had their premieres at...

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Two decades of Slamdance: Interview with president Peter Baxter - Part One

Steven Soderbergh took And Everything Is Going Fine to Slamdance in 2010 Speaking to the co-founder and president of Slamdance film festival Peter Baxter over Skype, it's hard to believe how far technology has come since the January in 1995, when a small group of indie filmmakers - ticked off that none of them had managed to get into Sundance Film Festival - decided to see whether fortune would favour the brave. Twenty editions later - and with alumni including Boon Jong-Ho, Christopher Nolan, Seth Gorden and Marc Forster - its fair to say that their gamble has paid off, with even the likes of Steven Soderbergh - whose Sex, Lies And Videotape was an early Sundance hit - taking his film And Everything Is Going Fine there in 2010. When asked why at the time, he said simply, "Share the love, babe".

Back in 1995, though, there wasn't a huge amount of love around for independent filmmakers.
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Steven Soderbergh Month: ‘King of the Hill’ resounds with historical empathy

When a filmmaker creates a period piece, the audience will expect certain details to be highlighted as an effort of world-building and cinematic magic. They are commonly referred to as costume dramas, a display of a large amount of money pumped into costume and set design to amaze modern audiences in their plight for historicity. With The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann was able to milk our infatuation to the point that several men’s fashion designers crafted clothing lines around the film. There are anywhere from one to three big pictures like this each year that will flaunt their stars in period-perfect garb, take home their Best Picture Oscar, and fall into obscurity. What may rescue many of these films is their ability to not simply match the look of the past, but its feeling, the atmosphere of the times that helps audiences relate to characters long dead and presented in unimaginable circumstances.
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Robert Redford In First Look Photo From All Is Lost; Directed By Jc Chandor

Here’s a first look at All Is Lost. Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions, Academy Award-winner Robert Redford, and Academy Award-nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor (Best Writing, Original Screenplay for Margin Call) jointly announced that principal photography has wrapped on the open water thriller All Is Lost at Baja Studios in Rosarito, Mexico. Chandor wrote and directed the film, and Redford stars in a solo performance of one man lost at sea and his battle against the elements to stay alive. Before The Door Pictures. Neal Dodson and Washington Square Films. Anna Gerb are producing.

“After an intense two months of shooting on the water, we.re headed home and have finished production on schedule,. said Dodson and Gerb. .Jc is making an audacious film with a brave performance at its center.”

The director of photography is Frankie DeMarco and the editor is Pete Beaudreau, both of whom collaborated with Chandor on Margin Call.
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DVD Playhouse--July 2012

By Allen Gardner

The Samurai Trilogy (Criterion) Director Hiroshi Inagaki’s sprawling epic filmed from 1954-56 is an early Japanese Technicolor masterpiece, rivaling the scope of filmmakers like David Lean and Luchino Visconti. Toshiro Mifune, Japan’s greatest actor, stars as real-life swordsman, artist and writer Musashi Miyamoto, following his growth from callow youth to disciplined warrior. The three films: the Oscar winning “Musashi Miyamoto,” “Duel at Ichijoji Temple,” and “Duel at Ganryu Island” are an incredible story of human growth, tender love and sublime, blood-soaked action. Not to be missed. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with translator and historian William Scott Wilson; Trailers. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.

The 39 Steps (Criterion) Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 story of spies, conspiracies and sexual tension put him on the map on both sides of the Pond. Robert Donat stars as an innocent thrust into a deadly plot alongside a cool blonde (Madeleine Carroll
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Criterion Collection: And Everything Is Going Fine | Blu-ray Review

Master monologist Spalding Gray, a proven stage and part time screen actor, as well as the man behind such cinematic creations as Swimming To Cambodia, Monster In A Box, and Gray’s Anatomy, unfortunately perished in New York’s East River after a long and troubled bout with depression in 2004. Paying tribute to his friend and colleague, director Steven Soderbergh pieced together And Everything Is Going Fine, an autobiography of sorts, concocted of snippets from Gray’s many monologues, interviews, and home videos he left behind. A stirring, often funny film like this would never be possible to construct about most artists, but Gray’s unique creative expression was almost always an outpouring of personal experience, that when edited down to a single narrative, is basically his life’s story.

Like his light touch direction on Gray’s Anatomy, Soderbergh never interjects here. He allows Gray to tell his own story,
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Operation Kino 69: Shakin' It To Magic Mike And 2012 In Review

This week on Operation Kino we're waxing our chests and strapping on G-strings, as we review the new Steven Soderbergh/Channing Tatum male stripper movie Magic Mike. From there we look over the year so far, pointing out our favorite and least favorite movies of the year so far, along with some of our favorite surprises. Before any of that, though, there's a lightning round inspired by the hotness of the Magic Mike cast, plus tidbits, in which Da7e tackles the depiction of women in Girls and The Legend of Korra, David talks up the Steven Soderbergh documentary about Spalding Gray called And Everything Is Going Fine, Katey praises the new indie release Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Patches is surprised to love Seth MacFarlane's Ted. We end, as always, with your lightning round answers for dessert. Take a listen below and find your downloading options; for
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Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike' Dangles Its Male Strippers With Skill, But To What End? Answer: Several.

Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike' Dangles Its Male Strippers With Skill, But To What End? Answer: Several.
A masterful craftsman even when directing fluff, Steven Soderbergh remains one of the more fascinating American filmmakers working today, continually demonstrating an ability to handle wide-ranging projects without blatantly phoning it in. His last two years of releases have included a documentary on monologuist Spalding Gray ("And Everything Is Going Fine"), an apocalyptic ensemble drama ("Contagion") and a martial arts extravaganza ("Haywire"). His latest, "Magic Mike," has much in common with previous Soderbergh efforts in that it glides along at a terrifically entertaining pace. The opposite of camp, "Magic Mike" is conventionally jolly despite appearances to the contrary. Only Soderbergh could turn a movie about male strippers into a universal crowdpleaser. "Magic Mike" has received plenty of pre-release hype for drawing its story from lead man Channing Tatum's early career experiences as a stripper before his...
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Criterion Corner Review: Steven Soderbergh And The Original 'Gray's Anatomy'

#617: And Everything Is Going Fine (dir. Steven Soderbergh) 2010 #618: Gray's Anatomy (dir. Steven Soderbergh) 1997 On March 7, 2004, a 28 year-old internet developer named Robin Snead found Spalding Gray’s body down by the Brooklyn waterfront. Complete happenstance. After learning that the waterlogged corpse was that of the famous monologist, Snead called Gray’s wife. In a piece for Esquire Magazine, this is how Snead described their conversation: “I get in touch with his wife, and I mentioned that I’d never try to exploit my discovery. She said, ‘No, please, do whatever you like. You don’t have to be tasteful. This is Spalding Gray. All he ever talked about was his own death.’” Spalding Gray was not a...

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Criterion Collection: Gray’s Anatomy | Blu-ray Review

After a lifetime’s worth of straight stage work, and several decades of fine tuning his own signature craft, Spalding Gray’s final long form monologue to be converted for the big screen was the Steven Soderbergh directed Gray’s Anatomy. Two previous works (Jonathan Demme’s Swimming To Cambodia and Nick Broomfield’s Monster In A Box) were basically condensed live performances of Gray’s original monologues captured on film, but Soderbergh is not one to follow in the footsteps of previous creators. So, the live audience was scrapped, the budget was minimized, and home viewers are brought directly into the room with a neurotic man born to recount stories, his glass of water, notebook, and microphone, which is anchored iconically to his wooden desk.

In the wake of his previous successful monologues, Gray was approached to create yet another in hopes of cashing in on his then current popularity.
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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Project X, Wanderlust, The Fp

There aren't any earth-shattering new releases on DVD and Blu-ray this week, but still a handful of comedies you might have missed in theatres and a couple of big TV releases as well. David Wain's Wanderlust pretty much bombed at the box office (somewhat surprising for a Paul Rudd / Jennifer Aniston comedy) but received decent reviews, while Project X was slammed by critics and yet it ended up being a financial success. Go figure. You can now catch both of those on DVD along with Jeff, Who Lives at Home starring Ed Helms and Jason Segel, Seeking Justice starring Nicolas Cage, and Brandon and Jason Trost's instant cult classic The Fp. Louie: Season 2 is also in stores this week along with the first season of the FX series Wilfred starring Elijah Wood, plus Criterion releases of Steven Soderbergh's Spalding Gray films Gray's Anatomy and And Everything is Going Fine.
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'Project X,' 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' and 'Lockout' This Week on DVD and Blu-ray

Edit: I screwed up, I previously had 21 Jump Street on the list, but it doesn't come out until next week. Sorry for the confusion. Jeff, Who Lives at Home A very good movie with an ending that comes out of nowhere and really hits home. The Duplass brothers are, for me, a bit hit and miss, but this was a definite hit.

 

Wanderlust And here we have a complete misfire. A film sold as a comedy, but it forgot to make us laugh.

 

Big Miracle I never saw this film, but based on the trailers it looked like a harmless feature that probably would have been better served premiering on Animal Planet than in theaters. Based on the $20 million it made at the theater its receipts seem to agree.

 

Lockout Lockout is finally where it belongs, on DVD and Blu-ray. This is exactly the kind of film you're looking for
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'21 Jump Street,' 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' and 'Lockout' This Week on DVD and Blu-ray

21 Jump Street I know a lot of people are really high on this movie, but the third act is such a misfire I can't give it my full support. Why make such a funny and inventive comedy only to depend on sentimentality and a cliched gross-out joke in the end, both of which are counter-intuitive to everything that was done leading up to those points? That said, I still think you should give this film a watch, but I just don't see it as a buy unless you plan on watching the first 75% and then stopping it after that each time.

 

Jeff, Who Lives at Home Alternatively, this is a very good movie with an ending that comes out of nowhere and really hits home. The Duplass brothers are, for me, a bit hit and miss, but this was a definite hit.

 

Wanderlust And here we have a complete misfire.
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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'Project X,' 'The Fp'

Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "The Fp" What's It About? In a hyper-ridiculous society that bares a few similarities to our own, a mysterious eye-patch-wearing hero battles evil gang leaders in "Dance, Dance Revolution"-style combat where only one man walks away. See It Because: Is it cheesy? Absolutely. Is it technically good? Not really. But an over-the-top midnight movie like this is perfect for a get-together with friends. Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Evita," "Newsies," and "Sister Act 1" & "2" Anniversary Editions What's It About? They were crowd-pleasers then, and they're crowd-pleasers now; four musical hits from the '90s are already eligible for "Anniversary editions." See It Because: They're entertaining as hell. (Also, did we mention you could win all four for free in our giveaway?) New on DVD & Blu-ray "And Everything is Going Fine" (Criterion Collection) What's It About? Steven Soderbergh's documentary of Spalding Gray,
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News Shorts: March 19th 2012

Photos of Daniel Radcliffe in costume as Allan Ginsberg on the set of Kill Your Darlings, and both Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara at SXSW filming scenes for Terrence Malick's Lawless.

Photos from Riddick, To Rome with Love, Dark Shadows, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Chernobyl Diaries, Bernie and Sparkle.

Posters for Dark Shadows, Upside Down, Battleship, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, Chernobyl Diaries, On the Road.

A new alternate cut of the "Dark Shadows" trailer shows off Alice Cooper's cameo in the film in the final ten seconds. Check that out by clicking here.

Concept illustrator Phil Saunders talks about the design of Iron Man’s Mark VII suit for The Avengers.

"Christopher Nolan has presented his first cut of the anticipated "The Dark Knight Rises" to top Warner Bros. executives…" (full details)

"The world premiere of Marvel's "The Avengers" is set to take place on April 11th at
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The Criterion Collection Announce June 2012 Blu-ray Slate Including Shallow Grave

Here we are at the middle of the month and by now you should know what that means; it's Criterion Collection Blu-ray announcement day! A mere hour or two ago Criterion announced its upcoming June slate, and it's just as diverse and exciting as ever.

Leading the pack of new additions is Charlie Chaplin's first feature-length Comedy classic The Gold Rush. This release features the film in its original 1925 silent form, as well as a restored 1942 sound version. A must for any fan of Chaplin, silent's and overall film history.

The other new additions to the collection consist of Danny Boyle's directorial debut Shallow Grave, a darkly comedic film with a hint of Hitchcock. The film also served as Ewan McGregor's first starring role. The other two new additions are a double treat of Director Steven Soderbergh and American theater actor and monologist Spaulding Gray. And Everything is Going Fine
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'Shallow Grave,' 2 Spalding Gray Pics By Steven Soderbergh, 'The Gold Rush' & More To Go The Criterion Collection

Well, time to break open those vacation savings for this summer, as The Criterion Collection have dropped a heckuva slate for June, so let's get to it.

Hinted at in the annual New Year's clue, Danny Boyle's breakout debut film, "Shallow Grave," has indeed joined the collection. Starring Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, and Ewan McGregor, all it takes is a dead body and a suitcase full of money to kick off a twisty, funny and vicious little thriller. This edition will be loaded with extras, including "Digging Your Grave," a documetnary from 1993 about the making of the movie by Kevin Macdonald, two audio commentaries, new cast interviews and more. Pretty great set all around.

Steven Soderbergh and/or Spalding Gray fans have much to rejoice about as the director's 1997 and 2010 films "Gray's Anatomy" and "And Everything Is Going Fine" will get the wacky C. The former is essentially a
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012: #23. Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky's Francine

#23. Francine Directors/Writers: Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie ShatzkyProducers: Washington Square Films' Joshua Blum (And Everything Is Going Fine) and Katie SternDistributor: Rights Available The Gist: Francine (Melissa Leo), is a woman struggling to find her place in a downtrodden lakeside town after leaving behind a life in prison. Taking a series of jobs working with animals, Francine turns away those who take an interest in her and instead seeks intimacy in the most unlikely of places...(more) Cast: Melissa Leo is the heart and soul of the drama. Keith Leonard, Victoria Charkut, Dave Clark and Mike Halstead co-star. List Worthy Reasons...: The Tiff preemed The Patron Saints was my introduction to the extremely gifted husband and wife directing team of Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. Some called their vigorous docu-essay depressing, I couldn't have been more animated by this unclassifiable document and I can just imagine
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Daily Briefing. British TV, Polish Animation and More

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Craig Updegrove's designed the poster for the Anchorage International Film Festival, opening today and running through December 11.

"Peter Kosminsky has earned that rare accolade for a director of television drama: a retrospective at the BFI." In the Telegraph, Jasper Rees notes that Kosminsky is "a pretty much unique figure in contemporary television who has devoted his career to giving the powerful sleepless nights. Tony Blair's sofa cabinet all hated The Government Inspector. The NHS was excoriated in Innocents, his drama about Bristol heart surgeons. The MoD weren't big fans of his early documentary about the Falklands. Laws have been rewritten thanks to Kosminsky's zest for asking awkward questions in front of millions of viewers." Peter Kosminsky: Making Mischief opens today and runs through December 22. On a somewhat related note — it's about British television, anyway — for Film Quarterly, Mark Fisher looks back at Andrew Davies's A Very Peculiar Practice,
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