Friday, June 11, 2010

Music DVD Review: You Really Got Me -- The Story of The Kinks (2010)


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Devoting nearly ninety minutes edited like a record into nine Kinks song based selections from “Everybody’s A Dreamer” through “Changes,” You Really Got Me: The Story of The Kinks is best appreciated from a musical perspective rather than from a historical one.

Although it chronicles the “quintessentially British” British Invasion band from their first smash single (the eponymous “You Really Got Me,” which was the guys’ third release) up through their induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, those hoping for an authoritative, eye-opening expose on the musicians will be disappointed with the result of this region free DVD.

However, for avid fans, You Really Got Me is a goldmine of rare performance footage that showcases not just the band’s biggest chart toppers like “Sunny Afternoon” and “All Day and All Of the Night,” but also works in some of the vintage rhythm and blues tracks and the group’s country/folk phase with cuts like “Muswell Hillbilly,” “Milk Cow Blues,” “Low Budget,” and more, going as far as to include the length of each one of over twenty songs right on the back of the DVD case.

With a fascinating biographical printed portrait contained in the inner sleeve penned by Jon Kirkman, the work from ABC Entertainment tries to present the best of both worlds by making up for what the DVD lacks in factual content with its overall presentation as a cross between a documentary and an album.

Still, there’s no doubt that You Really Got Me will make you curious to discover the real story behind the cited “unspecified reasons” why the band was banned from America from 1965-1969.

Additionally you'll long to learn more about The Kinks’ charismatic leader Ray Davies who took the sound of the music in several directions throughout its heyday, making the group influential to various genres and schools of performance from punk to New Wave when it became something of a “cult band” in the 1970s.


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Saturday, June 5, 2010

TV Review: HBO Premieres New Series, "The Neistat Brothers" (2010)




Devotees of the well-organized creative minutia of Wes Anderson, the humor of Spike Jonze, the mixed media daring of Michel Gondry and the experimental free-for-all of Neistat Brothers inspirations Jean-Luc Godard and Hunter S. Thompson are sure to delight in television’s debut “handmade home movie TV show.”

Although on the surface, HBO’s newest Friday night series The Neistat Brothers looks like it could play as an installation exhibit at your local museum of contemporary art, you’re quick to discover that it’s filled with the same sense of wonder that caused most of us to pick up video cameras at a young age and start rolling… um, tape.

As the two introduce us to the mad method behind their mini-movies, filming and adventuring for four weeks and diligently editing for two in their downtown Manhattan studio, 368 Broadway, their enthusiasm for the craft of filmmaking becomes infectious. Soon they take journeys ranging in scale from the dollar store with one’s son and another trip to Amsterdam in order to share their ideas with us over the course of an eight episode season.

Quick to discern that -- although it’s about the lives of the brothers -- it’s never about whom they really are and therefore not a (yawn) reality series, The Neistat Brothers is a cheery blend of creative mischief and innovative mayhem that must be experienced in order to describe.

Veterans of short filmmaking since they used their tax returns to buy iMac DV computers before maxing out their credit cards to fill their hands with cameras, the two who are perhaps most famous for a short work they did about the batteries in an iPod, compare their interest in their work to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in which a trade was made for the chance or opportunity to achieve something great.


With roughly seven short films and interstitial movies complete with a corresponding theme “baked together in iMovie” to comprise each episode, the brothers Van and Casey admirably give YouTube a run for its overexposed money by primarily using cameras (both still and moving) that most of us use to shoot our family and friends with on a regular basis before going off on their filmed escapades that encompass everything from model boat racing to showing us “A Cool Thing About a Garbage Truck.”

And throughout, they interweave the story of how one brother met their spouse and then tracked down their biological dad at the age of thirty-two to making a movie with their budding filmmaker son, racing their Olympic skier assistant to Amsterdam on a maple syrup expedition or reenacting a scene from The Shining.

And after just two episodes, I'm confident that the series that took a full year to make, promises to be as filled with smiles as it is a celebration of artistic exploration, which proves once again why HBO is as usual several steps ahead of the curve when it comes to intellectual programming we didn’t even know we were missing.


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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Film Intuition's Home Entertainment Calendar of New Releases in DVD & Blu-ray for May 2010

Film Intuition's
Home Entertainment Calendar

May 2010

New Releases in DVD & Blu-ray*
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May 4, 2010

According to Jim: The Complete Second Season
Barbra Streisand: One Night at the Village Vanguard
Before You Say I Do
Bound By a Secret
Dirt: The Complete Second Season
Doctor Zhivago -- Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]
Dragon Ball: Season 4
Escape from L.A. [Blu-ray]
The Facts of Life: Season 4
Fallen
Go Diego Go: Great Panda Adventure
Hamlet (2009)
Iron Man: Armored Adventures -- Complete Season 1
Iron Man: Complete Animated Series
Leap Year
Marvel X-Men: Vol. 5
Mine
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 2
The Nanny Express
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
Nine
No Time for Sergeants
The Notebook [Blu-ray]
Penn and Teller: Bulls*** Season 7
Saving Private Ryan [Blu-ray]
Tetro
Tooth Fairy
Virtuality
Wolverine and X-Men: Revelation
X-Men: Volume 5 (Marvel DVD)


May 11, 2010


Celine: Through the Eyes of the World

Daria: The Complete Animated Series
Daybreakers
The Edge [Blu-ray]
Edge of Darkness (2010)
Essential Art House: Kurosawa Collection
Fresh Prince of Bel Air: Season 5
Hang 'Em High [Blu-ray]
High Anxiety [Blu-ray]
History of the World: Part 1 [Blu-ray]
The Karate Kid I [Blu-ray]
The Karate Kid Part II [Blu-ray]
Larry McMurtry's The Streets of Laredo
Legend of the Tsunami Warrior [Blu-ray]
Legion
M (Criterion Collection)
Magnificent Seven Collection [Blu-ray]
The Man in the Iron Mask [Blu-ray]
Marked for Death [Blu-ray]
My Wife and Kids: Season 2
Raising the Bar: Season 2
Robin Hood: Men in Tights [Blu-ray]
Rock 'N Roll High School [Blu-ray]
Spy Kids: Collection
Thirtysomething: The Complete Third Season
Toy Story Special Edition DVD
Toy Story 2 Special Edition DVD


May 18, 2010

Carlito's Way [Blu-ray]
The Dukes
Extraordinary Measures
The Girl on the Train
Invictus
John Lennon: Rare & Unseen
The Kinks: You Really Got Me -- The Story of The Kinks
The Louis L'Amour Movie Collection
Law and Order: Criminal Intent -- The 5th Year
The Messenger
The New Daughter
Outlander
The Spy Next Door
Valentine's Day
Walkabout (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]


May 25, 2010

Bigger and Blackerer: David Cross
City of the Living Dead
Dear John
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog [Blu-ray]
Flashpoint: The Second Season
George Gently: Series 2
The Guild: Season 3
Leverage: The Complete Second Season
Mystery Team
Rain Fall
The Road
Royal Pains: Season 1
Seven Swords
Spartacus: 50th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray]
Stagecoach (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
True Blood: The Complete Second Season