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Watch: Take A 3-Minute Journey With Martin Scorsese Through The Masterpieces Of Polish Cinema

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2014 1:48 PM
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Man Of Iron
While the movie world is filled with great ranconteurs, and filmmakers with a rich knowledge of cinema history (even the unlikely John Landis, as you can find out right here), there are few who come with the breadth, depth and passion for film as Martin Scorsese. And even if you had no interest in Polish cinema, or weren't even aware there was Polish cinema, let Scorsese change your mind.

New Romanian Cinema Review: Slim, Sly & Funny '12:08 East Of Bucharest'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 6:29 PM
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A history teacher, a widower and TV host walk into a television studio...it sounds like the setup to a punchline, and in many ways, it is. That's more or less the basic premise of Corneliu Porumboiu's breakout 2006 film, "12:08 East Of Bucharest." The Camera d'Or and Label Europa Cinemas winner at Cannes put the filmmaker on the international map where he has continued to gain notice, thanks to 2009's "Police, Adjective" and this year's "When Evening Falls On Bucharest Or Metabolism". But even seven years later, '12:08' still sustains as an exciting and carefully calibrated work, a film that led the charge of recent Romanian cinema.

Sound & Vision Reviews: 'Muscle Shoals,' 'Low Movie (How To Quit Smoking)' & Bill Callahan Doc 'Apocalypse'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 4, 2013 6:47 PM
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Can music reflect landscape? Can a spiritual terrain seep into the soul of a people through music? These are some of the questions asked in the documentary, "Muscle Shoals," a must-see documentary for any rock n' roll history connoisseur. There's not just something in the water in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a small town by the Tennessee River. To hear it told by the doc and its many legendary music figure testimonials (Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones and many more), Alabama's seminal music town not only has soul, funk, rhythm, blues and spiritual pathos coursing through its veins, it's permeated deep in the soil, running through the water and flowing in the air. And while the sentiment seems a little hokey and precious (especially when delivered by U2's overly earnest, semi-pretentious Bono who lays on the mythologizing rather typically thick), over the course of 110 minutes "Muscle Shoals" delivers a litany of evidence that's difficult to argue with.

Review: 'The Nine Muses of Star Empire' Documents the Dark Side of K-Pop

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 31, 2013 7:38 PM
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The Nine Muses of Star Empire
The tidal wave that is K-Pop (Korean pop music) has only just begun to crest the shores of the United States, heralded by the juggernaut of quirky rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style." However, widespread mainstream awareness in the U.S. has yet to come for many of the K-pop girl and boy bands (Super Junior, 2NE1) that bring a high-octane, flashy, fizzy brand of pop music that would put One Direction to shame (it doesn't hurt that the groups often boast upwards of seven to ten impossibly attractive young members). The documentary "The Nine Muses of Star Empire," directed by Hark-Joon Lee attempts to go behind the scenes of the K-pop star factory, with an intimate and arresting look at just what goes into this shiny, futuristic pop.

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