April 2009 Archive

IFFBoston: Stingray Sam

29 April 2009, 6:40 am
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Stingray Sam is the new space-western/musical from Cory McAbee of The American Astronaut fame. It compromises 6 10-minute episodes. Each mixes John Borruso’s surreal and colorful collages and expository narration by David Hyde Pierce with live-action black & white footage of Stingray Sam (McAbee), his partner The Quasar Kid (Crugie) and their friends and enemies. […]

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IFFBoston: The Higher Force

28 April 2009, 6:08 am
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The Higher Force (Stóra planið) is certainly not your typical gangster movie. David (Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon) is a singularly feckless hoodlum in a gang ineptly led by Magnus (Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson). David would really rather be a poet, and he’s haunted by an old secret. His new landlord Harald (Eggert Þorleifsson) claims to be a […]

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IFFBoston: Best Worst Movie

27 April 2009, 6:10 am
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Best Worst Movie is instantly on my shortlist for year’s best movie. It’s the story of a low budget horror flick (Troll 2) that became a cult phenomenon, and how the cast and crew react to this after nearly 20 years. Lead man George Hardy is tremendously engaging. He radiates an almost supernatural level […]

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IFFBoston: I Need that Record!

26 April 2009, 11:47 am
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I Need that Record! seems to arise from the best D.I.Y. tradition. Director/cinematographer/editor/producer Brendan Toller got fired up about the death of some of his favorite independent record stores. So he made a movie about it. (Ace cut-out-style animations from Matt Newman prevent it from being strictly a one-man show, and add welcome visual variety.) […]

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IFFBoston: Monsters from the Id

26 April 2009, 8:00 am
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Dave Gargani’s deep affection for the 50’s sci-fi flicks around which his documentary orbits is obvious, and sometimes infectious. (It certainly made me want to watch Forbidden Planet again sometime soon). His enthusiasm in the Q&A after the screening made me like his film a little better.
But Gargani’s love of the source material clearly […]

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IFFBoston: (500) Days of Summer

25 April 2009, 12:46 pm
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I’m going to try to do capsule reviews of all the films I see as part of Independent Film Festival Boston. Here’s the first.
The bad news: the first 15 seconds of (500) Days of Summer convinced me I was going to hate it.
The good news: I was wrong.
That first quarter minute includes a title card […]

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How to get me to buy plastic

15 April 2009, 6:32 am
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I don’t buy nearly as much music on physical media as I used to. I’ve made my peace with MP3 sound quality. iTunes dropped the DRM , so I dropped my boycott. Amie Street has recently joined Emusic as a favored source for legit MP3 downloads.
So mostly I buy CDs and vinyl these days when […]

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no day of agreement yet.

4 April 2009, 11:06 am
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This one is delayed to . . . oh, heck, you don’t care. It’ll show up eventually.
In other news, the Shriekback song can’t be on Days of Agreement coz I want to Creative Commons license the whole thing, but the rights to Shriekback’s song aren’t mine to give away. So I’m behind by two tunes, instead of […]

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