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Movie: Captain Beefheart: Under Review

"Traces the roots and history of this iconic musical legend with rare live and studio performances of Beefheart, interspersed with contributions from virtually all members of The Magic Band along with a panel of esteemed experts." - Amazon description
posted by The corpse in the library on May 12, 2021 - 1 comment

Movie: The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash

From Eric Idle, Neil Innes, George Harrison, and more, came the Rutles: an affectionate parody of Beatlemania, and a musical legend that will last a lunchtime. They were discovered by their manager, Leggy Mountbatten, in a lunchtime disco. Their first album was made in 20 minutes. Their second album took even longer. [more inside]
posted by one for the books on May 5, 2021 - 15 comments

Movie: Dark City Beneath the Beat

Musical documentary reimagines the narrative of Baltimore, a city rising above social and economic turmoil to develop a vibrant and close-knit community for the arts through its homegrown sound, Baltimore club music. [more inside]
posted by General Malaise on Apr 17, 2021 - 4 comments

Movie: The Clash: Westway to the World

A career retrospective of British punk band The Clash, featuring exclusive interviews with the entire band. - IMDB
posted by The corpse in the library on Apr 13, 2021 - 1 comment

Exterminate All the Brutes: Part One  Season 1, Ep 1

Exterminate All the Brutes, from acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro, HBO’s Sometimes in April), is a four-part hybrid docuseries that provides a visually arresting journey through time, into the darkest hours of humanity. Through his personal voyage, Peck deconstructs the making and masking of history, digging deep into the exploitative and genocidal aspects of European colonialism — from America to Africa and its impact on society today. Trailer [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Apr 12, 2021 - 2 comments

Movie: I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

First-time filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sam Jones documents the recording of Wilco's album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot." - IMDB
posted by The corpse in the library on Apr 11, 2021 - 2 comments

Movie: X: The Unheard Music

This film is a documentary about the personalities in, and the music of, the early 1980's Los Angeles punk band X. - IMDB
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 29, 2021 - 1 comment

Movie: Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

A look at the final moments of a Las Vegas dive bar called 'The Roaring 20s'. Currently available on Kanopy.
posted by Clustercuss on Mar 24, 2021 - 1 comment

Movie: The Wrecking Crew

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby. - IMDB
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 23, 2021 - 9 comments

Movie: A Band Called Death

"A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded."
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 21, 2021 - 4 comments

Movie: Fleetwood Mac: Rumours

The making of Fleetwood Mac's album Rumours in 1976 - 77.
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 19, 2021 - 6 comments

Movie: Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits

"The tale of the formation, journey and end of the seminal Punk/Reggae band The Slits." - IMDB
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 19, 2021 - 5 comments

Movie: Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style.
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 18, 2021 - 10 comments

Movie: We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!

"The film follows Twisted Sister from their beginnings as a cross-dressing glam band, playing cover songs for 4 shows a night, 6 nights a week – from New Jersey bowling alleys and Long Island beach bars, to the suburban mega-clubs of the late 70s/early 80s, and on to their bust-out appearance on the UK rock TV show, 'The Tube'. Through it all, Twisted stood ready to do or die, not just for the music, but also 'the show'. They refused to play the usual bar band role of 'human juke box for drunk and horny teens'. Every night, the band would give their all to the crowd, and mounted a full frontal attack on anyone not participating. They were going to force you to pay attention – and you were going to have fun whether you liked it or not."
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 18, 2021 - 2 comments

Movie: We Are X

A documentary about the Japanese rock band X JAPAN. Content warning: there's a lot of talk about suicide in this film.
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 17, 2021 - 3 comments

Movie: The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

An exploration of the history of the Bee Gees, featuring revealing interviews with oldest brother Barry Gibb, and archival interviews with the late twin brothers Robin and Maurice. - IMDB. Trailer at HBO, YouTube, and Amazon. [more inside]
posted by Iris Gambol on Mar 17, 2021 - 11 comments

Movie: Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art

A woman walks into a New York gallery with a cache of unknown masterworks. Thus begins a story of art world greed, willfulness and a high-stakes con. [more inside]
posted by bcwinters on Mar 6, 2021 - 18 comments

The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears  Season 1, Ep 6

Britney Spears hasn't been able to fully live her own life for 13 years, stuck in a court-sanctioned conservatorship. A new documentary by The New York Times examines what the public might not know about the pop star's court battle with her father for control of her estate. It also explores the fervent fan base that is convinced Spears should be liberated from the conservatorship, and re-examines the media's handling of one of the biggest pop stars of all time. "Framing Britney Spears' premiered in the US on FX and Hulu.
posted by riruro on Feb 12, 2021 - 4 comments

Movie: Collective

After a tragic fire in the Romanian club "Colectiv" in 2015, burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life threatening, and the resulting public outrage topples the government. This documentary follows the investigative journalists (from a sports daily) and a young pro tem Health Minister as they work to uncover fraud and reform the health care system, even a little bit. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus on Feb 5, 2021 - 1 comment

Movie: Life in a Day 2020

Putting out a global call, documentarist Kevin Macdonald asked people to document their lives on July 25th and send him the footage. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Feb 3, 2021 - 1 comment

Movie: The Booksellers

A behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world. Official site, trailer. Trailer on YouTube. Streaming on Amazon Prime and elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by Iris Gambol on Jan 28, 2021 - 4 comments

Schitt's Creek: Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt's Creek Farewell   Season 6, Ep 15

Season 6's "Episode 15" is a sweet coda to the series: "This special celebrates 'Schitt's Creek' and gives fans an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the final season including never-before-seen footage of table reads, auditions and celebrity interviews." The special originally aired after the series finale in April; now on Netflix, Amazon, elsewhere, and uploaded to YouTube.
posted by Iris Gambol on Nov 27, 2020 - 3 comments

Movie: Rewind

Digging through the vast collection of his father's home videos, a young man reconstructs the unthinkable story of his boyhood and exposes vile abuse passed through generations.
posted by johnofjack on Nov 12, 2020 - 2 comments

Movie: Jasper Mall

A year in the life of a dying shopping mall. [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage on Oct 23, 2020 - 2 comments

Frontline: The Choice 2020: Trump vs Biden  Season 39, Ep 5

The latest in Frontline’s biographical specials has premiered before the upcoming election. If you missed its television premiere you can watch the 2 hour special on the PBS website or on YouTube. A text transcript is available. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Sep 24, 2020 - 0 comments

Movie: My Octopus Teacher

A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.
posted by PenDevil on Sep 13, 2020 - 11 comments

Movie: Tread

Pushed to his breaking point, a master welder in a small town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains quietly fortifies a bulldozer with 30 tons of concrete and steel and seeks to destroy those he believes have wronged him. [more inside]
posted by rikschell on Aug 31, 2020 - 1 comment

Movie: Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop

A documentary focused on Gilberto Valle AKA "the Cannibal Cop" and the legal issues involved in his case [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Aug 30, 2020 - 1 comment

Movie: Class Action Park

A new documentary covering the world's most infamous amusement park, through the eyes of guests, staff, and others finding themselves in the orbit of both the park and its larger than life owner. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum on Aug 27, 2020 - 4 comments

Movie: Coronation

A team directed by activist and artist Ai Weiwei films inside the hospitals, homes, and quarantine sites of Wuhan, the first city hit in the global COVID-19 pandemic. (Trailer; viewable via Alamo or Vimeo.) [more inside]
posted by progosk on Aug 27, 2020 - 3 comments

Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything: Full Season 1  Season 1, Ep 0

Science journalist and RadioLab's Latif Nasser investigates the surprising and intricate ways in which we are connected to each other, the world and the universe. [Netflix] [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Aug 16, 2020 - 3 comments

Fear City: New York vs the Mafia: Full Limited Series  Season 1, Ep 0

Five Mafia families ruled New York with a bloody fist in the 1970s and '80s, until a group of federal agents tried the unthinkable: taking them down. [Netflix]
posted by ellieBOA on Jul 24, 2020 - 4 comments

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: Murder Habit  Season 1, Ep 1

A look at author Michelle McNamara's investigation regarding a violent predator she dubbed the "Golden State Killer," who terrorized California in the 1970s and '80s. (HBO miniseries) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Jun 29, 2020 - 3 comments

Movie: 13th

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 15, 2020 - 4 comments

Movie: The Game Changers

A UFC fighter's world is turned upside down when he discovers an elite group of world-renowned athletes and scientists who prove that everything he had been taught about protein was a lie. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 14, 2020 - 1 comment

Movie: Spelling the Dream

Chronicle of the ups and downs of four Indian-American students as they compete to realize their dream of winning the iconic tournament. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 14, 2020 - 4 comments

Movie: Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story (2018)

In Cracked Up, we witness the effects adverse childhood experiences can have across a lifetime through the incredible story of actor, comedian, master impressionist and Saturday Night Live veteran, Darrell Hammond. [more inside]
posted by hydra77 on Jun 9, 2020 - 2 comments

Movie: Fahrenheit 11/9

Michael Moore's 2018 documentary explored two questions of the first Trump Era: How the fuck did we get there, and how the fuck do we get out? It's good/bad! to look back at the beginning of this cluster. A lot of his usual stuff, plus some original / new POV's, for those who didn't watch tv during that time.
posted by growabrain on Jun 7, 2020 - 1 comment

Movie: A Secret Love

Falling in love in 1947, two women -- Pat Henschel and pro baseball player Terry Donahue -- begin a 65-year journey of love and overcoming prejudice. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on May 3, 2020 - 2 comments

Movie: Circus of Books

In 1976, Karen and Barry Mason had fallen on hard times and were looking for a way to support their young family when they answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero on Apr 24, 2020 - 1 comment

Home: The First Season  Season 1, Ep 0

A documentary series about dwellings that break the mold, from the Naturhus movement in Sweden that puts homes inside greenhouses to a reconfigurable tiny apartment in 344 square feet of Hong Kong. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Apr 21, 2020 - 1 comment

Movie: Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

Down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed at a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement. (Sundance 2020 award winning documentary, now on Netflix) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Mar 25, 2020 - 5 comments

Movie: Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Pamela B. Green's energetic film about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Mar 24, 2020 - 1 comment

McMillions: All Episodes  Season 1, Ep 0

A six-part documentary series from Executive Producer Mark Wahlberg, McMillion$ chronicles the stranger-than-fiction true story of how $24 million-dollars was stolen from the McDonald’s Monopoly game of the 1990s, the mystery mastermind behind the scam and the intrepid FBI agents on his trail. [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage on Mar 16, 2020 - 10 comments

Movie: Betty White: First Lady of Television

A look at Betty White's life and career features behind-the-scenes clips of her work on television and comments from her friends and co-stars. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jan 25, 2020 - 1 comment

Cheer: Cheer (Netflix): Full Season  Season 1, Ep 0

In the small town of Corsicana, Texas, hard-driving head coach Monica Adalma demands perfection from her squad of competitive college cheerleaders. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious on Jan 11, 2020 - 22 comments

Movie: For Sama

FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. [more inside]
posted by chill on Dec 31, 2019 - 2 comments

Movie: The Final Year

This is a 2017 documentary about Obama foreign policy team and the events of his final year in office. The crew mainly followed the activities of John Kerry, Samantha Power, Susan Rice and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.
posted by growabrain on Dec 26, 2019 - 2 comments

Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer: All episodes   Season 1, Ep 1

A twisted criminal's gruesome videos drive a group of amateur online sleuths to launch a risky manhunt that brings them into a dark underworld. A Netflix original series. CW for animal abuse, violence. [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband on Dec 19, 2019 - 7 comments

Movie: Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts

Trixie charmed audiences and judges as winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. But the grind of performing and the pressure of the title proves that heavy is the head that wears the tiara.
posted by xingcat on Dec 4, 2019 - 3 comments

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