A HARD DAY’S NIGHT Blu-ray Review

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Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night is one of the most exuberant and entertaining movies ever made.   Catching The Beatles phenomenon like getting lightning in a bottle, the film feels just as alive and inventive as it must have when it premiered fifty years ago.  John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr appear as themselves in a very loosely plotted story of the events that lead up to a fictionalized television performance.   Breezy and filled with great songs and jokes, anyone who dislikes this film probably has terrible taste.   My review of the Criterion Collection edition (which includes both the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film) follows after the jump. 

Trailer for the Restored, 50th Anniversary Release of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

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In between the blockbusters and the indies, this summer is going to have a delightful re-release with A Hard Day’s Night returning to theaters for its 50th anniversary.  The very loose plot is about The Beatles coming to America, but it’s really just an excuse to have the group engage in utterly delightful antics and shenanigans.  Obviously, the music is excellent, but it’s a surprisingly witty and vibrant piece of filmmaking, and I hope people make some time to see this restored version.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  A Hard Day’s Night opens July 4th, and stars John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.  And if fans happen to miss out, they can pick up the new Criterion Collection Blu-ray, which will be released on June 24th.

Sundance 2013: SOUND CITY Review

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I love documentaries that can teach me something I don’t know, and do so in an entertaining fashion.  I’m incredibly ignorant when it comes to understanding music production, and two-thirds of Dave Grohl‘s documentary Sound City provides a fascinating, hilarious, and passionate look at the eponymous studio, its prominence in rock history, and the technical details behind creating some of the best music of all time.  Grohl does an amazing job at going into the nuts and bolts of music production but always keeping the lesson upbeat and inviting.  However, once Grohl has completed telling the history of Sound City, the documentary shifts into an uneasy place where Grohl’s promotion of the physical music studio over Pro Tools creates a direct analog-vs-digital exploration, and an indirect deprecation of those who share the rock star’s passion for music, but lack the resources to book studio time.

Paul Rudd and Robert De Niro Hosting SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in December

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Back in October we found out that Jeff Bridges would be hosting Saturday Night Live the day after the highly anticipated Tron Legacy hits theaters. Today a press release from NBC confirms his hosting duties on December 18th with musical guests Eminem and Lil Wayne, and they’ve also announced two more hosts in December for three back-to-back episodes.

On December 4th, Robert De Niro will kick things off with musical guest Diddy-Dirty Money (a hip-hop group comprised of Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kalenna Harper and Dawn Richard) just in time to plug their debut album Last Train to Paris which drops on December 14th. Then Paul Rudd (appearing just in time to plug the release of How Do You Know on December 17th) returns for only his second time hosting on December 11th with musical guest Paul McCartney. I always love seeing actors like De Niro on SNL, and Paul Rudd is just comedy gold. Those two combined with Jeff Bridges for three more episodes of SNL before the New Year makes for a good close to 2010 and I hope the cast and writers of the sketch series make it worth our while.

New SHREK FOREVER AFTER Trailer

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DreamWorks has released the first real trailer for Shrek Forever After and you can watch it after the jump.  While the last two Shrek movies might have soured you to caring about the 4th and final installment, I saw the first 30 minutes of Shrek Forever After two months ago and actually really liked the footage.  And this is coming from someone that hated the last two films.

The basic premise of the 4th film is Shrek is tired of his life and family and he makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to get a day to himself, away from everyone and everything.  But what Shrek doesn’t know is Rumpelstiltskin is out for himself and his magic contracts are not as clear as he lets on.  So while Shrek expected to go back home after a short one day vacation, he awakens in a universe where no one knows him and he’s no longer married to Fiona.  Needless to say, the rest of the film is about returning everything to normal….

Spend A LIFE IN THE DAY with Brian Epstein, the Man Who Discovered and Managed The Beatles

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I don’t think it’s right to say that “The Beatles” are experiencing a resurgence or even a rise in their popularity because it’s impossible for “The Beatles” to be any greater.  John Lennon’s famous quote “We’re more popular than Jesus now,” isn’t the craziest thing I’ve ever heard.  But I’ll concede that recently “The Beatles” are getting more popular licensing than they’ve had in recent years. “The Beatles: Rock Band”  is hitting stores on September 9th and last week we reported about a possible 3D remake of “Yellow Submarine” by Robert Zemeckis which I don’t oppose as long as it makes me feel like I’m tripping balls.

But who worked to make The Beatles known as The Greatest Band of All Time?  It was a man named Brian Epstein and he’s about to get his story told.  Hit the jump to discover The Beatles before they had out-sized any deity.

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