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Movie Review - A.K.A. Doc Pomus (2013)

5 December 2013 6:57 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A.K.A. Doc Pomus, 2013.

Directed by Peter Miller and Will Hechter.

Starring Willie Burke, Dr. John, Dion Dimucci, Ben E. King, B.B. King, Joan Osborne, Lou Reed and Doc Pomus (archival footage).


Paralyzed since childhood by polio Jerome Felder overcomes the crippling disease to become a renowned songwriter called Doc Pomus.

Often a song is associated with a group or solo artist but the originator of the tuneful and lyrical creation often becomes a historical footnote.  Filmmakers Peter Miller and Will Hechter who collaborated together on Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (2010) have sought to rectify the oversight by casting the spotlight on the songsmith responsible for classics such as Save the Last Dance for Me, This Magic Moment, A Teenager in Love, and Viva Las Vegas.

Considering all the hardships he faced it is not surprising Jerome Felder connected with Blues music.  The active child was sent away »

- Trevor

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Martha Thomases: Sweet Lou

1 November 2013 5:42 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Word of Lou Reed’s death spread across the Internet on Sunday. For me, it was Sunday afternoon, so I can’t make this allusion. Nor will I call it a perfect day.

That’s what Lou Reed was to me. From the time his first album came out, he provided not only a soundtrack for my life, but a running commentary. His New York-inflected nasal vocals seemed to perfectly capture my own yearning for something I couldn’t define, but wanted desperately.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, this made me unusual, especially in Ohio, where I lived. Lou had a hit in the mid-1970s, but there still weren’t a lot of people who would admit to liking him. I can only believe that people bought “Walk on the Wild Side” without acknowledging that they knew it was about drag queens.

He wrote about drag queens, »

- Martha Thomases

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Watch: Exclusive Clip for Documentary on Legendary Songwriter 'Aka Doc Pomus'

7 October 2013 10:50 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Check out an exclusive clip for documentary "Aka Doc Pomus," on legendary New York songwriter Doc Pomus, which hit theaters in New York October 4, and opens in Los Angeles October 11.Brooklyn Jew Pomus started out as an improbable blues singer inspired by Joe Turner, and wound up a Brill Building songwriter who churned out more than 1000 songs with a series of collaborators over the years. He churned out many classics (“Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” "Little Sister," “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and hundreds of other hits). This new doc sheds light on the man behind the lyrics. Revered in the music community for his generosity and charity to the less fortunate, Pomus suffered from polio from an early age and through most of his life was confined to crutches and a wheelchair. Yet during his sixty-five years he managed to work with the likes of Bob Dylan, »

- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna

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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2013)

4 October 2013 7:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.


Distributor: Warner Bros.

About halfway through Alfonso Cuaron’s astonishing “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock, playing a lost astronaut stranded 375 miles above Earth, seeks refuge in an abandoned spacecraft and curls into a floating fetal position, savoring a brief respite from her harrowing journey. Of the many sights to behold in this white-knuckle space odyssey, a work of great narrative simplicity and visual complexity, it’s this image that speaks most eloquently to Cuaron’s gifts as a filmmaker: He’s the rare virtuoso capable of steering us through vividly imagined worlds and into deep recesses of human feeling. Suspending viewers alongside Bullock for a taut, transporting 91 minutes (with George Clooney in a sly supporting turn), the director’s long-overdue follow-up to “Children of Men” is at once a nervy »

- Variety Staff

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Aka Doc Pomus

3 October 2013 9:02 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Did you know that the enduring rock ‘n’ roll ballad “Save the Last Dance For Me” was written by someone who could not dance? Stricken with polio at the age of 6, Jerome Felder spent much of his life on crutches or in a wheelchair. Once you know this and recognize the soulfulness of the lyrics, you begin to understand why the man universally known as Doc Pomus was so widely admired—by fans, friends, and colleagues ranging from John Lennon to Bob Dylan. Among his many standards are “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and a stunning 1981 number introduced by B.B. King, “There Must be a Better World Somewhere.” How a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn became a blues...

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- Leonard Maltin

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The Great and Pained Life of a Polio-Striken R&B Hitmaker in A.K.A. Doc Pomus

1 October 2013 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

The thrilling story of Brooklyn's most beloved polio-stricken white boy r&b genius, Peter Miller and Will Hechter's A.K.A. Doc Pomus bops along with the simple, sturdy power of a good Doc Pomus song: It's constructed with techniques familiar to anyone with a passing awareness of its genre—but also with such wit and insight and serious longing that it moves as much as it grooves. Pomus, a warm and Falstaffian fellow seen here in old interview footage, wrote blues-steeped pop hits as eternal as "Save the Last Dance for Me," "Lonely Avenue," "This Magic Moment," and several of Elvis's very best—"Viva Las Vegas," "Little Sister," and that soulful masterpiece "A Mess of Blues"—but he started as an r&b shouter himself, swapping his birth name, Jerome Felder, for his »

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Feature Doc on Songwriter Doc Pomus Gets Theatrical Release in October

26 July 2013 5:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After making the festival rounds over the past year, including New York’s Stony Brook Film Festival where it won the grand prize in August, 2012, “Aka Doc Pomus,” about the songwriter behind such hits as “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment” and “A Teenager in Love,” will have a theatrical release beginning Oct. 4 at New York’s Village East Cinemas and Oct. 11 at L.A.’s Laemmle Music Hall.

The film is self-released, with Cinedigm Entertainment is handling VOD release in early November.

Directed by Peter Miller and Will Hechter, “Aka Doc Pomus” features interviews with the songwriter’s collaborators and friends, including Dr. John, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Gerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Passages from Pomus’ private journals are read by Lou Reed.

Born in Brooklyn as Jerome Felder, Pomus was paralyzed with polio as a child and confined to crutches and a wheelchair for most of his life. »

- Steve Chagollan

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18th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival June 9-13

21 May 2013 6:56 AM, PDT | | See recent news »


The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival, held annually at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema (1701 S Lindbergh Blvd #210, St Louis, Mo 63131), is one of the local Jewish community’s most popular and highly attended events of the year.  Each year, the festival presents international Jewish films, both documentaries and features that explore universal issues through traditional Jewish values, opposing viewpoints and new perspectives. And each year, the fest packs ‘em in so get there early – it’s first come first serve for seats and those Frontenac theaters aren’t very big. Attendance is always through the roof for this thing, a testament to the group’s marketing and choice of programming. Guest lecturers are brought to the fest to discuss and illuminate the subjects of these films. This year’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival runs Sunday, June 9th through Thursday June 13th.

The 18th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival »

- Tom Stockman

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

18 May 2013 12:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The sounds of the early 1960s folk music revival float on the air like a strange, intoxicating perfume in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a boldly original, highly emotional journey through Greenwich Village nightclubs, a bleak New York winter, and one man’s fraught efforts to reconcile his life and his art. A product of the same deeply personal end of the Coens’ filmmaking spectrum previously responsible for the likes of “Barton Fink” and “A Serious Man,” this darkly comic musical drama with an elliptical narrative and often brusque protagonist won’t corral the same mass audience as “No Country for Old Men” and “True Grit.” But strong reviews — for the pic itself and its stupendous soundtrack — should make this December release an awards-season success for distrib CBS Films.

As they did with the 1940s Hollywood setting of “Barton Fink,” the Coens have again taken a real time and »

- Scott Foundas

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Full Frame 2013 Review: ‘A.K.A. Doc Pomus’ is an Honorable Tribute With Few Magic Moments

7 April 2013 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There are two kinds of biographical documentaries, the kind about a person we know and want to learn more about and the kind about a person we don’t know but should be aware of (according to the filmmakers, anyway). Few films are exclusively one or the other, because different viewers have different levels of familiarity with different subjects. Someone could presumably go into Marley completely ignorant of who Bob Marley was, while someone else might watch xi with full appreciation already of who Rodriguez is. I mention two music docs since the overlap likely occurs more so with this genre. And because this is a review of a doc about a notable songwriter, Doc Pomus. In certain circles, that’s a very famous name. But for a lot of us, the lyricist behind such tunes as “Viva Las Vegas,” “This Magic Moment,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “Suspicion” and many others is not only obscure »

- Christopher Campbell

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