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David Reviews The Complete Monterey Pop Festival [Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review]

A new edition of The Complete Monterey Pop Festival should be regarded as a milestone event for the Criterion Collection. It marks the first occasion that a high-def (1080p) transfer of a film that Criterion holds the rights to distribute has been voluntarily retired and replaced with an even better (4K) upgrade. While there are probably more than a few other similar situations where older Criterion Blu-rays scanned in at 1080 have had subsequent 2K or 4K transfers done in recent years, the company’s general reluctance to re-issue those titles makes plenty of sense in today’s home video market. However, this particular enhancement of Monterey Pop, available as either a standalone film or as part of a more comprehensive package that includes two short films shot at the festival featuring Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix, is easily justified by both the merits of the film itself, and the occasion
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The Complete Monterey Pop Festival

Criterion lavishes a major upgrade to its older box set celebrating the first major rock concert event, the ‘California Dreamin’ idyll that some say marked the beginning of the Summer of Love. Get ready to hear and see some history-making performances from Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and The Who. Plus two more features and a bundle of ‘extra’ music sets . . . including Tiny Tim.

The Complete Monterey Pop Festival

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The Criterion Collection 167

1968 / Color / 1:33 flat / 79 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date December 12, 2017 / 69.95

Cinematography: James Desmond, Barry Feinstein, Richard Leacock, Albert Maysles, Roger Murphy, D.A. Pennebaker

Film Editor: Nina Schulman

Original Music: The Animals, The Association, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Byrds, Canned Heat, Country Joe and the Fish, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Al Kooper, Hugh Masekela, Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and the Papas, Laura Nyro, Otis Redding, The Quicksilver Messenger Service,
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The Voice Season 13 Premiere: Great Voices Leads to Throwing Stuff

Last night was The Voice season 13 premiere, and musically this looks like it’s going to be a good one. As for the new coaching dynamic…at least it’s not distracting from music. I’m not sure about the throwing of things though. Every newbie has their learning curve. The first blind audition of The Voice season 13 premiere was released as a sneak peek. Singing, “Try A little Tenderness” by Otis Redding, 29-year-old New Yorker Chris Weaver wowed all four coaches: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus, and newie to the U.S. version of The Voice Jennifer Hudson. Chris had met Jennifer once

The Voice Season 13 Premiere: Great Voices Leads to Throwing Stuff
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‘The Voice’ blind audition: Chris Weaver belts out ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ [Watch]

‘The Voice’ blind audition: Chris Weaver belts out ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ [Watch]
Monday’s return of “The Voice” for Season 13 began with fireworks right away. All four coaches — Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton — had a four-chair turn for Chris Weaver at the every beginning of the show as he belted out the Otis Redding tune “Try a Little Tenderness.” NBC’s Emmy-winning […]
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The Voice Season 13 Premiere Recap: Who's Ready to Play Musical Chairs?

Suggesting superstitiously that Season 13 of The Voice would be unlucky was a silly gimmick, I thought — until in the premiere, the coaches all passed on my two favorite contestants of the night: Xaris, a teenage folk singer who’s as much of a gem as Jewel, and Odiseas, who returned from his Season 3 tryout with enough star power to light up a constellation. But it was still nice to have Miley Cyrus back on the panel — and not to have to listen to Gwen Stefani pitching female vocalists on joining her team with compelling arguments like, “You’re a girl,
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‘The Voice’: Season 13 Starts and Ends with a Four-Chair Turn

The Voice returned for its 13th season tonight, with coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton returning to the chairs, joined by former Voice coach Miley Cyrus and newcomer Jennifer Hudson.

As usual, the Blind Auditions provided plenty of suspense and drama as the coaches tried to make their initial bids for artists.

Kicking off the season, worship leader and drag queen Chris Weaver sang “Try A Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding. Weaver’s soulful performance filled the room, and coaches Hudson and Levine turned right away. By the bridge, Shelton and Cyrus turned, too, giving Weaver the first four-chair turn of...
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The Top Uses of Otis Redding Songs in Movies or TV

If you don’t know anything that Otis Redding has done then you need to get hooked up with a record or a track and take a listen. This man was one of the pioneers that helped to drive soul music towards what it is now. He actually quit school at age 15 so he could get a job to help his family pay the bills and get by, and eventually joined up with Little Richard before creating a music career that would help him skyrocket to the top with Sittin’ On The Dock of The Bay. Unfortunately he was killed

The Top Uses of Otis Redding Songs in Movies or TV
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Criterion Collection Announces December Titles, Including ‘Election’ and ‘Monterey Pop’

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Criterion Collection Announces December Titles, Including ‘Election’ and ‘Monterey Pop’
The Criterion Collection has unveiled its holiday slate, with “Election” leading the list of titles being released this December. Joining Alexander Payne’s classic in the Collection are a new digital transfer of Barbet Schroeder’s documentary “General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait,” “The Complete Monterey Pop Festival,” and the previously announced “100 Years of Olympic Films 1912-2012.” More information — and, just as importantly, cover art — below:

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Election

“Perky, overachieving Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) gets on the nerves of history teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) to begin with, but after she launches her campaign for high-school president and his personal life starts to fall apart, things spiral out of control. In Alexander Payne’s satire ‘Election,’ the teacher becomes unhealthily obsessed with cutting his student down to size, covertly backing a spoiler candidate to
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Doobie Brothers To Perform At Playing For Change Foundation Concert

Playing For Change, the multimedia company responsible for the popular ‘Songs Around The World’ video series, has announced it will host We Are One, a concert benefitting the Playing For Change Foundation and celebrating 10 years of positive change through music.

Official partners for the event include Los Angeles’ premier rock radio station 95.5 Klos, La Weekly, and Japan-based music app Nana. The concert will take place on Tuesday, October 3, at the historic Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles and feature performances from The Doobie Brothers members Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and John McFee; as well as Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett from Little Feat; The Playing For Change Band, that features 10 respected musicians from 10 different countries; world-renowned drummer James Gadson; The Ambassador of Soul, Ellis Hall; legendary harmonica player Lee Oskar; and more. Ticketing options include an exclusive VIP experience with a pre-show meet and greet reception with The Doobie Brothers and musicians,
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"Twin Peaks," Episode 15 Recap: How Beautiful Is This

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Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.The best things come to those who wait, and Big Ed Hurley (Everett McGill) has long been dreaming of the moment that opens Part 15 of Mark Frost and David Lynch's Twin Peaks revival. "I've been a selfish bitch to you all these years," says his one-eyed wife Nadine (Wendy Robie), who's walked a long way—a Dr. Jacoby/Dr. Amp gold, shit-digging shovel slung over her shoulder—to the cash-only Gas Farm that Ed has run for most of his life. She states the obvious: Ed is in love with Rr Diner propietor Norma Jennings (Peggy Lipton), and she, Nadine, has always stood in his way. Those days are finally over. Ed is reluctant to think of this as anything beyond another of his spouse's manic episodes.
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'Twin Peaks' Recap: Log Out

'Twin Peaks' Recap: Log Out
Twin Peaks is a show about respect. This, perhaps, is a strange thing to say about a series that routinely violates time, space, sanity and basic human decency. And that's to say nothing of the relatively run-of-the mill mockery it makes of its many lovable goofballs, from Dr. Jacoby to Dougie Jones. But this week's episode demonstrates the tremendous reverence and compassion with which co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost depict people at their most defenseless.

Let's start with the unexpectedly happy ending the show serves up to Big Ed Hurley and Norma Jennings,
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Twin Peaks Recap: At Long Last Love

Twin Peaks Recap: At Long Last Love
Norma and Ed seem to have finally found their happy ending. Nadine, still riding a high from Dr. Amp’s vlog, marches to Big Ed’s gas farm, golden sh-t shovel in hand, and releases Ed from their marriage. She claims to be “better” now. She only wants Ed to be happy. And then, to the sounds of Otis Redding wailing “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” Ed goes to the Double R Diner to take Norma into his arms. Momentary jeopardy arises when Norma must first dispense with Walter and his diner franchise plans. But while he waits,
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Twin Peaks season 3 episode 15 review: There’s Some Fear In Letting Go

Joe Matar Aug 21, 2017

Twin Peaks does what it does best in episode fifteen - mingling soap opera, police procedural and the otherworldly. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.15 There's Some Fear In Letting Go

As we draw close to the end of this limited series, bombshells are dropping more consistently. This part was a rip-roaring cocktail of murder, love, and deeply sad goodbyes.

Most of the episode is tragic and violent, so it starts us off with a huge, wonderful reward: the long-delayed union of Big Ed and Norma. I’ll admit, it was abrupt. I suppose we’re meant to understand that Nadine and Jacoby (alias Dr. Amp)’s connection two episodes back led to her decision to let Ed go, but it still
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20 Songs You Adored From the Original Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

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Dirty Dancing is more than the story of one girl's sexual awakening over a sweaty Summer in the Catskills; it's a rollicking good time filled with hits from the '60s. While ABC has remade the movie and replaced nearly all the songs with modern covers, we'll always be partial to the original soundtrack. It features Frankie Valli, The Ronnettes, Otis Redding, The Drifters, and more. Of course, the crown jewel of the collection is "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." Listen to all the songs below, and flash back to the first time you ever saw Baby carry that watermelon. RelatedDirty Dancing: Where Are They Now?
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‘Game of Thrones’: Five Theories on Who Will Win and How It All Ends

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‘Game of Thrones’: Five Theories on Who Will Win and How It All Ends
Game of Thrones” is a show that’s always kept us on our toes, year after year, and that’s truer now that we’ve moved beyond adapting George R.R. Martin’s novels and into a 13-episode endgame, stretched across two seasons.

Now that we know how much time we have left in the Seven Kingdoms (at least until the spin-offs start) the question becomes, what will happen when the show ends? While IndieWire may not have the official answers, we have each given serious thought to possible conclusions.

Each member of the TV team has their own theories, based on their own personal opinions and expertise, but the fun thing about “Game of Thrones” is that anything could happen: The crazier the prediction, the more likely it could be right. Season 8 is going to be a doozy.

Read More‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: All the Clues the Cast
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‘Game of Thrones’: Five Theories on Who Will Win and How It All Ends

  • Indiewire
‘Game of Thrones’: Five Theories on Who Will Win and How It All Ends
Game of Thrones” is a show that’s always kept us on our toes, year after year, and that’s truer now that we’ve moved beyond adapting George R.R. Martin’s novels and into a 13-episode endgame, stretched across two seasons.

Now that we know how much time we have left in the Seven Kingdoms (at least until the spin-offs start) the question becomes, what will happen when the show ends? While IndieWire may not have the official answers, we have each given serious thought to possible conclusions.

Each member of the TV team has their own theories, based on their own personal opinions and expertise, but the fun thing about “Game of Thrones” is that anything could happen: The crazier the prediction, the more likely it could be right. Season 8 is going to be a doozy.

Read More‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: All the Clues the Cast
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Friday’s best TV: Rock’n’roll Guns for Hire; Top of the Lake

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The unsung heroes behind some of pop’s greatest songs share their war stories – and a timely repeat of Jane Campion’s darkly mesmerising crime drama

“We’re ghosts at the top table,” says David Bowie’s former guitarist Earl Slick, who narrates this study of the ego-quashing men and women who flank the stars. Highlights include Otis Redding’s guitarist Steve Cropper playing a soulful version of Dock of the Bay, which he co-wrote, and Prince and the Revolution’s Wendy and Lisa – exceptional talents in their own right – demonstrating what they brought to Purple Rain. Ali Catterall

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Kanye West: 40 Years of Fire -- The Ultimate Birthday Playlist!

Kanye West: 40 Years of Fire -- The Ultimate Birthday Playlist!
Wake up, Mr. West. It's your birthday!

On "No More Parties in L.A." off The Life of Pablo, Kanye West describes himself as "a 38-year-old 8-year-old," which is maybe a perfect summation of the qualities that have made the 40-year-old rapper such an enigma: a larger-than-life icon who has cultivated a persona that draws as much infamy as it does reverence, with a head-spinning number of acclaimed tracks to show for it.

Watch: Inside Kanye West's 40th Birthday in Bahamas With Kim Kardashian and Their Kids: 'No Work or Social Media'

Somehow, as Kanye has gotten older, his almost youthful sense for defiance and creativity have created work that has only gotten more experimental, more groundbreaking, and with each new album, inspired a new crop of artists of hip hop and of music in general.

The roster of rappers that 'Ye has inspired is truly staggering. Chance the Rapper has rhapsodized about the transformative
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‘The Leftovers’ Series Finale Review: They Had to Go Back

‘The Leftovers’ Series Finale Review: They Had to Go Back
Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Book of Nora,” the series finale of HBO’s “The Leftovers.” For a post-finale interview with executive producer and showrunner Damon Lindelof, go here. For all of Variety’s coverage of “The Leftovers,” go here.

“I’m here.”

One moment from the series finale of “Lost” packed so much power that it nearly threw me across the room. Sawyer and Juliet encountered each other in front of a vending machine, and suddenly they remembered each other, and the great love and potent chemistry they shared exploded between them.

The best and most famous episode of “Lost” is “The Constant,” which is about different man and woman separated by time and space and dimensions, but who promise to find each other, one day. They won’t give up, no matter what.

What if you took those kinds of moments and made an episode of television that was 72 minutes long
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Aki Kaurismäki: 'I can watch Marvel movies – if it's Sunday and I'm hungover'

He tackles big issues but can’t resist adding jokes, once turning Hamlet into a story about rubber ducks. As The Other Side of Hope hits cinemas, the Finnish director talks about lazy actors, parking tickets – and his Holby City addiction

Twice a year, Aki Kaurismäki climbs into his battered blue Volvo and drives from his home in a Portuguese village all the way to Helsinki. “When I was young, with my Cadillac and lousy roads, it took three days,” says the 60-year-old Finnish director. “Now, with good roads, at my age it takes five.” A shrug. What does he play on the journey? “Otis Redding. Dylan. Finnish tango. I haven’t bought new music in 20 years.”

Helsinki is the setting for most of his humane and poker-faced comedies, including The Man Without a Past, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2002, and his latest gem, The Other Side of Hope.
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