Film Review: ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall’

Film Review: ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall’
Nearly seven years after Michael Jackson’s premature passing, the world has probably gleaned as much as it ever will about the personal, physical and sexual curiosities of the posthumously reigning King of Pop; his enduringly influential artistry, however, remains ripe for renewed appreciation and appraisal. Leading the charge on this front is Spike Lee, who brings evidently profound personal affection and diligent research instincts to the inelegantly but self-explanatorily titled “Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off to Wall.” Corraling a wealth of talking heads — ranging from family members to essential collaborators to Rosie Perez — to examine Jackson’s transition from preternatural boy-band member to supernatural solo star, this bouncily entertaining doc may boast only a notch more formal ambition than a very well-assembled “Behind the Music” special, but is no less essential than Lee’s first Mj opus, the excellent “Bad 25.”

Like “Bad 25,” Lee’s
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Sliff Day Eight – Bitter Buddha, Headshot, Eliminate: Archie Cookson, and More

Wow, the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival already has been amazing!

Sliff’s main venues are the the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Il

The entire schedule for the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival be found Here.

Here is what will be screening at The 21st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival today, Thursday, November 15th

Shorts Program 8: Quirky Relationships

Shorts Program 8: Quirky Relationships plays at 5:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre

Shorts that give romance a twist.

Boo! (Rupert Reid, Australia, 2012, 5 min.): An aging married couple keep their love alive by staying one step ahead of each other. Coffees (Alex Beh, U.S., 2012, 11 min.): As a last-ditch effort, Mikey decides to go to his ex
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New York City Horror Film Festival Shorts: Day 2

Day two of the New York City Horror Film Festival came and went with no road bumps this time thankfully, as I was able to enjoy the night’s lineup without any delays, along with a special guest appearance by horror icon Rob Zombie, but I’ll touch on that experience later and save the love here for another fantastic night of short films. Teddy bears, talking vegetables, cannibalism – what wasn’t there to love?

The Captured Bird

Director: Jovanka Vuckovic

Isn’t it great when a little piece of cinema comes along and just makes your skin crawl, especially when it’s backed by the likes of Guillermo del Toro, George A. Romero, and Mick Garris? That’s what The Captured Bird brilliantly accomplishes, telling a short story about a tiny child’s encounter with a haunted mansion and five freakish demons birthed from black sludge, along with being
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2012 Spooky Movie Film Festival: Official Lineup

For their seventh annual edition, the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival is really blowing things up!

Well, not literally. But the world’s premiere horror movie fest is expanding to over double its regular size, screening over 50 films on nine terrifying nights Oct. 10-18 at its new home, the prestigious AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The scares kick off on the 10th with the return of local fave filmmaker Richard Bates, Jr. with the feature-length version of Excision about a teenage girl obsessed with becoming a surgeon. The film co-stars John Waters, Malcolm McDowell and Traci Lords. Bates’ original short Excision on which the feature is based screened at Spooky Movie back in 2008.

A few other Spooky Movie alumni who are back with highly anticipated new films include Mike Davis‘ “green” horror movie President Wolfman, which is composed entirely of public domain footage mixed with a rip-roarin
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Romeo & Juliet vs. The Living Dead and Romancing the Bard: A Movie Review

Director: Ryan Denmark.

Writers: Ryan Denmark, Jason Witter, and William Shakespeare (original play).

Cast: Hannah Kauffmann, Jason Witter, Mark Chavez, Kate Schroeder, Reuben Finkelstein, and Kevin R Elder.

What strangeness doth producer/writer Jason Witter and director Ryan Denmark bring? And how do they reinterpret a classic play for a zombie generation? In what gets created, Romeo & Juliet vs. the Living Dead defies every expectation for a zombie film that aspires to be very literary. These two filmmakers have made a very unique product that can easily rank up there with author Seth Grahame-Smith’s "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." Their passion for this bard's work is easily apparent, but their love for the classic zombie film is just as equally visible.

The team behind this movie put together an amazing product that will satisfy certain types of audiences. For those looking for spectacular makeup effects, that will not be found here.
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Review: Chase the Slut

This is the Pure Movies review of Chase the Slut, screening as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film stars Vanessa Claire Smith, Michael Kirby, Danika Sudik, Lance Arthur Smith and Philip Wofford and is directed by Ryan Denmark. Chase the Slut is one of those low, low budget films that you often never see outside of film festivals; a quirky screenplay with decent acting performances, shot on lower end film equipment that you just know would have been better if someone had just given the poor director some more money to do something with it.
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Two U.S. Underground Films Debut At 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival

Two highly-anticipated second feature films from U.S. underground filmmakers will be making their World Premieres all the way over at the 64th annual Edinburgh International Film Festival, which will run for twelve days on June 16-27. The films are Rona Mark’s The Crab and Zach Clark’s Vacation!.

The Crab, which screens on June 21, is the touching story of a verbally abusive man born with two enormous, mutant-like hands; while Vacation!, which screens on June 20, tracks four urban gals let loose in a sunny seaside resort down South.

Both Mark and Clark previously screened their debut features at Eiff. Mark’s Strange Girls screened there in 2008 and Clark’s Modern Love Is Automatic screened in 2009. Both films also ended up as runners-up in Bad Lit’s annual Movie of the Year award, again Strange Girls in 2008 and Modern Love in 2009. Sadly, these two masterpieces are still unavailable on
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Review of Romeo And Juliet Vs. The Living Dead

Year: 2009

Directors: Ryan Denmark

Writers: Ryan Denmark & Jason Witter & William Shakespeare

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: projectcyclops

Rating: 5 out of 10

Verily! Why hast thy mind become split, how dost this moving image picture confuse thee into giving it a 1 star review for it's inherent crappiness, yet boldly awarding ye director a 10 for imagination and the most noble intentions? Verily! Come with me now to fair Verona, lest I give up this Shakespearean dialogue and get to ye point! Forsooth!

'Romero and Juliet v.s. The Living Dead' is admittedly a very cool idea, at least as far as titles go. When I first read about it I thought; wow, two star-crossed lovers fighting off zombies? Could be good! Then I saw the trailer, which actually led to my skipping this at the Edinburgh Film Festival; it looked to me like a Trauma film shot on digital by some teenagers
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