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California Typewriter Director Doug Nichol

Too many computers! That’s the sentiment of a growing number of people, young and old. Simplicity vs Technology. The documentary “California Typewriter” might just be the simple answer. True fans of typewriters, TOM HANKS, JOHN MAYER & the late, great SAM SHEPARD each give their specific insights on why they prefer typewriters over computers. Writer Director, Doug Nichol talks about why typewriters coming back isn’t just a fad! In select theaters August 18th.


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Andy Summers Interview

Andy Summers is the legendary guitarist for The Police. His new documentary,  Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police is a rare chance to go inside the intense musical trio & take away a very interesting point of view.  Enjoy the interview. Follow me on Twitter @MovieInterview and Instagram @TheMovieInterview, Follow Andy @asummersmusic & Follow The Popcorn Talk Network @ThePopcornTalk

808 Documentray Interview – Alex Noyer

What do Phil Collins, LL Cool J, Genesis, The Beastie Boys, New Order, Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis all have in common? Besides being huge influences on the music of 80 & the 90’s, there’s one thing that binds them all together: The 808 Drum Machine.  The biggest hits came from the smallest box.  808 is a documentary packed with huge musical stars like Phil Collins, producer Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams and The Beastie Boys. It’s the origin story of were these amazing hits.  I spoke with producer Alex Noyer from SXSW.

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I Am Ali LA Film School Q & A Director Claire Lewins

‘I Am Ali’ is a fantastic documentary about The Greatest Boxer of All Time, Muhammad Ali. The guy foresaw the future & taped his children’s phone conversations. It’s a very sweet side of the fierce competitor we never knew existed. This Q & A with Writer/Director Claire Lewins was recorded LIVE at the Los Angeles Film School. Follow @IAMALImovie on Twitter.  If you want a pursue your passion in film, visit www.LAFILM.edu where Hollywood is your campus.

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Dinosaur 13 Director Todd Miller

Leo Quinones talks to Director Todd Miller about the searing documentary, Dinosaur 13.

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EXCLUSIVE: FED UP Director: Stephanie Soechtig

Food that KILLS!  ‘Fed Up’ is a searing documentary about obesity & processed foods that are jeopardizing the health of most Americans! Director, Stephanie Soechtig talks about the Sugar Lobby & how they own elected suits in Washington.  You can follow me on Twitter @MovieInterview or on Instagram @The MovieInterview


The Movie Interview: EXCLUSIVE Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier Writer/Director Muscle Shoals

The must-see music documentary of 2013 is ‘Muscle Shoals.’ Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier has assembled the biggest names in music to testify about the magical aspects of recording music way down in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  The beats will grab you right where there supposed to!  I loved this movie & you will too!  Follow me on Twitter @MovieInterview.

30 Minutes Or Less Movie Review

Jesse Eisenberg is Nick.   A guy who hates his job, his boss & probably his life.   What does he do for a living?  He delivers pizzas like a NASCAR Ninja in just 30 Minutes or Less.   Nick’s last delivery is gonna be a doozy.  Two second rate losers (Danny McBride & Nick Swardson) hatch a plan to make quick money.  Instead of robbing a bank themselves, they’ll strap a homemade bomb on a stranger & make him do it.

As you’ve seen in the trailer, once the bomb has been planted on Nick, he seeks help from his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari).  Armed with only knowledge of 80’s action flicks, these two idiots rob the local bank to the tune of 100,00 bucks.

Two familiar faces are scene stealers with limited screen time. First, the hitman (Michael Peña). Very funny.  Also, from TV’s “Rules of Engagement,” is Bianca Kajlich who plays a local stripper. While dancing on Danny McBride, Bianca goes full blown topless. No special digital effects or enhancements. Man, the one time I want 3D & it’s not even there.

The idea of these two numb nuts getting away with this high profile robbery in Grand Rapids, Michigan is certainly a stretch. You’ll just have to go with it.  It’s a straight up rated R stoner comedy.  If you dug “Pineapple Express,” this is your movie.

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African Cats Film Freak Movie Review

You’ve never heard a lion roar like this!  Disneynature’s African Cats lept into theaters Earth Day 2011.  Filmed entirely in the wilds of Kenya, this film dazzles the senses.  You’ll experience, close up high definition footage of  sinister crocodiles lurking in murky riverbeds, mud-faced wart hogs running for their very lives & lethal rhinos twitching their ears & always on the hunt.  Those jungle citizens provide an incredible backdrop to the star predators, the African Cats.

The documentary focuses on lions & cheetahs.  Sita, is the mother cheetah who’s raising & protecting her five cubs.  Then there’s a den of lions headed up by the King of the Beasts, Fang.  The moniker was bestowed after a brutal battle which left him with a broken, dangling tooth. There’s a rival lion, Cali with his capable & ferocious sons.

Through the seasons, we discover hunting patterns, techniques & tendencies.  Parents & guardians take caution.   Hunting scenes showcase nature’s brutality with unforgettable images which include, the chase & the takedown, dead animal carcasses having their meat stripped off, bloody cats devouring & digging in, cheetah cubs being hunted in the night by hungry hyenas.    I’d say any kids under the age of seven would be scared out of their skins.

My favorite image is a silhouette of, of all things, a vulture, sitting in a tree within the full moon illuminating the background.  Striking.  African Cats made me also realize how ‘On Point’ Disney Animators were way back when they created animation for “The Lion King” in 1994. “The Circle of Life,” the wildebeest stampede, the rivalry between prides & brothers.  There are so many parallels it’s hard to keep count.    Kudos to the film crew who must endured 2 1/2 years of filming in this harsh habitat.   Time, dedication & lots of sacrifice.  To me, that’s where you get your money’s worth.

“African Cats” is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson

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The Greatest Movie Ever Sold Film Freak Movie Review

Morgan Spurlock has tapped into the fascinating subject of product placement in movies.  I’m always looking for a familiar brand of car, or a food chain or what brand name watch 007 happens to be wearing.  “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” doesn’t just dive in, it bellyflops into this world.  The cool thing here is, filmmakers really don’t want you to know too much about this hush hush revenue stream.  The premise here:  To create a movie solely based on advertising & marketing partnerships.

Spurlock turns out to be quite the sales hound.  In a rough economy, he roped in over 20 major sponsorships.  You’re walking into an infomercial & that’s exactly what Morgan Spurlock is promising.  The movie even contains (3) separate commercials.  I guarantee after seeing this movie, if you never noticed ads flung in your face, you’ll notice them now. Man, writing this up has made me thirsty.  I could sure go for some POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice.

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