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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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Dinosaur 13 Director Todd Miller

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

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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.

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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