Martin Scorsese agreed to serve as producer for an official Grateful Dead documentary back in October 2014. The Dead’s 50th anniversary was coming up the following year, and filmmakers wanted to have the project ready for the celebration. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, and the landmark event was ultimately celebrated with a massive 3-day concert over the 4th of July weekend in Chicago’s Soldier Field. Original members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Phil Lesh reunited on-stage for the event, which proved a huge success, despite the absence of Jerry Garcia, who died in 1995. Now, however, the 6-part documentary, appropriately titled Long Strange Trip from director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, Happy Valley), is set to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before being released on Amazon Prime this May. Continue reading →
Happy Halloween! October is traditionally known for the fall season and for hosting Halloween on the last day of the month. Likewise film distributors tend to look at October as a good time to release horror and slasher films for Halloween on fight-seeking audiences across the country, and around the world. October, however, has a long history of major motion picture releases that is not strictly limited to the horror genre. Read on to see our list of impressive October releases, and enjoy your Halloween Weekend! Continue reading →
On September 6, 1967, a documentary titled Don’t Look Back opened at an old ramshackle theater in San Francisco. It was hard to imagine why this old pornographic movie theater had a line of people extending out the door and around the corner, but once you found out it was about Bob Dylan, it was no surprise at all. The September 6th release was the first large-scale screening of the film that documented Bob Dylan and company’s whirlwind 1965 European tour. Joining him on tour were the likes of artists like Joan Baez, Donovan, and Allen Ginsberg, along with the standard parade of press, crew, police, fans, and everything else that came to epitomize Rock n’ Roll in the 1960s.
Bob Dylan, in particular, was an iconic figure in his own right. He had risen to fame in the early-60’s folk scene in New York City’s Greenwich Village, developing his own songwriting skills and capturing fans around the world with songs like Blowin’ in the Wind, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, and The Times They Are A-Changin,’ his so-called early “protest era” catalogue. Continue reading →
Movie-goers in cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles and few other stranglers will be able to see the limited release of two new films this week. The Wolfpack is a biographical documentary from director Crystal Moselle (Frida, Excavating Taylor Mead) about a family of brothers who spend their childhood sheltered from society in an apartment in Manhattan and learning about the outside world by watching films and reenacting their favorite scenes with props and costumes; but when one of the brothers escapes to the outside, their world is quickly shaken. Making up the cast are the Angulo brothers Bhagavan, Govinda, Jagadisa, Krsna, Mukunda, Narayana. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for three others at the Seattle, San Francisco, and Edinburgh International Film festivals. The trailer is available here on MADE. Also being released this week is the new biographical drama Set Fire To The Stars about Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The film comes from director and co-writer Andy Goddard (Stacey Stone, Downton Abbey) and co-writer Celyn Jones (who portrays Dylan Thomas in the film) about author John Brinnin’s journey to New York City to find and meet his poet-hero Thomas before his death. Brinnin is portrayed by Elijah Wood (Deep Impact, The Lord of the Rings), with Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes, Flight), Steven Mackintosh (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Underworld: Evolution), and Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting, Marie Antoinette) making up the rest of the cast. Be sure to check your local theater listings for showtimes in your area. Enjoy!
The back cover for “All City” Vol.1 is in and we thought we’d share it with you guys. The official track list includes artists like Vic Mensa, Show You Suck, Robot House, Black Dave & Alexander Spit from city’s across the world (but mainly the US). Although “All City” ventures beyond the boundaries of Minneapolis & Chicago, we’ve decided to keep our 2 cities as the focal point. Peep the covers above and keep an eye out for the release date.
Eddie Huang’s Fresh Off The Boat series continues with part 2 of his trip to the Bay Area. In the first episode, Eddie brought us hunting with the East Bay Rats motorcycle club; in part 2 he takes us to San Francisco for a Vietnamese “pop up”. Peep the video above and stay tuned for part 3 of Fresh Off The Boat: The Bay.
Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors and all around South African badass; has made a proposol for a public transit system straight out of Star Trek. Named “Hyperloop”, this latest venture is essentially a super speed train; making Japan’s famed bullet train look like old news. The Hyperloop will propel passengers down it’s electric powered tube at nearly 800MPH, allowing people to make a 900 mile trip in about 30 minutes. Granted the cost for a ticket, this would allow someone living in Los Angeles to maintain a job in San Francisco; and make the daily commute every day with ease. In regards to safety, the Hyperloop’s “pods” will be spaced 5 miles apart allowing for safe emergency braking in the event of an accident. The proposal would cost an estimated $6 billion and is far from even a prototype stage, Musk’s design is also open so if you have any bright ideas try and send them over to his offices (lol).