That’s the Way it is Review

 Turner Classic Movies has recently restored the concert film/documentary “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is,” adding “lost” footage, and re-cutting the entire film. The new (2007) two-disc set includes the original DVD release augmented with the new, superior version and a few extras. The new film packs in more Presley by replacing fan footage of…

Shine a Light on Buddy Guy

 As a long time fan of The Rolling Stones, I slipped Martin Scorsese’s “Shine a Light” concert/documentary into my DVD player, desperately wanting them to not suck. After all, rock and roll is thought of as a young man’s game, and their advancing age long ago became a stale topic for jokes. I was pleasantly…

Rock, Johnny, Rock!

I’ve got a soft spot for low-budget, quickie rock and roll flicks that small studios rushed out to capitalize on the popularity of early rock and roll. Rock and roll music was seen as a fad until The Beatles legitimized it and, all these years later, its fun to look back on a time when…

An American Affair Review

“An American Affair” contains so many Christian themes and settings, that it could just as easily be called; “A Catholic Affair.” Being sent to see it is a lot like being sent to Catholic School; if you sit down, shut up, and face the right direction, no one gets hurt. The flick is pretty standard…

Cadillac Records Review

“Cadillac Records” sounds like a film about a fictional record label, but it’s the story of Chicago’s Chess Records …sort of. The misleading title refers to co-founder Leonard Chess’ habit of buying cars for his artists. In reality, there were TWO Chess brothers, but in the film they’ve been rolled into one man, played by…

The Girl Can’t Help It Review

 “The Girl Can’t Help It” is to rock and roll movies what “Cool Hand Luke” is to prison flicks. Simply put, it rocks, like a nymphomaniac’s trailer. Shot in 1956, when TV was still broadcast in black and white, it contains the only color footage of legendary rock and rollers Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran…

HELP! Review

The Beatles’ second film, “HELP!” is more enjoyable than it probably should be. It was a commercial success, like everything they did around 1965, but the band wasn’t happy with how it turned out. It was the first indication that the incredible run The Beatles were on couldn’t last forever. John Lennon said that the…

Let It Be Review

Of all The Beatles’ films, “Let It Be” is the hardest to watch, but it’s still worth seeing. Michael Lindsay-Hogg, the director, actually made two rock films that took their time growing to full potential: “The Rolling Stones’ Rock & Roll Circus,” which gathered dust for nearly thirty years, and “Let It Be,” which is…

It Might Get Loud Review

IT MIGHT GET LOUD is a documentary in which Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, The White Stripes’ Jack White, and U2’s The Edge jam together, and discuss what they love about guitars. “It might get loud,” is something The Edge mutters as he plugs his guitar into the wall of wires and effects pedals that he’s…