Brew Views: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Get ’em high.


Brew Views
Cameron Crowe was 22 years old when he persuaded the principal at San Diego’s Clairemont High School to let him pose as a student for a year. Crowe had felt caged in by the moral rigidity of his   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

Brew Views: Frances Ha

Quarter-life crisis.


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People have been trying to figure out 20-somethings at least since Dustin Hoffman unzipped Anne Bancroft’s dress. In 2010, The New York Times Magazine ran a late-to-the-game article about a “new   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Brew Views: 20 Feet From Stardom

Backup plan.


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Life is unfair, and the music industry is worse. If there were a rubric to figure out what makes one performer a household name and another just one more name in the liner notes, the history of po   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: The Music Films of Les Blank

Music that moves.


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In 1964’s Dizzie Gillespie, filmmaker Les Blank’s first music-based documentary, the titular giant of jazz trumpet speaks into the camera, attempting to describe his playing style. He has a ha   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: Dancing Outlaw

Mountain man.


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Jesco White, a self-proclaimed hillbilly from Boone County, W.Va., is a man of many personalities. There’s the sweet, gentle man who loves his wife, Norma Jean, and only uses his 12-gauge shotgu   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Brew Views: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Twinkle, twinkle.


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Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a little power-pop group from Memphis was once as famous as the Beatles. Children by the millions sang odes to the lead singer, and teenagers of the 1970s bl   More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: Deliverance

Hee-Haw with shotguns.


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You might’ve thought the last thing the American South would embrace in 1972 was a movie that depicts its people as a pack of corrupt backwoods hill folk and inbred, troglodytic rapists obsessed   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Brew Views: UHF

Before Honey Boo Boo.


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In a world where people watch game shows based on musical chairs and “reimaginings” of antiquated pop-culture characters, perhaps “Weird Al” Yankovic’s UHF—in the glorious Technicolor    More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 AP KRYZA

Brew Views: Clash of the Titans


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EFFECTS MASTER: Had the late Ray Harryhausen never broken into cinema, we probably wouldn’t have the world of movies we do today. From his breakout in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) all the way   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 AP KRYZA

Brew Views: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Love, deconstructed.


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Like a lovesick diary entry, Terence Nance’s feature debut, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, loops from confession to self-doubt to blind infatuation. The film is a blend of documentary and    More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

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