‘Birdman’ (2014 movie, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone)

Michael Keaton as Birdman (2014 movie)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a masterpiece of moviemaking. Presented as if it were one continuous flowing shot, it gives a tremendously heightened sense of real life, of the seer inside us who follows paths — hallways, staircases, sidewalks — and bounces around in rooms day in and day out. This seer … Read more >

Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin: The rich flee climate change

Alec Baldwin guests on Russell Brand's YouTube show The Trews

Energetic thinker Russell Brand — whose brand new book is called Revolution — has a YouTube show called The Trews (“The Trews is news if the news were true”) on which he discusses current events and world problems. Back in August, The Trews gained attention through Brand’s public feud with Fox News. Above, in Monday’s … Read more >

‘Muscle Shoals’ (2013 music documentary movie)

Muscle Shoals (movie, 2013)

Muscle Shoals is a 2013 documentary about a legendary recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, way up in the northwest corner of that state, a 150-mile drive from Memphis, Tennessee. Actually, it’s a documentary about two legendary recording studios in that little city — FAME Recording Studios, established in 1959, and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, … Read more >