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“The Hour of Our Time: The Legacy of William Cooper” [Documentary] (Video)

Surrounding us in our day-to-day lives are mysteries, that to spend our days pondering would impede us from leading productive lives. In an effort to carve out as trouble-free an existence as possible, many of us turn away from such thoughts. Yet a few choose to make it their business to explore and expose these very mysteries, and help remind us that things are rarely as they appear on the surface.
William Cooper ‒ ex-naval officer, decorated veteran, shortwave radio broadcaster, lecturer, author, and underground renegade for truth ‒ was one of these individuals. He strikingly predicted 9/11 more than ten weeks in advance, and even told us who would be blamed from the get-go. Less than eight weeks after the fateful attacks, William Cooper was dead ‒ shot and killed under questionable circumstances at home. Did his affinity for seeking and sharing the truth cost him his life? This is his story…

“High Fidelity” [Film] (Video)

“High Fidelity” follows the midlife crisis of Rob, a thirty-something record store owner facing the undeniable fact that he’s growing up. In a hilarious homage to the music scene, Rob and the offbeat clerks that inhabit his store expound on the intricacies of life and song, all the while trying to succeed in their own adult relationships. Are they listening to pop music because they are miserable? Or are they miserable because they listen to pop music?…

Zappa Speaks (Video)

Direct exposure to truth by way of these signals is rare. This is one such occasion.

[INTERVIEWER]: “Frank, you’re one of the most accomplished musicians active today, why don’t you sit down and write a Top 40 hit song sometime?”
[FRANK ZAPPA]: “Could do it if I wanted. But even if I did, the chances of it getting played on Top 40 radio stations are not very good.”
[INTERVIEWER]: “Why’s that?”
[FRANK ZAPPA]: “Because of the attitudes of programmers, and…there’s a certain political rigmarole that one must go through in order to have a Top 40 record, including special types of presents to certain people in the industry, and that’s something that I don’t wish to be involved in.”

“Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” [Film] (Video)

Bill Preston and Ted Logan are two totally excellent dudes facing one most heinous history exam. With the help of Rufus, an ultra-cool messenger in a time-traveling phone booth, the triumphant twosome bag a bevy of historical heavyweights like the “Bodacious Philosopher” Socrates,”One Very Excellent Barbarian” Genghis Khan, the “Short Dead Dude” Napoleon, and “Noah’s Wife” Joan of Arc to stage the most hysterical high school project ever. History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t spell…

“Young Frankenstein” [Film] (Video)

Summoned by a will to his late grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein soon discovers the scientist’s step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchback Igor and the curvaceous Inga, he creates a monster who only wants to be loved…

“Dig!” [Documentary] (Video)

Seven years in the making and culled from over 1,500 hours of footage, “Dig” plunges into the underbelly of rock ‘n’ roll, unearthing an incredible true story of success and self-destruction. Anton A. Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre (BJM) and Courtney Taylor-Taylor of The Dandy Warhols are star-crossed friends and bitter rivals. “Dig!” is the story of their loves and obsessions, gigs and recordings, arrests and death threats, uppers and downers, and the delicate balance between art and commerce…

“Gummo” [Film] (Video)

Harmony Korine’s “Gummo” follows no particular narrative trajectory, nor does it end in any conclusive way. It presents a series of dispassionate vignettes ‒ the effects of a tornado, two paint-sniffing adolescent boys, two teenage girls exploring beauty and sexuality ‒ which are remarkable for their realism and lack of narrative rhythm. This meandering reflects Korine’s insistence, following French director Jean-Luc Godard, that a film should have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but not necessarily in that order. Korine has constructed a film in which the historical identity and daily concerns of “Gummo’s” working-class characters are neither romanticized nor patronized…

Lauryn Hill ‒ “I Get Out” (Video)

Iconic singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress Lauryn Hill delivers an eloquent yet unswerving message to and about a parasitic industry and system which exists and operates solely to exploit, manipulate, and intimidate. An industry and system that knows and puts to use the crafts of stigmatization and character assassination against the more resistant “elements” who choose not to cede their conscience nor turn their backs on virtue altogether. Those who cannot be commoditized.

<"...Repressin' true expression, cementin' this repression, promotin' mass deception, so that no one can be healed..."
‒Lauryn Hill

“Let’s Get Lost” [Documentary] (Video)

Traveling with the elusive vocalist and trumpeter Chet Baker, filmmaker Bruce Weber weaves together the life story of a jazz great. The film is comprised of excerpts from Italian B movies, rare performance footage, and candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends, battling ex-wives, and his children, in what turned out to be the last year of his life. Winner of the 1989 Critics’ Prize at the Venice Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award, “Let’s Get Lost” succeeds in introducing new generations of jazz enthusiasts to the timeless talent of the late Chet Baker…

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