Bill Maher takes apart the bizarre popularity of TV’s Secret Millionaire and suggests some better ideas for reality TV shows, like simply dropping rich people into poor neighborhoods.
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A week before its release, the Strokes have decided to stream their new album Angels over at their website. You can check out the LP in its entirety here.
Angels comes out March 21 on RCA Records.
Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award-winning documentary is as crucial now as when it was made, nearly 40 years ago. Nominally a documentary about the 1973 strike by Kentucky mineworkers, Harlan County U.S.A. observes a way of life in transition. As miners and their families protest unconscionably dangerous working conditions, they find a collective purpose and voice. At the same time, the film itself becomes integral to these 180 families’ experiences, as they come to see the usefulness of being filmed and being so visible. With multiple focuses on the community’s resilience and faith, humility and intelligence, with scenes on the picket line and in meetings conducted by wives and daughters, it illustrates the toughness of a long-lived, deeply meaningful culture, manifest in music and dialogue and dress. Working together, the film crew and the community made history.
The screening tonight, which closes Stranger Than Fiction‘s Winter Season, is followed by a Q&A with Kopple.
See PopMatters’ review.
The start of the fall season brought a lot of new shows to television, but there were also cancellations and other news events.
TV-related news takes a serious turn, as a deranged man created a hostage situation at the Discovery Communications Building. He threatened network employees with pistols and a explosive device until policemen shot and killed him.
Sculpture paints the turntable as a roulette wheel as a rotary phone as infinite other things as the hypnotic spinning plates drive sensory overload into your frontal lobe. The music by Dan Hayhurst is an unstable mix of percussive loops and ramshackle found sound completely in line with the visuals. It’s pretty bold to call your outfit Sculpture, but in this case it seems pretty apt.