Category Archives: Video

It Follows Features Metro Detroit Spots

It Follows is a new take on 70s/80s style horror flicks. With an emphasis on suspense the film doesn’t feature any bloody gore and contains lots of metro Detroit locations including the Packard Plant, Redford Theatre, Northville Psychiatric Hospital, and shots in the Clawson, Sterling Heights and Berkley suburbs. After having sex, a teenager is cursed with being followed by an entity whose aim is to kill. The curse is passed along (like VD!) as each person has an intimate encounter. Not a solid plot, but still engaging.

Netflix-Beasts Of No Nation

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Beasts…, Netflix’ first original movie production, is based on a novel by Uzodinma Iweala. The film contains graphic violence but I would not expect anything less due to the subject matter. The screenplay is fiction but hinged on real world civil wars occurring in Africa- where young boys are forced to join armies  and are trained to kill for reasons that may very much be unclear. It stars young Abraham Attah and Idris Alba (Pacific Rim, Mandela, The Office). Director Cary Joji Fukunaga discusses details in making the film in this NYT article.
(Trailer)

(“Beasts Of No Nation” is also a song recorded by Afrobeat king Fela Kuti in 1989- see following clip).

(10 more movies centered on the African diaspora)

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton-Stones Throw On Netflix

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton is a documentary about the Stones Throw label from California. The label features Madlib, Mayor Hawthorne, JDilla, Dam-Funk and many other underground greats. Label head Peanut Butter Wolf tells the origins of the label and how sticking to it’s DIY-credo was essential to surviving when indie labels and record stores where being shut down in a music industry downturn.

Peanut Butter Wolf’s 12hr 12/12/12/

Song Discovories From Netflix

I discovered two songs that took my down the rabbit hole of music discovery and exploration. I just started watching Black Mirror. Episode 2 features a song called “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is” by Irma Thomas.

The end credits of Aziz Ansari Live At Madison Square Garden features “Hippie Hippie Hourrah” by Jacques Dutronic. He was married to Francoise Hardy.  I added him to my short list of French pop music ( which only includes Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot).

Irma Thomas- “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is”

Francoise Hardy – Comment te dire adieu

The Diving Bell & The Butterfly

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In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a stroke that rendered him parallized and blind in one eye. He suffered from a rare case of locked-in syndrome in which his thoughts and mind were intact but he had no way to convey that inner existence, other than blinking.

Jean-Dominique Bauby was editor for Elle magazine and wrote a memoir while in his incapacitated state with the help of a therapist. He would blink to select a letter recited to him by his therapist.

This movie is subtitled and contains a lot of beautifully shot scenes. The perspective is mostly internal to Jean-Do, as he is called by his friends. Being that his mind is intact, we hear his thoughts and reactions to the doctors and friends that visit.