As you may have already seen, there's been a fair amount of criticism leveled at Dave Grohl's new HBO documentary series, Sonic Highways, since it launched five weeks ago. And, in the week since the accompanying Foo Fighters album of the same name was released, yet more angry voices have emerged. ... More >>
Got the post-All Star Game doldrums? Well, there are always new breweries, festivals, and beers to keep weekends new and exciting as the Twins kick off the second half of the season. See also: Minnesota's craft beer boom is the focus of new documentary film
Remember a time before weekly brew updates and brewery crawls? A time before Minnesota passed the Surly Bill and opened up a world of taprooms and destination breweries? It feels like a distant memory, but it was really just a few years ago, in 2011, the same year local filmmaker Dave Okar set out t ... More >>
Errol Morris tells us he’s tired of interviewing people
Today, the surging Minnesota Wild acquired some goaltending insurance by acquiring 33-year-old Russian veteran Ilya Bryzgalov for a fourth-round pick.SEE ALSO: Ricky Rubio gets Zen on Alexey Shved [VIDEO]Bryzgalov will probably be slotted behind Darcy Kuemper on the goalie depth chart, but as eviden ... More >>
A short documentary film that will be featured in a local festival next month combats the stereotyping of North Minneapolis.Josh Chitwood, one of the filmmakers involved, posted the film on Vimeo last week with the hope that "this piece communicates that north mpls is not a 'sketchy hood', but a nei ... More >>
Last week, Gimme Noise debuted the first installment of Ian Rans's new documentary series, One Men. In sum, Rans decided to find the most interesting stories lurking within the culture of one-man bands in the Twin Cities. To quote ourselves, it's "This American Life for lounge lizards." Hunan Garden ... More >>
A filmmaker from Minnesota tells the story behind a lost animated masterpiece, plus hits and misses of the fest by our critics
For a man with such an extensive music career and fan reach, Andrew Bird has done an excellent job of remaining a mysterious enigma to much of the world. He's a fascinating artist, though the man behind the art has, to this point, been somewhat elusive. Enter director Xan Aranda, an independent fi ... More >>
The St. Paul Saints will soon leave Midway Stadium behind for shiny new $27 million digs in Lowertown.SEE ALSO: Mike Veeck championing stadium for St. Paul Saints [FEATURE]Most agree that's good news. But for those who have enjoyed the quirkiness of the Saints' 30-year-old ballpark, there's somethin ... More >>
Down in the Flood, a new documentary chronicling the early collaborative years of Bob Dylan and the Band, debuts on September 25. Making a documentary on these musicians is not a new idea -- we've already seen Martin Scorsese's No Direction Home and The Last Waltz, to name just two -- but given the ... More >>
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Hart: "I got into music for philosophical reasons"
AnvilStation 4, St. PaulWednesday, February 22, 2012There was a a heavy amount of enthusiasm when legendary Canadian power metal trio, Anvil finally hit the stage last night at Station 4 in Saint Paul. While age would become a consistent theme of the evening, it was the vibrant and youthful spirit o ... More >>
Reviews from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
Rare indeed is the music documentary which flaunts the fact that not a single note of its subject's work is heard throughout the duration - but considering the subject in question is the infamously fractured 'Mats, maybe not all that surprising either?
Sprawling local nine-piece Me & My Arrow made the trek out to New York City last October for the annual CMJ Festival, and in the process captured enough footage to release a short documentary about their travels. The 40-minute doc, Kickflips and Pogo Sticks, drops today, and features performa ... More >>
The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) has a knack for asking simple but big questions. This year they want to know: What does 1968 mean to you? It's a question MNHS is extending to everyone for their 1968 Film Festival Competition--even to those who weren't yet a twinkle in their mother's ... More >>
Corner Table's idea of diner and a movie means a three-course meal followed by a documentary films about conscientious eating: The restaurant is pairing up with the Cooking MN Meetup Group (local group that meets twice a month for dinner/drinks/education and chats about food and drink) for t ... More >>
Anti-Chavez news coverage in the U.S. is a conspiracy, Ventura saysOliver Stone and Jesse Ventura tag teamed for a smackdown against stunned Florida GOP congressman Connie Mack last night on last Larry King Live. The topic: "South of the Border," Stone's new documentary about Venezuelan leade ... More >>
The fifth annual Cinema and Civics film and music series returns to Stevens Square Park next month, starting off what seems a promising summer with The Neverending Story and MC/VL on June 16th. Trying to find a common thread in the movies this year, the only free-association that came to mind was ... More >>
Festival kicks off its 28th year in the Twin Cities
Via WikipediaJosef Stalin and Svetlana AlliluyevaTurns out Josef Stalin's only daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, is somewhat of a cheesehead. She's been living in the Madison area for about 20 years. And a new documentary about one woman's attempt to track her down and ask her some questions is ... More >>
As a complementary piece to Emily Kaiser's profile of the High School for Performing Arts (aka 'Hip Hop High') in today's paper, City Pages has teamed up with the MPLS.TV film crew to create a compelling short documentary about the school. Watch the video below, and check out Emily's article for mor ... More >>
Sometimes fame takes a little time. Sometimes it takes over 20 years.
This weekend marks the broadcast of the locally made film, Journeyma ... More >>
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A new documentary about the movie ratings board, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, has gotten the dread NC-17-- the current equivalent of the original X-- from its irritable subject. The official reason for the box-office kiss-of-death is that the film includes scenes from other films that were given the ... More >>
As posted at Blotter: "City Pages lost a great friend and contributor when photographer Diana Watters died" on Friday. Her memorial service will be held tomorrow morning. Diana photographed a wedding I attended Friday on a pebble beach near Duluth. She was smiling and looking her beautiful self, but ... More >>
This Sunday night, Twin Cities Public Television will rebroadcast the station's highest-rated production, Meth: Shadow Across America, and Life After Meth, two chilling documentaries co-produced by the Hazelden Foundation. The airing couldn't be more timely: Last week it was announced that meth-rela ... More >>
For those about to rock: Do not watch 'Rock School'
Hollywood's furious about a provision in the anti-piracy Family Entertainment and Copyright Act that allows software companies to alter movie content directly inside a DVD player without the filmmakers' consent. The biggest of those companies, however, a Utah-based outfit called ClearPlay, couldn't ... More >>
While writing my review of Don McGlynn?s new documentary about ?Spider? John Koerner, I made a list of my five favorite Koerner-related albums: ?Spider? John Koerner and Willie Murphy, Running, Jumping, Standing Still. One bourbon, one scotch, one giant bowl of dope. Psych-blues-old-timey album ... More >>