Tag: Quincy Jones

LP: John and Mary (1969)

LP: John and Mary (1969)

March 8, 2017 | By

Written during his busiest period (1968-1970), Quincy Jones’ score for John and Mary was quite sparse, leaving obligatory space for the film’s myriad dialogue exchanges and source music, but the score is memorable for being atypical of the material Jones was writing at the time: action comedies (The Italian Job, The Hell with Heroes), comedies (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,Cactus Flower), and the funky style of They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!

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DVD: John and Mary (1969)

DVD: John and Mary (1969)

March 8, 2017 | By

This flawed but intriguing little film has been maligned a bit over the years as a forgotten dud, made about a year after three of the principles – stars Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow, and director Peter Yates – had achieved major box office stardom in The Graduate (1967), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), andBullitt (1968), respectively…

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Richard Brooks’ The Happy Ending (1969) + $ (1971)

Richard Brooks’ The Happy Ending (1969) + $ (1971)

June 18, 2016 | By

Reviews of two classic Richard Brooks films – the housewife crack-up drama The Happy Ending (1969) on Blu from Twilight Time + the heist comedy $ (1971) from Sony.

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DVD: $ (1971)

DVD: $ (1971)

June 18, 2016 | By

Richard Brooks’ extremely fluffy bank robbery flick $ (“dollars”) borrows elements from the best while remaining very tongue-in cheek in spite of some mean behaviour and bursts of violence.
Shot entirely on location in Hamburg, Germany…

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MP3: Keep on Keepin’ On (2014)

MP3: Keep on Keepin’ On (2014)

February 19, 2015 | By

Although director Alan Hicks mentioned in a DVD interview his desire to release a 2-CD soundtrack album, the disc + bonus material in this release more than satisfy the need to hear all of the material featured in his stellar documentary on jazz legend Clark Terry…

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Dogs on the Inside + The Great Clark Terry

Dogs on the Inside + The Great Clark Terry

February 2, 2015 | By

Reviews of two affecting docs – Dogs on the Inside (starts this Friday at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema) + Clark Terry, mentor supreme in Keep on Keepin’ On (Anchor Bay), plus some quick thoughts on getting into jazz.

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DVD: Keep on Keepin’ On (2014)

DVD: Keep on Keepin’ On (2014)

February 2, 2015 | By

After travelling to the U.S. to be mentored by renowned jazz trumpet player Clark Terry, Australian drummer Alan Hicks was soon offered a prime spot in the jazz icon’s band, touring across Europe for four years before Terry’s next student, pianist Justin Kauflin, caught the drummer’s attention…

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And Justice for All: The Films of Norman Jewison, Part I

And Justice for All: The Films of Norman Jewison, Part I

August 16, 2011 | By

Editor’s Blog on the latest Norman Jewison retrospective at the TIF Bell Lightbox, with a review of his Oscar-winning hit In the Heat of the Night (1967), and multimedia links…

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Film: In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Film: In the Heat of the Night (1967)

August 16, 2011 | By

Return to: Home / Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews / I . Film: Excellent / DVD Transfer: n/a / DVD Extras: n/a Label: n/a/ Region: n/a / Released: n/a Genre: Drama /Detective / Crime Synopsis: A black homicide detective on his way back to Philadelphia is ordered to stay in the southern town of Sparta, and help in a […]

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BR: Color Purple, The (1985)

BR: Color Purple, The (1985)

March 2, 2011 | By

Return to: Home / Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews / C . Film: Excellent / DVD Transfer: Excellent / DVD Extras: Excellent Label: Warner Home Video / Region: All / Released: January 25, 2011 Genre: Drama Synopsis: An African American woman struggles to maintain her dignity after being handed off to a brutal farmer in turn-of-the-century America. Special Features: 4 […]

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