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Alex Winter uploads his thoughts on ‘Downloaded’ (Interview)

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Alex Winter uploads his thoughts on ‘Downloaded

With his new documentary “Downloaded” having it’s Hot Docs debut tonight, Alex Winter has finally graduated from being Bill from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” into a seriously talented documentarian with a sharp eye for story and humor. The film is a rousing crowd pleaser and one of the most sought after tickets from this year’s fest. I got to sit down with Mr. Winter for a brief Q&A about the film.

Movie Junkie TO (MJ) -Thanks for taking some timeout to speak with me today Alex. I got to see the film the other day and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the film. I was working in a music store when the Napster thing exploded so I had a very personal relationship to what I was seeing. What was your introduction to the story and how did you get involved in telling this story? (more…)

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Napster is dissected in the new Doc ‘Downloaded’

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Downloaded

Director: Alex Winter

In 1998, teenage hacker Shawn Fanning cracked the code that enabled peer-to-peer file sharing online. In 1999, he partnered with his friend and fellow teen Sean Parker (later of Facebook fame) to launch a little service known as Napster. The music-sharing website transformed not only the music industry, but technology as a whole. It sparked a revolution and became the touchstone of a new, digital generation. Filmmaker Alex Winter is granted near unlimited access to Fanning and his collaborators, as well as to a roster of famous musicians including (more…)


Hot Docs 2013: Mini Reviews Part 1

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The time has finally arrived and Toronto yet again will bask in the documentary glow that the Hot Docs Film Festival radiates every year. This year will mark the 20th edition of the now legendary festival and features a very strong line up, perhaps one of the strongest of all of it’s editions. Here’s reviews of 4 of the festival’s films, with more to come.

The coverage on Examiner for Hot Docs 2103 (more…)


Hot Docs 2013 – Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is a must see

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Meet Pussy Riot, the feminist punk collective that’s openly challenging the Russian Orthodox Church and President Vladimir Putin. They became infamous for invading the altar of St. Christ Church in Moscow and shocking worshipers with a raunchy song about a sexual coupling between Putin and the church. Three members of the collective were sentenced to three years in a penal colony. Such harsh punishment for a little disorderly conduct served as a clear demonstration of the church’s influence on the state and the state’s influence on the judiciary and brought Pussy Riot global attention.

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin and Mike Lerner

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer may turn out to be the most vital film playing this year at Hot Docs. The film is paced brilliantly (more…)


Hot Docs 2013: Dayani Cristal and Muscle Shoals

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Hot Docs is upon us again! The 2013 edition marks the 20th edition and it looks to be one of the strongest lineups ever. Here is a couple of the films playing over the 11 days of the festival.

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‘Deadball’ rounds all the bases on DVD and Blu-ray

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New to Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USAEntertainment and Sushi Typhoon studios is director Yudai Yamaguchi’s follow up to his 2003 cult hit “Battlefield Baseball”, Deadball. The further blood drenched misadventures of juvenile delinquent Jubeh, played again by Tak Sakaguchi, play as a higher budgeted remake of the first film, with a different opponent this time around, and features some of the more ingenious tongue in cheek sequences in the Sushi Typhoon history. So how does this trip to the baseball diamond compare to other Sushi Typhoon outing s?

Deadball

Starring: Tak Sakaguchi, Mari Hoshino, Miho Ninagawa, Takamasa Suga

Written by KeitaTokaji

Directed Yudai Yamaguchi

Baseball prodigy Jubeh Yakyu (Sakaguchi) is the most feared and dangerous juvenile delinquent in all of Japan. After accidentally causing the death of his father with a super-powered, deadly fireball pitch, (more…)


‘Luv’ packs some heart in a familiar story

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New to DVD from Indomina Releasing is the acclaimed sophomore drama from director Sheldon Candis that impressed many at last year’s Sundance Film FestivalLuv. The film stars a stellar cast of African American actors in this unique coming of story. Centered by a strong performance from 12 year old Rainey Jr will Luv deliver enough to warrant a purchase?

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Starring: Common, Michael Rainey Jr,Danny GloverDennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S Dutton, Lonette McKee, Michael Kenneth Williams and Megan Good

Written by Justin Wilson and Sheldon Candis

Directed by Sheldon Candis

Woody (Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (McKee) and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has just returned home after eight (more…)