Hidden Flick: Another Life, Brother Reprise

Always by your side, your hand in mine; stand up to the blow that fate has struck upon you; make the most of all you still have coming to you; the tree is full of leaves and life now and an absolutely gorgeous green. There is a spotlight on it, shining up from the ground, highlighting its perfection even at night. “Hope you are still swimming,” whispers the tree, and the clock spins once again…another life…another life, brother.

So…what have we got here, thus far? Mirrors and magical trees and circumstantial events and an alternate temporal universe and tragic wisdom and foggy paths during a long cruise, and, always, ALWAYS, that clever and bizarre sense of an amazing tale of a woman’s survival instincts…

Ahhh…but we get ahead of ourselves, don’t we? There must be some misunderstanding, there must be some mistake…I went to the places…I rang your house…jumped in my car…I went round there…still don’t believe it…she was just leaving…there must be some misunderstanding…

Mirrors, like children, don’t lie. Well…that isn’t exactly true, is it? Those filthy little unwashed bastards can yak a yarn from here until doom’s gloom, but yet, you’ll never get them to admit it. Ahhh…but, we’ve driven far afield (or is it swam?), haven’t we? And that is the point, innit? We swoop down amongst the fishy natives, concealing our celluloid charms, and ponder. Oh, to ponder, perchance to dream of another life, brother.

Many too many have swam where I swam; many more will swim here, too…

Pretty much anything is possible here, and that is eerie as the Lost Hypnotist, with perfect Oceanic manner, casually suggests, “Just imagine something pleasant.” And so he does—the universe inside and out…where some arrive, falling from a great post-progressive height, or is it Arriving Somewhere…yes, indeed, this week’s hidden Hidden Flick.

READ ON for more on this week’s Hidden Flick…

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Clapton’s Crossroads On The Big Screen

A star-studded lineup featuring many of the best guitarists in the world gathered at Toyota Park outside of Chicago this past Saturday for Eric Clapton’s third Crossroads Guitar Festival.

The marathon 11-hour concert included sets from Sonny Landreth, Robert Randolph, Robert Cray, Bert Jansch, Stefan Grossman, ZZ Top, Doyle Bramhall II joined by Gary Clark & Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill joined by Albert Lee, James Burton, & Keb’ Mo’, Citizen Cope, Earl Klugh, John Mayer, Buddy Guy with Johnny Lang, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band joined by Warren Haynes, Sheryl Crow, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rojas, & Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton with Stevie Winwood and B.B. King.

If you didn’t make it out to Chicago for the festival, you can still watch a truncated version of the event at one of 475 theaters nationwide at 7:30PM on July 27th. Performances by Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, emcee Bill Murray and others will be part of the movie. Tickets are available at theater box offices and online at Rhino plans to release a DVD/Blu-Ray edition of the film on November 8.

For more on this year’s Crossroads event, be sure to check out Jon Pareles’ review for the New York Times or Greg Kot’s review for the Chicago Tribune. READ ON for Clapton’s setlist from the Crossroads Guitar Fest…

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Hidden Flick: Trapped In Time – Pt. 2

“I believe whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you… [takes off his mask] stranger.”

…transformed into another image, and another drifting away, without beginning, or end, to always be, and not knowing what to do next, trapped in time, and fading into the mists of history, a glimpse of blissful eternity…

Ahhh…eternity, we’ve hit upon that word. Again. THAT word, buried below, like some lost remnant on an island where time has no meaning; and space, even less, just the two concepts engaged in immortal combat, as it were, with each other. Climb aboard as we venture out there into eternal bliss (or, is it madness?) in the first episode of the fourth season, and a nod back to the final episode of the third season, with a journey through the American version of a science fiction novel written by Stanislaw Lem, Solaris.

Transformed into another image, this film was produced by James “I’m King of the World” Cameron betwixt his minor Kate y Leo celluloid ride upon the waves of joyful rompery before remembering that they are, in fact, on the tragic Titanic (didn’t they see the movie? Didn’t they hear about the iceberg?), and a tiny 3-D science fiction docudrama called Avatar, starring an evil jarhead, the cool Latino chick from LOST, a miscast Ripley Weaver, and a bunch of little fairies and birds that are quite fascinating to watch when a) high, and b) catching the overwrought film on a towering 26-story screen.

READ ON for more on this week’s Hidden Flick, Solaris

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Phish 3D Movie: April 30th Release

As we first reported in October, Phish’s Festival 8 was filmed in 3D for a theatrical release and we finally have the details on just when we can catch Phish

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Man On Fire: Directed by Tony Scott

Man on Fire, in many respects, represents all that is wrong in Hollywood today. It is quite incredible that a remake of a film could be so flawed; you’d think the producers would have corrected the “mistakes” present in the original.

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