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Rob’s Best of 2022

Not necessarily released in 2022, these were nevertheless some of the songs I listened to all year long: a personal time capsule of the past twelve months. Enjoy. https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/8e67a683-a104-42de-b5d0-d34201de9d47

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3 things about Todd Haynes’ VELVET GOLDMINE

Velvet Goldmine [1998] 1. Shiny trenchcoat and fedora.2. “We set out to change the world. Ended up just changing ourselves.”“What’s wrong with that?”“Nothing. If you don’t look at the world.”3. Snorting coke off the back of his thigh. 3 other … Continue reading

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3 things about Eric Appel’s WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story [2022] 1. “I think Madonna’s a bad influence on you. I think she’s an evil, conniving succubus and she’s only using you for her pathetic and selfish needs. No offense.” 2. Guacamole laced with LSD. … Continue reading

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3 things about Mat Whitecross’s THE SOUND OF 007

The Sound of 007 [2022] 1. Immediately after he finished writing it, John Barry played “Goldfinger” for Michael Caine, who happened to be crashing in his flat at the time.2. Shirley Bassey took off her bra just before recording the … Continue reading

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3 things about Brett Morgen’s MOONAGE DAYDREAM

Moonage Daydream [2022] 1. “Everything is rubbish and all rubbish is wonderful.”2. The only collaborator that Bowie namechecks personally is Brian Eno.3. Pepsi with Tina Turner.

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3 things about Questlove’s SUMMER OF SOUL

Summer of Soul [2021] 1. The stage was built facing west to achieve the best lighting for the cameras. 2. “It smelled like Afro Sheen and chicken.” 3. Awe-inspiring duet between Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples. Kudos to Questlove for … Continue reading

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3 things about Ken Russell’s THE MUSIC LOVERS

The Music Lovers [1971] 1. Frenzied train carriage. 2. Licking the peach. 3. Pathetic symphony.

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ROY’S WORLD wins Best Illinois Feature!

In a virtual ceremony (coincidentally, held exactly one year to the day after the film had its World Premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival) my documentary Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago was awarded Best Illinois Feature at the 2021 Beloit … Continue reading

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Final days–ROY’S WORLD at Beloit

Only two more days! If you’re reading this from Wisconsin or Illinois, you can watch the film as part of the Beloit International Film Festival—through February 28!

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ROY’S WORLD is in Wisconsin!

If you’re reading this from Wisconsin or Illinois, you can watch the film as part of the Beloit International Film Festival—now through February 28! And as part of the festival, Jason Adasiewicz (who composed the score and performs on the … Continue reading

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