Movies

‘I never laughed as much in my life!’: Jon Anderson on Yes’ inspirational role in Spinal Tap

‘I never laughed as much in my life!’: Jon Anderson on Yes’ inspirational role in Spinal Tap

During the tour for Yes’ early-1980s blockbuster 90125, Jon Anderson found himself driving with a young filmmaker who was at work on a documentary about the group. He suggested that Anderson stop to see Spinal Tap at a local movie theater, and something amazing happened.

Almost Hits: Laid Back, “White Horse” (1983)

Almost Hits: Laid Back, “White Horse” (1983)

The shocking and tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has put a spotlight on a growing heroin epidemic in America.

‘That ain’t no Hank Williams song!’: Big stars threw those beer bottles at the Blues Brothers

‘That ain’t no Hank Williams song!’: Big stars threw those beer bottles at the Blues Brothers

A key moment in the original Blues Brothers film finds the band dodging beer bottles at a backwoods dive where the barkeep informs them they have both kinds of music — “country and western.” Turns out, two very famous people were hurling those empty Budweisers.

Movies: The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark (2013)

Movies: The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark (2013)

This newly released documentary on the ex-Byrds singer-songwriter Gene Clark is not only very much welcome, but long overdue.

Gimme Five: ABC Movie of the Week, with Sally Field, Dennis Weaver, James Caan

Gimme Five: ABC Movie of the Week, with Sally Field, Dennis Weaver, James Caan

Unlike 1980s miniseries full of glamour and glitz or 1990s relationship-themed cable movies, 1970s TV movies were sleazy, scary, dopey or just plain weird. They were characterized by schlock, horror and the occasional tearjerker or social commentary.

‘You just don’t do that’: Steve Cropper’s biggest hit once became his biggest embarassment

‘You just don’t do that’: Steve Cropper’s biggest hit once became his biggest embarassment

Steve Cropper settled into the theater seats with his wife and another couple, ready to enjoy the new film American Graffiti in 1973. He had no idea what was about to happen next.

Movies: Return of the Killer Shrews (2013)

Movies: Return of the Killer Shrews (2013)

This homage to The Killer Shrews, one of the cheesiest 1950s horror films does more than recycle the plot with newfangled CGI effects. It updates the storyline to feature a reality show crew on a remote island

One Track Mind: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, “Goldfinger” (2013)

One Track Mind: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, “Goldfinger” (2013)

Martin Scorcese’s newest film, The Wolf of Wall Street, features the director’s usual assortment of delectable oldies — but the best moment maybe belong to a new song. Or, really, a new version of an old song.

‘It was very eerie’: Vacation mishap sparked idea for Pink Floyd’s Pompeii concert

‘It was very eerie’: Vacation mishap sparked idea for Pink Floyd’s Pompeii concert

Adrian Maben’s first pitch for a concert film involving Pink Floyd was met with bemused silence. His second pitch would grow out of a vacation mishap.

Movies: Stan Getz Quartet – Live At Montreux 1972 (2013)

Movies: Stan Getz Quartet – Live At Montreux 1972 (2013)

It seems that in the early seventies, many of the notable jazz musicians of the sixties went electric and dabbled in fusion.