Appreciations: Hayao Miyazaki, celebrated animator, director, writer and artist

As I started to think about what I wanted to say about the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki, my mind fell rather clumsily on the disputed quote said to about Alexander the Great about having “no more worlds to conquer.”

Something Else! Interview: Good Ol’ Freda director Ryan White

Good Ol’ Freda director Ryan White’s documentary about the Beatles’ loyal secretary Freda Kelly, has been a big hit at film festival screenings for the last few months.

Gimme Five: Unlikely Monsters (That’s the Creature in Your Feature?)

Ever since maestro Georges Méliès unleashed The Devil in a Convent in 1899, outré creatures have shambled across the silver screen.

Movies: Good Ol’ Freda (2013)

Movies: Good Ol’ Freda (2013)

The Beatles’ 1963 Christmas recording makes the rounds of classic rock radio stations every holiday. The lads send Christmas cheer to fans around the world as they joke and sing bits of holiday carols.

Merrell Fankhauser – Rainbow Bridge Revisited (2013)

Less than two months before he left his earthly body for greener pastures on September 18, 1970, guitar god Jimi Hendrix played a free concert on the slopes of Haleakala, a volcano located in Maui, Hawaii

Graham Parker and the Rumour – This is Live (2013)

Graham Parker and the Rumour – This is Live (2013)

Sometimes the strangest things turn into a catalyst for a revelatory moment. Like Graham Parker reuniting after more than 30 years with the Rumour — for a guest shot on Judd Apatow’s 2012 comedy “This is 40.”

Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin – Invitation to Illumination: Live at Montreux (2013)

There’s a sense of homecoming, both in the musical selection and in the easy collaborative verve, about Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin’s Invitation to Illumination: Live at Montreux.

Books: The Rebellious Prima Donna: Irene Manning, by Gene Arceri (2013)

Primarily lauded for her stunning performance as Fay Templeton in the 1942 movie, “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” Irene Manning not only appeared in a series of other fine films, but was a lady of multiple talents as well.

Something Else! sneak peek: Eric Clapton – Crossroads Guitar Festival (2013)

The summer music festival season is rapidly coming to a close, but those not wanting to brave iffy weather should head to select movie theaters on August 13, 2013. Nearly 500 cinemas will showcase Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013

Movies: Springsteen & I (2013)

The relationship between an artist of any kind and his or her fans is compelling stuff and, thanks to the Internet, things may well be at a fever pitch. The new documentary Springsteen & I displays this relationship with what is effectively a scrapbook of footage