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Love and Peace: Five music documentaries that make me love the 1960s

Peace Love and Music Documentaries

Not all documentaries are created equal. Some are out to prove a point, others hope to make you think, and even more are out to entertain, uncover, or educate. Music documentaries do a lot of those things, except they obviously tend to have music.

In having said music, the talking heads are commonly musicians or fans, and even the most serious music documentary has some light moments of laughter.

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Braff’s Garden State is much more than most give it credit for

Garden State is much more than most give it credit for

Garden State examines the cloud of one’s self. There are moments of varying length where we spend a ton of time in our own world; meanwhile, to the world at large, we’re just going through the motions.

This film is about that, and how one person, at one time, pulls himself out of that cloud.

It’s also very much an art film. The first few minutes establish that well, and Zach Braff’s vision of the film as a piece of art is beautiful.

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Alright, Alright, Alright Is More than Just The Oral History of Dazed and Confused: It’s About Youth, Nostalgia, and the Creative Process

Alright, Alright, Alright Is More than Just The Oral History of Dazed and Confused: It’s About Youth, Nostalgia, and the Creative Process

Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused is a masterpiece of inspired writing, research, interviewing, and storytelling by Melissa Maerz.

But this book isn’t just about Dazed and Confused. It’s about the process of moviemaking, storytelling, corporate Hollywood, independent film, nostalgia, and art. It’s recommended reading for any creative person.

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Camp Cretaceous Season Two Is a Wonderful Expansion of the Jurassic Canon

Camp Cretaceous Season Two Is a Wonderful Expansion of the Jurassic Canon

This series is absolutely a continuation of everything you didn’t realize you wanted from a Jurassic Park /World franchise television serial. And with Season Two of the Netflix exclusive, there are even more obvious nods to the larger franchise, while maintaining a uniqueness that sets it apart from the films.

I wrote about Season One, where I gushed about Camp Cretaceous’s place in the canon, but with the kids alone on the island with the fences down, the dinosaur discoveries are bountiful.

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9 Holes with The Legend of Bagger Vance

9 Holes with The Legend of Bagger Vance

It has been a while since I went out and did 18 Holes with Tin Cup, so let’s take it slow and stick to just the front nine; with this Rober Redford directed film, based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Steven Pressfield, starring Will Smith, Matt Damon, and Charlize Theron.

What is it? It’s a fable of sorts, an allegory for golf and life (as most golf movies are), about Rannulph Junuh (Damon) a local golf hero who is suffering from post-traumatic stress since surviving World War I with distinction…

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