Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Netflix Doc The Greatest Night in Pop Goes Behind the Mic for the Creation of “We Are the World”

I was never a huge fan of the song “We Are the World,” but any time that video started playing on MTV, I dropped what I was doing and watched […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: New Documentary Allows Action Star Sylvester Stallone the Chance To Reflect on His Career, Family and Choices

Sly is less a straight documentary about the life and times of Sylvester Stallone and more of a cautionary tale that poses the very real possibility that you can’t have […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: The Boss Explores Mortality, Reflects on a Long Career in Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You

Springsteen Letter To You

In the first 10 years or so of Bruce Springsteen’s recording career, a common criticism about his albums is that he had a tendency to underplay and over-sing, undoubtedly the […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Up From the Streets is New Orleans’ Massive Music History in One Heartfelt Documentary

Up From the Streets

Subtitled New Orleans: The City of Music, Up From the Streets is a documentary from Michael Murphy (Make It Funky!) that attempts nothing short of giving a primer on the entire […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Looking Back on Life as Bandmates in Stirring, Nostalgic Once Were Brothers

Once Were Brothers

I’ll fully admit, I happen to think The Band is one of the greatest musical acts of all time, with one of the most fascinating backstories ever told. Hell, they […]

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Beyond

Reader’s Choice–Your Favorites of 2019

This time of year, there’s a lot of looking back –for better or worse. We see what worked and what didn’t, what we want more of and what we want […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

2019 in Review: Best Documentary Films of the Year

Hail Satan?

The reason I separate out documentaries into their own Best of the Year list is not because I feel they should be judged differently than feature films, but because I […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Bruce Springsteen In Concert—And Deep Thought—in Western Stars

Western Stars

Over the last few years, Bruce Springsteen has taken his skills as a teller of other people’s stories and turned that into a trio of deeply considered and endlessly moving […]

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Lit, Music, Reviews

Review: Long Walk Home: Reflections On Bruce Springsteen Is a Love Letter to His Life and Work

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Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen Edited by Jonathan D. Cohen and June Skinner Sawyers Rutgers University Press He’s called the Boss—and a new book out from Rutgers University Press aims […]

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Audio, Music, TCR Mixtape

TCR Mixtape #40: Springsteen at 70, Music Curated by Three Longtime Chicago Fans

Bruce Springsteen’s legions of fans worldwide don’t need a reason to play his music. We listen to it every day. At home, while walking, driving, biking or breathing.  But his […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Blinded by the Light Revels in Youth, Dreams and Springsteen

Blinded by the Light

Causing a sizable splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the latest work from filmmaker Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice, Viceroy’s House) is not a film […]

Steve Prokopy /
Film, Film & TV, Music, Video

Review: In Springsteen On Broadway, the Boss Tells His Life Story in Words and Music

In early 1978, Bruce Springsteen embarked on the Darkness on the Edge of Town tour, in what would become a new benchmark for his brand of stadium epics. The Boss […]

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