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Long Strange Trip – Grateful Dead doc review

May 2nd, 2017 · 16 Comments · Grateful Dead, Movies

. Let There Be Songs To Fill The Screen . .   I remember when I first saw the long-in-the-works Beat Generation documentary “The Source” at its premiere in Manhattan with McClure, Amram and all these other luminaries and we all went to the afterparty at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and everybody was freaking out […]

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Going Furthur film review

June 3rd, 2016 · 6 Comments · Grateful Dead, Merry Pranksters, Movies

. On The Bus and On The Road . . “Put your good where it will do the most,” …….. as Ken Kesey said, and Wavy Gravy recounted in the luminous new documentary, Going Furthur. This movie is really funny — and not in a you-had-to-be-there way.  A huge part of the Merry Band of […]

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Best of Enemies film review

August 30th, 2015 · 6 Comments · Movies, Politics

When Conflict Television Was Born or . . . “I’ll sock you in your goddamn face.” . . 1968  — The year so much changed . . . Martin and Bobby . . .  North Vietnam’s Tet Offensive galvanizing Americans’ opposition to the war . . .  The Beatles open their Apple Core . . […]

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The Wrecking Crew film review

February 8th, 2015 · 8 Comments · Movies, Music

Pet Monkees & Other Oddities . . So … hold on — the guys who made Pet Sounds were the same people who made the The Monkees’ “music”?!  And the goofy band on those Sonny & Cher albums were the same cats who played The Byrds’ Mr. Tambourine Man?  What?!  Crazy!  But true.  And they […]

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Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty movie review

October 19th, 2014 · 17 Comments · Movies, Music

Up and Clean – How “Down & Dirty” Captured Johnny Winter’s New Spring . . Johnny Johnny Johnny … where for art thou, Johnny? In the long strange lineage of tragic rock n roll irony — see: Keith Moon sitting in the “Not To Be Taken Away” chair on his last album cover — Johnny […]

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Makin’ Movies — Carolyn Cassady, On The Road, and the Pranksters at Woodstock

September 21st, 2014 · 23 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters, Movies, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

. Here’s some early songs in sound and light . . . My tribute to the late great Carolyn Cassady on the one year anniversary of her passing … . Or “The Pranksters Invade the Woodstock Museum” . . . . Or here’s opening the Marry Prankster Reunion weekend in 2016 . . . . […]

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Seinfeld and The Beatles and The Beats and such

July 29th, 2014 · 9 Comments · Movies, Music, New York City, Weird Things About Me

. Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld were the Lennon & McCartney of comedy. That’s the way I see it, anyway. Larry was a Lennon — mercurial, opinionated, sharp tongued, bull-headed, idea generating, creatively uncompromising, a supremely gifted artist born to his medium, with an enormous elaborate expansive vision. And Jerry was the McCartney — an […]

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Kill Your Darlings movie review

September 11th, 2013 · 21 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Movies

Allen & Lucien — I mean, Radcliffe & DeHaan — sharing a laugh at the premiere gala at TIFF, next to Michael C. Hall (Kammerer) and Jack Huston (Kerouac). . Just home from “Kill Your Darlings” — the second of three movies based on Jack & the Beats being released within a few months of each […]

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Beat Movie Guide

January 9th, 2013 · 28 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Movies

Beat Movie Guide (dramatizations, not documentaries)     With not one, not two, but three movies based on Jack Kerouac books coming out this year (2013) it makes sense to make sense of the world of cinematic dramatizations based on Beat works. Since real people are given different fictional names in every movie, for clarity […]

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“On The Road” Comes Home — The New York Premiere

December 24th, 2012 · 19 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Movies, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales

“On The Road” Comes Home — The New York Premiere The day of the “On The Road” premiere in New York I was up at the NYPL trying to get through the doors of the hermetically sealed vault of the Berg Collection, home to a gazillion literary papers from Emerson to Shelley — but most […]

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Making better time On The Road

September 8th, 2012 · 37 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Movies, Real-life Adventure Tales

Making better time On The Road So, I get to the Ryerson Theatre in Toronto at 7PM for a 9:00 show and there’s already a whole scene.  It’s the World Premiere of the new and forever “On The Road” — the first-ever screening of the director’s revised and final cut. There’s a line of black VIP […]

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On The Road to On The Road in London — Sex, Drugs & Jazz

August 17th, 2012 · 22 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Movies, Real-life Adventure Tales

On The Road to On The Road Sex, Drugs & Jazz   A very abnormal thing happens — it’s post-movies Wednesday night when Carolyn & I normally part ways for our own offices and computers, but by fortune we met up in the kitchen and started talkin about the movie premiere tomorrow night, and I’m […]

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Festival Express

April 24th, 2011 · 12 Comments · Grateful Dead, Movies, Music

Here’s an article I wrote on the film Festival Express, published in Relix Magazine, April 2004. Drivin’ That Train . . .         The Festival Express Rolls Again After 30 Years by Brian Hassett   “That was the best time I’ve had in rock and roll,” said Jerry Garcia. “There were no straight people.” In the […]

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Brian’s “Hot 200” movie list

October 5th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Movies

This is a work-in-progress . . . but it’s a helluva good list of movies . . . Even if this list makes someone see just one great movie that they never have, it’s worth it. Brian’s Top Dozen Movies: (movies that are essentially perfect — every shot, every word, every scene, roughly speaking) Rear […]

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Fawlty Towers — a primer

April 9th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Movies

. It was written / created post Monty Python (1969-74), by John Cleese and his wife, Connie Booth.  He had an opportunity to do “something” for the BBC, so they came up with doing a grumpy hotel manager, which was based on a recent film shoot by the Pythons making Holy Grail or something in […]

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Lucky Numbers film review

February 27th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Movies

  film review:  Lucky Numbers (2000) Directed by Nora Ephron; starring John Travolta, Lisa Kudrow, Tim Roth, Ed O’Neil, Richard Schiff, Bill Pullman, Michael Rapaport, Michael Moore. First of all – this is made by Nora Ephron!  Heartburn!  Sleepless!  Her and Penny Marshall have to be the two best female filmmakers going – at least […]

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I’m Not There — “Tarantula” meets “Chronicles” in “Masked & Anonymous” prequel

March 3rd, 2009 · 11 Comments · Movies, Music

  I’m Not There — film review “Life is a crazy, dark circus.” FANTASTIC, inspired filmmaking. (I gotta look for more Todd Haynes.)  Maybe I was super-well prepared for it by this late date, but as it was, I could easily follow it, and it painted a brilliant million-dollar-picture. Obviously the unsuspecting could be caught off […]

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“Great Americans” Not Born In America

December 12th, 2008 · 15 Comments · Movies, Politics, Weird Things About Me

. It’s funny when some Americans talk about who is an American and who isn’t . . . It made me think of some commonly-perceived “Great Americans” who weren’t born here, like  . . . Christopher Columbus (Italian)  (“discovered” America, and for whom cities & holidays, and circles & squares are named after) William Penn […]

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Brian’s Online Video Collection

September 28th, 2008 · 24 Comments · Brian on YouTube etc., Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters, Movies, Music, New York City, Poetry, Politics, Weird Things About Me

Here’s a bunch of online video clips   Here’s a full YouTube Playlist of all the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” excerpts performed live at 10 different shows, in the order they appear in the book . . .  . Here’s the full & funny “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” show at The Beat Museum’s […]

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Brian’s movie reviews on IMDB

July 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Movies

. Here are some film reviews I’ve written for IMDB.com . . . http://www.imdb.com/user/ur2433069/comments including . . . 1. 1969 (1988)  12 August 2003 2. Bully (2001)  14 August 2003 3. Carny (1980)  20 April 2005 4. Festival Express (2003)  16 September 2003 5. Happy Accidents (2000)  11 September 2003 6. Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1971)  28 September 2003 7. Kaaterskill Falls (2001)  25 October 2003 8. Luck (2003)  26 March 2006 […]

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“Shine A Light” — the new Scorsese Stones concert film

March 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments · Movies, Music

It opens Friday, April 4th.  Here’s some info on it . . . Shine A Light  (2008) The Rolling Stones, with Darryl Jones, Chuck Leavell, Blondie Chapman, Bernard Fowler & Lisa Fischer, and a 4-piece horn section led by a wailin’ Bobby Keys. Special Guests:  Buddy Guy, Christina Aguilera, Jack White Directed by Martin Scorsese […]

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My Dinner With Jimi

February 9th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Movies

. If you’re a fan of funny films and/or sixties music — boy is there a new movie for you!  The comic docu-drama “My Dinner With Jimi“, features master Hendrix, The Beatles, Brian Jones, The Moody Blues, Donovan, Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison and numerous others, all seen through the eyes of the writer, humorist and […]

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