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March 06, 2019


MadeThe industrial city of Sheffield, England was the birthplace for the electronic pop explosion of cool post punk bands such as "Vice Versa," "The Human League," "Heaven 17," "ABC,” and "Cabaret Voltaire." Slick style and a rejection of cultural limitations at hand, these daring musicians created a utopian attitude of romanticized clarity and precision. 

Songs pulse, heat up, and grow on an international level in a bastion of fearless creativity. Here is an essential chapter of musical history brought to relevant life and context in fun documentary.   

In this enthusiastic, if brief (it clocks in at only 52 minutes), documentary filmmaker Eve Wood charts the lineage of musicians whose music inspired modern-day bands such as "Stereolab," "Ladytron," and "Peaches."

Made In Sheffield

Through insightful interviews with band members (such as Phil Oakey of The Human League), and rare live performance footage, "Made In Sheffield" fills an essential period that linked Punk to the British New Wave with bands intent on destroying rock music. Interview subjects such as the late John Peel, The Human League’s Phil Oakey and Ian Craig Marsh, and music critic Andy Gill shed light on the indispensable influence of Sheffield’s electronic music scene. This thrilling documentary is an important film for any serious music lover to learn about the origins of a time and place where musical creativity ran wild.

Not rated. 52 mins.Four Stars


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January 21, 2016


SidewaysBest friends Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church) share the burden of mid-life ennui on a week long bonding vacation in the wine country of Santa Ynez, California prior to Jack's pending wedding in writer/director Alexander Payne's glorious comeback after his abysmal "About Schmidt." Miles is an unpublished novelist drowning his recent failed relationship in wine, while commercial television actor Jack is determined to fix both of their dispositions with a recreational fling. "Sideways" is an apt title for the subtle ways the movie examines modern adult attitudes toward loyalty, passion and desire as it builds toward an unexpected climax that is profound for its surefooted honesty. It's a rare movie that answers the questions it raises in funny and romantic ways without ever patronizing or preaching to the audience. You don't find this kind of original cinematic charm very often.

Special features include witty audio commentary by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, 7 deleted scenes with text commentary by Alexander Payne, a making-of featurette, and choice of English, Spanish, or French language or subtitles.

Aspect ratio is 1.85:1 Widescreen with clear sound delivered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.

(Movie – Four Stars, DVD features - Three Stars) Rated R, 124 mins. (20th Century Fox)

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