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Depeche Mode: 101

Review First, director Kenneth Branagh and actors Sean Foley and Hamish McColl talk about work on their play, The Play I Wrote.Also, an interview with fashion writer Andrew Leon Talley about his book ALT: A Memoir.Finally, filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus share their new documentary about the soul singers of the 1960s and 1970s, Only the Strong Survive.

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Depeche Mode: Alive in Berlin

Review Filmmakers Jehane Noujaim and Chris Hegedus and former CEO of Govworks.com Kaleil Isaza Tuzman are on to discuss their work on the new documentary, Startup.com. The film follows the conception, implementation and demise of the internet start-up, Govworks.com, and how the dissolution of the company impacted the two childhood friends who founded the website. Then, Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi & director of the Museum of Modern Art Glenn Lowry talk about the design for the new Museum of Modern Art which they will start construction on this spring.

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Depeche Mode - The Dark Progression Unauthorized

Review AN INTIMATE & HILARIOUS BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE LIFE OF THE FORMER SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE COMEDIAN TURNED AUTHOR, RADIO HOST & POLITICAL SATIRIST.
Depeche Mode - Random Access Memory Unauthorized

Review In God Spoke, Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus (The War Room) shine a light on political satirist Al Franken. The "flaming sword of justice" explains his left-leaning career like this, "They [right-wing pundits] say something ridiculous, and then I subject them to scorn and ridicule." The filmmakers, longtime associates of cinéma verité pioneer DA Pennebaker, take a fly-on-the-wall approach towards Franken's activities around the time of the 2004 presidential election and afterwards as he explores a run for the US Senate in 2008. They look at the (unsuccessful) lawsuit Fox News filed against him for swiping their tagline, his involvement in the upstart Air America network, and his dust-ups with Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Michael Medved, and Bill O'Reilly, who describes him as "a vile human being." Along the way, they follow the Minnesota-born comedian on book tours and speaking engagements, occasionally flashing back to his two-decade long stint on Saturday Night Live. God Spoke is an expansion of the Sundance Channel short The First Amendment Project: Fox vs. Franken and covers some of the same ground as HBO's America Undercover: Left of the Dial. In other words, there isn't a ton of new material here, but this "fair and balanced" profile represents an entertaining introduction to a multi-talented individual. Without Franken, it's hard to imagine a place in the world for The Daily Show and other media designed to expose "lies and the lying liars who tell them," as his 2003 bestseller would have it. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Depeche Mode: Live in Berlin

Review In the winning spirit of Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, Only The Strong Survive brings together an amazing array of musical icons! With living legends such as Isaac Hayes, Herry Butler, Sam Moore, Wilson Pickett and Mary Wilson performing together on one stage, it's a dream revue of original artists and songs that won America's heart... and filled it with soul. Also featuring the Chi-Lites, Ann Peebles and Carla and Rufus Thomas... the night these legends come together will be a night you'll never forget!

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Risk

Review One reviewer has called Only the Strong Survive "an American Buena Vista Social Club," and that's not a bad way to describe this entertaining 2002 documentary. It certainly has a righteous pedigree: co-directors D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus have between them been responsible for films like Monterey Pop, Bob Dylan's Don't Look Back, Down from the Mountain, Startup.com, and numerous others; meanwhile, many of the great soul singers who appear here, including Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), and Carla Thomas, have retained much of their power since their heydays decades ago. The interview portions are fun--we learn, for instance, that "the wicked Pickett" has a stash of $1,000 shirts and $6,000 suits--but it's the musical numbers that are the main attraction, and there are some good ones. Even better, the DVD's bonus features include half a dozen complete live performances not in the original film, along with audio commentary by legendary producer Jerry Wexler and several of the artists. Sure, it would have been nice if Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, and other living soul greats had also taken part, but hearing Eugene Record and the Chi-Lites singing "Oh Girl" is just about worth the price of admission alone. --Sam Graham
David Lynch: The Art Life

Review First, director Kenneth Branagh and actors Sean Foley and Hamish McColl talk about work on their play, The Play I Wrote.Also, an interview with fashion writer Andrew Leon Talley about his book ALT: A Memoir.Finally, filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus share their new documentary about the soul singers of the 1960s and 1970s, Only the Strong Survive.

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Gimme Danger

Review Filmmakers Jehane Noujaim and Chris Hegedus and former CEO of Govworks.com Kaleil Isaza Tuzman are on to discuss their work on the new documentary, Startup.com. The film follows the conception, implementation and demise of the internet start-up, Govworks.com, and how the dissolution of the company impacted the two childhood friends who founded the website. Then, Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi & director of the Museum of Modern Art Glenn Lowry talk about the design for the new Museum of Modern Art which they will start construction on this spring.

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Review AN INTIMATE & HILARIOUS BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE LIFE OF THE FORMER SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE COMEDIAN TURNED AUTHOR, RADIO HOST & POLITICAL SATIRIST.
T2 Trainspotting

Review In God Spoke, Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus (The War Room) shine a light on political satirist Al Franken. The "flaming sword of justice" explains his left-leaning career like this, "They [right-wing pundits] say something ridiculous, and then I subject them to scorn and ridicule." The filmmakers, longtime associates of cinéma verité pioneer DA Pennebaker, take a fly-on-the-wall approach towards Franken's activities around the time of the 2004 presidential election and afterwards as he explores a run for the US Senate in 2008. They look at the (unsuccessful) lawsuit Fox News filed against him for swiping their tagline, his involvement in the upstart Air America network, and his dust-ups with Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Michael Medved, and Bill O'Reilly, who describes him as "a vile human being." Along the way, they follow the Minnesota-born comedian on book tours and speaking engagements, occasionally flashing back to his two-decade long stint on Saturday Night Live. God Spoke is an expansion of the Sundance Channel short The First Amendment Project: Fox vs. Franken and covers some of the same ground as HBO's America Undercover: Left of the Dial. In other words, there isn't a ton of new material here, but this "fair and balanced" profile represents an entertaining introduction to a multi-talented individual. Without Franken, it's hard to imagine a place in the world for The Daily Show and other media designed to expose "lies and the lying liars who tell them," as his 2003 bestseller would have it. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Cure - Out Of The Woods: Unauthorized

Review In the winning spirit of Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, Only The Strong Survive brings together an amazing array of musical icons! With living legends such as Isaac Hayes, Herry Butler, Sam Moore, Wilson Pickett and Mary Wilson performing together on one stage, it's a dream revue of original artists and songs that won America's heart... and filled it with soul. Also featuring the Chi-Lites, Ann Peebles and Carla and Rufus Thomas... the night these legends come together will be a night you'll never forget!

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Only The Strong Survive

Review One reviewer has called Only the Strong Survive "an American Buena Vista Social Club," and that's not a bad way to describe this entertaining 2002 documentary. It certainly has a righteous pedigree: co-directors D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus have between them been responsible for films like Monterey Pop, Bob Dylan's Don't Look Back, Down from the Mountain, Startup.com, and numerous others; meanwhile, many of the great soul singers who appear here, including Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), and Carla Thomas, have retained much of their power since their heydays decades ago. The interview portions are fun--we learn, for instance, that "the wicked Pickett" has a stash of $1,000 shirts and $6,000 suits--but it's the musical numbers that are the main attraction, and there are some good ones. Even better, the DVD's bonus features include half a dozen complete live performances not in the original film, along with audio commentary by legendary producer Jerry Wexler and several of the artists. Sure, it would have been nice if Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, and other living soul greats had also taken part, but hearing Eugene Record and the Chi-Lites singing "Oh Girl" is just about worth the price of admission alone. --Sam Graham

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