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click to enlarge Dave Chappelle's Block Party (NR) - Directed by Michel Gondry  - Rogue Pictures - I'm sure most of the mainstream public was - looking forward to a filmed anthology of - different skits featuring Dave Chappelle's - cadre of characters from his much-missed - Comedy Central show. you get non of that - here. Instead, director Michel Gondry (The - Science of sleep) documents Chappelle's - unwavering attempt to stage a massive block - party in New York City. Beginning with his - gathering of locals in his Ohio hometown and - securing the area and the incredible line-up of - musicians (Kanye West, The Roots and The - Fugees), this film proves that Chappelle - doesn't need characters to be funny. His - observations of the culture and people that - surround him are funny enough. - - Louis Fowler
  • Dave Chappelle's Block Party (NR)
    Directed by Michel Gondry
    Rogue Pictures
    I'm sure most of the mainstream public was looking forward to a filmed anthology of different skits featuring Dave Chappelle's cadre of characters from his much-missed Comedy Central show. you get non of that here. Instead, director Michel Gondry (The Science of sleep) documents Chappelle's unwavering attempt to stage a massive block party in New York City. Beginning with his gathering of locals in his Ohio hometown and securing the area and the incredible line-up of musicians (Kanye West, The Roots and The Fugees), this film proves that Chappelle doesn't need characters to be funny. His observations of the culture and people that surround him are funny enough. - Louis Fowler

Dave Chappelle's Block Party (NR)

Directed by Michel Gondry

Rogue Pictures

click to enlarge Lifespan (NR)  - Directed by Alexander Whitelaw  -  Mondo Macabro  - At it's core, Lifespan wants to be a successful - cult sci-fi film. But it's so bizarre and so temporally - displaced in its settings that it's far too atmospheric to - be a typical sci-fi popcorn flick. And yet, it's not quite an - art film either.  Lifespan is much like a peek into - an alchemist's workshop: Klaus Kinski is a mysterious - industrialist that hires a young American scientist to - develop the "elixir of life", a formula that will bring - immortality to humans. And while theat would make for - an intriguing plotline itself, Lifespan instead - veers off into a hundred different directions  none of - them expected. Is the film successful? Not completely, - but it's such a conflicted oddity that its fevered dream - state will entertain  all the while begging more - questions.  Louis Fowler
  • Lifespan (NR)
    Directed by Alexander Whitelaw
    Mondo Macabro
    At it's core, Lifespan wants to be a successful cult sci-fi film. But it's so bizarre and so temporally displaced in its settings that it's far too atmospheric to be a typical sci-fi popcorn flick. And yet, it's not quite an art film either. Lifespan is much like a peek into an alchemist's workshop: Klaus Kinski is a mysterious industrialist that hires a young American scientist to develop the "elixir of life", a formula that will bring immortality to humans. And while theat would make for an intriguing plotline itself, Lifespan instead veers off into a hundred different directions none of them expected. Is the film successful? Not completely, but it's such a conflicted oddity that its fevered dream state will entertain all the while begging more questions. Louis Fowler

I'm sure most of the mainstream public was looking forward to a filmed anthology of different skits featuring Dave Chappelle's cadre of characters from his much-missed Comedy Central show. You get none of that here. Instead, director Michel Gondry (The Science of Sleep) documents Chappelle's unwavering attempt to stage a massive block party in New York City. Beginning with his gathering of locals in his Ohio hometown and securing the area and the incredible line-up of musicians (Kanye West, The Roots and The Fugees), this film proves that Chappelle doesn't need characters to be funny. His observations of the culture and people that surround him are funny enough. Louis Fowler

Lifespan (NR)

Directed by Alexander Whitelaw

Mondo Macabro

click to enlarge How's Your News? (NR)   - Directed by Arthur Bradford - Shout! Factory  - Executive produced by "South Park" creators Matt Stone - and Trey Parker, How's your News?is one of the - best DVD investments I've made in a long time. This - documentary follows a group of newscasters, all of - whom have mental and physical disabilities, as they - travel across America and interview bewildered passerby - in the man-on-the-street format. Much like Sacha Baron - Cohen's character, the laughs mainly come from the - true-to-life, don't-know-any-better reactions of the - interviewees. The cast of reporters is fully aware it's part - of the joke in a way that is genuine and inoffensive, and, - thankfully, never fraudulently "inspirational." This is an - honest, revealingly hilarioius slice of life. - Louis Fowler
  • How's Your News? (NR)
    Directed by Arthur Bradford
    Shout! Factory
    Executive produced by "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, How's your News?is one of the best DVD investments I've made in a long time. This documentary follows a group of newscasters, all of whom have mental and physical disabilities, as they travel across America and interview bewildered passerby in the man-on-the-street format. Much like Sacha Baron Cohen's character, the laughs mainly come from the true-to-life, don't-know-any-better reactions of the interviewees. The cast of reporters is fully aware it's part of the joke in a way that is genuine and inoffensive, and, thankfully, never fraudulently "inspirational." This is an honest, revealingly hilarioius slice of life. Louis Fowler

At it's core, Lifespan wants to be a successful cult sci-fi film. But it's so bizarre and so temporally displaced in its settings that it's far too atmospheric to be a typical sci-fi popcorn flick. And yet, it's not quite an art film either. Lifespan is much like a peek into an alchemist's workshop: Klaus Kinski is a mysterious industrialist that hires a young American scientist to develop the "elixir of life," a formula that will bring immortality to humans. And while that would make for an intriguing plotline itself, Lifespan instead veers off into a hundred different directions none of them expected. Is the film successful? Not completely, but it's such a conflicted oddity that its fevered dream state will entertain all the while begging more questions. Louis Fowler

How's Your News? (NR)

Directed by Arthur Bradford

Shout! Factory

Executive produced by "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, How's Your News? is one of the best DVD investments I've made in a long time. This documentary follows a group of newscasters, all of whom have mental and physical disabilities, as they travel across America and interview bewildered passersby in the man-on-the-street format. Much like Sacha Baron Cohen's character, the laughs mainly come from the true-to-life, don't-know-any-better reactions of the interviewees. The cast of reporters is fully aware it's part of the joke in a way that is genuine and inoffensive, and, thankfully, never fraudulently "inspirational." This is an honest, revealingly hilarious slice of life. Louis Fowler

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