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Michael Vazquez has written for The Village Voice,Spin, URB (where he served as Contributing Editor), VH1, Condé Nast and Tribune Corp’s Wire Service. He regularly films music festivals, and is working on several scripts. His essays can be read at Concerts and interviews can be seen at Email:

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Art & Life, On & Off-Screen: Infinitely Polar Bear's Maya Forbes and Imogene Wolodarsky's Mother-Daughter Creative Dynamic + Mark Ruffalo On Film Roles and Politics (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 11:07 PM

What's it like to put your art and reputation where your mouth is? Or to portray your Mom when she was your age, dealing with her bipolar Dad -- in a movie directed by...your Mom?

Life imitating art imitating, well, life : Maya Forbes and Imogene Wolodoarsky merge"Take...

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Gale Anne Hurd On The Legacy of Wilma Mankiller (Exclusive Video)

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 5:46 PM

I've asked Gale Anne Hurd to share her thoughts on why the story of the first female Principal Chief of The Cherokee Nation is one for the history books.

You might think the first woman to become principal chief of the Cherokee Nation is unrelated to my Sci-fi productions, but...

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A CMJ Playlist

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Herewith, for those not attending, and those attending NYC's annual college radio confab, the CMJ Music Marathon, a play list featuring a few of the bands playing my hometown this year.

Like always, please ignore all typos.

File under: curmudgeonly-slash-idealistic music notes...

I asked the folks at CMJ to send...

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Livestream: All 3 Channels of New York Comic Con + The NYC Premieres of Lars Von Trier's Most Important Film & Sonwden Doc Citizen Four

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 6:29 AM

Today the Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comic-Book, Pop-Cult explosion-slash-promotional orgy that is Comic Con begins its annual four-day Operation: Occupy Javits, and this weekend NYCC screens the best film of the year, while the NYFF screens one of the most anticipated docs of the year.

And so, over the next 96 hours,...

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On Hospitals' Dominance of Birthing & Inducement

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 2:10 PM

I'm sharing a letter from a friend who's just had her second child --
at home, sans drugs -- and now realizes how badly the medical industry
managed her first delivery.

I was both delighted and heartbroken when my old friend
shared this with me,...

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Besson's Lucy & The Abrogation of The Pandora, Eve Myths + Guardians of The Galaxy = $1B + An Early Guess On the Best Original Song Oscar-Winner (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 3:09 PM

Perhaps Lucy's most intriguing theme is that of Feminine stewardship of Knowledge in the face of crisis for a world too-far-gone. Plus, Groot is the new Chewie, and a very early guess on the Oscar-winner for best original song.

Lucy, or I'm every woman, it's all in...

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Livestream Now: How to Travel Cheaply by Thinking Like a Hacker

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 2:10 PM columnist TProphet, AKA The Telecom Informer, shares insights on mistake fares, using creative routing, exploiting the fine-print as shrewdly as airlines' lawyers, and how to generally think like a hacker to get cheap fares. You can watch the live feed now HERE

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5 Livestreams from the Hackers on Planet Earth Conference You Can Watch Now

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Here's today's essential livesetream for anybody really interested in governmental and corporate, well, dominance, of our private lives, the use of technology to fight for human rights here and overseas, or net neutrality -- which to be certain, isn't merely about traffic speeds, it's about the idea that like humans,...

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Reading for Warm Summer Days Indoors: Excerpt From Morrissey's Autobiography (HuffPo Exclusive)

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 7:44 PM

You've heard the soundtrack, now read the book. Herewith, the first three pages of Morrissey's literary trip back to dear old blighty.

I started reviewing this in December of last year, and haven't stopped adding notes to what has become a review-as-novel, and it's been fun. I hope to be...

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The Story of Viv Albertine + Joanna Hogg Triptych Screening at Lincoln Center (Exclusive VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Herewith, the story of Viv Albertine, star of Hogg's Exhibition, and also of her own life -- begun as a "poor North London girl" and lived through London Punk, a directing career, motherhood, illness, acting, authorship re-starting her band -- all of which will serve her daughter very well, by...

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Immigration On The Concert Stage, Silver Screen & In The Legislature: Calle 13 @ Coachella, The Undocumented, How Democracy Works Now + Mercedes Sosa's Final Recording Session

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 12:22 PM

Herewith, a legend's final studio recording, a great day at Coachella, notes on heroic forensics and a decade and a half of failed immigration legislation efforts (plus several other worthwhile docs). Please ignore all typos.

How Democracy Works Now, or, 14 Up The Down Escalator, or, Loop...

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Only Lovers Left Alive's Tilda Swinton Talks About Almost Quitting Acting and Yasmine Hamdan Performs 'Hal' Live In NYC (HuffPo Exclusive Videos)

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Twenty-five years ago, I saw a barefoot Tilda Swinton do a whirling dervish in front of a bonfire in The Last of England, and predicted she would one day win an Oscar.

Before we begin, herewith, a little music, filmed in vampire vision: Yasmine Hamdan performs "Hal", which...

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Tonight at the Movies: '64 Underground NYC Film The Troublemaker by Buck Henry, Scriptor of The Graduate

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 1:33 PM

Tonight Anthology Film Archives' "Lost Legends of New York" delivers The Troublemaker, which is triply: a wry, dry, send-up of la vie de Bohème, a subversive slapstick on The Establishment and how this city really works, and a poignant, prescient encapsulation of yet another generation selling out.

The Troublemaker, Or,...

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Cinema and Eulogia: Alain Resnais, 1922 - 2014

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 4:45 PM

Yesterday, a genuine conceptual and artistic film pioneer who was also possessed of an earnest conscience saw his final day on Earth. His genius work remains, and here's one of my favorite of his films, Mon Oncle D'Amerique, for your viewing pleasure.

I don't presume to write an obituary; these...

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Film Leaders: The LEGO Movie Road-Blocks Conformity + 2013 Reviews in Brief: Her, Computer Chess

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 9:35 AM

Irrespective of its bland trailer and product-based matrix, The LEGO Movie breaks down the soul-crushing tenets we liminally take for granted as societal cornerstones, and it champions individualism as an elemental building block for child - and adult - and societal - development.

Walking out of Percy Jackson: Sea...

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Hot Docs, TIFF Host Benefit Screening of Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky & The Media to Complete Final Work By Peter Wintonick

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Tomorrow afternoon in Toronto, a film community will honor the late documentarist Peter Wintonick, in perhaps the best way possible: by screening his work, and helping to complete his final film. Those not residing near Toronto can enjoy his hip and profund '92 doc on Noam Chomsky here.


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A New & Improved Digital Future, Or History Redux?

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 3:13 PM

Herewith, notes from a bitter, would-be messenger.

Like always, please ignore all typos.

While I fully comprehend the strategic leveraging of social networks and viral content on the part of publishers seeking to develop and sustain a business model in a time when the medium is indeed...

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Faith And John Hubley's Socially-Conscious Animated Films Screening At The Museum of Modern Art's 11th International Festival of Film Preservation (Huffington Post Exclusive VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 9:41 PM

Simply put, this year's film preservation series at MOMA has got flix for every kind of movie fan. In this first of several exclusives, I've chosen to share Urbanissimo, a 1967 animated rendering of modern consumption and overdevelopment.

I've always wondered why more New Yorkers don't take advantage of --...

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Tonight in NYC, One of The Best Documentary Double Bills of The Year: Far From Vietnam & Far From Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 11:49 AM

This next-to-last day of Lincoln Center's Cinema Of Resistance series takes us on a historically informative, accurate, and certainly timely documentary journey from Vietnam to Afghanistan.

Herewith, notes on four films from the final two days of Lincoln Center's very worthwhile Cinema of Resistance series. Kudos to Lincoln...

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Film Leader: Elysium's Techno-Guerillas Wage Battle To Universalize Healthcare, Reinstate Due Process & Improve S.O.L.

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 12:40 PM

File under sarcasm: Do the folks at Tri-Star expect us to buy the idea of a future when only the sheltered rich can afford health care, clean air and safe 'hoods?

Elysium, or, District 10

The storylines for writer-director-CGI-artist Neill Blomkamp's Oscar-nominated District 9 and his latest film,...

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