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  • Classic Albums: Lou Reed - Transformer

    Classic Albums: Lou Reed - Transformer

    ★★★½

    Mick Ronson, ace axe man to the wham, bam, thank you, ma’am degree, remembers Lou Reed strumming an out-of-tune guitar in the studio and being confounded by Reed’s utter indifference to the discordant clanging. “Lou was so laid back,” he says, visibly wincing before continuing, “He didn’t really care whether it was in tune or out of tune.”

    Before any actual recording began, Ronson said he would quietly go over and tune up Reed’s guitar, to Reed’s mild disdain.

    Ronson’s…

  • Classic Albums: Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

    Classic Albums: Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

    ★★★½

    Does a good job of capturing the band and the moment, while digging into the behind-the-scenes of the recording (including the story of the epic scream in the title track).

    The Classic Albums series does what I enjoy most about music docs: watching someone punch buttons and push sliders on a mixing console while talking about how a certain song or specific part came together.

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  • Superman

    Superman

    ★★★★★

    Christopher Reeve, goddammit.

    Also, I actually appreciate the preposterous ending more as I get older. (Maybe as much as I enjoyed it when I was a kid.) It's not sci-fi, it's myth.

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    A movie featuring a team of mutant super-assassins hunting down Wolverine … And it sucks? Nice job, assfaces.