A Bomb in the Lasagna: “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week- The Touring Years” is an Irresistible Tour Through Familiar Territory

There are precious few moments in 20th century pop culture that have been explored as widely and deeply in books, magazines, and films as the ten years during which The Beatles were performing and making music together. The basic arc of their story, from ragtag Liverpudlian club band to pop music innovators, has been told,…

Capes on Camera: “Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is Intriguing, Inaccurately Titled

When you get right down to it, the success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is nothing short of improbable. Created by a duo of New England indie comic creators in the early 80s, an offbeat style parody of Frank Miller comics with an initial print run of 3,000 issues went from underground sensation to…

Capes on Camera: “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?” Is a Fascinating Story Unevenly Told

In the years since the project was scrapped, Superman Lives has become the Jodorowsky’s Dune of the superhero set: a dauntingly ambitious film helmed by a distinctive director featuring the input of a truly diverse array of artists that ultimately bit the dust before cameras started rolling. Slated for release in 1998, Superman Lives was set to be directed by…

Second Breakfast Watches Some Music Documentaries

Documentaries! Who doesn’t love them? In general, I don’t. It takes a lot to get me to sit down and watch a documentary of my own volition… usually the involvement of Werner Herzog, but sometimes extenuating circumstances force your participation and you simply have no choice. With school currently out of the way and the…