Bates Recital Hall
"...“You couldn’t plan Elvis Presley,” declared his widow Priscilla Presley, 72. “I’ve had college professors come to me with their theories of why Elvis had the impact he had, trying to explain him to me..."
"...Elvis Presley: The Searcher offers a fresh look at one of the most famous musicians in history, with a dedicated focus on the man as a working musician, not just the caricature that time and fame has drawn. “This is really, I think, the definitive documentary about the artist, the man behind the music,” says Priscilla Presley, former wife of the late superstar..."
"...Elvis Presley: The Searcher featured session..."
"...That photo, so definitive yet so enigmatic: Elvis Presley, the king, and Richard Nixon, the president, shaking hands in the Oval Office. It’s the most-requested image from the National Archives, which must indicate something about the photo’s deep allure..."
"...It's all so common. You turn the page and see a guy that looks like Elvis Presley or a guy with a bugged-out hat or wig on and it's something different...."
"...But there's one member of that band who roams restlessly through our world like the captain of the Flying Dutchman or Jacob Marley's ghost. Of course, I speak of the King, Elvis Presley, whose spirit is with us ever..."
"...That may sound strange considering that this Austin choreographer is about to open the third incarnation of The King and I, her modern-dance tribute to His Royal Presleyness -- a tribute of such fidelity that all of the music in it is drawn from Elvis' final concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis and almost all of it presented in the exact order that it was performed. Still, it's true...."
"...Between March 1955 and January 1956, a young, rhythm & blues-influenced country singer from Memphis, Tenn., named Elvis Presley played both those venues, plus the Sportcenter and City Coliseum on Barton Springs Road. He made waves across Dixie with a string of hit singles on Sam Phillips' Sun Records label that were then promoted via radio appearances on KWKH's Grand Ole Opry-rivaling Louisiana Hayride, on which the shrieks of teen females rode the driving sounds of Presley, electric guitarist Scotty Moore, and upright bassist Bill Black..."
"...Directed by: Eugene Jarecki. Why would the documentarian who has explored the American penal system as a human rights violation machine (The House I Live In), and the dominating force of militarism in American politics (Why We Fight) suddenly decide to take Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V on a road trip across the continental U.S.?..."
"...The legacy of Elvis Presley weighs heavily on The Identical, although the King is only mentioned once. Rather than obtaining the life rights to make a proper biopic, the makers of this laughably earnest fabrication presuppose that the rock & roll legend’s stillborn twin brother had in fact survived and gone on to achieve fame as … a professional Elvis impersonator...."
"...I suspect this is meant to represent grizzled thugs Murphy and Michael (Costner and Russell), who are soon after introduced as the leaders of a quintet of thieves embarking on the daring daylight robbery of a Vegas casino. They arrive in the midst of the annual Elvis Presley impersonator festival, costumed as the King and mutton-chopped to within an inch of their lives, grab a cool $3.2 million, pop off a lot of rounds, and then, like the King, leave the building..."
"...Our December detailing of Elvis Presley’s early shows in Austin coincided with publication of a definitive biography on the man who discovered him. Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock & Roll by Peter Guralnick provided deep background on the moment Presley became Johnny Appleseed and transformed music..."
"...But with the feral genius of a comics-steeped mind, ballyhooed young director Lance Mungia has managed to wring some fresh excitement out of it anyway, crafting a wild, indescribable fantasy romp that doesn't so much revitalize a tired story tradition as detonate a stick of dynamite up its keister. The action takes place in an alternate universe in which the USA, soundly whipped in a nuclear war with the Russians, has devolved into a ragtag tribal confederation ruled over by “King” Elvis Presley..."
"...In 1956, there were two songs that revolutionized music: Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Crazy Arms” by Ray Price, who died yesterday at his home in Northwest Texas – Mount Pleasant – after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 87...."
"...An American portraitist working in the same scope (but with more hope) as Wendy and Lucy’s Kelly Reichardt, Bahrani has made three films in four years, all of them critically acclaimed if underseen, and in 2008 he won the prestigious Someone to Watch Independent Spirit Award. Goodbye Solo – which continues the vehicular thread of his previous films, Man Push Cart and Chop Shop – tells the North Carolina-set story of the brief bond that forms between a Senegalese cab driver named Solo (Savané) and his frequent passenger, 70-year-old William (West, a former stunt actor and one of Elvis Presley's longtime bodyguards)..."
"...Starring: Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss, John Rhys-Davies, Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, John Noble, Tommy "Tiny" Lister and James Callis. Despite a title that makes it sound like a tell-all about a one-night stand with Elvis Presley, this movie is actually about the Jewish heroine, Queen Esther (Dupont), who saves her people from extermination through her marriage to the powerful King Xerxes of Persia (Goss)..."
"...Shot by the amazing Michael Ballhaus, there are numerous breathtaking tracking shots that follow the characters through the hotel. This print is a new restoration sponsored by the Fassbinder Foundation and its soundtrack includes several songs that were cut from the first American release because no one had paid for the rights to use them -- songs by Leonard Cohen, Elvis Presley and Ray Charles..."
"...Like a worn out cassette tape, it’s a scenario that has played out over and over again throughout modern music history: A young white performer borrows the sound of a black artist to disproportionate acclaim and compensation. If you need a primer on said scenario check Mos Def’s “Rock N Roll” or Gil Scott-Heron’s “Ain’t No New Thing.” As Scott-Heron ever so delicately says in the intro, “Chuck Berry was doing a very heavy rock ‘n’ roll thing … but white people couldn’t dig having their daughters go to no shows and cream over no black man wiggling on the stage so consequently they invented Elvis Presley.” You could call this an oversimplification but it would be hard to call it entirely inaccurate...."