THE “SOCALLED” MOVIE
(Garry Beitel, Canada). 90 minutes. Rating: Here’s a little love letter to a cool musican. Josh Dolgin, aka Socalled, has invented a fusion of rap, jazz, beats and klezmer, and it’s a gas, even if as a musician Dolgin isn’t that spectacular.
He is, however, great at harnessing talent, such as rappers c- Rayz Walz and Chilly Gonzales, legendary trombonist Fred Wesley and renowned klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, who hit the stage, sometimes all together, for some spectacular performance.
Except for a sequence in which he bores us with an extensive demonstration of sampling, Socalled is an entertaining guy. A little tension might have helped the film, though. (Boris Bertram, Denmark). 57 minutes. Subtitled. Rating: In the Soviet era, the west Siberian city of Chelyabinsk was a factory town for nuclear weapons. Today, it’s a radioactive husk – one of the most contaminated sites on the planet – but it’s also the home of the Chelyabinsk Contemporary Dance Theatre. The company’s rehearsals for a new performance are captured in Boris Bertram’s intriguing documentary, which serves as a testament to the idea that art
can flourish in almost any landscape.