Femi-Kuti, Live at the Shrine
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The 1982 sword-and-sorcery fantasy Beastmaster was a staple on cable. So much so HBO was jokingly referred to as “Hey, Beastmaster’s on!”

Sadly, you can’t just turn on your TV anymore and see Marc Singer jumping around in little more more than a fur

Speedo and baby oil to take on the evil, evil Maax (Rip Torn). Surprisingly, Beastmaster is beautifully lit and shot by Oscar-winning cinematography John Alcott (Barry Lyndon). It costars the underutilized James Amos and a super topless Tanya Roberts. Includes a great making-of documentary.

Femi Kuti: Live at the Shrine has everything a music lover wants. It’s a documentary about the Nigerian afropop legend’s club in Lagos and the struggles to honor his father Fela Kuti’s legacy while trying to be his own bandleader. There’s live concert footage so you can witness the part-concert, part-séance that was the Shrine show. Includes an audio CD.

— Greg Magnus, Web monkey/movie junkie

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