Source: Dey Street Books
Video, 8 episodes
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HitRecord on TV Season One by Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a collaborative effort like the books, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Volume 1, 2, and 3, but these collaborations come to life on stage and in video. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the host of the show, but really he’s his own variety show in that he can act, dance, do tricks, play several instruments, sing, and coordinate all of these projects with hundreds of collaborators. While this box set includes full-color, stylized booklets for each episode, its the downloaded episodes that will have people riveted. This show is addictive. It is not American Idol or The Voice, or any other competitive show about who is the best. This is a creative engine that is generating a life of its own beyond the screen and the books to create its own artistic community of collaborators and re-mixers. It is addictive to watch, and I’ve had the song, Freakin’ On My Front Lawn stuck in my head for days!
Each episode is chock full of facts, stories, and fun, JGL takes his role as collaborator and host seriously and he’s all about honest production and fun. There is audience interaction at the live reveals and each piece begins with the germ of an idea. Rather than focus on our actual trash production, the episode on trash spoke with John Waters to talk about what it means to make or be trash. These interviews with the famous and famous in their own industry add even more flavor to the show. Joseph Gordon-Levitt clearly loves these projects from beginning to end, and audiences will be infected with this sense of joy and inspiration from the moment they begin watching.
With only eight downloadable episodes, the season seems too short, but there are additional downloads from 17 songs/soundtracks to bonus content. Do not forget about the books! These slim volumes include so much in such a small space that they are little powerhouses unto themselves. HitRecord on TV Season One by Joseph Gordon-Levitt would make the perfect gift for the artists in the family, but also for those looking for a fresh show the likes of Ed Sullivan. The only drawback is these are downloads and not DVDs, and for some of us not quite versed in streaming from computers to televisions, etc., it makes it a little harder. But it is well worth the effort.
About the Artist:
HitRECord founder and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s acting career has managed to garner a massive popular appeal while maintaining a widely respected artistic integrity. He recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s Academy Award-nominated Inception and received Golden Globe, Independent Spirit and People’s Choice award nominations for his performance in (500) Days of Summer. Currently earning rave reviews for his performance in 50/50, also starring Seth Rogen, his upcoming films include David Koepp actioner Premium Rush and Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller Looper, with Bruce Willis. He is currently in production on The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and will next begin work opposite Daniel Day Lewis in Steven Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln biopic, Lincoln.