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The Oldenburg Film Festival is honoring veteran actor Lou Diamond Phillips with a tribute to his career in cinema.
Phillips had his big break playing 1950s singer Ritchie Valens in the biopic La Bamba (1987) and is perhaps best known for a series of films he made in the late 1980s, including Young Guns and Stand and Deliver (both 1988). His performance in the latter, as the rebellious Hispanic student Angel Guzman, earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor.
In recent years, he has appeared mainly on the small screen, in series such as 24, »
- Scott Roxborough
A rock n’ roll time capsule and quintessential teenagers-in-love movie circa 1959. Two jukebox icons, guitar genius Chuck Berry and top dog DJ Alan Freed introduce the story of “Johnny Melody”, a former choir boy (!) who finds the road to rock and roll stardom fraught with peril. Along with the typical teen angst the movie is bolstered by performances from the era’s great rockers including Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran and of course Berry himself. »
- Charlie Largent
Go, Johnny, Go! (1959) screens Wednesday, May 3rd at 8pm at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) as part of Webster University’s Award-Winning Strange Brew Film Series. Admission is $5
In Rock Rock Rock! (1959), Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn’t know he has won.
St. Louis legend Chuck Berry, who passed away last month at age 90, co-stars as himself. Having previously appeared in Rock Rock Rock! and Mister Rock And Roll, Go, Johnny, Go! was the third-and final-appearance of Berry in a movie that also starred DJ Alan Freed. He and Freed actually act together in this one as they try to get singer Johnny Melody (Clanton) on his way to stardom. It will be quite a pleasure for his fans seeing Berry performing his hits “Memphis, »
- Tom Stockman
Just about everyone in the entire world knows the song “American Pie” by Don McLean. It’s actually considered somewhat of an American anthem despite the fact that most people don’t realize that the song is about the tragic plane crash involving Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. Even so, “American Pie” is played in stadiums all around the country as a rallying cry. It’s been using in commercials, political rallies, and just about anywhere when a group is trying to support patriotism. But the man behind the song, Don McLean, has not had such a patriotic life as
American Pie Singer Don McLean’s Wife gets Protective Order »
- Nat Berman
The life of rock & roll legend Ritchie Valens bursts across the screen in the highly celebrated music-filled biopic La Bamba, starring Lou Diamond Phillips (Young Guns, Che) as the teenage sensation whose rise to fame was tragically cut short at the age of 17.
Phillips gives an electrifying performance as Valens, who has to contend with racial prejudice, a jealous brother (a stunningly intense Esai Morales, NYPD Blue, Caprica) and an overbearing mother, before his unique style of Latino-influenced rock & roll rockets him to fame, but sets him on the path for an unavoidable date with destiny.
- Gary Collinson
5 items from 2017
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