11 items from 2017
What do you get when you strap a full orchestra onto one of the most high octane rock operas in history? You get an instant classic.
Pete Townshend came roaring into New York City’s fabled Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center this weekend with the force of a thousand Gs Scooters as he delivered Classic Quadrophenia—an orchestral reimagining of the Who’s 1973 concept album. Though he contributed acoustic guitar to a handful of songs, the maestro mostly left it to the philharmonic ensemble lead by Robert Ziegler, who also conducted Rachel Fuller’s arrangements on the 2015 studio recording. »
- Jordan Runtagh
With the recent 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis, here is a look at those music stars who made a transition to film. Some were more successful than others. Some made a fleeting crossover and some are best forgotten as far as their film careers went…
In terms of the King, Elvis has an undoubtedly huge legacy as far as music goes. His influence as far as attitude, showmanship and indeed the music itself is still being felt. He was in that bracket of the most influential musical acts of his era alongside the Beatles. However his impact on film was also important. He showed that a cultural phenomenon could operate over two platforms.
Beginning in 1956 with Love Me Tender, Elvis would go onto make over 30 films until 1969. A few more iconic than others of course, such as Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas and some more interesting attempts to »
Nobody stands up for Britons in the lower class trenches like the fierce, opinionated and outright brilliant Mike Leigh; his unusual writing and directing method yields terrific results in his first feature made for TV. And the early performances of Tim Roth, Phil Daniels and Gary Oldman should be the stuff of acting legend, ’80s style.
The Criterion Collection 890
1984 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 107 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 15, 2017 / 39.95
Cinematography: Roger Pratt
Film Editor: Lesley Walker
Original Music: Andrew Dickson
Produced by Graham Benson
Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh is something of an acquired taste, but I have to say that I haven’t forgotten anything of his that I’ve seen. There are of course his ‘special’ period recreations of Topsy-Turvy and Mr. Turner, »
- Glenn Erickson
In 1988, Mike Figgis (Internal Affairs, Leaving Las Vegas) made his feature directorial debut with Stormy Monday, a taut, noir-influenced gangster movie that drew on his key formative influences, including his youth in the Newcastle of the late ’50s and early ’60s, and the city’s vibrant jazz scene.
Sean Bean (Ronin) plays Brendan, a young loafer taken under the wing of jazz club owner Finney (Sting, Quadrophenia), who’s under pressure from American mobster Cosmo (Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive) to sell up in exchange for a cut of a local land development deal. Brendan just wants to earn an honest crust, but his burgeoning relationship with Cosmo’s ex-lover Kate (Melanie Griffith, Body Double) threatens to drag him into the middle of the impending showdown…
A romantic crime thriller with genuine heart, Stormy Monday features striking, »
- Tom Stockman
Over the last few decades, Pete Townshend’s status as a composer has thankfully caught up with his formidable reputation as a guitar smashing, eardrum splitting rock god. Several of his most famous works with the Who have been given the orchestral treatment, earning rapturous responses at the world’s most prestigious concert houses. Most recently, the 1973 double disc Quadrophenia received a symphonic reimagining courtesy of Rachel Fuller, a singer-songwriter, arranger and also Townshend’s wife. Released as Classic Quadrophenia in June 2015, the piece had its live debut the next month at London’s Royal Albert Hall, with tenor Alfie Boe »
- Jordan Runtagh
Deadpool and Logan double feature, Deconstructing The Beatles and Peter Pan make our June events list!Deadpool and Logan double feature, Deconstructing The Beatles and Peter Pan make our June events list!Scott Goodyer6/2/2017 10:02:00 Am It's June and we've got some really awesome events coming up this month! Here are a few highlights for you: 1. Deconstructing The Beatles - June 6th The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the most influential albums ever created. Rolling Stone described it as “the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time.” In Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, composer, musician, and Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at Sgt. Pepper from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music. Mr. Freiman conducts an educational journey »
- Scott Goodyer
Author: Emily Breen
This Easter weekend, two years on from the audacious robbery which inspired it, The Hatton Garden Job is released. The bold faced cheek of this crime captured the nation’s collective imaginations. Primarily because 4/5ths of the criminal gang behind the caper ought to have been at home with a pipe and slippers. Ronnie Thompson’s partially true, fancifully embellished, feature continues our great British tradition of championing the underdog. Even when those underdogs are being very naughty indeed!
Pitched as Oap’s 11 The Hatton Garden Job shines a light on the faces and places of a vanishing London. With that ‘one last shot’ theme lending the comic caper a poignancy closer to The Full Monty or Brassed off. Deep beneath the streets of Hatton Garden, we discussed those parallels with director Ronnie Thompson and the film’s star Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia). The interview took place in »
- Emily Breen
Coming to cinemas in April is the latest version of the story of the famous Hatton Garden heist, The Hatton Garden Job, and we have a brand new clip to share with you. The film stars Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, TV’s Downton Abbey), Larry Lamb (TV’s EastEnders, Gavin & Stacey), Phil Daniels (TV’s EastEnders, Quadrophenia), Mark Harris (Riot, Anuvahood), Joely Richardson (Snowden, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), David Calder (Rush, The Lady In The Van), Clive Russell (TV’s Game Of Thrones, Ripper Street) and Stephen Moyer (Concussion, TV’s True Blood).
A remarkable true story set over one long Easter weekend; The Hatton Garden Job follows four ageing East End criminals – led by 76 year-old Brian Reader – and one mystery man who pull off the largest heist in English legal history. With everyone from the Hungarian mob to Scotland Yard on their tail, these old-school – and »
- Paul Heath
Next month will mark the return of New York City’s Quad Cinema, a theater reshaped and rebranded as a proper theater via the resources of Charles S. Cohen, head of the distribution outfit Cohen Media Group. While we got a few hints of the line-up during the initial announcement, they’ve now unveiled their first full repertory calendar, running from April 14th through May 4th, and it’s an embarassment of cinematic riches.
Including the previously revealed Lina Wertmüller retrospective, one inventive series that catches our eye is First Encounters, in which an artist will get to experience a film they’ve always wanted to see, but never have, and in which you’re invited to take part. The first match-ups in the series include Kenneth Lonergan‘s first viewing Edward Yang‘s Yi Yi, Noah Baumbach‘s first viewing of Withnail and I, John Turturro‘s first viewing of Pather Panchali, »
- Jordan Raup
Author: Zehra Phelan
Back in 2015, Britain witnessed a robbery that could have been straight out of the movies. It was a throwback crime to the days of the Great Train Robbery of 1963, a crime which made the likes of Buster Edwards and Ronnie Biggs household names. It was only a matter of time before this new story was adapted for the big screen and The Hatton Garden Job is just that film.
The Hatton Garden Job is directed by Tower Block and I Am Soldier writer and director Ronnie Thompson, though looking at the new trailer anyone would think this has a touch of Guy Ritchie about it. The cast is none too shabby either; the gang of aging criminals is lead by Brian Reader who is played by Larry Lamb who may be most recognisable as Gavin’s Dad in Gavin and Stacey. He also had the evil role »
- Zehra Phelan
Watch The Hatton Garden Job trailer below.
Coming to cinemas in the UK later this year from Signature Entertainment is the true-story of The Hatton Garden Job, one of the most remarkable heists in British crime history which took place back in 2015. Ahead of the film’s release in just a couple of months time, we have the latest trailer to share with you.
A remarkable true story set over one long Easter weekend; The Hatton Garden Job follows four ageing East End criminals – led by 76 year-old Brian Reader – and one mystery man who pull off the largest heist in English legal history. With everyone from the Hungarian mob to Scotland Yard on their tail, these old-school – and just plain old – villains set about achieving the seemingly impossible, »
- Paul Heath
11 items from 2017
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