Music: Max Lyman, Alexander, Sam Moth play Sat., Apr. 8

Classical guitarist Max Lyman plays Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, Apr. 8. Singer-songwriter Sam Moth and American Primitive guitarist Alexander open. This show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $5.

Max Lyman.

Max Lyman is a classical guitarist from Dayton, Ohio. After earning a B.F.A. in classical guitar from world-renowned Oberlin Conservatory, he moved to New Haven to pursue a master’s degree under the guidance of classical guitar luminary Benjamin Verdery at Yale University.

Program:

Nocturnal, Benjamin Britten

Reverie-Nocturne, Giulio Regondi

String Quartet no. 10 in Ab Major, Dmitri Shostakovich
I. Andante (arr. M. Lyman)

Original Works by M. Lyman

A poet and vocalist, Sam Moth began writing songs as a kid singing lullabies to her baby sister. Her sound is in a state of rapid evolution as she forgoes acoustic accompaniment in favor of passionate digital compositions that mix musique concrète with synth layers. Having fussed over and incubated these sounds strictly in the recorded realm for many months, she is finally taking the sounds live for the first time.

Sam Moth.

Alexander is the solo guitar music made by New Haven native David Shapiro. Drawing from a wide range of guitar traditions, Alexander live sets vary from fingerstyle acoustic guitar music to psychedelic feedback-oriented improvised electric guitar excursions. Equally influenced by the melodic stylings of Robbie Basho and Jack Rose, the guitar-damage of Alvarius B, and the avant garde blues of hometown hero Loren Connors, Alexander offers a unique synthesis of guitar vocabulary imbued with a deep emotionality. After a long series of cassette releases, including two tapes on New Haven based label C/Site Recordings, Alexander is set to release a debut LP summer 2017.

For this retun to Best Video, Alexander will perform a full set of brand new original fingerpicking tunes.

Alexander.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Friday, Mar. 31. ACOUSTIC ROCK: EDNA; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAL PARADISE

• Sunday, Apr. 2. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 2, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “PHILADELPHIA”

• Thursday, Apr. 6. AVANT-GARDE: ELM FICTION, BLACK FLUFF

• Friday, Apr. 7. ROCK: GHOST RADIO, SONIA & SID

• Saturday, Apr. 8, 7 PM. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAM MOTH

• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC: “DEADBEAT AT DAWN” with LIVE SOUNDTRACK BY NEPHEW

• Thursday, Apr. 13. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Apr. 16, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Wednesday, Apr. 19. FOLK ROCK: WE HAPPY FEW

• Thursday, Apr. 20. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Friday, Apr. 21. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: DUST HAT

• Saturday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Sunday, Apr. 23, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Friday, Apr. 28, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Sunday, May 7. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, May 7, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, THE FURORS

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• • Sunday, May 14, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Wednesday, May 17. BLUEGRASS: THE RACKET DOWNSTAIRS

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Sunday, May 21, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Thursday, June 1. INDIE ROCK: IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER DUO

• Sunday, June 4, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE, BOX OF BIRDS

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

 

Music: Ghost Radio, Sonia & Sid play Fri., Apr. 7, at 8 PM

Ghost Radio and the duo of Sonia & Sid play Best Video Performance Space Friday, Apr. 7. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Ghost Radio.

The knob makes a satisfying click and the glow emerges from the cathedral-like windows adorning the front of the wooden behemoth. A hum and hiss fill the room as the electrons flow through the tubes bringing the voice gradually into your ear.

“There’ll be a hot time on the town tonight, woo hoo! They blame the blues for everything!”

The haunted voice and the strain of the strings captivate with a distant call. While familiar, there is still a need to listen closely. Around every corner awaits a pleasant surprise, a jolt of notes or a clever turn of phrase. Ghost Radio is singer/songwriter Gregory Frost and Multi-Instrumentalist Sid Gottlieb with a revolving cast of characters placing their hands on the Ouija Board that is this music. Where the planchette lands… only the ghosts truly know.

Sonia & Sid.

Sonia and Sid have been performing together for going on two years. Blending Sonia’s powerful voice and Sid’s musical versatility (on electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica, and piano), their shows feature an eclectic selection of rock, folk, country, jazzy, gospel-tinged, and bluesy songs from then and now, arranged in often original and always distinctive ways. They are on a mission: not to sing sad songs but to sing memorable songs that speak truth to sadness, a serious and joyous business — and a good title for an album they hope to record some day. Come hear this work in progress in what they hope will be the first of many shows in the Hamden area.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, Mar. 30. ALTERNATIVE/AMERICANA: THE WYRD BROTHERS; SINGER-SONGWRITER: JACK ROLLINS

• Friday, Mar. 31. ACOUSTIC ROCK: EDNA; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAL PARADISE

• Sunday, Apr. 2. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 2, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “PHILADELPHIA”

his reactionary position on trade: a left-leaning America-first? That was hard to watch. What happened to the idea of Internationalism as a major tenant of Socialism?

 

Music: Elm Fiction (CD Release show!), Black Fluff perform Thurs., Apr. 6

The adventurous quartet Elm Fiction and the duo Black Fluff play Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Apr. 6. The music starts at 8 Pm and the over is $5.

ELM FICTION celebrates the release of their new CD, Score, with a performance at Best Video Film & Cultural Center. They will be presenting selections from the CD, plus brand new music and interpretations of music by Mingus, Messiaen, Bowie, and Waits. Joining them on the bill will be Black Fluff, the duo of Chris Cretella and Mike Paolucci.

Elm Fiction.

The new CD by Elm Fiction tells a story about ten years. It is the music behind the story, the Score, that is presented here. The themes and tones follow a narrative arc that reflects this experience from a few particular angles. One story. One score. The group came together to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the New Haven Improvisers Collective. Each brought a piece in and the group worked together to turn them into a complete work, arranging and connecting the pieces and using ideas and themes across the entire work. Out of Many, One.

ELM FICTION consists of New Haven composers and improvisers Jeff Cedrone (guitar), Bob Gorry(guitar), Tom Hogan(drums), and Adam Matlock(accordion).   Come experience where they’ve been, the excitement/anger/tenacity of where they are now, and a glimpse of where they might be going.

Chris Cretella and Mike Paolucci are a New Haven guitar/drums duo with firepower, intensity, and more than a little grace. They put out a CD recently entitled Black Fluff that creates a mood with telepathy, snarls, and parachutes to what looks like it might be safety. Powerful Stuff.   Best to enjoy the dissolution in person on April 6th.

Black Fluff CD.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, Mar. 30. ALTERNATIVE/AMERICANA: THE WYRD BROTHERS; SINGER-SONGWRITER: JACK ROLLINS

• Friday, Mar. 31. ACOUSTIC ROCK: EDNA; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAL PARADISE

• Sunday, Apr. 2. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 2, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “PHILADELPHIA”

• Thursday, Apr. 6. AVANT-GARDE: ELM FICTION, BLACK FLUFF

• Friday, Apr. 7. ROCK: GHOST RADIO, SONIA & SID

• Saturday, Apr. 8, 7 PM. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAM MOTH

• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC: “DEADBEAT AT DAWN” with LIVE SOUNDTRACK BY NEPHEW

• Thursday, Apr. 13. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Apr. 16, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Wednesday, Apr. 19. FOLK ROCK: WE HAPPY FEW

• Thursday, Apr. 20. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Friday, Apr. 21. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: DUST HAT

• Saturday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Sunday, Apr. 23, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Friday, Apr. 28, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Sunday, May 7. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, May 7, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, THE FURORS

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Wednesday, May 17. BLUEGRASS: THE RACKET DOWNSTAIRS

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Sunday, May 21, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Thursday, June 1. INDIE ROCK: IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER DUO

• Sunday, June 4, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE, BOX OF BIRDS

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

 

New releases 3/28/17

Top Hits
Patriots Day (true-life action, Mark Wahlberg. Rotten Tomatoes 80%. Metacritic 69. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “Movies that depict heinous real-life criminal acts and attempt to grapple with their human toll are provocative undertakings, particularly when they’re made so soon after the actual events. As it happens, “Patriots Day” works so well on a dramatic level that my qualms were silenced almost entirely from the start.” Read more…)

Silence (Martin Scorsese religious/historic drama, Andrew Garfield. Rotten Tomatoes 85%. Metacritic 79. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ is a story of faith and anguish. It tells of a Portuguese Jesuit priest, Father Rodrigues, who in 1643 heads into the dark heart of Japan, where Christians are being persecuted — boiled alive, immolated and crucified. Rodrigues [Andrew Garfield] sets out to help keep the church alive in Japan, a mission that perhaps inevitably leads to God. The film’s solemnity is seductive — as is Mr. Scorsese’s art — especially in light of the triviality and primitiveness of many movies, even if its moments of greatness also make its failures seem more pronounced.” Read more…)

Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them (J.K. Rowling’s fantasy, Eddie Redmayne. Rotten Tomatoes 73%. Metacritic 66. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “‘Is anyone safe?’ That alarmed question nearly shrieks off a newspaper in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ rattling the story almost before it’s begun. A big, splashy footnote to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter screen series, it opens a new subdivision in the wizardry world that she created, even as it turns back the clock. Unlike Harry’s reality, which unfolds in a present that looks like ours but with dragons, ‘Fantastic Beasts’ takes place in a 1926 New York, where dark forces cut swaths of destruction alongside chugging Model T’s. Ms. Rowling is just getting revved up, but her time frame suggests her sights are on another world catastrophe.” Read more…)

20th Century Women (drama, Annette Bening. Rotten Tomatoes 88%. Metacritic 83. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis’ Times review: “Love and loss go hand in hand in ’20th Century Women,’ a funny, emotionally piercing story about a teenager and the women who raise him. It opens in 1979, when cool kids danced to Talking Heads [‘This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco’] and President Carter bummed everyone out talking about our ‘crisis of confidence.’ There’s something in the air — or so it seems, although the California light here tends to blot out the shadows. When a car bursts into flames soon after the movie opens, it looks about as threatening as an art installation. Apocalypse later, man.” Read more…)

Why Him? (comedy, Bryan Cranston. Rotten Tomatoes 40%. Metacritic 39. From Jeannette Catsoulis’ New York Times review: “From the moment we spy the dead-moose art installation that graces the home of Laird [James Franco] in ‘Why Him?,’ we suspect that the glass tank of urine in which it floats will at some point crack and douse one or more characters. It’s no fun at all being right.” Read more…)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Julie Taymor-directed Shakespeare play, Kathryn Hunter. Rotten Tomatoes 100%. From Ben Brantley’s New York Times theater review: “There was no way that Julie Taymor was ever going to dream a little ‘Dream.’ The director who redefined spectacle on Broadway for better [‘The Lion King’] and for worse [‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’] has now given New York a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ that doesn’t so much reach for the heavens as roll around in them, with joyous but calculated abandon.” Read more…)

A Monster Calls (fantasy, Liam Neeson. Rotten Tomatoes 87%. Metacritic 76. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “The formidable creature looming over ‘A Monster Calls’ is one of the more unnerving, impressive special-effects creations of the year. Whether it and the movie in general are too intense for younger children is something parents need to ask themselves. A PG-13 rating is sometimes an overreaction to a curse word or two, but here it’s a useful caution. The central human character is a 12-year-old, Conor O’Malley [Lewis MacDougall], who as the movie opens is having one heck of a nightmare: He and his mother [Felicity Jones] are in a churchyard as the ground begins collapsing around them, and she is in danger of being sucked away into an abyss. No subtlety or pussyfooting around here; we soon learn that the mother is fatally ill and in the midst of a drawn-out death.” Read more…)

Planet Earth II (David Attenborough nature documentary. Rotten Tomatoes 100%. Metacritic 96. From Jeremy Egner’s New York Times television rarticle about the making of ‘Panet Earth II’: “The most memorable screen performance of 2016 won’t be recognized at the Oscars in a couple weeks. For one thing, it appeared on television. For another, it was given by an iguana. Actually, describing a young marine iguana’s capture and improbable escape from scores of racer snakes as a ‘performance’ slights the stakes of this scene from the nature documentary ‘Planet Earth II,’ which arrived in Britain in November and makes its American debut Saturday, Feb. 18, on BBC America. The sequence was at once a life-or-death flight, a waking nightmare and a slithery metaphor, the riot of snakes descending inexorably like so many demons of 2016 — deaths of icons, appalling international tragedies, the emotional body blows of a punishing presidential campaign. That baby lizard was all of us and, in the end, against all odds, we survived the onslaught.” Read more…)

New Blu-Ray
Patriots Day
A Monster Calls
Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them
Silence

New Foreign
A Tale of Love and Darkness (Israel, historic drama, Natalie Portman. Rotten Tomatoes 65%. Metacritic 55. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Natalie Portman’s directing debut, addresses a hugely complicated and consequential moment in 20th-century history: the founding of the state of Israel. There is no simple way to tell the story, and Ms. Portman’s film, closely based on a memoir by the Israeli novelist Amos Oz, is full of mixed emotions and chronological tangles. But despite the geopolitical momentousness — and present-day potency — of its concerns, it’s an elegant and intimate movie, a thing of nostalgic whispers and sighs rather than polemical slogans and shouts.” Read more…)

Labyrinth of Lies (Germany, historic drama, Alexander Fehling. Rotten Tomatoes 81%. Metacritic 62. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “The earnest post-Holocaust drama ‘Labyrinth of Lies’ can be viewed as a sequel of sorts to ‘Judgment at Nuremberg,’ the much-decorated 1961 Stanley Kramer film about the Nuremberg trials of the 1940s, in which top-ranking Nazis were tried for crimes against humanity. The trials are still imprinted in many people’s minds as the ultimate moment of reckoning, after which a horrific chapter of history was more or less closed and the world moved on. Of course, it wasn’t as simple as that. ‘Labyrinth of Lies,’ which opens in 1958, resurrects a later chapter in the aftermath of the Holocaust that has largely faded from view, at least for many Americans: the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials of the 1960s, in which 22 former mid- and lower-level functionaries at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp were tried for murder.” Read more…)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
The Delinquents (1957, Robert Altman’s first film, teen rampage, Tommy Laughlin)

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
ZPG Zero Population Growth (1972, dystopian thriller, Oliver Reed. From Vincent Canby’s 1971 New york Times review [requires log-in]: “‘Z.P.G.,’ initials that stand for zero population growth, is a sometimes funny [unintentionally], untimely meditation on the earth’s over-population problems, set in some future smog-bound England where the World Deliberation Council has decreed that for 30 years there shall be no babies born. Women mad for motherhood who refuse to be content with mechanical dolls programmed to say ‘Mummy, I love you Mummy,’ take to giving birth in cellars and stealing each other’s offspring.” Read more…)

New Documentaries
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time With Feeling (documentary on creation of album “Skeleton Tree”. Rotten Tomatoes 100%. Metacritic 92. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “It’s impossible not to empathize with Nick Cave as he and the Bad Seeds record his devastating song ‘I Need You’ in Andrew Dominik’s 3-D black-and-white film, ‘One More Time With Feeling,’ about the making of Mr. Cave’s 16th album, ‘The Skeleton Tree.’ The album’s most powerful song, ‘I Need You’ is a naked groan of grief and despair that has the feel of a majestic processional hymn with thick choral textures. As it advances on funereal drum beats, the singer declares, ‘I’ll miss you when you’re gone away forever/’cause nothing really matters.’ In a breaking voice that echoes Peter Gabriel and Jim Morrison at their most incantatory, Mr. Cave repeatedly cries, ‘I need you,’ with a vulnerability that will make you shiver.” Read more…)

1916: The Irish Rebellion (Irish history, Liam Neeson [narrator])
Planet Earth II (David Attenborough nature documentary. Rotten Tomatoes %. Metacritic .)

New Music DVDs
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time With Feeling (documentary on creation of album “Skeleton Tree”)

New Children’s DVDs
Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them (J.K. Rowling’s fantasy, Eddie Redmayne)
A Monster Calls (fantasy, Liam Neeson)

Film screening: Generation X series continues with Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington in “Philadelphia,” Sun., Apr. 2

Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s Generation X film series continues on Sunday, Apr. 2, with a screening of Jonathan Demme’s 1993 film “Philadelphia.” The series runs on consecutive Sundays—with the exception of April 9, which has been rented by Redscroll Records for an event—and features six films of the 1980s and early 1990s that touch on the culture and politics that informed so-called “Generation X.”

The series was the idea of BVFCC members Jennifer Griffiths and Sarah Strong. Working with BVFCC Program Director Hank Hoffman, they crafted a program that will both highly entertaining and thought provoking.

Each screening begins at 7 PM and admission is $7.

The first big-budget Hollywood film to address AIDS (13 years after it was first observed), Philadelphia’s courtroom drama chronicles the fear, scapegoating, and homophobia that defined both public climate and private attitudes during the years Gen Xers came of age. Tom Hanks plays Andrew Beckett, a lawyer who is fired after his firm discovers his HIV status; Denzel Washington is the attorney who overcomes his fear of contracting the disease and agrees to represent Beckett when he sues his former employers. The all-star cast includes Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards, and Antonio Banderas as Beckett’s life partner. The score features original songs by Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.

From Janet Maslin’s 1993 New York Times review [requires log-in]:

For a film maker who thrives on taking chances, “Philadelphia” sounds like the biggest gamble of all. As the first high-profile Hollywood film to take the AIDS plague seriously, Jonathan Demme’s latest work has stubborn preconceptions to overcome as well as enormous potential to make waves. What it does not have, despite the fine acting and immense decency that give it substance, is much evidence of Mr. Demme’s usual daring. Maybe that’s not surprising: it isn’t easy to leave fingerprints when you’re wearing kid gloves.

Check out the trailer for “Philadelphia”:

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, Mar. 30. ALTERNATIVE/AMERICANA: THE WYRD BROTHERS; SINGER-SONGWRITER: JACK ROLLINS

• Friday, Mar. 31. ACOUSTIC ROCK: EDNA; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAL PARADISE

• Sunday, Apr. 2. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 2, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “PHILADELPHIA”

• Thursday, Apr. 6. AVANT-GARDE: ELM FICTION, BLACK FLUFF

• Friday, Apr. 7. ROCK: GHOST RADIO, SONIA & SID

• Saturday, Apr. 8, 7 PM. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAM MOTH

• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC: “DEADBEAT AT DAWN” with LIVE SOUNDTRACK BY NEPHEW

• Thursday, Apr. 13. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Apr. 16, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Wednesday, Apr. 19. FOLK ROCK: WE HAPPY FEW

• Thursday, Apr. 20. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Friday, Apr. 21. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: DUST HAT

• Saturday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Sunday, Apr. 23, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Friday, Apr. 28, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Sunday, May 7. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, May 7, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, THE FURORS

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Sunday, May 21, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER DUO

• Sunday, June 4, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

 

Music: EdNa, Sal Paradise on Fri., Mar. 31

The acoustic duo EdNa—with Lisa Tonner adding percussion—play Best Video Performance on Friday, Mar. 31. Sal Paradise of the rock band Rope will open with a solo set. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

EdNa.

EdNa is a side project of members Ed Ekendu and Nancy Tief of Zoo Front that explores the lighter side of our muse and allows for experimental re-interpretation of the band’s back catalog. Zoo Front drummer Lisa Tonner will add percussion.

Sal Paradise.

Sal Paradise—guitars vocals, composer/arranger—has been active in the New Haven and CT Music scene since 1978. His group ROPE is a New Haven based trio playing original music, classics, underground gems, lowdown blues and folk. They also dig surf-music and lay it out both electric and acoustic. Members are all veteran performers having played in such bands as Bill Bakers Satins, SUBDUEDS (New Haven), Christine Ohlman, Hilton Valentine’s Skiffledog (guitarist for The Animals) to name a few. Paradise will be playing solo for this show.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Sunday, Mar. 26. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “REPO MAN”

• Thursday, Mar. 30. ALTERNATIVE/AMERICANA: THE WYRD BROTHERS; SINGER-SONGWRITER: JACK ROLLINS

• Friday, Mar. 31. ACOUSTIC ROCK: EDNA; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAL PARADISE

• Sunday, Apr. 2. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 2, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “PHILADELPHIA”

• Thursday, Apr. 6. AVANT-GARDE: ELM FICTION

• Friday, Apr. 7. ROCK: GHOST RADIO, SONIA & SID

• Saturday, Apr. 8, 7 PM. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAM MOTH

• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC: “DEADBEAT AT DAWN” with LIVE SOUNDTRACK BY NEPHEW

• Thursday, Apr. 13. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Apr. 16, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Wednesday, Apr. 19. FOLK ROCK: WE HAPPY FEW

• Thursday, Apr. 20. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Friday, Apr. 21. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: DUST HAT

• Saturday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Sunday, Apr. 23, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Friday, Apr. 28, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Sunday, May 7. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, May 7, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Sunday, May 21, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER DUO

• Sunday, June 4, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

 

Music: The Wyrd Brothers, Jack Rollins play Best Video Thurs., Mar. 30

The Wyrd Brothers and Jack Rollins will each play a set of music on Thursday, Mar. 30. The show starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

The Wyrd Brothers.

Brian & Peter Wyrd played in various bands together starting out in 1967 as a Byrds cover band in Jr High school. They spent their youth playing music in the family barn or down in the basement breathing in concrete dust. After 30 years Brian received an email from Peter with the first round of lyrics to “Racing to the Bottom.” Brian sent back a guitar part and the idea of a reunion was born.

Jack Rollins.

Jack Rollins is a Cambridge, MA-based singer-songwriter in the mold of a young Bob Dylan. Among his influences are “The Almighty Mr. Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Memphis Slim, Mississippi John Hurts, Jack Elliot, The Band, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, Patti Smith, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Mr. Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Cylde Telon, Tom Rush.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Mar. 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: BELLE OF THE FALL

• Saturday, Mar. 25. JAZZ: : THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Sunday, Mar. 26. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “REPO MAN”

• Thursday, Mar. 30. ALTERNATIVE/AMERICANA: THE WYRD BROTHERS; SINGER-SONGWRITER: JACK ROLLINS

• Friday, Mar. 31. ACOUSTIC ROCK: EDNA; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAL PARADISE

• Sunday, Apr. 2. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 2, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “PHILADELPHIA”

• Thursday, Apr. 6. AVANT-GARDE: ELM FICTION

• Friday, Apr. 7. ROCK: GHOST RADIO, SONIA & SID

• Saturday, Apr. 8. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER

• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC

• Thursday, Apr. 13. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Apr. 16, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Wednesday, Apr. 19. FOLK ROCK: WE HAPPY FEW

• Thursday, Apr. 20. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Friday, Apr. 21. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: DUST HAT

• Saturday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Sunday, Apr. 23, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Friday, Apr. 28, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Sunday, May 7. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, May 7, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Sunday, May 21, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER DUO

• Sunday, June 4, 2 PM. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

 

UPDATE—CANCELLED Music: Lamont plays Wed., Mar. 29, at 8 PM

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this show has been cancelled.

Lamont aka Lamont Hiebert plays Best Video Performance space on Wednesday, Mar. 29. The tunes start at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Mar. 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: BELLE OF THE FALL

• Saturday, Mar. 25. JAZZ: : THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Sunday, Mar. 26. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “REPO MAN”

• Thursday, Mar. 30. ALTERNATIVE/AMERICANA: THE WYRD BROTHERS; SINGER-SONGWRITER: JACK ROLLINS

• Friday, Mar. 31. ACOUSTIC ROCK: EDNA; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAL PARADISE

• Sunday, Apr. 2. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “PHILADELPHIA”

• Thursday, Apr. 6. AVANT-GARDE: ELM FICTION

• Friday, Apr. 7. ROCK: GHOST RADIO, SONIA & SID

• Saturday, Apr. 8. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER

• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC

• Thursday, Apr. 13. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Apr. 16. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Wednesday, Apr. 19. FOLK ROCK: WE HAPPY FEW

• Friday, Apr. 21. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: DUST HAT

• Saturday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Sunday, Apr. 23. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Friday, Apr. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Sunday, May 7. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER DUO

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE

• Friday, June 16. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Aug. 4. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 15. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

 

New releases 3/21/17

Top Hits
Miss Sloane (political thriller, Jessica Chastain. Rotten Tomatoes: 71%. Metacritic: 63. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “The palm-oil brouhaha illustrates the savage, self-righteous tone of political warfare in a movie without an iota of humor. In [director Jonathan] Perera’s long-winded screenplay, the characters tend to give little speeches instead of conversing normally. Some of the wordplay may be clever, but the attempts at witty repartee aren’t sharp enough to be remotely amusing.” Read more…)

Assassin’s Creed (action, Michael Fassbender. Rotten Tomatoes: 17%. Metacritic: 36. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “The schlock-cinema connoisseur Michael Weldon once described a particularly logy Roger Corman picture as ’70 minutes of ‘Huh?!”‘ The new sci-fi film ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ based on the popular video game series, is 70 plus 46 minutes of ‘Huh?'” Read more…)

Live By Night (gangster drama, Ben Affleck. Rotten Tomatoes: 35%. Metacritic: 49. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “‘Live by Night’ is a messy, unfocused movie about ambition, lost ideals, corrupt men and a thief whose idea of life on his own terms means pulling the trigger. It has Tommy guns and Model T’s, luxuriously polished surfaces, some fine squealing-tire action and a handful of solid performances, including one from Sienna Miller, who tramps around as a 10-cents-a-dance cynic. But what’s most striking about the movie is its earnestness. [Ben] Affleck isn’t playing with genre for kicks or as a knowing, reflexive exercise, but trying to pour new wine into a bullet-riddled vessel.” Read more…)

Sing (animated feature comedy, Matthew McConaughey [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 73%. Metacritic: 59. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “The things you can do with computer animation these days are just more and more amazing. In ‘Sing,’ a funny animal jukebox musical cartoon written and directed by Garth Jennings [‘Son of Rambow’], there is a scene in which two postpunk porcupines, one of whom has been selected to compete in a vocal competition, argue at home about the state of their relationship, and their musical direction. During their quarrel I thought, with absolute earnestness, ‘Wow, these porcupines have an unusually spacious apartment.'” Read more…)

Grabbers (Ireland, horror, Richard Coyle. Rotten Tomatoes: 72%. Metacritic: 62.)

New Blu-Ray
Sing
OJ: Made in America

New Foreign
Julieta (Spain, Almodovar-directed drama, Emma Suárez. Rotten Tomatoes: 84%. Metacritic: 73. From A.O. Scott’s New York Times review: “According to a poem by Elizabeth Bishop, ‘the art of losing isn’t hard to master.’ But making a masterwork on the subject of loss, a perennial theme in art, may be harder than it looks. The young adulthood and middle age of Julieta, the heroine of Pedro Almodóvar’s new movie, are shadowed by death and abandonment, which she does her best to handle gracefully. Mr. Almodóvar, for his part, tells her story with his characteristic later-period blend of elegant restraint and keening melodrama. ‘Julieta’ is scrupulous, compassionate and surprising, even if it does not always quite communicate the full gravity and sweep of the feelings it engages.” Read more…)

Man of Iron (Poland, 1981, Solidarnosc drama, Jerzy Radziwilowicz. From Vincent Canby’s 1981 new York Times review [requires log-in]: “Andrzej Wajda’s ‘Man of Iron” is such an up-to-date report on political events in Poland that one attends to it less as a piece of fiction than as a prime-time television news special. It’s not criticism but a statement of fact to describe it as more notable as a political than an artistic achievement. Another fact is that it’s an unexpected disappointment, because it is both a continuation and an explanation of Mr. Wajda’s extraordinarily fine ”Man of Marble,” which was made in 1977, but not shown in New York until 1979.” Read more…)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
This Land Is Mine (1943, anti-Nazi World War II era drama directed by Jean Renoir, Charles Laughton. Rotten Tomatoes: 71%. From Bosley Crowther’s 1943 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “In a sincere and responsible effort to penetrate beneath the melodramatic aspects of Nazi occupation of a foreign land and to contemplate freedom versus tyranny in terms of conflict within the human soul, Jean Renoir and Dudley Nichols have produced a sane, courageous film, marked only by occasional violences, entitled ‘This Land Is Mine.’ It opened yesterday at the Rivoli. And for folks who need a little jolt to bring a reminder of their freedom, as well as for those other ones who are interested simply in a story cleanly and maturely told, it is hereby recommended. It makes some points which cannot be over-stressed.” Read more…)

New American Back Catalog (post-1960)
Multiple Maniacs (1970, John Waters-directed comedy, Criterion Collection, Divine. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review for the Criterion reissue: “Ah, those stodgy Nixon-era minders of the national morality. Surely they didn’t need to get as worked up as they did about the early John Waters film ‘Multiple Maniacs.’ Or did they? It does, after all, feature rosary beads as a sex toy. And there’s the rape scene involving a giant lobster. Yes, ‘Multiple Maniacs,’ which has been restored by the Criterion Collection and is being given a theatrical run, is still capable of raising eyebrows, and imagining it in its historical context — the movie was first shown in 1970 — adds to the fun.” Read more…)

Scavenger Hunt (1979, comedy, Richard Benjamin. From Janet Maslin’s 1979 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “The cast of ‘Scavenger Hunt’ spends a lot of time searching for good gags, in vain. Sent out, in several greedy teams, to compete for the estate of a mean old moneybags [Vincent Price], they bring back five ostriches, a toilet, a beehive, a stuffed fish, and nothing funnier. Some of the film’s more likable actors — Cleavon Little, James Coco, Robert Morley, Tony Randall, Scatman Crothers — behave as if the material were cleverer than it is, and their composure amounts to the movie’s only real peculiarity. Otherwise, it’s just a broad, low comedy full of speech defects and pratfalls. Here’s pie in your eye.” Read more…)

New TV
Master of None: Season 1 (comedy, Aziz Ansari. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 91.)
Insecure: Season 1 (HBO comedy, Issa Rae. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 84.)

New Documentaries
Tower (1966 Texas tower shooting, violence, American social history, Charles Whitman. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 92. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From Manohla Dargis’ Times review: “The haunting documentary ‘Tower’ revisits a 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin that shocked the country. It may be difficult to comprehend the reaction to the horror of Charles Whitman, a 25-year-old student who shot more than a dozen dead, wounding more than twice as many. A cover story in Life magazine suggested just how alien the carnage seemed at the time, noting that during the rampage Whitman’s actions were ‘so outrageous, so hard to grasp, that people could not believe it.’ Many more mass shootings later, it’s now tragically easy to believe.” Read more…)

Fire At Sea (Mediterranean refugee crisis, Oscar-nominated. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%. Metacritic: 87. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “The Mediterranean is an escape route for these displaced people and, also, all too often, a graveyard. News reports of the migrants’ plight and images of overloaded boats and drowned bodies have tested the world’s capacity for indifference, and also challenged the compassion of European citizens and their leaders. The debate over what to do about this crisis, which is roiling politics in nearly every country on the Continent, provides ‘Fire at Sea’ with a context. But the film’s subject is more elusive, at once more below the radar and beyond the reach of political discourse.” Read more…)

OJ: Made in America (ESPN documentary, OJ Simpson. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Metacritic: 96. A New York Times Critic’s Pick. From A.O. Scott’s Times review: “Though dominated by the trial, it extends the narrative in both directions, producing a detailed biography of Mr. Simpson that is also a social history of race, fame, sports and Los Angeles over the past half-century. ‘The People v. O. J. Simpson’ [also available at BVFCC] was a tightly packed, almost indecently entertaining piece of pop realism, a Dreiser novel infused with the spirit of Tom Wolfe. For its part, ‘O.J.: Made in America,’ directed by Ezra Edelman, has the grandeur and authority of the best long-form nonfiction. If it were a book, it could sit on the shelf alongside ‘The executioner’s Song’ by Norman Mailer and the great biographical works of Robert Caro.” Read more…)

New Children’s DVDs
Sing (animated feature comedy, Matthew McConaughey [voice]. Rotten Tomatoes: 73%. Metacritic: 59. From Glenn Kenny’s New York Times review: “The things you can do with computer animation these days are just more and more amazing. In ‘Sing,’ a funny animal jukebox musical cartoon written and directed by Garth Jennings [‘Son of Rambow’], there is a scene in which two postpunk porcupines, one of whom has been selected to compete in a vocal competition, argue at home about the state of their relationship, and their musical direction. During their quarrel I thought, with absolute earnestness, ‘Wow, these porcupines have an unusually spacious apartment.'” Read more…)

Film screening: New Generation X film series launches Sun., Mar. 26, with “Repo Man”

After a week’s break, Best Video Film & Cultural Center kicks off a new film series on Sunday, Mar. 26. The series runs on consecutive Sundays—with the exception of April 9, which has been rented by Redscroll Records for an event—and features six films of the 1980s and early 1990s that touch on the culture and politics that informed so-called “Generation X.”

The series was the idea of BVFCC members Jennifer Griffiths and Sarah Strong. Working with BVFCC Program Director Hank Hoffman, they crafted a program that will both highly entertaining and thought provoking.

Each screening begins at 7 PM and admission is $7.

We kick off our Gen X series with “Repo Man,” the 1984 cult classic starring a young Emilio Estevez as Otto, a down-and-out punk rocker who takes a job repossessing cars after he discovers his parents have given his college tuition fund to a sleazy televangelist. Otto gets more than just a paycheck, though, when he’s drawn into a tangled web of corruption and thievery as government officials, a punk gang, and even space aliens all try to get their hands on a very special Chevy Malibu with something radioactive in its trunk. Filmed at the end of Reagan’s first term, Gen X angst themes abound, yet the film itself is plenty funny, sporting a terrific soundtrack that includes punk legendaries Iggy Pop, The Circle Jerks, Black Flag, and Suicidal Tendencies. With Harry Dean Stanton as Otto’s boss.

Vincent Canby wrote in The New York Times:

“Repo Man,” which opens today at the Eighth Street Playhouse, is the real thing. It’s a sneakily rude, truly zany farce that treats its lunatic characters with a solemnity that perfectly matches the way in which they see themselves. Its a neo-Surreal, southern California fable, set in a landscape inhabited by failed punk rockers, automobile-repossession men who behave as if they were the knights errant of capitalism, some creatures from outer space, as well as a television evangelist who preaches against ”godless Communism abroad and liberal humanism at home.” At its end, there’s nothing less than an ascension to heaven in a 1964 Chevy Malibu.

View the trailer for “Repo Man”:

The schedule:

Sunday, Mar. 26: “Repo Man”
Sunday, Apr. 2: “Philadelphia”
Sunday. Apr. 16: “Blue Velvet”
Sunday, Apr. 23: “Do the Right Thing”
Sunday, Apr. 30: “Thelma and Louise”
Sunday, May 7: “My Beautiful Launderette”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Saturday, Mar. 18. INDIE FOLK: JAMES AM DOWNES, BROOMS, GABE MORTALI

• Wednesday, Mar. 22. CLASSICAL: 4-3-2-1: A EUPHONIUM AND FRIENDS PRODUCTION

• Friday, Mar. 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: BELLE OF THE FALL

• Saturday, Mar. 25. JAZZ: : THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Sunday, Mar. 26. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “REPO MAN”

• Thursday, Mar. 30. ALTERNATIVE/AMERICANA: THE WYRD BROTHERS; SINGER-SONGWRITER: JACK ROLLINS

• Friday, Mar. 31. ACOUSTIC ROCK: EDNA; SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAL PARADISE

• Sunday, Apr. 2. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “PHILADELPHIA”

• Thursday, Apr. 6. AVANT-GARDE: ELM FICTION

• Friday, Apr. 7. ROCK: GHOST RADIO, SONIA & SID

• Saturday, Apr. 8. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER

• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC

• Thursday, Apr. 13. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Apr. 16. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Wednesday, Apr. 19. FOLK ROCK: WE HAPPY FEW

• Friday, Apr. 21. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: DUST HAT

• Saturday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Sunday, Apr. 23. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Friday, Apr. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Sunday, May 7. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER DUO

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE

• Friday, June 16. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Aug. 4. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 15. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN