Archive for the ‘Film/TV/DVD’ Category

TV: Netflix Talk Show “Chelsea” Is a Game Changer [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Chelsea is the new talk show on Netflix that is creating quite a buzz.

“Chelsea,” the new talk show on Netflix, is creating quite a buzz.

Streaming Video Review by Larry Murray

There is no better example of how things are changing in the US than to watch the new talk show Chelsea, with comedian, actress, writer, television host and producer Chelsea Handler. She hosted a late-night talk show called Chelsea Lately on the E! network from 2007 to 2014 and is back. She has teamed up with video-streaming giant Netflix to launch an all new talk show, calling it simply “Chelsea.” (To view it, go to your Netflix account and click away.)

With only six episodes aired to date (there are new streaming shows every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) I am going to call it not only a hit, but the model of what talk shows will look like in the future. No long opening monologue with witty jokes, just a quick, concise opinion on trans bathroom issues. Which bathroom should they use? “Whichever one they want,” she says simply. She doesn’t worry about alienating people, she leaves that to the suits. Smart woman.

That’s because Netflix has been breaking the traditional mold ever since they took on video stores. They single handedly put the Blockbuster chain out of business. Now the now mammoth company is beginning to devour broadcast television with its noxious commercials and watery programming. The company is spending a billion dollars on new entertainment productions this year, and clearly not focused on the lowest common denominator that might be called WalMart America. Netflix made possible the phenomenon known as binge watching, and now the networks are rethinking their one show a week game plan and debating whether to make more than one or two episodes available on their digital websites. The world of entertainment has entered another shape shifting period.But there is one thing that they have that Netflic lacks.

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Winners Announced for the MOVE Music Video Awards

Friday, May 13th, 2016

The second annual MOVE Music Video Awards were held at Albany’s Madison Theater last month, wrapping up the three-day MOVE Music Festival.

And the awards go to…


LIVE: Nelson Esposito Quintana @ Albany Public Library, 4/6/16 (Take Two)

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

A Message From Mars NEQ from JAMES ORR on Vimeo.

The spring season of Silent Film Spectacular at the Albany Public Library’s Main Branch is over. And if you weren’t lucky enough to make it out to any of the weekly Wednesday evening macth-ups of classic silent films and adventurous Local 518 musicians, well, this should give you some kind of idea as to how it all works. It’s Nelson Esposito Quintana improvised soundtrack for “Message from Mars.” Stay tuned for the fall season of the Silent Film Spectacular in October…

LIVE: Nelson Esposito Quintana @ Albany Public Library, 4/6/16

Janis Joplin Documentary Broadcast on PBS Tonight [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016


At 8pm tonight (Tuesday, May 3) WMHT-TV and other PBS-TV stations will not only offer the exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin documentary on PBS, but the film Janis: Little Girl Blue will include never-before-seen extended-cut features and new interviews with Pink, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Etheridge, Laura Joplin and narrator Cat Power.

In the documentary, more details of Joplin’s sexual fluidity is revealed, as well as much of the angst she endured from her high school classmates that lit the fire of her extraordinary performances, while at the same time drove her to experiment with drugs, alcohol and lovers of both genders.

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FILM: Music On the Big Screen

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

What are the odds that two big-name films about jazz trumpeters would be taking over movie screens at the same time?

That’s the case, though, as “Born to Be Blue” (with Ethan Hawke in the role of Chet Baker) and “Miles Ahead” (featuring Don Cheadle as Miles Davis) are both jockeying for position in a theater near you. (OK, “Born to Be Blue” is currently being screened at the Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres in Albany, while “Miles Ahead” is still waiting in the wings as a coming attraction…)

Interestingly enough, those aren’t the only music movies at the Spectrum. There is also *I Saw the Light” (the Hank Williams bio-pic starring British actor Tom Hiddleston as the kingpin of country music), while “Elvis & Nixon” (starring Michael Shannon as the King of Rock & Roll is coming soon).

And as it turns out, there’s quite a parade of other movies about music that are coming up around Greater Nippertown. Here’s a list of some of them that we rounded up:

Wednesday (April 20), 7pm
“Roxy: The Movie”
Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady
Years-in-the-making Frank Zappa & Nothers of Invention concert film


John Sayles & Maggie Renzi Return to Williamstown on Monday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 8th, 2016


Images Cinema in Williamstown will present an evening with independent filmmaking stalwarts John Sayles and Maggie Renzi (“Brother From Another Planet,” “Lone Star,” “Matewan”) at 7pm on Monday (April 11). The evening will begin with an onstage conversation with them about their life and work.

Sayles and Renzi have been creative partners, in life and in art, since the early ’70s, after meeting at Williams College. (He’s class of ’72; she’s ’73.) Throughout their career, their films have epitomized the best qualities of American independent cinema: intelligent filmmaking, impactful stories and memorable characters.

Following the conversation, there will be a screening of the digitally remastered “City of Hope,” Sayles and Renzi’s 1991 award-winning look at the personal cost of politics in a great American city, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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Movies ‘n’ Music: The Return of the Silent Film Spectacular

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

The Albany Public Library Main Branch is bringing back the Silent Film Spectacular for the spring season. Here’s how it works: A silent movie is screened, while Greater Nippertown musicians are enlisted to perform a live, original soundtrack to accompany the film.

The spring series takes place at 7pm on Wednesdays throughout the month of April. Admission is free.

Here’s the complete schedule:


Tonight on HBO: “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” [Berkshire On Stage]

Monday, April 4th, 2016

By Larry Murray

The intriguing documentary “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” premiered this past January at the Sundance Film Festival and will have its broadcast premiere on HBO at 9pm tonight (Monday, April 4). It couldn’t come at a better time, what with the recent anti-LGBT legislation pushed through the North Carolina legislature and signed by Governor Pat McCrory. The state seems hell bent in making sure everyone knows it’s not particularly accepting of people with differences. McCrory says the objections to his state’s Republican hate bill are being concocted by left-wing activists, accusing them of a “calculated smear campaign.” The ACLU has stepped in, just as it did back during the Mapplethorpe controversy.

So the time could not be riper for taking in this film.

“Look at the pictures,” said Senator Jesse Helms, denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed boundaries with frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism, igniting a culture war that rages to this day.

More than 25 years later, the HBO Documentary Films presentation “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” does just that, taking an unflinching, unprecedented look at his most provocative work. From acclaimed filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (“Inside Deep Throat”; HBO’s “Wishful Drinking” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) and produced by Katharina Otto-Bernstein (“Absolute Wilson”), the first feature-length documentary about the artist since his death and the most comprehensive film on Mapplethorpe ever, debuts tonight on HBO.

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