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Excellent and inspiring retrospective of the great jazz innovator,
with color commentary from bandmates (Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner)
and stirring performances from 1959-64 (in classic studio black-and-white).
Includes Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Garrison.
Michael Douglas stars in this entertaining tale of a blocked writer
whose life unravels during one cascading weekend of compounding
Sean Connery stars as crusty old Scottish
writer in NY who meets an aspiring black teen writer; their meeting
changes both their lives for the better.
Industrial circus dance rhythm live, ropes pipes and miked floors
that come apart or turn to sampled drum pads, these begin like
Shirley Temple but end up even beyond Stomp Out
Smash Off-Broadway percussion show takes
to the streets with brooms, basketballs, bungie cords, sewer pipes,
kitchen knives, playing cards...anything that will make a rhythmic
texture. In one joyful hour this group will make you aware of
the rhythm pervasive in every act of our living.
An entertaining public reading performance by the actor/author
of the acclaimed novel,
as he tells tales of his travels in Cambodia. Part of his experience
involved a minor part in the film "The Killing Fields," so some
footage and sound track is used to highlight the reading. Gray's
range is impressive, from the atrocities of the Pol Pot era to
the personal foibles of a middle-aged Yank in what threatens,
at any of a number of potentially "perfect moments," to become
the Paradise he seeks so passionately.
Parker and the Vicious Circle
...An artful story of the depressing
life of the famous Hollywood writer, Dorothy Parker.
...Documentary of the life and work
of Thelonius Monk, the great and groundbreaking jazz pianist.
He was unique, driven, obsessed, filled with genius. He lived
for music, and music alone.
...Documentary goes behind the scenes
of Apocalypse Now. Impossible budget and logistical and cast problems…kind
of like the war itself: everyone went kind of crazy.
...Portrays the rise and fall of the
rock god Morrison exceptionally well under the direction of Oliver
Stone, with Val Kilmer as Jim.
...Robin Williams stars in this moving
confrontation of conformity at a boys’ prep school, and the poetic
impulse for freedom, individual expression and live group bonding.
A tragic end, but that is the nature of poetry in a world captive
by the gods of "realism."