Thursday, September 18, 2008
The Counterfeiters: German made film telling the true story of Jews held in concentration camps forced to counterfeit Allied money. Very interesting
The Glenn Miller Story: Jimmy Stewart stars as the band leader in this 1953 semi-biopic. A nice illustration of a man’s quest to fulfill his artistic vision.
Carlos Santana Presents: Blues at Montreux: Bobby Parker:
Part of a 3-discs series. Blues guitarist Bobby Parker plays a set with his band- a collection of very tight, accomplished musicians that help cover for the mostly average guitar work by Parker. The intensity picks up considerably when Carlos Santana joins the group for the last several numbers and Parker seems to find his groove.
Eric Clapton- One more Car, One More Rider:
E.C.’s 2001 performance in Los Angeles. The concert starts with an extensive acoustic set. Blues lovers have to wait a full hour before the first blues number. Several songs I don’t recognize which were probably from his recent release of that time. A pleasant surprise is a couple jazz tunes. All numbers are performed to Clapton’s usual level of perfection. One facet of the concert that stands out is the brilliant, soulful organ playing and showmanship of Billy Preston. Oh my, will he be missed.
Jeff Daniels plays a human rights investigator seeking the culprits behind a mass murder in Mexico. The local drug cartel turns out to be more honest than the local corporate/state alliance.
Standing In The Shadows Of Motown:
Excellent documentary about the Funk Brothers, the musicians behind the scores of number 1 hits produced by the Motown music factory, but who are generally unknown to lovers of the music. The documentary also includes a Funk Brothers concert held in Detroit. If you love this music it’s almost your duty to learn about the incredible, creative musicians who gave us that magical, distinctive Motown groove.
Kevin Spacey stars as a MIT professor who takes a team of student math whizzes to Las Vegas to gamble. The members work together counting cards at the blackjack tables and win thousands. Based on a true story.
Son of Rambow:
A couple British youngsters work together to make their own film inspired by Rambo.. One is a bright precocious troublemaker living in a dysfunctional family. The other strives to express his unlimited imagination despite the restraints of an ultra-religious parent. Very funny with some great child acting.