September 21, 2004 |
The Fugees, the trio that released only two studio albums but became a signature influence on hip-hop and neo-soul music, reunited over the weekend for a New York performance that also featured many younger stars influenced by their sound. The collective of Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras played a show in Brooklyn on Saturday that was filmed for a concert documentary that is being aimed at theatrical release next year. Other performers included Kayne West, Jill Scott, Mos Def and the Roots.
September 15, 1993 |
There could be dancing in the aisles tonight at the Nuart when Andy Garcia's "Cachao" premieres as part of the L.A. Festival--and stays on for a weeklong engagement. That's because it's a celebration of legendary Cuban bassist and composer Israel Lopez Cachao, inventor of the mambo and exiled maestro of Afro-Cuban music. It's hard to sit still for nearly two hours while Cachao and his colleagues, many as celebrated as he, play one infectious number after the other.
July 3, 2013 |
There's a heavy dose of pumping up before Kevin Hart hits the stage in his latest concert film "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain. " A prologue at a party shows the compact, energetic comedian being misunderstood by hangers-on about his take on women and fame - introducing topics he plans to "explain" onstage at Madison Square Garden. That's followed by an extended tour video hawking Hart as an international star who can slay 'em in Vancouver, London and Oslo. The build-up is a little baffling, if we assume that anybody buying a ticket to "Let Me Explain" doesn't need to be sold on Hart's particular comic gifts: character sketches, crazy stories steeped in embarrassment and boundless physicality.
June 10, 2012 |
"Neil Young Journeys," the new concert film reuniting the idiosyncratic Canadian rocker and director Jonathan Demme, raises the notion of "spitting distance" to a whole new level. While filming Young in concert last year at Massey Hall in Toronto, Demme employed microphone-mounted cameras to capture the performance from unusual angles, including close-ups of Young's mouth. In the middle of the song "Hitchhiker," which traces the musician's life story from his early years in Canada through rock stardom in the U.S., saliva lands directly on the camera lens.
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July 4, 2012 |
In the glittery new 3-D concert film "Katy Perry: Part of Me," the pop star asks with sweet conviction, "How could you ever be too cartoony?" On one level, the movie's answer is that you can't - and lots of rock star highs, Russell Brand lows and a whole lot of bubbly music fill up this frothy bit of show and tell. (It's delivered through special bubble-gum pink and cotton-candy blue 3-D glasses, to boot.) But directors Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz have gotten past the cartoonish veneer to discover there is more to Perry than meets the eye. "Part of Me" does a solid job of filling in the good stuff, though if there is any dirt to be uncovered, you won't find it here.
September 27, 2013 |
There are all sorts of great rock 'n' roll movies: straight concert docs ("The Last Waltz," "Gimme Shelter"), road sagas ("Don't Look Back," "Dig!") and fictional films ("A Hard Day's Night," "Quadrophenia"). So what is this weird beast "Metallica Through the Never"? It's two-thirds orthodox concert flick, one-third wordless sci-fi fright show. For America's biggest metal band, it's an ambitious but garbled attempt to stir up new evil. Director Nimród Antal ("Kontroll," "Predators")