The Filtered Excellence: March 31, 2016

MILES AHEAD

Bob Geldof once asked us, “Where is the filtered excellence!?” It’s right here. Once a week we take a break from comedy to bring you this weeks picks of the best things to watch, the most interesting things to do, great things to try, the best picks to read, our favorite things to listen to and more.


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Everybody Wants Some!  Richard Linkletter has described his latest film as a ‘spiritual sequel’ to Dazed & Confused as far as capturing the wonder and energy of that cult classic. Set in 1980, it stars Blake Jenner as Jake, a newly arrived freshman pitcher for the Southeast Texas college baseball team settling into dorm life. Of course, there’s a great deal of hazing, club hopping and chasing coeds, but there’s also a lot of reflection, and realities that come with being a full on adult. As with most Linkletter films, the dialogue is loaded with subtle and cerebral humor with the largely unknown cast is having a blast with the material. Early promos are framing the film as a light, party driven comedy, but its a lot more than that. After blowing away audiences with Boyhood, Linkletter has put together another project that shows him to be one of our best writers and directors. Everybody Wants Some is in theaters now. You can also go to http://www.everybodywantssomemovie.com/ for more information.

Miles Ahead. After being in development for over a decade, the much anticipated biopic on the life of Miles Davis finally hits the big screen. Don Cheadle stars, co-wrote and directed the film, which looks at the legendary musician slowly emerging from a self-imposed five year exile. Evan McGregor plays as Rolling Stone reporter looking to get the scoop on the comeback, only to become a witness and accomplice to Davis’ attempts to retrieve a tape of his latest recordings. The film also weaves back and forth to Davis’ breakout years in New York’s jazz scene, his romance (and breakup) with Broadway dancer Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinedli) and the conditions that ultimately led to his withdrawal from music. Cheadle is perfectly cast as Miles, channeling all of Davis’ paradoxes to bring forth one of the most three dimensional performances in recent memory. Part biopic, part psychological study and, of course, loaded with great music, Cheadle has put together a film that is a rich and complex as Davis lived his life. Don’t be surprised if Cheadle’s name is making the rounds during awards season. Miles Ahead opens nationwide on Friday. You can also go to http://www.milesahead-movie.com/ for more information.

The Final Four. The biggest weekend in college basketball takes place this weekend in Houston. The first game features a couple of #2 seeds: The Villanova Wildcasts, making their first Final Four appearance in over a decade and the Oklahoma Sooners, who stunned the heavily favored Oregon Ducks on their road to the Final Four. The second game will the #1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels taking on the surging Syracuse Orange. Syracuse – who were banned from last year’s tourney after being found guilty of numerous rules violations – has been playing the role of Giant Killer, pulling off dramatic wins against Gonzaga and #1 seed Virginia. Who will play in for college basketball’s biggest prize Monday night? Tune into TBS this Saturday starting at 6pm Eastern.

Opening Day 2016. The 2016 season kicks off on Sunday with ESPN triple header. Many consider the NL Central the best division in baseball and the season will start with the St. Louis Cardinals going to Pittsburgh to take the Pirates. At 3pm, the Chicago Cubs – whom many pick to win it all this year, travel to west to play the always tough Angels. The action then shifts to Tampa as the defending American League East Champion Toronto Blue Jays take on the Rays at 4pm. The day concludes in Kansas City as the Royals, raise their championship banner, then have a World Series rematch with the New York Mets. Baseball is back and this season promises to be one for the ages. Tune into ESPN and ESPN 2 starting at 1pm Eastern.

LISTEN TO THIS

Changes by Charles Bradley. The extraordinary story of Charles Bradley – a 60 something singer who went from a James Brown impersonator to being one of the anchor acts for Daptone Records – continues with the release of his third album. It’s another great 11 song cycle featuring bright horns, sharp snares, thumping bass and, of course, Bradley’s soaring world-weary voice. The centerpiece track is his cover of the Black Sabbath ballad, ‘Changes’, which he absolutely crushes. Put it this way: after you hearing it, you won’t ever associate it with Ozzy again. That’s who much Bradley takes ownership of it. This album is a must have for any fans of true gut wrenching soul. Changes by Charles Bradley will be available on Friday through Amazon, Itunes and all major music retailers. You can also go to http://www.thecharlesbradley.com/ for tour dates and more information.

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New York City: Bring Me The Head Of Sam Peckinpah. Called ‘a great choreographer of blood and bullets’, Sam Peckinpah played a key role in the ‘New Hollywood’ movement of the 60s and 70s. The Film Society of Lincoln Center will show its appreciation for Peckinpah’s film output with a week long retrospective. It will include seminal films such as The Wild Bunch, The Getaway, Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, Straw Dogs and Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia alongside more introspective, poignant films such as Junior Bonner, The Battle Of Cable Hogue. It will also look at some of his more overlooked works such as Ride The High Country, Cross Of Iron and his final film, The Osterman Weekend. It’s an unique chance to look at one of the great directors of this or any time. Bring Me The Head Of Sam Peckinpah will be at The Film Society of Lincoln Center through April 7th. You can also go to http://www.filmlinc.org/ for more information.

 

 


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Earl Douglas is a writer/photographer based in New York City. A frequent contributor to The Interrobang, Earl is also Executive Director for the New York chapter of The Black Rock Coalition. Earl worked in radio for nearly two decades at WNEW-FM and XM Satellite Radio, which included being the on-air producer for Carol Miller, Scott Muni and Ron & Fez, and a contributor to Opie & Anthony. Earl has also independently published a number of books including Black Rock Volume 1, Urban Abyss, Mobile Uploads, and For Shimmy. His latest project is the photojournalism magazine PRAXIS, which is available exclusively through Blurb.com.

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Earl Douglas is a writer/photographer based in New York City. A frequent contributor to The Interrobang, Earl is also Executive Director for the New York chapter of The Black Rock Coalition. Earl worked in radio for nearly two decades at WNEW-FM and XM Satellite Radio, which included being the on-air producer for Carol Miller, Scott Muni and Ron & Fez, and a contributor to Opie & Anthony. Earl has also independently published a number of books including Black Rock Volume 1, Urban Abyss, Mobile Uploads, and For Shimmy. His latest project is the photojournalism magazine PRAXIS, which is available exclusively through Blurb.com.