The Filtered Excellence: August 15, 2019

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 week’s 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.


WATCH THIS

The Righteous Gemstones.  Danny McBride created, wrote, directed and stars in this new HBO series that takes dead aim at the world of televangelism.  He plays Jesse Gemstone, the oldest son of world famous ministerial family that’s led by his father Eli (John Goodman).  Jesse is looking to make the show more accessible to a modern audience, but has to contend with his sister Judy (Edi Patterson), younger brother Kelvin (Adam Devine) and outside forces looking to bring down the family empire.  As he’s done with Eastbound & Down and Vice-Presidents, McBride loads the show with there’s plenty of pointed, dark humor without insulting the spiritual aspects involved with religion.  It’s another winner from the McBride camp.  The Righteous Gemstones premieres Sunday, August 18th at 10pm East on HBO.  You can also go to www.hbo.com for more information.

This Changes Everything.  The emergence of the #MeToo movement also pushed forward the issues of how women are presented on screen and behind the scenes.  Director Tom Donahue speaks with some of Hollywood’s top actresses – Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain, Geena Davis, among others – to discuss why this gender gap has continued for so long and the ways that are being done to correct it.  Donahue also talks with some of the top lady directors, writers and show runners to give their perspectives on what steps Hollywood needs to take to finally shatter cinema’s glass ceiling.  Insightful, and informative, this documentary perfectly sheds light on a topic that continuously needs to be discussed.  This Changes Everything is in theaters now.

LISTEN TO THIS

Live at The Monterey International Pop Festival by Otis Redding.  The Monterey Pop Festival had its fair share of show-stopping performances, but no one captured the vibe and the spirit of the event better than Otis Redding.   Sensing that it would be expose the soul legend to a larger audience, producer Jerry Wexler got Redding added to the bill and, the rest became rock history.  Now you can can capture what the ‘love crowd’ was able to see and hear in this new reissue.  It features the full 30 minute set – including a blistering three song warm up by Redding’s backing band for the evening, Booker T & The MGs – as they tear through such classics as ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’, ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ and ‘Respect’.  It’s Otis Redding at his absolute peak, which only makes his shocking passing a few months later all the more crushing.  Fortunately, we have this killer recording to remind of just how amazing Otis Redding was to see live.  Live At The Monterey International Pop Festival by Otis Redding is available now through Amazon, Apple Music and all major streaming services.

DO THIS

New York City: Marty and Jay’s Double Features.  Martin Scorsese teams up with frequent collaborator Jay Cocks to curate this series in which they are tasked to create their dream double bills of the movies that helped shape their creative arcs.  Some of the bills will include Pickpocket and The Wrong Man; Barry Lyndon and The Case Of The Mukkinese Battle-Horn; We Were Strangers and One Eyed Jacks and much more.  There will also be guest introductions, live musical accompaniments and much more.  Whether you are a film buff or just looking to discover some of the greatest films ever made, this series is for you.  Marty and Jay’s Double Features will be at The Film Forum through September 5th.  You can also go to www.filmforum.org for tickets, a complete rundown of events and more information.

Want more excellence? Read last week’s the filtered excellence.

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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.