The Filtered Excellence: February 6, 2020

Jim Carrey as Jeff Pickles in KIDDING (Season 1, Episode 06, "The Cookie"). - Photo: Paul Sarkis/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: KIDDING_106_419.DNG

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

Kidding.  Jim Carrey once again teams up with Michel Gondry for Season 2 of this offbeat Showtime series.  It picks up with the abrupt cancellation of ‘Mr Pickles Puppet Time’ and Jeff scrambling to get the show back on the air.  He must do this while also trying to repair the fractured relationships with his former wife Jill (Judy Greer), his son WIll (Cole Allen), his sister Deirdre (Catherine Keener) and his father Seb (Frank Langella).  As with Season 1, the show is a deft blend of dark comedy and drama, real life and whimsical fantasy  – all while addresses themes pertaining to family, loss, and repair.  Jim Carrey is the star – and he’s great as the fragile host – but the show’s supporting cast – Greer, Allen, Langella and the always great Catherine Keener – also have their moments to shine.  It’s a welcomed return to one of TV’s quirkiest shows.  Season 2 of Kidding premieres Sunday, February 9th at 10pm Eastern on Showtime.  You can also go to www.sho.com for more information.

The Independent Spirit Awards.  The coolest and most laid back of all awards shows is back for its 35th year.  Aubrey Plaza is back to host with Uncut Gems, The Lighthouse and Marriage Story vying for top prizes and expected to win big.  Unlike their Oscar counterparts, the show is off the cuff and uncensored, with the nominations better representing the year in film than the other award shows.  It dares to be different, while celebrating the full scope of cinema. The Independent Spirit Awards airs this Saturday at 5pm on IFC.

The Times Of Bill Cunningham.  In 1994, director Mark Bozek sat down with New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham for an extensive look back at his life and career. Highlights from that six hour interview make up the basis of this new documentary. Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, the film covers everything from his days as a milliner in France during World War II, his unique relationship with former First Lady Jackie Kennedy, and, of course, his four decade run with the Times.  It’s also anchored with a choice of selection of Cunningham’s photographs, most of which are being seen for the first time.  It’s a fitting epitaph for one of New York and fashion’s most beloved artists.  The Times Of Bill Cunningham opens in select theaters this weekend.  You can also got to www.BillCunninghamMovie.com for more information.

LISTEN TO THIS

Caught It From The Rye by Tre Burt.  In true troubadour fashion, singer-songwriter Tre Burt has logged a lot of miles. The Sacramento native embraced folk music while doing a school project on Woody Guthrie, then honed his performance and songwriting skills in San Francisco, Portland, and Australia before returning to the States.  It was during his stay in Australia that he wrote many of the songs that make up his debut album, Caught It From The Rye.  Initially, Burt released the collection independently,  but when it caught the attention of Oh Boy Records Director Of Operations Jody Whelan, Burt became only the 2nd artist in 15 years to get signed to the label that was founded by John Prine.  Prine has openly championed Burt and he has a reason to:  It’s a strong collection of rich stories, sung in a soulful voice that channels early Dylan, Bill Withers and, yes, John Prine.  A dynamic debut.  Caught It From The Eye by Tre Burt is available now through Amazon, Apple Music and all major streaming services.

DO THIS

New York City: Black History Month Celebration at The Museum Of The Moving Image.   The Museum Of The Moving Image teams up with The Black Filmmakers Foundation and The Afrikan Poetry Image for a week long salute to show Black artistry was captured on film.  It will include screenings and panels featuring some of the best and brightest new filmmakers, actors and producers; a viewing of Amazing Grace, the 1972 Sydney Pollack-directed concert documentary with Aretha Franklin; and 4 Little Girls: The Dance Film, which merges the story of the four young black girls who were murdered in the Alabama church bombing in 1963 with contemporary dance, spoken word and protest songs from the 60s to convey this crucial moment in the American Civil Rights Movement. Music, film, dance, this series has it all.  A great way to honor the past, while looking towards the future.  The Black History Month Celebration at The Museum Of The Moving Image take place February 9th through the 16th.  You can also go to www.movingimage.us for tickets and 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.
Earl Douglas
Earl Douglas
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.