The Filtered Excellence: June 6, 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

Framing John DeLorean. The rise and incredible fall of auto industry magnate John DeLoreon is the subject of this new film by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce. It chronicles his rapid ascent within General Motors where he managed the development of such iconic cars as the GTO, the Firebird, and The Grand Prix; and his bold choice to leave GM and start his own company, The DeLeorean Motor Company. It was while he was trying to get the company – and it’s flagship car, The DeLeorean – off the ground, where DeLeorean was involved in a highly publicized sting operation where he was busted for trying sell nearly 100 kilos of cocaine. DeLorean would beat the charges, but his dream car and his company would never come to pass. Argott and Joyce mine a trove of archival and news footage to capture every facet of DeLorean’s life, showing how underneath the movie star looks, charmed life, and fierce independent streak, was a cold, cunning businessman willing to do whatever it took to get his fledgling company off the ground. To recreate key elements of his life, Argott and Joyce bring in Alec Baldwin to play the troubled titan. Part doc, part docudrama, Argott and Joyce has put together a well rounded tale of how the spirit behind The American Dream can easily be corrupted. Framing John DeLorean is available in select theaters this weekend.

The Gangster, The Cop The Devil. The thin line that separates cop from criminal is at the heart of this new film from Lee Won-tae. It stars Don Lee as Jag Dong-su, a feared crime boss who barely survives a brutal attack during a fender bender. Detective Jung Tae-seok (Kim Moo-yui) believes the assault follows the pattern of what he believes to be the work of a serial killer known as K (Kim Sung-kyu). Without support from the department, Jung turns to Jag to use his resources to help find the one person who can salvage both their damaged reputations – and before he can kill again. This is a good old fashioned summer escapist flick, featuring great fight sequences, two dynamic leads and a memorable villain. It’s a cut well above your standard summer action film. The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil is in theaters now.

LISTEN TO THIS

The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings by Bob Dylan. After his successful 1974 arena tour with The Band, Bob Dylan was looking to reinvent the rock concert experience. Named The Rolling Thunder Revue, it was roving caravan featuring artists such as Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Roger McGuinn, Mick Ronson and Sam Shepherd performing in intimate venues with little to no advance notice. The tour only lasted a few months, but several of the shows and the rehearsals were recorded as part of a film project that never materialized. With the impending release of the Martin Scorsese helmed documentary, this latest installment of the acclaimed Bootleg Series is also one of the largest to date: A 14 CD set featuring 5 complete shows, dress rehearsals, rarities, a 96 page booklet and much more. It’s Dylan and his band of cultural renegades at their freewheeling best, performing a range of radically reworked hits, covers and songs that would eventually make it onto his 1976 masterpiece Desire. It’s closes a giant hole in the Dylan canon that will captivate both the casual and hardcore fan. The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings by Bob Dylan is available now on Amazon, Apple Music and all major streaming services.

Rainford by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Part prophet, shaman, and madman, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry has been a pillar on the reggae scene for over 50 years. Along with working with some of the biggest names in music (Bob Marley, The Clash, The Beastie Boys, among others), Perry has also maintained a steady solo career at a time when many of his contemporaries have passed on or retired. For his latest album, Perry once again teams with long time collaborator (and one time protege) Adrian SherwoodJunior Murvin, for a set that aims to do for Perry and reggae what the American Recordings series did for Johnny Cash and country. Sherwood gives Perry a solid mix of organic and electronic grooves for him to be to philosophical, introspective, and downright eccentric. It’s a strong return to form that stands alongside some of his best work. Rainford by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is available now through Amazon, Itunes and all major streaming services.

BUY THIS

The Rolling Stones Rock n Roll Circus. With the impending release of their album Beggars Banquet, The Rolling Stones wanted to do something above and beyond the usual press junket. They teamed up with director Michael Lindsay-Hogg (who would later directed The Beatles’ Let It Be) for The Rock and Roll Circus, A Fellini-inspired BBC special in which the band – in front of an audience consisting of fan club members, contest winners and friends – would play host to such artists as The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull and the supergroup The Dirty Mac featuring John Lennon, Keith Richards (on bass!), Mitch Mitchell, Eric Clapton and Yoko Ono. The Stones closed out the show, road testing future classics such as ‘Jumpin Jack Flash, ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ for the first time before a live audience. However, the film was shelved for a variety of reasons: Brian Jones’ departure the band and subsequent death by drowning; and largely because the band wasn’t particularly happy with their performance. The film would be eventually be released in 1996, and had a brief theatrical run in April, and is now getting the deluxe edition treatment. It will be available for the first time on Blu-Ray, along with a DVD (with full HD restoration and Dolby sound) and a 2CD soundtrack that has been expended to now feature 28 tracks. There will also be audio commentary from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Yoko Ono, Marianne Faithfull and Michael Lindsay-Hogg, extras and much more. It captures the original Stones lineup at a crucial point in their career and the other acts on the bill – including crushing performances by The Who and Taj Mahal – are just as strong. The perfect time capsule of rock at its zenith. The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus is available now.

DO THIS

Losing It At The Movies: Pauline Kael at 100. Film criticism can be separated into two categories: Before Pauline Kael and after. From 1968 to 1991, Kael’s columns in the New Yorker can make a break or film, and in some cases, do the same for careers. She provided crucial support for a number of the films that were coming out of ‘The New Hollywood’ at a time when film critics were the primary filter between what movies were elevating the art form. To celebrate what would have been her 100th Birthday, Quad Cinema will present a two week retrospective on the films that she openly advocated. The series will include seminal works such as The Godfather I & II; The Wild Bunch, Taxi Driver, Bonnie & Clyde. Jaws, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Shampoo, Nashville and Hannah & Her Sisters. It will also include great under the radar movies such as Loving, Love In The Afternoon, and Shoot The Moon. It’s a dynamic salute to a literary and cultural giant. Losing It At The Movies: Pauline Kael at 100 will be at Quad Cinema through June 20th. You can also go to www.quadcinema.com for tickets, a complete schedule 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.

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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.