Y., an Israeli filmmaker in his mid-forties, arrives in a remote village at the far end of the desert to present one of his films. There he meets Yahalom, an officer for the Ministry of Culture, and finds himself fighting two losing battles: one against the death of freedom in his country, the other against the death of his mother.
"Robert Klein: The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue" invites viewers into the vibrant world of Robert Klein's formative years in the Bronx during the 1950s and '60s. With a blend of comedic storytelling, stand-up routines, and genuine moments of reflection, Klein paints a vivid picture of his upbringing and the memorable experiences that shaped him.
The film delves into Klein's early days as a young busboy at a bustling Bronx restaurant, where he encountered an eclectic array of characters who left an indelible mark on his life. Through hilarious anecdotes and vivid recollections, Klein transports the audience back in time, capturing the spirit of the era and the essence of the neighborhood he grew up in.
As the narrative unfolds, Klein shares his misadventures in love and relationships, reminiscing about the amorous escapades that earned him the nickname "The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue." With his trademark wit and observational humor, he brings to life the ups and downs of young love, weaving together humorous tales of romance, heartbreak, and the awkwardness of navigating the dating scene.
In addition to his personal stories, Klein also performs a series of uproarious stand-up routines that touch on a wide range of topics, from family dynamics and cultural idiosyncrasies to the trials and tribulations of everyday life. His sharp comedic timing and relatable insights draw laughter from the audience while also offering moments of introspection and relatability.
Through his engaging storytelling and genuine charm, Klein invites viewers to laugh along with him and connect with the shared experiences and universal truths that transcend time and place. "Robert Klein: The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue" is a delightful journey that celebrates the power of laughter and the enduring impact of our formative years.
With its blend of humor, nostalgia, and heartfelt storytelling, "Robert Klein: The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue" is a comedic tour de force that pays tribute to the colorful characters and memorable moments of Klein's Bronx upbringing, leaving audiences both entertained and touched by the power of comedy and the richness of human connections.
Look at Me: XXXTentacion explores how Florida teenager Jahseh Onfroy became SoundCloud rapper XXXTentacion, one of the most streamed artists on the planet. Through frank commentary from family, friends and romantic partners, and unseen archival footage, director Sabaah Folayan offers a sensitive portrayal of an artist whose acts of violence, raw musical talent and open struggles with mental health left an indelible mark on his generation before his death at the age of 20.
Cast: Tim Curry, Anna Maria Horsford, Elizabeth Peña, Trini Alvarado
The movie takes place in the gritty and rundown Times Square area of New York City in the late 1970s. It follows the story of two teenage girls from very different backgrounds who form an unlikely bond and set out on a wild and rebellious adventure through the city.
Nickie Marotta (Robin Johnson) is a tough and streetwise runaway who lives in abandoned buildings and hustles for money. Pamela Pearl (Trini Alvarado) is a privileged and sheltered teenager who is neglected by her busy parents and seeks refuge in her love for music.
After meeting in a psychiatric hospital, Nickie and Pamela escape and embark on a journey of self-discovery and rebellion. They steal a police officer's radio and start broadcasting their own pirate radio station, calling themselves "The Sleez Sisters". Their rebellious broadcasts become a hit among the disenfranchised youth of the city and lead to a confrontation with the authorities.
As they navigate through the city, they also confront their own personal demons and insecurities, ultimately discovering their own voices and identities. The film features a soundtrack of punk and new wave music, including performances by The Ramones, Talking Heads, and Patti Smith.
"Times Square" is a gritty and realistic portrayal of life in New York City in the late 1970s, capturing the energy and rebellion of the punk and new wave music scenes. The film has become a cult classic and is celebrated for its empowering and feminist themes, as well as its depiction of teenage angst and rebellion.
The film begins at a fishing hamlet in Tamil Nadu where an elderly Rajashekar is worshipped as "God Father" by many. His amiable ways of living won him many friends. His son Vetrivel is an acclaimed scientist. He is received with gusto by the whole village after he returns winning awards from Central government. Unfortunately, a glance at a vernacular on a news report on Malaysia shocks Rajashekar, who immediately develops cardiac arrest and dies. Vetrivel learns of the incident and decides to unravel the mystery behind the death. He sets off to Malaysia. Vetrivel gets acquainted with a local reporter Inba, who falls for him. With her help, he finds out a disturbing truth about his father's life. Rajashekar is former police officer in Malaysia who falls to the conspiracy of a baddie and is arrested for no fault of his. Rajashekar eventually pays the price for being honest by losing his family and settles down in Tamil Nadu with his young son.
In his quest to prove that his father is innocent, Vetrivel re-opens the case and gets the help of Chandhini a lawyer who is the daughter of erstwhile public prosecutor, Gaandivan, who argued against Rajashekar 30 years ago. He also finds his mother in the process. The rest of the movie is all but how Vetrivel rewrites history, proves his father's innocence, and avenges the bad elements.
Cast: David Dawson, Tom Hollander, Ruth Kearney, Jane Horrocks
The film tells the story of a young girl named Gracie Bowen (played by Schroeder) who dreams of playing soccer, but faces opposition from her traditional father and a society that does not believe in girls playing sports.
Set in 1978, the film is loosely based on the real-life experiences of Elisabeth Shue and her family, who lost their older brother in a tragic accident and used soccer as a way to cope with their grief. Gracie's journey is one of determination and perseverance as she fights against gender stereotypes and works to prove herself on the soccer field.
The film explores themes of gender inequality, family dynamics, and the power of sports to bring people together. While it received mixed reviews upon its release, "Gracie!" has since gained a following for its inspiring message and heartfelt performances, particularly from Schroeder and Shue.
The film is directed by Bille August and is set in 1960s Denmark. The story is about two brothers, Bjorn and Erik, who live in a working-class family in Copenhagen. Bjorn is a shy and introverted boy, while Erik is outgoing and popular.
The film shows their bond as brothers, and how it is put to test when Erik falls in love with a girl named Kirsten. Bjorn also has feelings for Kirsten, but he keeps them to himself out of respect for his brother. The story is set against the backdrop of the social and cultural changes happening in Denmark during the 1960s, such as the rise of rock and roll music, the sexual revolution, and the changing attitudes towards social norms.
The film received critical acclaim for its portrayal of adolescent emotions and relationships, and its use of music and imagery to capture the mood of the time. It won several awards, including the Golden Shell award at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
The film centers around a street musician named Max (played by Thierry Fremont) who plays his accordion in the streets of Paris for a living. One day, he meets a young woman named Lili (played by Romaine Bohringer), who is working at a local cafe.
Max is immediately smitten with Lili and begins to pursue her relentlessly, despite her initial reluctance. Eventually, Lili gives in to Max's persistence, and the two begin a passionate love affair.
As their relationship blossoms, Max and Lili embark on a series of wild and eccentric adventures. They wander through the streets of Paris, meet eccentric characters, and experience moments of joy and sadness together.
However, their idyllic romance is threatened by the arrival of Lili's former lover, a wealthy and manipulative businessman named Charles. Charles is determined to win Lili back, and he uses his power and influence to try to separate her from Max.
As the film reaches its climax, Max and Lili must face the challenges that threaten to tear them apart and find a way to hold onto their love.
The Crazy Stranger is a whimsical and charming film that captures the magic and energy of Parisian street life. The movie is notable for its colorful characters, lively soundtrack, and beautiful cinematography. It is a celebration of love, music, and the joy of living in the moment.
Country music has always been Black music. Launching April 7th on Amazon Music and Prime Video, For Love and Country examines the genre's past through the lens of a new generation of Black artists claiming space in Nashville - and transforming country music in the process. Featuring interviews and performances from Brittney Spencer, Shy Carter, Breland, Allison Russell, Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton, Frankie Staton, Amythyst Kiah, Willie Jones, Reyna Roberts, Blanco Brown, and Valerie June.
The band members, led by Tawfiq Zacharya (played by Sasson Gabai), are forced to spend the night in the town and are taken in by the locals, including café owner Dina (played by Ronit Elkabetz). As they wait for a bus to arrive to take them to their original destination, they form unlikely bonds with the people of the town and learn more about each other's cultures.
Throughout the film, the characters struggle with issues of identity, isolation, and communication, as they navigate cultural differences and personal struggles. The film is a poignant exploration of the universal human experience, and the ways in which music and art can bring people together across borders and cultural divides.
"The Band's Visit" is notable for its beautiful cinematography, evocative score, and outstanding performances by its cast. It was a critical and commercial success upon its release, receiving numerous accolades and awards, and has since become a beloved classic of Israeli cinema. It is a must-see for anyone interested in exploring the complexities of human connection and cross-cultural understanding.
Ryder, a 17-year-old gay California teenager, is excited to visit his Nebraska relatives for a family reunion. When he arrives, he finds his family to be friendly, but a little reserved. Ryder's uncle, Keith (played by Josh Hamilton), is especially distant, and the family's traditional values clash with Ryder's liberal upbringing.
As the family gathers for a barbecue, tensions begin to simmer beneath the surface. Ryder finds himself drawn to his cousin Molly (played by Ursula Parker), but their relationship becomes strained when a secret from Ryder's past is revealed. Meanwhile, Keith is struggling with his own hidden desires, and his behavior becomes increasingly erratic.
As the weekend progresses, secrets are revealed and relationships are tested. Ryder is forced to confront his own identity and the expectations of his family, while Keith's behavior spirals out of control. The film reaches a climax at a family gathering, where long-held resentments and secrets come to light.
Take Me to the River is a beautifully shot and emotionally complex film that explores themes of family, identity, and the complexities of human relationships. The performances are strong across the board, particularly from Logan Miller and Josh Hamilton. The film offers a poignant and thought-provoking look at family dynamics and the ways in which our pasts can shape our identities.