Friday, June 6, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
We had the pleasure to see Lorde live in concert at the Berlin Columbiahalle. The location was nearly sold out, crowded by a mostly young female audience, even a lot of mothers (and some dads) with their little daughters (I later heard that Woody Harrelson was there with his daughter). Lorde appeared on stage one minute before the announced start and sang the first song alone on the stage. Afterwards the curtain behind her was dropped and her band (a drummer and a keyboard player) became visual. Lorde performed her prgram with all her now so popular hits with energy and charm and easily had the audience in thrills. Obviously, she was enjoying the show just as much as we did. After about 70 minutes and a bombastic finale with showering paper bits raining down on the hall the concert ended, the audience clearly still excited even long after the show.
The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem, and story follows the people that visited the club.
Elaborately produced movie of an almost epic dimension that does reveal the director's expertise, but the plot is messy and only enjoyable for its bits and pices , but not as a whoel.
Halliwel (no star): "A lumpy vehicle, eventually costing fifty million dollars, for some of the talents who made The Godfather ten years earlier. Despite a few effective moments, a prime example of the careless extravagance which all but killed the film business."
Maltin**1/2: "Homage to the days of colorful gangsters and Harlem nightlife has style to spare and a wonderful soundtrack full of Duke Ellington music (Gere plays his own cornet solos); all it needs is a story and characters whose relationships make some sense. Visually striking with good scenes scattered about. Not nearly as interesting as the published stories about its tumultuous production."
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
We saw Dance on the Tightrope live in concert in the Berlin Columbiahalle performing as support for Lorde.
I liked their dance-pop sound quite well, their new song Devil is fantastic, and they did a very faithful cover of Santigold's Disparate Youth, but unfortunately the performance was hardly much longer than a half hour. Of course everyone was waiting for the main attraction (who appeared punctually to the minute on stage), so it was all in all a good opening act.
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.
Not really a faithful adaptation of Truman Capote's novella, the plot is quite messy and the male lead a bland miscast; neverthless, this movie became an instant classic thanks to a lively and witty direction and the irresistibly charming Audrey Hepburn.
Halliwell*: "Impossibly cleaned up and asexual version of a light novel which tried to be the American I am a Camera (qv). Wild parties, amusing scenes and good cameos, but the pace is slow, the atmosphere is unconvincingly clean and luxurious, and the sentimentality kills it."
Maltin***1/2: "Charming film...Dated trappings don't detract from high comedy and winning romance."