“If you’ve never seen me perform before, I’m not good live,” announced Daniel Tosh at the beginning of his show at the State Theater on Saturday night. What an opening line. Of course, this was also the first and last time that he would make fun of himself during the performance. With so many other worthy recipients of ridicule waiting to be victimized, he began by warning the audience that “offending people happens” and apologized up-front for the inevitably over-the-line nature of his show. That being said, he still managed to throw some people — or everyone, atually — for a loop.
As the Piano Man himself once said, “only the good die young.” Just don’t tell that to Eileen Hall, Stan Goldman, Fred Knittle or any of the other twenty-three members of the Young @ Heart chorus. Under the gritty leadership of band director Bob Cilman, these 80 year-olds sing everything from Sonic Youth to James Brown. And although they have toured Europe and performed for royalty, Young @ Heart’s time in the spotlight truly arrived in their self-entitled documentary, in which the group prepares for a performance in their hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts. Bursting with life and uplifting in every way, Young @ Heart is a cinematic treat that … well … only comes around once in a lifetime.
For thousands of dollars less than the StubHub price of a front-row ticket, you can experience the Rolling Stones like you’ve never seen them before: On the big screen.
Legendary director Martin Scorcese teams up with Britain’s most famous 60 year-old rock stars to deliver Shine A Light, a documentary that offers a glimpse into one very star-studded day in the lives of band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood. But for Scorcese and the Stones, the 2006 concert at the Beacon Theater in New York was more than just another night on the job.
After years stuck in the audience, popcorn will finally make its big screen debut. Mr. Popcorn, a 90-second animated short film created by Alex Krivicich ’08, was recently chosen as an official selection in the 2008 Ivy Film Festival, an entirely student-run event held annually at Brown University.
Krivicich, a film studies major and Student Advisor for the Cornell Film Club, says the idea for Mr. Popcorn came to him in a dream over a year ago. “I just had this kooky dream about popcorn kernels. I guess that kind of says something about me,” Krivicich said jokingly.