Tribeca NY Fest Soccer Day, Article by Sharon Abella

April 22, 2012 § Leave a comment


Article by Sharon Abella

Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, Story about Chicago basketball player, Ben Wilson, or “BENJI”

April 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Martellus Bennett, tight end, NY Giants

Martellus Bennett, tight end, NY Giants

As part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, “Benji,” is the story of an up and coming Chicago basketball player, Ben Wilson, who died too soon, leaving his fans to wonder, had this tragedy not occurred, where would this superstar with heart be today?

Sat  4/28  9:30PM   Tribeca Cinemas Theater 1 Note   RUSH TICKETS

Article by Sharon Abella

“Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” Article by Sharon Abella,

April 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey”

Arnel Pineda, was living in poverty in Manila, Philippines, when his friend believed in his singing abilities so much that he posted videos of Arnel singing classic hits like Journey and Rush on YouTube.

The American rock band, originally from San Francisco, Journey,  is known for their hits, “Open Arms,” “Who’s Cryin’ Now,” “Faithfully,” and “Don’t Stop Believin,'” sung by their former lead singers Steve Perry (1977-1987 and 1995-1998) and Steve Augeri (1998-2006).  In 2007, the band was looking for a NEW lead singer, and Journey’s guitarist, Neal Schon, spent hours on the internet looking for someone who could fill the shoes.  He stated in his eleventh hour online, right when he was about to give up, he found him, Arnel Pineda.  Cast with doubts, Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon, were wondering if Arnel was too far away to contact, if he could speak English, and if he would  be able to handle the emotional wear and tear and rigorous touring lifestyle.  They decided to contact him and fly him to the States for an audition.

When Arnel’s friend read the email that stated, “Do you want to sing with Journey?” he stated, “I think this is the break we have been waiting for.”  Cast with doubts, Arnel thought it was a hoax, and that if it were real, he would have to prove himself to all the haters, the admirers of Steve Perry, and Arnel’s homeland. Having to sing for his visa to audition in the States, Arnel, was granted permission, made the cut, and the rest is history for this, “David Lee Roth/Bruce Lee/Elvis from the Phillipines.”

Sat 4/21 2:30PM AMC Loews Village 7 – 3 RUSH TICKETS

Fri 4/27 8:30PM AMC Loews Village 7 – 3 RUSH TICKETS

Sat 4/28 9:30PM SVA Theater 1 Silas BUY TICKETS



April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

And away we go!!!  The films just keep getting better and better at  The Tribeca Film Festival, that I’ll just let you see for yourself.

Tribeca Film Festival 2012

In theaters April 27, 2012!

“Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band” at MSG on 4/6/2012, A+, Article by Sharon Abella,

April 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Photos in slideshow by Sharon M. Abella,

Where do you begin with a legendary band like Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band?  Bruce Springsteen remains as vibrant and creative today, as he did when he first set out.  With a nice mix of old and new, the setlist at MSG, on 4/6/2012, did not disappoint, and each song transitioned into one another effortlessly.  He is known for his audience participation, but this time stopped to drink a beer with the crowd before being carried back up on stage by his fans.

Bruce compared NY to NJ, reminding us that the Giants are a NY team who play in NJ:

“There are so many things to appreciate about New York. There’s the Statue of Liberty, which we learned is actually in New Jersey. There is the greatest theme song ever written about a city, which is sung by a man from New Jersey, and there is a World Championship football team, who come to think of it, play in New Jersey!”

Bruce also paid recognition to America, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and without actually saying his name, to Trayvon Martin; during a song called, “American Skin (41 Shots),” which was originally inspired by the police shooting death of Amadou Diallo, however, in tonight’s show, the lyrics, “You get killed just by living in your American skin,” could be implied to Trayvon Martin. 

Adele, Bruce’s mom, was present in the audience at last night’s show, and was brought up on stage, along with Bruce’s little niece, to dance to “Dancing in the Dark.”  He stated that his mom taught him all about hard work. “Right back at you, mom.”

Right back at you Bruce!  I’ll never understand how you can play for 2:53 minutes straight in a different city every other night, and not get tired, but here’s to you.

  1. (TourPremiere)
  2. Encore:
  3. (With Michelle Moore)
  4. ( Showed Images Of Clarence On Video Screens)
    Catch the next show at MSG in NYC on Monday, 4/9/2012.  Happy Holidaze!  
    Article by Sharon Abella

A Bob “MARLEY” documentary done by “The Last King of Scotland” Director, Kevin Macdonald.

April 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Just when you thought films couldn’t get any better,  MARLEY is 145 minutes of pure perfection!!!

So you think you know all there is to about the life of  the “Legend”ary Rastafarian roots, rock, reggae performer from Jamaica, but I guarantee you, you will learn a lot about the man and the music that you did not already know.   The film starts off in Elmina, Ghana, West Africa, at the infamous Castle of St. George d’Elmina, where during the slave trade in the late 1400s, military forts were holding places for captured Africans, who would then later walk through “the door of no return,” to set sail for Europe and the Americas on slave ships. Today, more than 25 of the forts remain, and Elmina and Cape Coast Castle, have been designated World Heritage Sites by the U.N.  Much like Rome, Mecca, and Jerusalem, African-Americans make cultural pilgrimages to Elmina, to learn more about the area.

From the dark history in Ghana, the film cuts to a musical montage of a long dreadlocked, Bob Marley performing and going wild on stage, to aerial shots over the green, rolling mountains in Jamaica.

You will start to feel irie, and venture off on a musical, cultural, and spiritual crusade.

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Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley was born in Nine Mile, a small village in St Ann Parish, set in the countryside of Jamaica. His father was a Caucasian British Army Captain, while his mother was a black local. Bob never felt like he fit in. “A real key for me,” says Director, Kevin Macdonald, “was trying to understand the importance to Bob’s life. He was of mixed race. It’s hard for some of us in Europe and America to understand the stigma that is attached to that. Bob came from the deep countryside, one of the truly black parts of Jamaica. He felt that stigma attached to being of mixed race, and not just from the white side of the island, but from the black side also.”

The living conditions were substandard,  so Bob Marley turned to his music. He saw the guitar as a way out to a better life.  Humble, shy, and quiet, Bob, had a seriousness about him, a passion for faith, for music, and for people, sharing his feelings about racial oppression through his lyrics, while reaching out for love.

Kevin Macdonald’s summation of MARLEY is a testament to the deeper insight he has achieved: “I feel that one of the reasons Bob has lived on is because he speaks to the oppressed people of the world, be they in the United States, or Britain, or Germany, but more than anything else, he speaks to people in the developing world who feel like they’ve been given a bum deal, who feel they’ve been hopped over by the West, or whatever. And here’s a voice telling them, ‘Your turn will come. You’re down now, but you’re going to get up there.'”

Release date: 4/20 simultaneously in theaters, digitally, and through video on demand.

Photos courtesy of Magnolia Pictures


April 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Watch interviews with film directors, cinematographers, film students, producers, colorists, artists, technologists, scientists, engineers, and editors, like Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, David Fincher, James Cameron, Danny Boyle, David Lynch, and Lars Von Trier, as they discuss the digital invasion in movie making over the last 20 or so years as “technology pushes the art, and the art pushes technology.”

Many film enthusiasts may recall that the recent Academy Award winning film, “Slumdog Millionaire,” was shot almost entirely digitally, reminding us that this “alternative” to the photochemical process, which had been the norm for the past 100 years, was now sharing the stage with, if not taking a backseat all together, to the digital revolution.

Go “Side by Side,” and behind the camera of your favorite films as “Point Break” actor, Keanu Reeves, interviews film legends,  about their opinions and experiences collaborating with film and digital. Is there room for both?  Can the two get along?  Is film facing extinction?  Can you guess which film maker feels passionately for which medium?

Tue 4/24 8:30PM SVA Theater 2 Beatrice
Thu 4/26 7:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 – 2
Fri 4/27 2:30PM AMC Loews Village 7 – 3
Sat 4/28 4:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 – 2

Article by Sharon Abella

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