180 posts categorized "DOCUMENTARIES"
ABOVE: A little flex appeal.
But for those lucky enough to score tickets, the film was screened at a North American premiere held at Nitehawk in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Wednesday night — and it was, as Madonna cheekily said of her opening night in Speed-the-Plow on Broadway, “Better than sex.”
The film dissects and in many instances expertly recreates Madonna's early years in NYC, when she was part of several bands — principally the Breakfast Club. It generously explores the birth of her musicality and the bond she had with her then-boyfriend, Dan Gilroy, and his brother Ed, with whom she lived in a converted synagogue in Queens. Appropriate, since we had all made a pilgrimmage to Prospect Park in order to worship.
Keep reading for way too many photos ...
ABOVE: Against the wall!
Leaving Neverland — the documentary about allegations that Michael Jackson sexually abused two of his most famous-to-fans young playmates — is controversial only because of Jackson's undeniable talent and inescapable fame.
Directed by Dan Reed and set to be presented March 3 and 4 on HBO, it methodically attempts to create an exhaustive record of the claims of James Safechuck, 37, and Wade Robson, 41, exploring along the way how Jackson allegedly groomed them, how he managed their families, how he was able to basically date male children right out in the open, what these arrangements did to the kids' relationships going forward, and why both young men testified, under oath, on Jackson's behalf when he was closest to facing justice for his actions.
Join me on Wednesday, March 6, at Nitehawk Cinema (188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY) at 8 p.m. for the North American premiere of Madonna and the Breakfast Club, the new docudrama about Madonna's early years in NYC directed by Guy Guido!
I'll be moderating a panel after the screening, which will feature Guy, his amazing Madonna look-alike star Jamie Auld and two subjects from the film — Ed Gilroy and Gary Burke.
It will be a rare opportunity to see an accurate portrayal of Madonna's musical roots, and to hear directly from some of her earliest musical collaborators what she was like when she was Madonna ... but before she was Madonna.
Trailer after the jump ...
ABOVE: Because The Wizard of Oz is 80 this year.
ABOVE: I love Portis Wasp and Nick Sterling.