There are few interesting indie releases opening in local theaters this weekend, alongside Jordan Peele’s directorial horror debut Get Out. The first is a war-drama titled Bitter Harvest, starring Max Irons (The Host, Woman in Gold) and Samantha Barks (Les Miserables, The Christmas Candle) as lovers facing the oncoming Ukraine Genocide of 1932-1933 under Joseph Stalin. The film comes from director George Mendeluk and follows a young artists (Irons) as he works to save his love, Natalka (Barks), from being rounded up and executed as part of the death-by-starvation camps that would be made all the more famous during Hitler’s time in Nazi Germany during World War II. The script comes from writer Richard Bachynsky Hoover and co-stars Terence Stamp (Superman, Young Guns) and Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile). Continue reading →
Fans of classic rock, and more specifically of The Who, rejoice! The new documentary from film-cinematographer James D. Cooper (Kiss Daddy Goodnight, Brother’s Keeper) titled Lambert & Stamp is now playing in theaters. The film reveals how The Who was discovered by filmmaking duo Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp while they were searching for appropriate subject matter for their new movie, the goal being to reflect the social unrest of teenagers in post-World War II England. Instead of making that film, however, they ended up managers of one of the most famous bands of the infamous rock n’ roll British Invasion that also included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Creme, Pink Floyd, and The Animals. The documentary comes just in time for The Who’s 50th Anniversary and will include archival footage of the group as well as new interviews with both Lambert and Stamp, and surviving band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. John Entwistle, The Who’s original bass player, famously died of a heart attack in 2002 on the night before the band was set to head out on a new American tour and was hastily replaced by Pino Palladino. Keith Moon died of an overdose of Heminevrin in 1978 while trying to overcome alcoholism; the drummer had gradually fallen further into drink during the progression of The Who’s career, causing increased tensions between himself and Pete Townshend, who already quarreled with Moon over his non-traditional style of playing. This one definitely looks like it will be worth the watch; be sure to check your local listings for showtimes near you!