Itzhak ITZHAK (2017) Featuring Itzhak Perlman, Toby Perlman, Alan Alda, Amnon Weinstein, Stefan Valcuha, Billy Joel, Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman, Evgeny Kissin, Mischa Maiskey, Martha Argerich, Barack Obama, Dorothy Delay and the Klezmatics. Directed by Alison Chernick. Distributed by American Masters Pictures. 83 minutes. Not Rated. It’s 6:00 a.m. and I’ve been moved to tears by a gracefully-constructed film and its maestro violinist, Itzhak Perlman. Itzhak is a film of lo
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME (2017) Featuring Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Kim Novak, Quincy Jones, Paula Wayne, Todd Boyd, Burt Boyar, David Steinberg and archival footage of Sammy Davis Jr. Written by Laurence Maslon. Directed by Sam Pollard. Distributed by American Masters Pictures. 100 minutes. Not Rated. Screened at the 2017 Philadelphia Film Festival. I did not expect to see so many people in the audi
Tommy MacDonald, host of “Rough Cut: Woodworking with Tommy Mac.” Tommy MacDonald Hits the Nail On the Head by Ronald Sklar http://www.popentertainment.com/tommymac.htm The star of PBS’ Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac says that creating furniture from scratch is can-do, even for those who think of themselves as can’t-don’t. I’m trying to broaden the horizons of what has been shown on television for woodworking,” says Rough Cut host Tommy MacDonald, known to his growing
Baseball – The Tenth Inning Baseball: The Tenth Inning Top of the Tenth (1992-1999)/Bottom of the Tenth (1999-2009) (PBS/Paramount Home Video-2010) In the early 1990s, documentarian Ken Burns became a PBS sensation through his acclaimed documentary series on The Civil War. As the follow-up, he decided that he wanted to look back at something even more American than the war of the states. In 1994 he returned with a 21-hour documentary series on the American pastime, Baseball.
The Best of The Electric Company, Vol. 1 The Electric Company The Best of the Electric Company (Shout! Factory-2006) HEY, YOU GUYS! Just when you thought you couldn’t recapture any more of your TV-watching childhood, The Electric Company has surprisingly and blessedly come to DVD. Nowhere near as good as you remember it – with crude graphics, cheesy synthesizers and overlong segments (it’s stuffed to the gills at 29 minutes per) – you’ll be amazed that you’re still entertaine
Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina Checkin’ In by Jay S. Jacobs The band came to be in the early 70s and was made up of two distinctly talented parts. Jim Messina was a respected producer and former member of the acclaimed groups Poco and the Buffalo Springfield. Kenny Loggins was a new kid on the block, an unknown who had just gotten signed on the strength of a passel of impressive songs. Their first album, Sittin’ In, was supposed to be a Loggins solo