Archive for the ‘Movies, Videos, DVDs’ Category

Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws and Angels

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Willie Nelson, “What’ll I Do?”

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Willie Nelson covers the Irving Berlin classic “What’ll I do”. Filmed over a couple Chartertech Films field trips to Texas and edited at our Chartertech High School for the Performing Arts studio in NJ with the help of Matthew Verderose and other contributors.

Directed by David Von Roehm, produced by Luck Films – Willie Nelson, John Good, Kerry Wallum, Scott McCauley.

“Songwriter” with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

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by: Jason Shawhan

Songwriter Is the Best Movie About Country Music — See It Monday at the Belcourt

The 1984 Kris Kristofferson/Willie Nelson film screens July 3 as part of Music City Mondays

Alan Rudolph’s Songwriter is one of the 10 best films ever made. It’s a musical that’s big on diegesis, a heist caper, a rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches epic, a whiskey-soaked and bawdy picaresque, and a deeply funny meditation on trying to leave your mark on a world that’s passing you by. There have been a lot of great films made on those subjects and circumstances, but Songwriter is a movie I love like family.

Most folks who still have chips on their shoulders about Altman’s Nashville don’t even acknowledge this film, as Songwriter’s portrayal of Nashville reduces it to a business center where art is an afterthought. Indeed, other than some second-unit shots, Austin, Texas, plays the part of Nashville as needed. And while Nashville remains the best film ever made about America, Songwriter is both the best movie about the mechanics of country music, and the best movie made by country musicians. Some aspects of the biz never change, and it’s in recontextualizing a lot of the hokier, traditional narrative elements that Rudolph and the cast make something truly special. 

Doc (Willie Nelson), caught on the horns of a bad deal, calls upon his old friend Blackie Buck (Kris Kristofferson) to unleash a caper of ’70s-thriller intricacy and ’80s-success-porn scope. Along the way, scores get settled, fortunes are won and lost, careers end with a whimper and launch with fireworks, and just about everybody has two or three killer songs. It’s awesome. Everybody loves Willie as a character actor, but here he really gets to put it all out there, the shaky swagger and the eternal humanist in an uneasy balance. 

Nelson’s then-manager Bud Shrake evolved the screenplay along the emotional and financial roller coaster that Nelson was going through at the time, and the end result is a film that anybody who’s been on the business end of a terrible deal can relate to. When he sings “Who’ll Buy My Memories” to Melinda Dillon — who brings heart and soul to the role of “the ex-wife” that could have been wallpaper in the wrong hands — it’s as devastating a moment as movies can give.

And damned if Kristofferson isn’t just as good, drinking and sexing his way across the country with a smile and a panoply of hits. The two together make a comic duo of irresistible goofy charm — Beckett via vaudeville — and they find the breezy in the brutal just as easily as they find the harsh in the hilarious. The rest of the supporting cast fits into this world effortlessly, with Lesley Ann Warren as ingenue/next big thing, Rip Torn as Machiavellian promoter and Richard Sarafian as the corrupt business honcho Rodeo Rocky. All take no prisoners with their performances.

What ultimately makes Songwriter the best film about country music, and the one I will recommend to anybody and everybody for as long as I live, is that you don’t have to give a shit about country music to love it. Really, you don’t. This is a textually rich film, one that gets better and funnier with each viewing. But if you love country music and the people who make it, there’s not going to be another movie that scratches those itches like this one does.

This day in Willie Nelson history, “Country Bears Movie” released (July 21, 2002)

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

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On July 21, 2002, the movie, “The Country Bears” was released.

Like other celebrated rock-and-roll groups, the members of the legendary group the Country Bears were torn apart by the perils of their own success: ego, jealousy, and a little too much honey. The story of how eager young fan Beary Barrington can convince the bitter ex-members of the rock band to put aside their differences and perform a benefit concert to save Country Bear Hall, the legendary venue where the band got its start.
Initial release: July 21, 2002
Director: Peter Hastings

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Willie Nelson at Eric Clapton Guitar Crossroads Festival 2007

Sunday, June 17th, 2018


The second Crossroads Guitar Festival, a daylong concert featuring legendary music and collaborations, was held on July 28, 2007 to benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. This 2-disc DVD is the follow-up to 2004 s certified eight-time platinum DVD Crossroads Guitar Festival. The festival displayed a wide range of styles from rock to blues to country and featured myriad artists including the infamous Eric Clapton. Highlights include Clapton regrouping with Blind Faith band mate Steve Winwood, a virtuosic instrumental set from Jeff Beck, Vince Gill performing along with Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson, and much more. Over four hours of material featuring the world s greatest guitar players is presented in 5.1 Dolby surround sound. Royalties from the sale will go to benefit Crossroads Centre, Antigua.

 

“Beer for My Horses”, with Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, streamed on Hulu

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

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“Beer for My Horses”, movie based on song written by Toby Keith and Scott Emmerick, and featuring Willie Nelson, will be added to Hulu streaming service this summer, this month, I think.  I think the video was as good as the movie, but the movie is fun to watch, too. Willie usually sings the song in concert, both parts. When Toby Keith performed the song at his concerts, he would show a video of Willie Nelson singing his part on a movie screen behind him.

Enjoy the video

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the real star in remake of “A Star Is Born”

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

A Star Is Born is an upcoming American musical romantic drama film directed by Bradley Cooper and written by Will Fetters, Cooper and Eric Roth.
A remake of the 1937 film of the same name, it stars Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, and Dave Chappelle.

Warner Bros. Pictures has scheduled the release for October 5, 2018.

It marks the third English remake of the original 1937 film (starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March), which was adapted for a 1954 musical (starring Judy Garland and James Mason), and the subsequent 1976 rock musical (starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson).

The Plot

Country music star Jackson Maine discovers an unknown but talented singer named Ally. As her career quickly takes off, Jackson starts to realize that his best days may be behind him.

The Cast

Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine
Lady Gaga as Ally
Sam Elliott as Bobby,[1] the benevolent manager to Jackson and Ally
Andrew Dice Clay as Lorenzo,[1] Ally’s father
Dave Chappelle as Noodles[3]
Rebecca Field
Michael Harney as Wolfe, a limo driver
Rafi Gavron as Rez, a music producer
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real as Jackson’s band
Shangela Laquifa Wadley[4]
Willam Belli as Emerald
Anthony Ramos as Ramon
Halsey as herself

Filming on the movie began on April 17, 2017.  In May, Dave Chappelle was cast in the film.

After seeing him perform at Desert Trip festival, Cooper approached Lukas Nelson (son of country music legend Willie Nelson) and asked him to help work on the film. Nelson agreed and wrote several songs, which he sent to the producers.   Nelson subsequently met Lady Gaga and began writing songs with her and she, in turn, provided backing vocals on two tracks on his self-titled 2017 album.

Marketing
The first trailer was released on June 6, 2018.[21]

Release

A Star Is Born is scheduled to be released on October 5, 2018 by Warner Bros. Pictures.

This Day in Willie Nelson History: US Festival (June 4, 1983)

Monday, June 4th, 2018

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THe US Festival was held over two weekends in 1982 and 1983. Steve Wozniak co founder of Apple Computer, funded the concerts and accompanying technology exposition, as well as the construction of a brand-new outdoor venue in Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernadino, CA. Nearly every musical genre was represented by bands as diverse as U2, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Ozzy Osbourne, Waylon Jennings, Van Halen, The Police and The Clash. Over the combined seven days of the festival, more than one million people passed through the entrance gates.

June 4, 1983, was “Country Day” at the US Festival, and the headliner was none other than the legendary Willie Nelson. Featuring many of his best-loved songs and greatest hits, this concert showcases the country music superstar.

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Woody Harrelson’s “Lost in London” Movie on Netflix, featuring Willie Nelson, Owen Wilson

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Netflix is broadcasting Woody Harrelson’s movie, “Lost in London”, originally streamed live on January 19, 2017.    The movie was broadcast as it was being filmed.

News article about show when it aired:

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DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Academy Award® nominated actor Woody Harrelson will direct and star in an unprecedented live feature film event, “Lost in London LIVE,” on January 19, 2017. Harrelson, who wrote the feature film “Lost in London,” will also co-star with Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson. Ken Kao of Waypoint Entertainment will produce alongside Harrelson. This first-of-its-kind film event will screen live in U.S. movie theaters, giving audiences the unique opportunity to watch a film shot in real time.

Loosely based on a crazy night full of real-life events, “Lost in London” follows Harrelson, playing himself, as he struggles to get home to his family. Run-ins with royalty, old friends and the law all seem to conspire to keep Harrelson from succeeding.

“I’ve always loved theatre and film and wanted to find the best way to merge the two. When I decided to shoot this in real time I realized it wasn’t quite like true theatre because the one piece missing was a live audience. By broadcasting the film live as its being shot I hope to truly blend the excitement of live theater with the scale and scope of film,” said Harrelson.

This Day in Willie Nelson History: Stagecoach (May 18, 1986)

Friday, May 18th, 2018

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On May 18, 1986, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings appear in a CBS-TV remake of the western movie “Stagecoach,” along with June Carter, John Schneider, John Carter Cash, Jessi Colter, David Allan Coe and Billy Swan.

This movie stars Willie Nelson, and his Highwaymen buddies, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. Great soundtrack, lots of Trigger playing throughout. Willie sings the title song, which he wrote with David Alan Coe, who also is in the movie, along with June Carter and other faces you will recognize.

Willie Nelson plays Doc Holiday. The movie has some of the best/worst movie lines ever:

Willie: “Is that the deck you play with?”

Waylon: “One of them.”

Willie: “May I see it, please? I must say, I admire your guts.”

Waylon: “Does that mean you wouldn’t play cards with me?”

Willie: “That means I’d shoot you on sight.”

Kris: Where ya headed?

Dallas: “I knew the answer to that when I was about 14. Then I hit 15 and I ran head onto that thing called reality. And I been walking with a lantern ever since.”

Waylon: “Don’t light that.”

Willie: “Did you say something?”

Waylon: “A gentleman doesn’t smoke in the presence of a lady”

Willie: “I wouldn’t like to think that you are implying that I am anything less. I may be, you understand, but I just wouldn’t want to hear you say it.”

Willie: “And what are you looking at, friend?”

Man: “That’s a filthy habit, smoking, just filthy.”

Willie: “I have a lot of filthy habits. Most of them I find very enjoyable”

Man: “Don’t you have any good habits.”

Willie: “You mean something that can be admired, and held up to a child as a good example?”

Man: “Yes, something like that.”

Willie: “No sir. Children despise that. There’s nothing a child despises more than a good example.”

 

June Carter to Willie (when he drinks a shot of whiskey): “Did you eat?”

Willie: “I ate a lot when I was young.”

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Thursday, May 17th, 2018

“Starlight” with Willie Nelson, Rae Dawn Chong

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Adrianna is a beautiful alien woman who has come to Earth in search of a half alien man. She needs him to help her defeat the evil alien Pallas, who himself is out to kill her.

Director: Jonathon Kay
Writer: Jonathon Kay (screenplay)

Stars: Rae Dawn Chong, Billy Wirth, Willie Nelson

 See full cast & crew »

Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sharing this poster picture; a Willie Nelson movie I’ve ever seen.

Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon, “Loving You Was Easier Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again”

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

“Paradox” the movie, with Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Willie Nelson cameo and great original music

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Just finally watched “Paradox”, Neil Young and Daryl Hannah’s movie, streaming live now on Netflix.   Neil, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real star in the movie, with opening narration and a cameo with Willie Nelson.   I loved it. I’m going to watch it again now. The music is so beautiful.

Willie and Neil commit a crime.

It has everything you really want in a movie;  loose plot line that keeps you thinking; Willie Nelson narrating, great music by Neil Young and Promise of the Real, handsome cowboys; Particle Kid Lukas Autry Nelson Tato Melgar Anthony Lo Corey McCormick. Willie and Neil commit a crime together, Neil rides a dog sled in the show,  message about saving seeds, lots of music, beautiful scenery, funny dialogue, poker, tipis, partial nudity, best cover of Willie Nelson’s Angel Flying Too Close to the Sun you’ll ever here, Micah playing Neil’s organ; Tato taking a bath,  double outhouse scenes.  Like I said, everything.

I don’t know how long it will be streaming, but watch it if you can, get the soundtrack. You’ll thank me later.

Willie Nelson and the Supertroopers #supertroopers2

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018