1. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) - “The Beatles are the greatest band in the world and John Lennon’s songs and their approach to changing pop music from sugar to very, very deep messages from ‘Revolution’ to what John Lennon was doing towards the end of The Beatles. And to achieve what they achieved in literally six years. They didn’t even hit 10 years. They were very impactful and for me, [this was their pinnacle] without question.”
After retiring from years of teaching at an elementary school and at the college level, Phyllis Goodfriend found a new life. She found photography. And she never looked back. Or stopped learning.
“I realized that photography was teaching me to see and that there was no limit to how much I could learn and develop as a photographer,” said Ms. Goodfriend, who along with her husband, Herbert, has lived in Great Neck for more than 43 years and raised their two sons in the community.
Dozens of moviegoers and indy film supporters gathered on Monday, Jan. 7 at the Anthology Film Archives in the East Village to review several movies at the First Mondays Film Committee’s Film Festival.
Among them was the short film, Love and the Small Print, a project that earned two local filmmakers a premiere spot at Cannes Film Festival last spring. It was also featured in two local festivals, The Big Apple Film Festival and the African American Women in Cinema Film Festival.
The year 2012 saw its share of studs and duds roll onto the silver screen, whether it was superheroes fighting to save humanity or a hired gun hell bent on killing every last loose end. Here’s a look at Anton Newspapers top movies of the year.
In Seth MacFarlane’s first live-action film, Ted brought laughs worthy of MacFarlane’s animated show Family Guy. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, whose teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane) comes to life and they become fast friends. Shenanigans rule this film and the friendship bond is tested when John’s girlfriend, Lori, wants Ted to move out.
Slasher films rarely make top lists, but this movie showcases smart filmmaking that shows, rather than tells, the story of five college students who spend a weekend in a cabin in the woods that holds more secrets than it cares to showcase. Chris Hemsworth leads a list of relative unknowns in battling whatever the cabin throws at them. The ultimate reveal is one to get a conversation going.
Not unlike noses, heartfelt opinions are something everyone has and when it comes to music, these beliefs are even more fervently embraced. There are sure to be readers who will vehemently disagree with my assertions, (“waddya mean this knucklehead didn’t include the Grizzly Bear album?”), but in my humble opinion, these are records that may have flown under the radar and more importantly, refute the assertion by music fanatics that nothing good is being recorded nowadays.
Various Artists – Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Amnesty International) – This 4-CD set was released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International and is just what you’d expect—a hodge-podge of artists delving into the canon of the only singer-songwriter whose legacy could measure up to that of this prestigious human rights organization. This big tent approach is such that there’s room for fellow icons (Johnny Cash, Patti Smith), punks (Rise Against, Bad Religion), pop day-trippers (Ke$ha, Miley Cyrus), rebels (Steve Earle, Tom Morello), folkies (Billy Bragg, Pete Seeger), divas (Adele, Bettye LaVette) and even the man himself. It’s a wonderful demonstration on how timeless and malleable Bob Dylan’s songs can be.
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