Day: September 17, 2023

Best-bets for Sept. 19: “Frida” starts, “Talent” nears finish

1) “America’s Got Talent,” 8-10 p.m., NBC. It’s time to fill the last spots in next week’s finals. Tonight’s contestants come from Russian Japan, Brazil, South Korea and Tanzania. They range from a 7-year-old dancer to a 61-year-old magician. There’s another magician, a dance group, an acrobat duo and a hula hoop aerialist, plus three solo singers, a duo (Trailer Flowers, shown here) and a chorus. Viewers will vote; on Wednesday, at least two acts will learn they’re in the finals. Read more…

“Theater Camp”: indie filmmaking at its best

I’ve never been to theater camp and never really done theater.
(That’s assuming you don’t count two nights in a small-town Wisconsin high school. You shouldn’t.)
Still, I love “Theater Camp” (shown here), the movie that just reached Hulu. It reminds us just how good an independent film can be.
Indie movies are often made with a shortage of money and an excess of wit and skill. They’re where Greta Gerwig started (with “Lady Bird” and such) before “Little Women” and “Barbie”; where Jennifer Lawrence showed her talent (with the wonderful “Winter’s Bone”) before becoming a superstar; where Wes Anderson remains, through “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Asteroid City” and more. Read more…