AJFF Recommends: What to Watch in September

09/5/2018

A country star's story told, a comedy superstar remembered, a classic about a never-ending day, a former AJFF pick, and more in this month's edition. 

In Theatres

Blaze
This biographical drama, directed by Ethan Hawke and based on the life of country musician Blaze Foley, is adapted from the novel Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze by Sybil Rosen, Blaze's muse, who also wrote the screenplay with Hawke. The film, ranging over three periods of time, examines the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement and his romance with Rosen, whom he called, “a beautiful little Jewish girl with kinky hair.”

Love, Gilda
Recently premiered as the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival and introduced by Tina Fey, the film offers rare insight into the life and career of Gilda Radner through diaries, audiotapes, videotapes and testimonies from friends and colleagues.

Video on Demand 

Groundhog Day 
Harold Ramis, noted actor, director, writer and comedian, compared his 1993 work to the Torah noting, "One reason Jews respond to the idea is that the Torah is read every year — you start at the same place on the same day," he said. "The Torah doesn't change, but every year we read it we are different. Our lives have changed … and you find new meaning in it as we change."

DVD & Blu-Ray

The Pickle Recipe
This crowd-pleasing family comedy, co-starring comedian Jon Dore, Oscar-nominee David Paymer, and Sex and the City actress Lynn Cohen about a cash-strapped party emcee and his conniving uncle scheming to steal a secret family recipe, delighted audiences of the 2017 AJFF. AJFF also welcomed Sheldon Cohn, the film's writer and producer and Michael Manasseri, the director and producer of the film for select screenings that year.

Ghost Stories
Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, friends who bonded at Jewish summer camp at age of 15 over their love of horror films, adapted their critically acclaimed stage play of the same name. Variety calls the film, starring Martin Freeman, a "cleverly atmospheric creeper." In the film, Professor Phillip Goodman (Freeman), psychologist and skeptic, has his rationality tested to the hilt when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three terrifying hauntings. Shaken by what he reads, Goodman embarks on a mission to find rational explanations for these ghostly stories.