INTERVIEW: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Johnny Van Zant on his new live recording with his brother

INTERVIEW: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Johnny Van Zant on his new live recording with his brother

The Van Zant family name is legendary in the history of music. From Lynyrd Skynyrd to 38 Special to a myriad of other groups, brothers Johnny, Donnie and the late Ronnie Van More »

NYAFF REVIEW: ‘What a Wonderful Family!’ looks at divorce later in life

NYAFF REVIEW: ‘What a Wonderful Family!’ looks at divorce later in life

What a Wonderful Family!, part of this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, is a comedic look at an older couple facing the prospects of a divorce. Shuzo (Isao Hashizume) plays the More »

INTERVIEW: Penny Lane explores life of charlatan doctor in new documentary

INTERVIEW: Penny Lane explores life of charlatan doctor in new documentary

Penny Lane, the filmmaker behind Our Nixon, has crafted an interesting new documentary about a strange and engaging man. J.R. Brinkley was a charlatan of the highest accord. He had several claims to More »

REVIEW: ‘Finding Dory’ follows beloved fish on journey to find her parents

REVIEW: ‘Finding Dory’ follows beloved fish on journey to find her parents

Finding Nemo still stands as one of the strongest entries in the storied history of Pixar. That animated classic follows Marlin (Albert Brooks), a frantic father, as he searches for his lost More »

NYAFF INTERVIEW: Stars of ‘Apocalypse Child’ open up on new surf drama

NYAFF INTERVIEW: Stars of ‘Apocalypse Child’ open up on new surf drama

Apocalypse Child, featured at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, is a moving portrait of characters trying to figure out life’s problems on the beautiful beaches of Baler, the heart of the More »

NYAFF REVIEW: ‘The Laundryman’ follows hitman plagued by victims’ ghosts

NYAFF REVIEW: ‘The Laundryman’ follows hitman plagued by victims’ ghosts

The Laundryman, from director Chung Lee, tells the story of a hitman who is having psychological and spiritual problems. After a day of killing and disposing of the body in an industrial More »

NYAFF REVIEW: ‘Bride for Rip Van Winkle’ features masterful performance from Haru Kuroki

NYAFF REVIEW: ‘Bride for Rip Van Winkle’ features masterful performance from Haru Kuroki

A Bride for Rip Van Winkle, a Japanese film playing the New York Asian Film Festival, features a masterful and nuanced performance from leading actress Haru Kuroki. Playing Nanami, a quiet and More »

NYAFF REVIEW: ‘The Priests’ follows horror rulebook with middling results

NYAFF REVIEW: ‘The Priests’ follows horror rulebook with middling results

The Priests, which is screening this week at the New York Asian Film Festival, struggles to spin a tale that is engaging and informative. The acting isn’t bad, and the writing can More »

 

INTERVIEW: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Johnny Van Zant on his new live recording with his brother

Brothers Donnie and Johnny Van Zant will release Red, White & Blue (Live) on Loud and Proud Records. Photo courtesy of Kristen Van-Zant.

Brothers Donnie and Johnny Van Zant will release Red, White & Blue (Live) on Loud and Proud Records. Photo courtesy of Kristen Van-Zant.

The Van Zant family name is legendary in the history of music. From Lynyrd Skynyrd to 38 Special to a myriad of other groups, brothers Johnny, Donnie and the late Ronnie Van Zant are considered the First Family of Southern Rock. And 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for the Van Zant family. Johnny continues to tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Johnny and Donnie are releasing a new live recording July 1 on Loud and Proud Records.

NYAFF REVIEW: ‘What a Wonderful Family!’ looks at divorce later in life

Kazuko Yoshiyuki and Isao Hashizume star in What a Wonderful Family! Photo: ©2016 "What a Wonderful Family!" Film Partners.

Kazuko Yoshiyuki and Isao Hashizume star in What a Wonderful Family! Photo: ©2016 “What a Wonderful Family!” Film Partners.

What a Wonderful Family!, part of this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, is a comedic look at an older couple facing the prospects of a divorce. Shuzo (Isao Hashizume) plays the patriarch of this family, and director Yoji Yamada centers most of the narrative on his character. He has been married to his wife, Tomiko (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) for 45 years, but she’s calling it quits because he doesn’t respect her and is a bit of a slob around the house. Their children, including a married son, married daughter and recently engaged son, call a family meeting to try and save the marriage.