To paraphrase the title of one of her records, Sharon Jones learned it the hard way. The life and times of the former corrections officer-turned-nonpareil soul singer are chronicled in Barbara Kopple’s Miss Sharon Jones!, which follows its subject as she records new music while battling cancer. Jones shared her Five Favorite Films with Rotten Tomatoes; perhaps not surprisingly, she’s got an affinity for musicals.
Bruce Lee got me to want to go see movies. We’d take the train in from Brooklyn to Times Square to go to the theater there. Back then, 42nd Street was a much different place but was still an entertainment destination.
I really liked the new Jungle Book movie. The animation was great and I loved seeing how that kid fit in with the animals. When I see animals around a watering hole now I think, “What are those animals saying?”
I really loved The Wiz with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. I remember hearing that Stephanie Mills, who played the part of Dorothy on Broadway, wound up not getting the part. They had to change a lot of the details for the story to make sense for Diana Ross — that’s what got me interested to go see it. And then to see Michael and all the other stars in it. It was also really amazing how they transformed New York City into the fantasy world of an urban Oz.