Sunday, June 15, 2014

UPDATE: War on Drugs, Woods, Julianna Barwick Playing 50 Kent Tonight, Tickets Still Available

Posted By on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 11:56 AM


It was a bummer when rain came and washed away Friday night's much anticipated Northside show featuring War on Drugs, Woods, and Julianna Barwick. It was crushing, even. But now here we are two days later, and it feels very much like it was a blessing in disguise. The show has been moved to tonight, effectively making today a strong contender for Best Day Ever, as you now have the chance to spend the first half of it at McCarren Park for the free CHVRCHES show before heading over to 50 Kent for a fitting, glorious end to the weekend. Set times are the same as they were for Friday, but the gates will now open at 6pm instead of 5pm. Tickets are available here.

Set times:

The War on Drugs 8:30pm
Woods 7:30pm
Julianna Barwick 6:45pm
Gates at 6pm


Friday, June 13, 2014

How to Trainwreck Your Dragon-Franchise

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

How to Train Your Dragon 2, the Dreamworks sequel to the hit animated film
How to Train Your Dragon, released back in 2010, was the great redeemer of DreamWorks Animation: the films that proved they could produce something roughly on par with the geniuses at Pixar (or at least maybe produce something better than the Cars movies? The vast majority of Pixar's movies are still vastly superior to Dragon). In a canny move, DreamWorks hired Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, who had worked on a number of Disney productions including the delightful Lilo & Stitch, to bring a fantasy book series to life. Their presence probably accounts for the tone of Dragon: kid-friendly and often funny, but never overeager (like so many DWA cartoons) to prove its adult-sensibility bona fides. It was also beautifully animated, mixing the animators' love of oblong heads and animal gestures into its dragon lore.

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The Rundown: 10 Things To See & Do This Week (June 14-21)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The Rundown
  • This weekend, head to Governor's Island for the 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party.

This week, we hit up the Northside Festival, take in art in Bed-Stuy and party like its 1929. Here are our must-do and must-see events:

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Italy's Cinematic Conscience: Marco Bellocchio

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Dormant Beauty, a film by Marco Bellocchio
With a career spanning half a century and delving into Italy’s thorniest legacies, Marco Bellocchio seems to embrace the potential, as melodramatic as it sounds, of being a country’s cinematic conscience. The tendency is vividly embodied by the multiple points of view in Dormant Beauty, which weaves stories around the moral (and media) conundrums in the right-to-life case of coma patient Eluana Englaro. Despite a premise that suggests a TV movie (a perhaps outdated term, its form replaced by instep-history documentary), there’s a sustained effort to plumb different levels of political awareness, personal insight, and even sanity. One protester (Alba Rohrwacher) falls for another, after a confrontation with his mentally unstable brother, their duties to political issues and familial obligation momentarily put in the background by the liberating flicker of attraction. That protester’s father, a senator (Toni Servillo), in turn presents a notably idealistic model of political service, weighing, behind the scenes, his principles and his debts.

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The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

Posted By , , , and on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Death in Venice, a film by Luchino Visconti, based on Thomas Manns book
Death in Venice (1971)
Directed by Luchino Visconti
Following the success of his X-rated Nazi melodrama The Damned, Viconti’s adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novella is significantly less explicit (it’s rated PG!) but no less decadent and disturbing. Dirk Bogarde stars as Gustav con Aschenbach, a creatively stunted composer vacationing in the titular city. When he spots a blond-haired, androgynous Polish boy at his hotel, he becomes obsessed. Aschenbach watches from afar at first, creeping slowly and steadily closer, never exchanging a single word with the boy and more or less disregarding the cholera epidemic that’s sweeping the city. In the era of streaming video, this movie still demands to be seen in a theater. Visconti’s cinemascope frames are rich with detail and a squirmy hypnosis emerges from the languid pacing, Mahler score, and Bogarde’s pitch-perfect disaffect. Zach Clark (Jun 11-13 at MoMA, part of its Auteurist History of Cinema series)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Download the Northside Festival App Now and Get Exclusive Access to the Best the Fest has to Offer!

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Download the Northside Festival app on your smart phone or tablet to fully experience Brooklyn’s largest gathering of innovators in music, film, and technology. From June 12-19 over 400 bands, 100 speakers, and 50 films will take over Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and with this app you don’t have to miss out on one!

The Northside Festival app has all you need to know about what New York’s largest discovery festival has to offer - the full musical lineup, info on all the films screening as well as short biographies of the innovators and entrepreneurs that will be taking part in the panels and presentations at Northside Innovation.

Not sure which show to go to on Thursday night? Simply pull out your smart phone and scroll through our artist index, as our app also provides attendees with access to listen and watch each of the musical artists that will be performing — as well as access to buy tickets.

Make the most of your experience. This year we’ve teamed up with MasterCard to deliver exclusive cardholder experiences at our events. You can receive special notifications at the festival, but only through the app.

Not the most geographically-savvy Brooklynite? Simply open the app to find the locations of the festivals many venues and cinemas, conveniently mapped out right on your phone along with the date, time and cost of each show. With this app even the most unorganized can schedule their perfect Northside Festival Day.

So Download the App now (it’s free!) and get ready for 8 days you won’t forget!


Friday, June 6, 2014

This is the Summer's Best Weekend for Movies For and By Women

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

The Fault in Our Stars movie
With the recent, last-minute departure of Jupiter Ascending from the summer movie schedule—it was supposed to come out July 18 and will now bow in February—the summer lost its only major wide release with a woman behind the camera, and that single director, Lana Wachowski, codirects with her brother Andy. I wrote a bit around this time last year about my ambiguous feelings toward the buzzword-level application of the Bechdel Test. It's just one test of many; one might start by combining the number of summer movies passing or likely to pass that test with the number of summer movies directed by or primarily starring women.

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The Rundown: Weekend Edition (June 7-June 14)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The Rundown
  • This Sunday as part of Radio Love Fest, BAM will host a screening of the Princess Bride.

Here are our must-do and must-see events this weekend:

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

4 Art Exhibits You Need to See

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The yet newish adjacent room, referenced below, at Parallel Art Space during the opening of their current show.
  • The yet newish adjacent room, referenced below, at Parallel Art Space during the opening of their current show.

A duo of fitting spatial farewells and another of rephrased reminders.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

Posted By , , and on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Coup Pour Coup, aka Blow for Blow, directed by Marin Karmitz
Coup pour coup (1972)
Directed by Marin Karmitz
The female workers of a Normandy textile mill—fed up with long hours and menial pay, and incensed by two coworkers’ firings—go on strike, occupy the complex, and kidnap their boss. Blow for Blow was made with a mixture of documentary and fictional narrative that presents real factory employees of varied age groups protesting the burdens placed on them as working-class women. "The events of May 1968 led many French artists and intellectuals to question themselves," the filmmaker, producer, and distributor Karmitz (of MK2) writes by email. "We wondered how to give voices to our country's voiceless people, including the thousands of female textile factory workers who went on strike for the first time in the 1970s and faced great challenges for doing so. I chronicled some of the strikes as a press photographer and then, fascinated by what I had seen, made Coup pour coup based on these brave women's experiences. Their story continues to move me; even with a different situation for workers in the world's wealthy countries today, the rights they fought for are still necessary." Aaron Cutler (Jun 6, 9 at MoMA, part of its MK2 series)

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Obama As the New Nixon: On Night Moves and the Films of Kelly Reichardt

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Jesse Eisenberg in Kelly Reichardt and Jon Raymonds movie Night Moves
The director Kelly Reichardt, with her writing partner Jon Raymond, makes movies that capture the cultural moment. Since 2006's Old Joy, the filmmakers have fashioned 21st-century specific political parables, tracing the historical arc of the Bush years and their transition into the Obama era, with which they grapple in their latest, Night Moves (opening today).

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The Rundown: Weekend Edition (May 31-Jun. 7)

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM

The Rundown
  • This week, Falconworks Artists Group and the Red Hook Theater will stage eight performances of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

This week, art rules everything, auctions make a quotidien comeback and Sundance comes to Brooklyn. Here are our must-do and must-see events:

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A Million Ways to Die in the West, But Only a Few Ways to Laugh

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

A Million Ways to Die in the West, a Seth MacFarlane movie
  • It's a metaphor for his comedy style
When Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West opens with lush theme music, gorgeous shots of the desert, and a top-notch credit font, it conjures the brief hope that the Family Guy creator and Ted cowriter/director has found a way to redirect his vast pop-culture free-association into the realm of genre parody, not just non-sequitur referencing. Even without going full-on Blazing Saddles (what can or does?), the movie has a sharper comic hook than Ted's. (The logline, in case you forgot it: what if a teddy bear came to life and acted like a Seth MacFarlane character?) MacFarlane himself stars as Albert, a sheep farmer in the Old West who treats his surroundings with a half-terrified, half-amused hostility. Albert does not like his environment at all: the shoddy medical care, the hair-trigger tempers (and triggers), basically all the different ways you can get killed living at this time in American history. Essentially, he's playing the Early Woody Allen role: the coward who finds himself in a genre picture, squirming and wisecracking his way toward heroism.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Singeth the Raven "Nevermore"

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM

The Raven, a new vocal work by Toshio Hosokawa, based on the Poe poem, presented by Gotham Chamber Opera
  • Jim Dine
I didn't even know there would be another piece of music. The main attraction in last night's program at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater was The Raven, a relatively short new vocal work by Toshio Hosokawa based on the Poe poem, part of the New York Philharmonic's Biennial celebration (presented by Gotham Chamber Opera). But it was overshadowed by the work that preceded it, Andre Caplet's nonvocal Conte fantastique: Le Masque de la Mort rouge, also after an Edgar Allan work.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Elena and the Healing Power of Time

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Elena, a movie directed by Petra Costa
An homage to the beloved older sister cowriter-director Petra Costa lost when she was 7-years-old, Elena is a detailed anatomy of grief—and a poetic tribute to life, love, and the transformative power of art. Costa combines family video, photos and testimonials from her sister with new footage of herself and New York, the city where she retraces the contours of Elena’s life and explores its effect on her own. Her entrancing, beautiful footage frequently features blurred images, soft colors, slow pans, and slow motion. The images of water set the stage for her concluding metaphor for the healing power of time: “Little by little, the pain turns to water, becomes memory.”

Opens Friday, May 30, at the IFC Center

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The Multiverse On Stage: the food was terrible

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 11:52 AM

"I was at your daughter's wake," a customer tells a bartender dozens of times in this fascinating and unusual play (through Saturday), each time reading it a little differently, maybe cutting it off in the middle, eliciting a variety of responses—about the food, the flowers, the nature of verbal communication—that approach the infinite, from fuck off to full engagement.

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The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

Posted By , , and on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 11:10 AM

The Authentic Trial of Carl Emmanuel Jung, a film directed by Marcel Hanoun
The Authentic Trial of Carl Emmanuel Jung (1967)
Directed by Marcel Hanoun
Hanoun's film imagines a quiet family man (played by Maurice Poullenot) brought to trial for 20-year-old war crimes. Witnesses stand in abstract space and speak about torture and annihilation without naming parties or races; the final judgment is left to the viewer. “When I first saw color documentaries about the Nazi concentration camps, the powerful reality that they depicted made me want to hide and die,” the actress Lucienne Deschamps, a frequent collaborator of the late filmmaker, writes by email. “Marcel went a different way. What makes The Authentic Trial so special to me has to do with how he develops a new language to speak about the unspeakable. He offers us testimonies that are precisely descriptive but never synchronized, off-center compositions, and metonymic objects and places that carry symbolic weight. Most of all, he gives us space to imagine what lies beyond the film’s very beautiful black-and-white frames.” Aaron Cutler (May 30, Jun 5 at Anthology, part of its Hanoun retrospective)

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Normal Heart: The Play vs. the HBO Movie

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM

The Normal Heart, an HBO movie starring Mark Ruffalo, based on the play by Larry Kramer
When The Normal Heart debuted in 1985, it was supposed to break your fucking heart. Larry Kramer's drama chronicled very real, recent and still-raw history: the gay community's battle with AIDS, the founding of the Gay Men's Health Crisis, and the widespread indifference from the powers-that-be in the straight institutions that control the world. He wanted to get you engaged, get you enraged, get you up out of your seat and out into the street to join in the fight in whatever capacity possible. To that end, he emotionally manipulated the hell out of you; I mean, there's a deathbed wedding, fer chrissakes. But his scheming feels rooted in the real, and rooted in good cause, so you not only forgive him for what he's done—you ask him for more.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Before Bedtime: Are Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore the Mass-Market Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy?

Posted By on Fri, May 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler in the movie Blended
  • "This is what we should do. You should get off the plane with me here in South Africa, and come check out the resort." "What?" "Come on. It'll be fun. Come on."
Blended, the new Adam Sandler comedy, opens this weekend opposite the heavily hyped juggernaut-to-be X-Men: Days of Future Past. Despite the attention that will be paid to the mutant team, and despite a lack of encouraging reviews or good trailers, Blended will in all likelihood quietly gross $100 million or so over the next few weeks, because, with only a handful of exceptions, that's what Adam Sandler comedies do. Once in a while, Sandler goes out on a limb with some weird, off-putting shtick that recalls his wilder days; mostly, though, it's surprisingly lucrative domestication at the approximate level of a CBS sitcom.

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The Rundown: 10 Things To See & Do This Week (May 24-31)

Posted By on Fri, May 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The Rundown
  • The Brooklyn Navy Yard's Brooklyn Grange, the country's largest rooftop garden, will co-host a screening of rural short films in collaboration with the Rooftop Films festival.

This week we chow down on some crawfish, Louisiana-style, expand our minds at two film festivals and drink ourselves silly on beer and wine. Here are our must-do and must-see events:

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