February Off-Broadway Roundup

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

collision-russrowland As the temperatures continue to dip below freezing and Broadway holds off on its heavy-hitters for spring, Off-Broadway theaters continue to mount interesting work. I review a few of them below. Bodega Bay Elisabeth Karlin’s play is an oddly comic hybrid of Flirting with Disaster and Winter’s Bone. Louise (Susan Louise O’Connor), is essentially an [&hellip
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Now Take Them Out, Devils: My Bloody Valentine Released First Album in 22 Years—It’s Awesome

Written by Simon Lazarus Vasta on . Posted in Arts & Film, Music

My_Bloody_Valentine_-_MBV Last Saturday, while the Internet was busy minding its own business, the My Bloody Valentine Facebook page issued this short missive: “We are preparing to go live with the new album/website this evening. We will make an announcement as soon as its up.” Then, at 23:58 Greenwich Mean Time, www.mybloodyvalentine.org burst into existence, accompanied by m [&hellip
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Number One With a Bullet

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

AN EXCLUSIVE CITYARTS CRITICS DISCUSSION OF WALTER HILL’S COMEBACK Bullet to the Head is an event. It is director Walter Hill’s first theatrical film since 2002’s Undisputed and the most meaningful Sylvester Stallone acting vehicle since Rocky. On this occasion, I discuss the significance of Bullet to the Head with CityArts film critic Gregory Solman, [&hellip
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At Cinema’s Crossroads

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

HELLO, WALTER HILL. GOOD RIDDANCE TO SODERBERGH This week, America’s most overrated filmmaker, Steven Soderbergh, gets booted out of the arena by the country’s most underrated great filmmaker, Walter Hill. The simultaneous release of Hill’s Bullet to the Head and Soderbergh’s Side Effects perfectly contrasts the art of genre filmmaking with the pretense of art [&hellip
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Frack You!

Written by City Arts on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

‘FRACKNATION’ DEBATES THE GREENSHIRTS—AND WINS By Gregory Solman In Fracknation, Irish investigative journalist Phelim McAleer finds a combustible metaphor for the contrived controversy of hydraulic fracturing in the footage of the Sautner family hustlers of Pennsylvania. McAleer couldn’t politely interview the couple without Craig threatening a lawsuit (apparently emboldened by the radical National Resources Defense [&hellip
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Frick or Frack?

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

VAN SANT AND DAMON’S PROMISED PROPAGANDA Gus Van Sant must really be out of imagination (or horniness) to make the drab, politically slanted Promised Land. That’s two phony films in a row for Gus, following the 2010 Restless. Promised Land takes on the fracking controversy about drilling for gas in underground shale deposits, using Gus’ [&hellip
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Graceland: Martin Moran in ‘All the Rage’

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

all the rage 1 Martin Moran continues searching for himself in his one-man show ‘All the Rage’ Of all the many hard-hitting statements made by Martin Moran in All the Rage, the life-affirming one-man show authored by and starring the performer and which opened last night at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, one statement stood out among his descriptions [&hellip
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How Do You Pronounce Quvenzhané?

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

How-Do-You-Pronounce-Quvenzhane600 Celebrated indie film ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ confuses pandering with empathy In answer to the above question, “pickaninny” would be a viable option. Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, from the film Beasts of the Southern Wild, has become the youngest person ever nominated for a lead-actor Academy Award but not because her untrained performance is extraordinary acting; it’s [&hellip
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In Which They Serve

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

Photo by Tristan Fuge ‘The Steadfast’ looks at those who gave all For all the talk of war – which conflicts in which the United States should be engaged, what rules apply to which groups of people who can and cannot serve – it is often easy for those of us sitting at a remove from the battlefield to [&hellip
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A New Medical Drama the Doctor Ordered

Written by NY Press on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, TV, West Side Spirit

Actor Jamie Bamber on his new role as a surgeon on TNT’s Monday Mornings By Angela Barbuti Jamie Bamber still enjoys a cadre of loyal fans from his Battlestar Galactica days. “It’s an extraordinary thing, what happened with Battlestar. People are still discovering that show online every single day,” Bamber said of the popular sci-fi [&hellip
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