Towers of Techno-Babble

Written by Jonathan Kalb on . Posted in Posts, Theater

through Aug. 1 at the Signature Theater, 555 W. 42nd St. (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.), 244-PLAY. Towers of Techno-Babble  The theater has a troubled relationship to new technology. Not that most of its practitioners are particularly conservative—quite the contrary—but there is an abiding conservatism in the form itself. The technical advances theaters have incorporated over the centuries, such as [&hellip
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Eyes Wide Shut’s Images

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

The Photographer’s Final Frames Every Stanley Kubrick movie came down to an image, or a set of them, searching for two things: its own meaning and an appropriate dramatic elaboration. The fact that both searches were, in any given film, seldom entirely successful has not diminished the power of his work; in fact, it has bolstered it, especially for those [&hellip
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Blair Witch’s Corruption

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

A Cinematic Wedgie “Kill it before it grows!” Bob Marley sang. I’m cringing at the puerile celebration of The Blair Witch Project. This home video by the Florida-based team Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez is the worst of this year’s movie offenses so far. Calling it a “movie” is a bothersome technicality (it’s been transferred to celluloid and is being [&hellip
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Pups

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

An Important Movie You May Never See We live in a time when independent cinema means midlevel studio pictures those studios can no longer be bothered to make; postmodern genre films that steal from other postmodern genre films; films about posers and street hoods and poser street hoods; films about people who just graduated from college and have to get [&hellip
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Blair Witch Scares

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Witch Reality Smart, low-budget and appealingly ragtag, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’s The Blair Witch Project is something I’ve been looking for for 20 years: a horror film that doesn’t depend on ostentatious gore or special effects. Relying on several unusual strategies for fright, it’s one of those films you’re sure to enjoy more the less you know about it [&hellip
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Kubrick: The First Film Nerd

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

After the July 11 screening  of Lolita, both the Museum of Modern Art and the Anthology Film Archives concluded their early career tributes to Stanley Kubrick. These mini-fests are part of what TheNew York Times has described as mounting expectation for this week’s opening of Eyes Wide Shut. But seeing Kubrick’s 1956 racetrack thriller The Killing for the first time [&hellip
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Tripping with Wilhelm Reich

Written by Alan Cabal on . Posted in Books, Posts

American Odyssey by Wilhelm Reich edited by Mary Boyd Higgins Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 453 pages, $27   Orgone Player In the course of my long sojourn on the fringes of our society, way out where the buses don’t run too often, I’ve occasionally come across adherents of the orgone theory of Wilhelm Reich. Not often, because they are [&hellip
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American Pie, Wild Wild West

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

American Pie directed by Paul and Chris Weitz Humor, Pink & Black American Pie brings new meaning to the phrase “coming of age,” and provides the South Park movie with its only serious competition for the title of Grossest Film of the Summer. A precision-tooled yuk (and yuck) machine designed to pander to teens and teens-at-heart, the film takes the subtext [&hellip
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