Pina Returns to Brooklyn — Modern dance luminary Pina Bausch and her stalwart company of exceptional dancers, Tanztheater Wuppertal, made their New York debut in 1984 with the now-iconic double bill of Café Müller, a melancholic fever dream in which the dreamer, a sleepwalking woman, is trapped inside a congested, monochromatic restaurant, and The Rite of Spring, a voracious reinterpretation of Stravinsky’s original ballet, one that covers the stage in soil and sees its...
Glory is Fleeting, Obscurity is Forever — Bertrand Bonello, coming off his hyper-stylish Yves Saint Laurent biopic, presents Nocturama (2016), a provocative, hauntingly elegant portrait of terrorism in contemporary Paris. A group of young multiracial subversives commit a series of frighteningly calculated terror attacks under no clear ideology, symbolized by their torching of a Joan of Arc statue. Class differences aside, they’re of the same generation and similarly disgruntled, although it’s ambiguous who or what...
Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica were introduced by a mutual friend who told them they’d probably get along because they were basically the same person. A couple of guys about the same age, they both had small video production companies, both had a pretty similar sense of humor, and, as it turned out, they’re both obsessed with Star Trek and podcasts. At first as a joke, and then less and less as a...
One of the reasons so many actors’ careers seem like disappointments after winning an Oscar is that the award often bumps them into another pay grade, and suddenly character actors or former B-listers are receiving offers just as lucratively terrible as the biggest names in town. This goes double for women—or is it half? Great, mainstream roles for women over a certain age are still so rare, even with an Oscar, that a fair...
Do you ever have the thought, as you binge-watch a TV show, or listen to a song, or see a film, that, really, there’s something familiar about everything? That no matter how creative a melody, line, or surprise ending is, you’ve encountered some variation of it already—and yet, when done right, it feels like something special and new? That was my experience with the The Incredible Jessica James. On the surface, we’ve seen it before:...
At this point, most people are probably familiar—or at the very least, becoming familiar—with Kumail Nanjiani, the writer/star of The Big Sick, a movie seemingly destined to rule the summer, filling theaters around the country with a tailor-made whirlwind of laughs and tears. Everyone definitely knows Judd Apatow, the producer who directly worked with Nanjiani to put the film together, and also one of the most prolific and beloved comedy minds of the last...

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