Woody Allen was back in the news this past weekend, and it wasn’t because his latest film Wonder Wheel closed the 2017 edition of the New York Film Festival. Rather, he made some headlines when the BBC reported his comments on the emerging litany of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who produced some of Allen’s past films. While Allen said that the situation “very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that...
How has Richard Linklater never made a road movie before Last Flag Flying? Linklater is insanely productive and his movies often luxuriate in either observations of human interaction (the Before trilogy; Dazed and Confused; Everybody Wants Some!! and many more), exactly the kind of vibe that could benefit a road trip focused on characters rather than antics. Last Flag Flying feels like a vintage Linklater project in other, more left-field ways: As a kinda-sorta-not-really...
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...
Just about every part of The Deuce, HBO’s new flagship drama that premiered this weekend, has the feel of an Oscar-level movie. Between a star-studded cast headlined by James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the lightning-sharp dialogue typical of David Simon and George Pelecanos, and the massive-scale recreation of the scumminess of 1971 Times Square,  The Deuce has a cinematic vibe from top to bottom. Simon and Pelecanos, who previously teamed together on HBO’s Tremé and...
Summertearz — Swedish electronic-pop band Little Dragon have been active since 1996, performing while its three founding members were still in high school no less. They eventually took their bouncy, modal beats in a darker direction, constructing cavernous, driving tracks that carry the soft, idiosyncratic lilt of lead vocalist Yukimi Nagano’s yearning lyrics away into the lightly distorted digital ether that awaits the end of most songs. While they’ve gradually rose in popularity since...
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...

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