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As if our penchant for 90s nostalgia hadn’t already reached critical mass, Williamsburg will play host to some of the decade’s most gushy pop bands, hip-hop acts and bleeding-heart songwriters this September during 90’s Fest. You’ll have a chance to see the likes of Smash Mouth, Blind Melon, Lisa Loeb and Coolio (Coolio!) if you so desire a ticket to the festival September 12th. There’s even a surprise act on deck for the festival’s lineup,...
One of the earliest works of non-graffiti to consider graffiti as an art form is Manfred Kirchheimer's 1981 film Stations of the Elevated, which opens today at BAM and will run through October 23. Filmed in the late 1970s on 16mm color reversal film, its 45 minutes are a gentle, lyrical meditation on the way the city used to look and feel, with brightly painted train cars rolling back and forth across the screen...
The worst thing about Friends isn't the laugh track, or the canned storylines, or the impossible West Village apartment. It's not even the fact that six twenty-somethings in New York City never go to a bar, and instead sit around at sort of a shitty open mic night for ten years. No, the worst part of Friends is that it won't go away. In fact, in celebration of the twentieth year of Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Chandler,...
In Jesse Zwick's About Alex, in theaters today, a character played by Aubrey Plaza points out that she is in a situation that’s "like one of those eighties movies" about a group of once-close friends reuniting. It's meant as a wink to the familiarity of the movie’s set-up, I guess, or commentary on current twentysomething self-consciousness, or both. But that bit of self-referentiality is really a drastic underselling. About Alex is almost exactly like...