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La Notte (1961) Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni Easy to parody, impossible to replicate, what Andrew Sarris called “Antoniennui”—glamorous European movie stars composed in tableaux in front of brutalist architecture, speaking past each other in existential aphorisms—can be embraced as a Marxist-influence tract on the alienation of contemporary life or snorted at as chic pretention, equal and opposite visceral reactions to ambitious modern aesthetics which in either case and for better and worse say more about...
From the outside, Syndicated looks like an abandoned factory. Or, anyway, I walked by it twice, trying to find the restaurant, theater and bar at which I was about to watch Inherent Vice, Up In Smoke and Half Baked in a row, in honor of the day’s date: April 20, 2016. On the inside, there are high ceilings, an astonishing amount of natural light considering the deceptive exterior, and a marble countertop bar, which...
Few threads in the music industry are as much fun to tug as the one tied to the career of Jon Brion. At once a respected recording artist, influential producer, and award-winning film composer, Brion has assembled a collection of projects that would serve as the envy of a dozen Los Angeles musicians. He has produced albums by notable songwriters Fiona Apple and Elliott Smith, helped produce albums by mainstream juggernauts such as Kanye...
Far be it from us to tell you what to do with your weekend, but it's kind of our job to let you know when great stuff is happening in Brooklyn, so listen up: This Saturday, BAM is presenting Paul Thomas Anderson's amazing and strange Punch Drunk Love, starring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, with an outstanding turn by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Now, we know what you're thinking: BAM screens movies all the time. What's so...