Max von Sydow honored with wide-ranging BAM retrospective

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It’s a fool’s game to name the “best” or “greatest” in any artistic endeavor, but Max von Sydow certainly must be counted among the top actors in the history of movies for the scope and quality of the work he’s done over the past 60 years. I can’t think of another star who has so skillfully […] [Read More]

When BB battled MM for the sex goddess championship

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Marilyn Monroe’s increasing instability in the early 1960s can be attributed to many causes — soaring use of booze and pills, the final collapse of her marriage to Arthur Miller in 1961, contract disputes with the studio that made her a star (20th Century Fox). It’s possible Monroe also felt the pressure of aging out […] [Read More]

Sigur Ros, ‘Valtari’ & the rebirth of the (NSFW) music video

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With both the short film and the music video seemingly in decline, we all owe a debt to the Icelandic band Sigur Ros for trying to keep both forms alive. In connection with their most recent album, “Valtari,” the band commissioned short films from a wide array of directors, including John Cameron Mitchell and Alma […] [Read More]

‘Delights’: scenes from a great star’s life (and imagination)

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Ildiko Nemeth and her New Stage Theatre Company are presenting another beautiful puzzle of a theater piece — Fernando Arrabal’s “Garden of Delights” — at the Theater for the New City through Dec. 2. Nearly every piece of the puzzle is fascinating — and gorgeous to look at — but they don’t fit together in […] [Read More]

‘Holiday Buzz’: murder & a Greenwich Village coffeehouse

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Mystery readers who avoid and/or mock the “cozy” genre often cite what they see as the absurdity of amateur sleuths stumbling upon murder after murder in their otherwise idyllic communities. Cabot Cove, Maine — the setting for “Murder, She Wrote” — has a higher homicide rate than Manhattan, the critics cry, and the same goes […] [Read More]

Lincoln Center celebrates 40th anniverary of ‘Discreet Charm’

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Time flies even when you’re not having fun. It seems impossible that 40 years have passed since Luis Bunuel’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” opened but it’s true, and starting today the Film Society of Lincoln Center is celebrating the anniversary with a new 35mm print of the movie that has been booked for a seven-day […] [Read More]

‘Company’ DVD preserves New York concert performance

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As a small but significant number of people started to walk out of the Stephen Sondheim short film “Evening Primose” last week in Norwalk, it seemed to reinforce the notion of the composer-lyricist’s controversial position in the American musical theater. Although he has long been revered, Sondheim’s shows have never been taken to heart by […] [Read More]

‘Carols for a Cure’: no people like show people

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I have mixed feelings about the ever-increasing commercialization and exploitation of the Christmas holiday season — did you see where some chain stores will be starting “Black Friday” an evening early this year, thus reducing Thanksgiving to “Black Thursday”? There’s one holiday event I never seem to tire of — and that seems to have […] [Read More]

Rent it now: Is he crazy or is the world about to end?

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Michael Shannon has an extended breakdown in the 2011 independent film “Take Shelter” that is quite extraordinary and very painful to watch. The actor plays Curtis, a working class Ohio husband and father who begins to have hallucinations and dreams that slowly tear his well-ordered life to pieces. The man thinks friends and co-workers have […] [Read More]

‘Short Cuts’: A long lost Stephen Sondheim musical

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A technical monkey wrench led to the cancellation of the first “Short Cuts” screening of the new season at the Garden Cinemas in Norwalk last month. The programming was set — the Terrence McNally film “Andre’s Mother” and an Alan Bennett short “An Englishman Abroad” — when it became apparent on the night of the […] [Read More]