Archive for the ‘Film/TV/DVD’ Category

“Waiting for Uncle Maestro”

Monday, July 14th, 2014

In this short Michael Camoin film, Greg Aidala and Isabelle Camoin make beautiful music together on the “Play Me, I’m Yours” pianos that dot Albany’s downtown landscape through Saturday, July 27…

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“A Day in the Life of Phantogram”

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

A short, two-and-a-half-minute film by Miaken Christensen featuring the Nippertonian electro-pop duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter

Mass Live Arts in Great Barrington Offers Experimental Performance, Film, Art, July 7-26 [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, July 7th, 2014
Thank You for Coming by Faye Driscoll (photo:  Maria Baranova)

“Thank You for Coming” by Faye Driscoll (photo: Maria Baranova)

Mass Live Arts, a summer festival of contemporary and experimental performing arts, returns for its second year to Bard College at Simon’s Rock in the Berkshires, tonight (July 7) through July 26. This year’s festival presents three New England premieres of critically-acclaimed, new and remounted works by choreographer Faye Driscoll, theater artists Sibyl Kempson and Mike Iveson, Jr., along with two media based performances by director Phil Soltanoff.

In addition to works of live performance, this year’s offerings have been expanded to include a Monday night film series July 7, 14 & 21 of “The Bogeyman Trilogy” by seminal theater director Reza Abdoh (1963-1995), as well as a rotating gallery showcasing visual works by established American theater artists Andrew Schneider (of the Wooster Group), Anne Gridley and Nature Theater of Oklahoma. This year will also be the first of an annual benefit dance party on Sunday, July 20 to raise funds for year-round residencies to commission and develop large-scale new works.

Mass Live Arts 2014 takes place July 7-26 at the Daniel Arts Center [Bard College at Simon’s Rock] 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA 02130. Tickets are on sale now and range $10-30 with $150 all-inclusive Festival Passes.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

FILM: “Obvious Child”

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Film review by Pete Mason

When it comes to movies about abortion, options are limited. On one hand, there is “Vera Drake,” and while it was nominated for Best Picture in 2004, no one saw it. Then on the other hand, there is “Obvious Child,” the recent film starring Jenny Slate that takes a comedic yet serious look at having an abortion in present day. The movie does nothing to glamorize getting an abortion, and brings audience members to connect with Donna (Slate) as she deals with the events leading up to having the procedure.

The result of a one-night stand, Donna is pregnant, just dumped and working at a soon-to-close bookstore, and performs stand up comedy to small crowds. She hooks up with Max (Jake Lacy, from the last two seasons of “The Office” and calm and cool like his annex character) and tracing events back, realizes she is pregnant. Her economic and living situations do not bode well for her having a baby, and she moves towards her decision, weighing it all the while she waits a couple weeks before her appointment.

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Real Good for FREE: Music & Dance Films @ PS21, Chatham

Monday, June 16th, 2014

PS21 in Chatham is presenting a summer movie program of free music- and dance-themed films. The film series kicks off on Tuesday (June 17) and runs each Tuesday throughout the summer. In addition, PS21 also presents its Dancers and Dancemakers Film Festival as part of the Chatham Dance Festival from August 5-9. All films begin at 8:30pm in June and July and at 8pm. in August. Film screenings are free of charge and held under the tent at 2980 Route 66 in Chatham.

Here’s the complete schedule of PS21′s free music and dance films for 2014:

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“Dear Kitten”: Ze Frank Gets Friskie

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Yes, Nippertown is all about the dogs. Usually…

But in honor of Nippertown.com housecat Lola, we thought we’d share this fab shout-out to our feline friends.

And, yes, that’s former Nippertonian Ze Frank doing the narration. Don’t you wish all commercials were this good?

FILM: “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Review by Pete Mason

As the title indicates, there is time travel in this, the seventh X-Men film and fifth to feature the familiar cadre of mutants. But this film does something “X-Men: First Class” did not – it combined the cast from the first three X-Men movies and added them to the new, younger cast, through the benefit of time travel. At the start of this comprehensive movie, mutants and humans are under attack from sentinels, and sending Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) consciousness back to his 1973 self is the only way to prevent humanity and mutant-kind from being wiped out. Totally uncomplicated, too – no sarcasm intended, just remember these mutants have special powers and all will be well.

What has been regarded as one of the best X-Men comic storylines is written for the screen by Simon Kinberg and Jane Goldman and covers all the bases, without leaving a plot hole or gap in the progression, either in the dark future or in the past. Time travel is needed to prevent the rise of the sentinels, mutant-hunting machines that X-Men fans have been waiting years to see lifted off the pages of the comics. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) is the brains behind the sentinel program, and his death sets into motion a chain of events that leads to the dystopian future we are presented with in the beginning of the movie. Going back to prevent his death is the only way to change the future.

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Worth Watchin’

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Here are a few worthwhile music documentaries that you may have overlooked on Netflix Instant Watch:

“Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” (2011): The documentary follows the real-life rags-to-riches story of Arnel Pineda, who went from living on the streets of Manila to standing in the spotlight in front of thousands of adoring fans as the lead singer of the veteran rock band Journey. Yeah, I know what you’re thinkin’ – you hate Journey. But you might find yourself rooting for Pineda in spite of that.

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