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Voices from the Black Box

Voices from the Black Box

Courtesy of Collective: Unconscious R to L: Nora Woolley, Irving Gregory, Sam Zuckerman and Patrick Daniels. BY TRAV S.D.  (travsd.wordpress.com)  |  “Charlie Victor Romeo” may be the most cost-effective disaster movie ever made. Longtime Downtown theatre fans are well familiar with this pocket-sized but ambitious show, which started at Collective: Unconscious’s tiny Ludlow Street storefront theatre […]

Silver Screen Gold Medals

Silver Screen Gold Medals

From blockbusters to auteurs, 2013 delivered BY SEAN EGAN  |  From a smattering of quality indie pictures to some big-budget spectacles to new work from celebrated auteurs and prestige pictures that actually delivered, there was something for everyone in 2013. The films were of generally high quality this year, making “best of” picks more a matter […]

Just Do Art

Just Do Art

Firewalkers: The Pink Room returns on Oct. 30, with another David Lynch-themed night of burlesque.   THE PINK ROOM: DAVID LYNCH BURLESQUE Recent Internet whispers of a new network (or Netflix) life for the still-influential David Lynch/Mark Frost TV series “Twin Peaks” proved to be little more than wishful thinking. The good news? The next best […]

‘Groundhog Day’ by way of ghost story

‘Groundhog Day’ by way of ghost story

Abigail Breslin is trapped in her house in the twisty (and twisted) ghost story, “Haunter.” PHOTO COURTESY OF IFC MIDNIGHT BY SEAN EGAN  |  In most haunted house movies the ghost isn’t the hero. But the Vincenzo Natali’s “Haunter” isn’t like most haunted house movies. Lisa, the moody, goth-y heroine of the film, is an […]

“We Are” serves up gore, and food for thought

“We Are” serves up gore, and food for thought

Photo courtesy of the filmmakers & distributor Julia Garner and Ambyr Childers star as sisters with a dark secret, in “We Are What We Are.” Mickle’s remake a rare horror film for adults BY SEAN EGAN  | Jim Mickle’s newest feature, “We Are What We Are,” is a strange and contradictory beast. Though ostensibly a horror […]

Out of the slums and into the fire

Out of the slums and into the fire

  Photo by Devlin Shand Lake Michigan’s northern shore isn’t the paradise Tiago (center) thought it would be. Complicated characters & surprising developments anchor ‘Peninsula’ BY LILLIAN MEREDITH  |  In the dubious first moments of the otherwise terrific “Peninsula,” the audience is introduced to Tiago, a beautiful Brazilian man, suspended under water. We know he’s […]

‘Army’ a blast, from protests past

‘Army’ a blast, from protests past

Photos by Rodolfo Abularach The gang’s all here: a cast of 35 swells the ranks of “The Bonus Army.” Judson Arts’ immersive “environmental theatre” production of David Epstein’s classic 1976 American protest musical boasts a cast of 35, a rousing score and lyrics by four-time Obie-winning composer Al Carmines and a wealth of social, economic […]

‘Zipper’ stops short at exposing the whole story

‘Zipper’ stops short at exposing the whole story

Photos by Amy Nicholson Megaphone in hand, Rev. Billy lends his voice to the protest. Doc serves a selective slice of Coney Island history BY TRAV S.D.  |  In 2011, the Coney Island amusement district boasted its highest attendance figures since 1964, the year that Steeplechase Park closed — and the numbers have been climbing ever […]

The films are alive, with the Sound of Silent

The films are alive, with the Sound of Silent

Chicago fest makes its NYC debut, at Anthology Film Archives BY TRAV S.D.  | On June 7 and 8, New Yorkers will have a rare chance to experience something that was once quite common, now for all intents and purposes extinct: contemporary, original silent films with live accompaniment by a small orchestra. Anthology Film Archives will be […]

‘Genius of Marian’ a poignant look at Alzheimer’s

‘Genius of Marian’ a poignant look at Alzheimer’s

BY RANIA RICHARDSON The decline of a parent can be devastating — so why would a filmmaker turn a camera on his mother as she falls prey to Alzheimer’s disease? “It’s a project to tell your mom that you love her,” director Banker White says to his mother during the course of “The Genius of […]

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