“Learn the value of life.” This is the underlined meaning behind the Saw movie series, entering its 6th chapter with Saw VI, which was released to theaters on Friday, As a proudly proclaimed Saw follower, I was deeply impressed by Saw VI. After watching one through five and buying them on DVD, I wondered where else could Lionsgate go with Saw VI that I had not already seen.
The University’s production of “On The Town” was an odd one. Directed by James J. Kolb and starring Colgan McNeil, Kaitlin Rose, Chris Balestriere, Alexandra Laks, Steven Spera and Gina Ventura, “On The Town” featured a strong sense of energy powered by a tight ensemble, accompanying band and vibrant set.
Don’t be fooled by the release date of Oregon-based band Hockey’s debut album “Mind Chaos.” Although the label reads 2009, the songs on this album are thoroughly grounded in the dance music of the late ‘70s and ‘80s, which is not to say the band is completely withdrawn from the current music scene.
With the addition of a fourth theater, the Roundabout Theatre Company has become one of the most powerful non-profit production companies in New York City. They also happen to be the most hit-or-miss production company. Their roster this season, “Bye Bye Birdie,” “After Miss Julie” and “Wishful Drinking,” contains one hit and two misses (Their fourth show, “The Understudy,” is still previewing).
If you look up the word “provocative” in the Dictionary, you will find a picture of Lars von Trier, His latest film, “Antichrist,” was the cause célèbre at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, generating jeers, laughs, applause and even the odd fainting. It’s already the most controversial film of the year. So what’s all the hullabaloo actually about?
The film begins with a nameless married couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) sharing a particularly passionate moment. As they become increasingly well acquainted, their infant son becomes well acquainted with an open window and falls to his death.
Ever wonder what would happen if Jeffrey Dahmer could sing? Or if Ed Gein could juggle? Or if Adolf Hitler could paint? The notion of violent psychopaths getting the opportunity to express themselves has been done in the past, but Nicolas Winding-Refn’s film “Bronson,” takes it a step further and literally turns this particular lunatic into a living, breathing art project.
What happens when you cross a priest, a ghost, and Todd McFarlane? The short story is, you sell a whole lot of comics. Image Comic’s new series, “Haunt,” barely had time to spook the shelves before hungry fans excited to get in on the series snatched it up. Stores preordered an estimated 60,000 copies, an unheard of amount for a first issue, and by the next day, even local Long Island comic locale Amok Time had sold every last copy.
For “Nip/Tuck”, one of cable TV’s most controversial programs, the worst thing about having a brilliant first season was having a brilliant first season. “Nip/Tuck” creator, Ryan Murphy, set the bar awfully high for himself after the first season, with the lurid sexuality, enthralling gruesomeness of plastic surgery, and, most of all, the originality of the characters—plastic surgeons Sean McNamara and Christian Troy— and premises winning him a Golden Globe for Best Drama series in 2004.
The Chronicle: Can you start off by giving me a short synopsis as to what your new documentary, “Dear Jack” is about?
“Brand New Eyes,” is the newest effort by Paramore, a female fronted pop act that walk the tenuous line between stealing New Found Glory riffs and stealing Maroon 5 riffs. Their newest album attempts to craft something original, which they do, albeit boring.