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On The Town With Aubrey Reuben -September 21, 2013


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September 21, 2013

09-16-13 (L-R) Cast members Nedra McClyde. Susannah Flood. Quincy Tyler Bernstine. Colleen Werthmann. Jennifer R. Morris at the opening night party for "Mr. Burns. A Post-Electric Play" at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub & Grill.  315 West 39th St. 09-15-13.  photo by:  aubrey reuben

09-16-13 (L-R) Cast members Nedra McClyde. Susannah Flood. Quincy Tyler Bernstine. Colleen Werthmann. Jennifer R. Morris at the opening night party for "Mr. Burns. A Post-Electric Play" at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub & Grill. 315 West 39th St.

On Broadway, a modern dress of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespearewith a miscast film star Orlando Bloom as Romeo and an insipid Condola Rashad as Juliet, who star in this dismal revival. It is difficult to recommend this production.
Off-Broadway, Philip Goes Forth, by George Kelly, is about a young man who wishes to become a playwright over his father's wishes that he continue in the family business. He moves to New York, and realizes that his chosen career is much more difficult than he had imagined. It is a funny, well acted play, and thoroughly entertaining.The opening night party took place at West Bank Cafe with guests Jose Llana and Dana Ivey..
Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, by Anne Washburn, received excellent reviews, and celebrated its opening night at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub & Grill. 
The press screenings of the 51st New York Film Festival September 27 - October 13 have begun. At Berkeley, by Frederick Wiseman, USA, 2013, is an overlong documentary (four hours) about one of the leading universities (The University of California) in America. There are scenes of the beautiful campus, and others of administration meetings where administrators ramble on and on, classes with uninspiring professors and opinionated students, and students with limited talent performing songs outdoors and in an auditorium. Judging from the film, one can understand the decline of university education in America. 
Like Father, Like Son, by Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan, 2013, is a sweet, sentimental film about a horrible mistake, when two boys are switched at birth in a hospital, and six years later the two families are informed. The resolution of this outrageous situation is explored in this wonderful film, and the young child actors are adorable. 







































Child of God, by James Franco, USA, 2013, is about a psychopath (a remarkable performance by Scott Haze) who live in an abandoned shack in the hills of Tennessee. He murders young people, and keeps the bodies of the female victims and makes love with them. It is a powerful story, that will be repugnant to many viewers. 

A Touch of Sin, by Jia Zhangke, China, 2013, tells four stories about modern China, which take place in different provinces. All are depressing, grim tales. In one, a miner find corruption everywhere in his village, and takes murderous revenge. In the second, a young man loves his gun, and kills random victims. The third is about a young woman assaulted in a sauna where she works, and she kills her attacker. The fourth is an unhappy youth, working in frustrating jobs, resulting in his tragic suicide. All are based on true stories. 

Nobody's Daughter Haewon, by Hang Sang-soo, South Korea, 2013, is a charming, slow paced film about  a university student, whose mother spends the day with her before leaving to live in Canada. Feeling lonely and abandoned, the young girl renews her frustrated, romantic relationship with her married college professor. The story alternates between reality and her dreams. It is an intelligent film. 
Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clerq, by Nancy Buirski, USA, 2013, is a superb documentary about a magnificent ballerina with the New York City Ballet, a muse of two of its greatest choreographers, George Balanchine (whom she married) and Jerome Robbins. Her will and determination to continue her life as a teacher and book writer, after being tragically struck down by polio at the height of her career, is an inspiring story, revealed with intelligent comments from dancers, like Jacques d'Amboise and Arthur Mitchell, among others, and with clips from productions on television and in the theatre displayling her abundant talent and technique. I recommend it highly. 
Le Week-end, by Roger Michell, UK, 2013, is a film about a middle-aged married couple, who spend a weekend in Paris trying to recapture the spirit of their honeymoon from 30 years ago. Two splendid actors, Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent, are wasted in this depressng look at a frustrated marriage, and some of their behavior in the film is frankly appalling. They play two miserable characters, with whom you would not want to spend any time with, either in Paris or elsewhere. It is a disappointing film. 
Norte, The End of History, by Lav Diaz, Philippines, 2013, is an overlong (over four hours), pretentious film, supposedly inspired by Dosteyevsky's Crime and Punishment. An amoral, dropout law student believes he can lead an irresponsible life ignoring all rules of a civilized society. He murders a moneylender, and an innocent man is charged with the crime. There are horrendous episodes of the man in jail, and relentless scenes of his suffering family trying to survive. 
Stranger by the Lake, by Alain Guiradudie, France, 2013, is a sexually explicit film about gay cruising on a beach by a lake in France, that turns into a melodramatic murder thriller. The photography is beautiful, and some of the men are attractive, Many of the scenes border on the pornographic, so viewer beware.
The Missing Picture, by Rithy Panh, Cambodia, 2013, is a documentary about the terrible life the filmmaker endured under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Unfortunately, most film from that period was destroyed, and we are forced to see clay figurines represent scenes from the period. While, this is interesting at the beginning, it tends to grow dull as the film progresses.
About Time, by Richard Curtis, UK, 2013, is about a young man (Domhnall Gleeson), who has the ability to travel back in time, and alter the outcome of his present reality. This mainly concerns his love for a young woman (Rachel McAdams), whom he eventually marries. Although, the gimmick is cute at first, it eventually grows tiresome and tedious, as the director repeats scene after scene again and again. A half hour of the film could easily have been cut, especially the brainless philosophy about living life to the fullest at the end. The photography of Cornwall is the highlight of this silly film. A travelogue would have been better than a fictional, unfunny time travel.
MoMA presented An Auteurist History of Film Reprise Sep 1-17. I saw two films by Jean Renoir, The Golden Coach, France/Italy, 1953 and French Cancan, France, 1955. Both featured sumptuous scenic design and gorgeous costumes, and are a joy to behold. The first film starred Anna Magnani attracting three lovers as an actress in a Commedia Dell'Arte acting group traveling in Peru in the eighteenth century, and the second film is fictional, and starred Jean Gabin as a theatre owner, who has success, finally, when he recreates the Cancan at the newly constructed Moulin Rouge. A host of French artists are featured in the film, including a cameo by Edith Piaf. Both films are quite entertaining, and the final Cancan number is a highlight.


09-17-13 (L-R) Cast members Bernardo Cubria Producing Artistic Director Jonathan Banks. Natalie Kuhn at the opening night party for "Philip Goes Forth" at the West Bank Cafe. 407 West 42nd St. 09-16-13.  photo by:  aubrey reuben

09-17-13 (L-R) Cast members Bernardo Cubria Producing Artistic Director Jonathan Banks. Natalie Kuhn at the opening night party for "Philip Goes Forth" at the West Bank Cafe. 407 West 42nd St.







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