Personal Shopper is a ghostly story about a young woman who is seeking some sign from her deceased twin brother, a powerful medium, who had promised to communicate from beyond the grave. At the same time, she works as a personal assistant to a celebrity, earning just enough money to have a small place in Paris where she can pursue her spiritual quest and, nominally, her artistic career.
At the TIFF premiere of Personal Shopper, director Olivier Assayas stated that Kristen Stewart was the greatest actress of her generation, and that he wished she could have shared in his best director win at Cannes. The film itself stands as strong proof of his point, Stewart is absolutely riveting even when silently stalking through a deserted dimly lit house, or while texting at length on a busy train.
This slow burning thriller straddles genres and tones, while maintaining its distinctive artistic integrity.
Planetarium tells the story of two American sisters travelling the world in the 1920’s performing séances as cabaret act when they are taken under the wing of a credulous French filmmaker who wants to revolutionize cinema by capturing the first images of real ghosts. This European production with a November release, directed by Rebecca Zlotowski, features transporting images and great acting, but we don’t need another thin story about filmmaking or prewar anti semitism.
Natalie Portman is the strongest force in this film, yet she is even better in Pablo Larrain’s Jackie, where the script gives her something to work with. Like its namesake, Planetarium simulates a grander power without embodying it.
Worth catching when it’s streaming, so you can let the beautiful images flow over you.
ChoreoFest, our nation’s only (known) 24 hour choreography festival (dances created in a single day on a randomly assigned theme) will occur from September 9th-10th at the Dance Complex in Central Square. Luminarium will be livestreaming the event, so you can see how things come together in such a short period of time!
A Courtney Barnett cover and a concert goer shouting “Kathleen Hanna you saved my life!” added to the evening.
On July 30th, from 16 to 6, Pandamonium Games in Central Square will host ELS (Earhart, Lovelace, Shelley) a gaming even for women and girls.
Cambridge Dance Party has begun in Central Square, and will last an extra hour this year. Come on down!
Luminarium Dance Company will be holding its 6th Anniversary Gala and Showcase next Sunday at the Center for Arts at the Armory. This modern and contemporary dance company is noted for its unique combination of dance and light. The company will also be participating Saturday in the José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Dance for World Community
Over 200 musical acts perform on porches throughout Somerville, celebrating song and community. Performances are staggered, moving from east at noon and ending on the west side of the city at six. It looks to be wonderful weather, so be sure to stop by and check it out!
Freezepop is at the Sinclair this evening, a few tickets are still available. The Symbion Project opens, followed by CBM (How can one not admire a musical project named after the thermal radiation left over after the big bang?) and The Static Dynamic.
Also, as a reminder, Freezepop’s kickstarter is funded, but there are still 12 days left to help them pass their 3rd stretch goal!
NPR music note’s that that Speedy Ortiz truly crackles because of the way lead singer (also poet and guitarist) Sadie Dupuis’ “words interlock with the band’s barreling energy and turn-on-a-dime arrangements”. The New York Times notes that their music “can sound at times as if Fiona Apple joined a punk band”.
8 Days of independent film starts, as is tradition, with the Ramones played on a theremin. The opening screening is The Hollars.
Celebrated Somerville bakery 7ate9, has special Shakespeare cheesecakes for sale and one can receive a mini cheesecake for accurately reciting a Shakespearean sonnet from memory. “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?”
There will be Bard birthday cake at in Harvard Square for the 9th annual Bookish Ball, with Shakespearean performances, a Sonnet Slam, and live music by the Willow Flute Ensemble!
Actors from Shit-faced Shakespeare will have a busy day, performing in the Square, then performing all three of their shows: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, and Much Ado About Nothing at the Davis square theater.
Synthpop legends and local favorites Freezepop will be playing The Sinclair on May 14th.
It’s a SuperFreezepop lineup with The Duke, who will also be performing as the Symbian Project. (Will we see a return of the French horn players who accompanied him at the Harmonix Amplitude release party this winter? Time alone will tell.)
Also appearing: The Static Dynamic and CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background).
Freezepop @ the Middle East downstairs in 2015