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by Lynnette Porter

24 Feb 2011


How best to capture the mirrored, tortured psyches of Victor Frankenstein and his Creature within 61 brief seconds? National Theatre Live’s Frankenstein trailer intercuts dialogue between Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch in a snippet showcasing both actors in both roles. A difficult feat within such a short time frame—but the trailer allows discerning viewers to better understand Miller’s and Cumberbatch’s embodiment of each role. Nuanced speech, an abortive twist or stretch, morphing faces, flashes of insight—based on evidence in this trailer, it’s no wonder the play has become London’s hottest ticket. Although reviews based on preview performances have been mixed, reviews of the official opening (on February 22 and 23, to allow reviewers and audiences to see each actor playing both roles over the course of two nights) should soon indicate if preview problems were resolved. Based on even this brief trailer, whether the play is brilliant or flawed, director Danny Boyle’s, playwright Nick Dear’s, and the actors’ Creation is a worthy experiment.

by Eric Allen Been

24 Feb 2011


On Wednesday, the Seattle radio station 107.7 The End premiered a new TV on the Radio song entitled “Will Do”. The track is from the Brooklyn-based band’s forthcoming LP entitled Nine Types of Light. In a blurb for the debut, The End says the group’s new album will be released on April 12.

You can check out the track and the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

TV on the Radio - Will Do by 1077 The End

by Cynthia Fuchs

24 Feb 2011


Most faces in Yael Hersonski’s film belong to residents of the Warsaw ghetto, looking back at the Nazis filming them in May 1942. Preserved in a 62-minute project titled “Das Ghetto”, today they’re both haunted and haunting, their skin stretched tight and their eyes unavoidable. The Third Reich, narrates Israeli musician Rona Kenan, was “an empire infatuated with the camera, that knew so well to document its own evil, passionately, systematically, like no other nation before it.” This infatuation is visible everywhere in A Film Unfinished, which sorts through memories, traumas, and images without clear contexts, to produce a discomfort more resonant than that of “disturbing images of Holocaust atrocities including graphic nudity” that led the MPAA to give the documentary an unusual R rating.

The film screens 24 Thursday at the IFC Center, as part of Stranger Than Fiction‘s Winter Series, followed by a Q&A with guest Isaac Zablocki. See PopMattersreview.

by Alan Ranta

23 Feb 2011


“Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.”—Friedrich Nietzsche

Phil Nisco’s video is a fine piece of visual storytelling in its own right. Set to “Jupiter” by Free the Robots (a.k.a. Chris Alfaro), from the producer’s 2010 sophomore album CTRL ALT DELETE, and starring Alfaro himself, Chris is also seen as an emotionally commanding artist in his own right. This is a win-win winner.

by Dominic Umile

23 Feb 2011


Dave “2562” Huismans marked a significant step forward for bass music in 2009 on Unbalance, where his marriage of dub techno, inventive drum programming, and hazy UK garage textures improved upon his Aerial by miles and makes for one of the few flawless dubstep-borne full-lengths to date. In fact, driven by stuttering and powerful beats that are more prominent than any other element at work, “Aquatic Family Affair” begins in the same minimal and punchy manner that Unbalance‘s “Flashback” does. It’s reportedly built only of disco samples (as is all of his forthcoming Fever LP), but there’s no semblance of source material on either side here. Instead, Huismans establishes the audio tour suggested by the A-side’s title: the course of a sleek submarine, prowling alien depths. Bubbling synths mimic the scene at 20,000 leagues before the producer peppers his enigmatic “Aquatic” with ugly, detuned vibe loops if only just for a couple of measures. It’s part of a bold evolution for this guy—from hard-edged, early-career Tectonic 12-inch singles to the disembodied breakbeat stuff he’s producing now, Huismans is confusing the hell out of anyone still trying to make sense of today’s oft-splintering, bass-heavy dance music subgenres.

Fever is out April 4 on When In Doubt (tour dates after the jump).

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