The Berkeley Beacon

Emeralds, Rubies or Diamonds; take your pick

December 31, 2012

"Oohs" and "ahhs" arose from the crowd as the curtain came up on the opening night of The Boston Ballet's newest production: George Balanchine's iJewels/i. Girls dressed in dark green bodices and mint green knee-length tulle skirts stood still in graceful poses. Their tiaras and green stone-encrusted ne...

The Brattle Theater offers old-school romance for Cupid#039;s day

December 31, 2012

With Valentine's Day and the Academy Awards falling within a week of each other this year, most movie theatres are currently screening the nominated films with fervor and hoping to lure in last-minute audiences before the Oscars are handed out on Feb. 22. Unfortunately, many of the year's best movies are ...

Crumb#039;s quot;obscenequot; images displayed at MassArt

December 31, 2012

There are many distractions in your way before you enter the iR. Crumb's Underground/i exhibition at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Clouds of cigarette smoke blind you as you ask the girls with too many piercings where the Stephen D. Paine Gallery is. Before you even enter, jazz music plays som...

Soderbergh shows limited vision in lengthy Che

December 31, 2012

,iChe/i is a four-and-a-half hour character study that charts the personal development of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the iconic Argentinean doctor who helped lead Fidel Castro's Communist revolution in Cuba. The film, shot and directed by Steven Soderbergh, and starring Benicio Del Toro, is dissected in...

ICA#039;s clockwork finds meaning and confusion in time

December 31, 2012

,Upon looking through the glass entrance to the Institute of Contemporary Art, curious viewers are beckoned by the Technicolor looking glasses of Ugo Rondinone's iclockwork for oracles/i. The Swiss artist's installation graces the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, and greets visitors in the foyer of...

The Mafia exposed, inside and out in gripping Gomorrah

December 31, 2012

From the incendiary opening scene in a tanning salon, it is clear that Director Matteo Garrone has not made your father's gangster film. iGomorrah/i immerses audiences in the world of organized crime in Naples, Italy with a style that is distinctly 21st century. It's based on the best-selling book by...

Emerson enters in dialogue with historic martyrs

December 31, 2012

Anne Frank died at Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp, in early March, 1945. She was 15 years old. Emmett Till died of a bullet wound to the head. He was found in Mississippi's Tallahatchie River in late August, 1955. He was 14 years old. Though Anne and Emmett never met in life, they endure a ...

The Wrestler team opens up to The Beacon

December 31, 2012

Director Darren Aronofsky is most notable for his brutal and emotionally exhausting iRequiem for a Dream/i, but in his new film, iThe Wrestler/i, his signature hyper-active style appears to have slowed down and become more observant. Premiering in January 2009, iThe Wrestler/i tells the story of a ...

Luhrmann#039;s ambition drives then derails Australia

December 31, 2012

The shining accomplishments and egregious errors of Baz Luhrmann's latest epic historical romance can be summed up by its gargantuan, impossibly ambitious title. Unlike any other film from 2008, iAustralia/i attempts to tackle a continent's worth of themes and concepts that only renowned filmmakers like Davi...

Trailer park: Films for the new year

December 31, 2012

biUp/b/iWith one animated feat after the next, Pixar studios looks ready to rival the great imaginative achievements of Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (iSpirited Away/i, iPrincess Mononoke/i). In the first trailer of their new film iUp/i, a small house erupts into a massive rainbow of balloons, carrying ...

Play it again: The best music of 2008

December 31, 2012

b1. Vampire Weekend - iVampire Weekend/i/bIt's a bit uncertain exactly what Vampire Weekend was aiming for when the boys from New York wrote and recorded their self-titled debut album. The song "Mansard Roof" sounds like a mix between The Beach Boys and The Monkees, while "M79" has not only a small o...

Joyful and persistent, Van Sant#039;s Milk is a must

December 31, 2012

Director Gus Van Sant has had a very successful 2008. This spring he released iParanoid Park/i, a haunting indie feature starring a mostly unknown cast about a young skateboarder who gets involved with the wrong people and unwittingly becomes an accomplice to murder.Van Sant did a masterful job with ...