I was very impressed with Le quattro volte(The Four Times) when I got a chance to see it at the Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) It feels like a documentary but is actually a story as seen from the perspective of God, or the natural world, or the land rather than from an omniscient observer tending to a particular character or traditional story arc. It reminded me a bit of Bu san (Good Bye Dragon Inn) with its unusual narrator (in that case, the aging theater itself).
The film starts by following an old goat herder through his simple life. Like I say, it looks like a documentary, although I noticed a few little cinematic-style errors creep in, and (through the introduction) I already knew it was a narrative.
But you know, this isn't really the way to talk about the film. The mechanics of how it works aren't of much importance. It's a film about feeling, and about the broad strokes of reality. It'd be like trying to describe clouds by talking about evaporation.
It's got a refreshing way of using motion picture like a moving photograph. It's a snapshot of things as they are, and the nature of how "the way things are" is nonsensical since things are always changing. Life is change, death is change. And through this (pardon the apparently unavoidable cinematic metaphors) moving image — this lens into a world of our own from a vantage point seldom seen — we get hope, sadness, contemplation, and mirth all bundled untidily as life does.
Today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is the Bop Shop Sidewalk Sale 3 at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) So, I guess, if you're hell-bent on opposing Buy Nothing Day, go here instead.
Bop Shop calendar][all ages]
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Man, Woman and Sin starting at 8 p.m. with live piano accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli. According to the Eastman House calendar, "John Gilbert and the legendarily beautiful stage actress Jeanne Eagels star in this story of a young reporter confronted with moral dilemmas and unresolved passions that lead to murder," adding that it is "one of the most compelling films of the late silent period."
Dryden Theater calendar][all ages]
The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing We Own the Night starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "Joaquin Phoenix stars as Bobby Green, the black sheep from a family of cops who bypassed the NYPD in favor of managing a nightclub. His brother and father (Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall) want Bobby's help in netting a drug lord who frequents the club, but his reluctance — and their stubbornness — lead to tragedy."
Dryden Theater calendar][all ages]
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This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat."
Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed.
Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events.
I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity.
Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.)
It's also not to be confused with
Jake's World or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator.
While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, November 24, 2011 (Thu, Nov 24, 2011, 11/24/2011, or 11/24/11) Friday, November 25, 2011 (Fri, Nov 25, 2011, 11/25/2011, or 11/25/11) Saturday, November 26, 2011 (Sat, Nov 26, 2011, 11/26/2011, or 11/26/11) Sunday, November 27, 2011 (Sun, Nov 27, 2011, 11/27/2011, or 11/27/11) Monday, November 28, 2011 (Mon, Nov 28, 2011, 11/28/2011, or 11/28/11) Tuesday, November 29, 2011 (Tue, Nov 29, 2011, 11/29/2011, or 11/29/11) and Wednesday, November 30, 2011 (Wed, Nov 30, 2011, 11/30/2011, or 11/30/11).
indicates an event that's a preferred pick of the day ... probably something worth checking out.
indicates a "guaranteed" best bet for the particular genre of the indicated event.
links to a band's page on GarageBand.com which offers reviews and information about bands.
links to a band's page on MySpace.com which is a friend-networking site that is popular with bands.