By Out.com Editors
From the sands of the Sahara to the mountains of northeastern China to the Konyak tribes of India, thrill-seeker Zelda Kaplan has just about seen it all. Now the 92-year-old socialista ping-pongs about Manhattan, regaling hipster artists, A-list celebs, and the fashion elite with her inspiring multicultural tales. This month Kaplan evaluates an eclectic -- and rather creepy -- set of new releases, including an Oscar-winning Japanese film about a cellist turned funeral professional, a Broadway play about a novelist haunted by the ghost of his first wife, and the sophomore LP from Brighton, England�s indie spook princess Bat for Lashes.
Departures, Yojiro Takita�s Academy Award winner about a laid-off classical musician who perfects the art of �Nokanshi,� ceremonially preparing dead bodies for the afterlife:
�The film deals with death realistically -- everyone doesn�t react to it in the same way -- and the departure ceremony was interesting for me as a culture freak. I�d suggest editing down the beginning, though. I haven�t come to see a travelogue� -- I�ve come to see a story. Six out of 10.� Departures opens in select theaters in May.
Blithe Spirit, the Broadway revival of No�l Coward�s 1941 comedy about a man caught between his second wife and the jealous spirit of his first, starring Rupert Everett, Christine Ebersole, and Angela Lansbury:
"Great performances. It�s a privilege to watch Lansbury, my idea of an agile, superb actor. She�s so confident of her craftmanship that she could play a 16-year-old or a 116-year-old. Seven out of 10." Blithe Spirit is playing at the Shubert Theatre in New York City.
Two Suns, Bat For Lashes� album of contemporary fables exploring chaos, the divided self, and �metaphysical ideas concerning the connections between all existence�:
�She must be superintelligent to think this way. She�s a well-schooled musician, but I wouldn�t want to be in a relationship with her. You�d have to be a masochist! I�d simply say, �Bye, bye, baby.� I�m too lazy to be a drama queen. It�s pleasant listening, though. Seven out of 10.� Two Suns is out now on Astralwerks.
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