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Movie Review: Sex and the City 2

May 29, 2010 – 11:21 am | One Comment
Movie Review: <em>Sex and the City 2</em>

Abu Dhabi, in case you were unaware, is the “new Middle East” and Dubai is “over.” With its blinding ivory dunes, gold-tipped mosques, and shimmering blue oceans, the possibilities for beauty here are endless. But we’re meant to remember that the loveliest things in the frame are the shoes, the clothes, and the four main characters, so DP John Thomas drops the ball on the scenery, opting instead for decorator porn and an “ooh shiny, diamonds and beautiful cars!” sensibility (because, you know, women love the shiny).

Movie Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

May 29, 2010 – 11:00 am | 2 Comments
Movie Review: <em>Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time</em>

The adventure really kicks in when Dastan is framed for his father’s murder and goes on the lam with only the princess – who really hates his guts – and the dagger, which he soon learns can briefly reverse the flow of time. Together they must clear Dastan’s name, reveal the true murderer and, because the stakes apparently weren’t high enough already, save the world.

Art Review: Kurt, at the Seattle Art Museum, Explores Kurt Cobain’s Influence on Contemporary Artists

May 28, 2010 – 10:31 am | 2 Comments
Art Review: <em>Kurt</em>, at the Seattle Art Museum, Explores Kurt Cobain’s Influence on Contemporary Artists

Nearby, Jeffry Mitchell’s portrait as Kurt is arguably the hidden gem of the exhibit. Self-Portrait as Kurt Cobain in the Style of Jay Steensma features a skull wearing a blond wig amongst a thickly painted sea of grey. (Steensma was a “mystic” artist famous for his paintings of grey, Northwestern landscapes).

The Weekly Listicle: Epic Movies of Epic Epicness

May 27, 2010 – 10:40 am | 2 Comments

Aside from questionable casting and probable cheesiness, this week’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time looks to be what Don LaFontaine (AKA “trailer voice guy”) would have deemed “an epic of epic proportions.” Thus, …

Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

May 25, 2010 – 12:51 pm | 2 Comments
Book Review: <em>The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest</em> by Stieg Larsson

Lisbeth Salander is broken, maybe beyond repair. Wanted for three murders in Stockholm, she shows up in the Emergency Room in Goteborg still breathing but with a bullet in her head. Her other wounds have been patched with duct tape, an improvisation the doctor on call admires as he preps her for life-saving surgery assisted by an American surgeon with a blood alcohol level that’s off the charts.

Art Review: Albrecht Dürer: Virtuoso Printmaker at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

May 25, 2010 – 9:36 am | One Comment
Art Review: <em>Albrecht Dürer: Virtuoso Printmaker</em> at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The earlier prints from each series are flatter, the lines more bold and calligraphic, the details stranger. The later images show the rising influence of the renaissance: the figures bear their weight in sophisticated contrapposto stances, the realistically-rendered bodies are more beautiful. It’s illuminating to see these works grouped together, to follow their stories in and out of changing historical styles and Dürer’s own artistic and intellectual development.

Screw the Characters: Why ‘Lost’ Was Always About the Plot

May 25, 2010 – 2:54 am | 5 Comments

I’m sorry, writers of ‘Lost,’ but if you didn’t want us to care about the crazy plot points you introduced over the course of the series, then maybe you shouldn’t have introduced crazy plot points.

Pritzker Prize goes to Bowery Museum’s Architects

May 24, 2010 – 1:37 pm |
Pritzker Prize goes to Bowery Museum’s Architects

The 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize was awarded to the Japanese duo, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. Their firm, Sanaa, is responsible for creating some of the most daring and elegant buildings of the last decade, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (2007), and the 21st Century museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan.

Video Game Review: Red Dead Redemption

May 22, 2010 – 10:54 am | 9 Comments

And yet Red Dead Redemption is still a fantastic gaming experience, beautiful to look at and entertaining to play. All the little moments are full of excitement, from the way Marston slides dramatically into cover to the elegant Deadeye mechanics used for precision targeting or multiple opponents.

The Weekly Listicle: The Worst Endings Ever EVER.

May 21, 2010 – 4:35 am | 5 Comments

Six seasons have come and passed, but now this Sunday, May 23rd, ‘Lost’ finally comes to an end… and if this season has been any indication it’s probably going to be pretty disappointing. So, Julia Rhodes and I (William Bibbiani!) present to you our list of The Worst Endings Ever Ever, just to get into the spirit.

Bret Easton Ellis: Film requires the male gaze, female directors need not apply

May 19, 2010 – 10:15 am | 11 Comments
Bret Easton Ellis: Film requires the male gaze, female directors need not apply

Movieline printed an interview with author Bret Easton Ellis, whose most famous work is probably American Psycho, which director Mary Harron translated into a bizarre little film starring Christian Bale in 2000.

Bret Easton …

Book Review: Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics, and Business of Jazz by Randall Sandke

May 19, 2010 – 10:12 am | 6 Comments
Book Review: <em>Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics, and Business of Jazz</em> by Randall Sandke

Sandke offers no critical commentary about this piece of advice that was given Armstrong after he left New Orleans: “When you go up north, be sure and get yourself a white man that will put his hand on your shoulder and say, ‘This is my nigger.’” Nor does he state that there was anything objectionable about black musicians being allowed to play in Storyville brothels and cabarets, but never to be customers. The same went for “black and tan” nightspots like New York’s Cotton Club, where blacks made music and waited tables, while “tan, tall and terrific” showgirls entertained the exclusively white clientele.

What summer should have been: Camp in Movies and TV

May 18, 2010 – 12:55 pm | 3 Comments

It’s already mid-May, guys. Summer’s nearly upon us. “Summer” means something different to everyone, but universally it seems to include any or all of the following: steamy weather; fresh produce; chirping crickets; blooming flowers; heat …

Book Review: Other Lives by Peter Bagge

May 18, 2010 – 9:53 am |
Book Review: <em>Other Lives</em> by Peter Bagge

Overall, there’s a universality to the dilemma that Bagge’s characters face: Who are we? We each have our own work, personal, relationship, social, and on-line identities—is any one of these more valid than another?

Recycling Meets Recreation

May 17, 2010 – 11:56 am |
Recycling Meets Recreation

Last year Macro-Sea conceived of the Dumpster Pool. The designers constructed what they call a “lo-fi country club” in a trash-filled lot in Brooklyn. The mini oasis consisted of three adjacent swimming pools made out of repurposed dumpsters.

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