Monthly Archives: July 2010

31 posts

The Most Offensive Painting Ever Made


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Yiull Damaso has achieved a true artistic milestone. He has created what is quite possibly the most offensive image ever made. The BBC reports that the forty-one year old South African artist is completing a large painting depicting former South African president and Nobel Laureate, Nelson Mandela as a corpse in the process of being dissected.

Book Review: The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer


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Stephen King said that Olen Steinhauer’s spy book, The Tourist, is “the best spy novel I’ve ever read that wasn’t written by John le Carré.” Here’s the good news—The Nearest Exit, a continuation of that same story, is no letdown (though the background gained in reading that first book makes the first 100 pages of this one much more manageable).

Perspective and Retrospective: Paging Nicolas Cage


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Cage is content and comfortable playing over-the-top oddballs. He’s not the picture of versatility we once thought him to be, but he sure looks like he’s having fun up there. His biggest problem is picking the appropriate vehicle for what he loves doing.

Video Game Review: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge


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As designed by Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer and David Grossman, Monkey Island 2 represents the height of Point-and-Click gameplay. Humor and puzzles abound in a once unique world that newer audiences may now find reminiscent of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise. Certain elements of gameplay have been updated in this re-release, and while none of them were necessary they are all welcome.

Movie Review: Predators


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In the original Predator, and to a limited extent in Predator 2, the backdrop of all the alien-hunting makes a decent action film by itself. The human drama plays an integral role in how the characters deal with the monster when it appears. Take away the monsters in Predators, and all we have are eight strangers lost in the woods, griping at each other about who is the most reprehensible.

Larry Rivers, NYU, and Child Pornography


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How should we respond, however, when sexual abuse is the subject of a piece and a means by which it is created? A recent scandal involving the archives of the late pop artist, Larry Rivers is forcing us to engage with this issue.

Video Game Review: Crackdown 2


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Playing as a cloned super-human “Agent,” Crackdown 2 immediately introduces you to Pacific City, two-time winner of the “Most Generic Name Used for a City” contest. It’s quickly explained that the place is in a state of complete chaos after a mutating virus is released which causes the monsters from the recent I Am Legend adaptation to stop attacking Will Smith and start attacking everyone else.

Movie Review: Despicable Me


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Despicable Me is a wonderful piece of entertainment: witty, spry and capable of eliciting its fair share of “Aw shucks” whimpers of warm-heartedness… but it also seems to wallow in its underdog status, as indeed any CG-animated movie that wasn’t developed by a company that rhymes with “Shmixar” must.

The Weekly Listicle: Supervillains of Evil Evilness


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Despicable Me‘s Gru (Steve Carell). This week’s Despicable Me features two supervillains battling it out in what looks to be a pretty fun and silly movie. In honor of the newest animated movie of 2010, this week’s Listicle is all about supervillains, the good, the bad, and ugly. Supervillains come […]

Book Review: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman


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The premise of Philip Pullman’s new book is brilliant. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ offers us a version of the gospel narratives in which not one, but two boys were born to Mary. Jesus grew up to be a millenarian preacher, who prophesied the coming of the Kingdom of God, whilst his brother Christ skulked around in the background, recording and (more often) distorting his brother’s words for posterity.

Book Review: Chords of Strength by David Archuleta


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It’s no surprise that David has musical talent in his DNA. His father is a jazz trumpet player, his mother is a gifted singer, his grandmother sang in TV commercials and acted in a few movies (and was known in Utah as “the little lady with the big voice”) and his grandfather sang in a barbershop quartet. Talk about stacking the genetic deck!

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Whole Lotta Lovecraft: del Toro on deck?


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An adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness is in the works, with Guillermo del Toro slated to direct from his own script. Separated by a century, these two men share the power to fill us with wonder and dread. It is time they shook hands.

Catching Up With 2010: Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief


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For many years now Chris Columbus and I have had an understanding: He can suck as much as he likes and in return I can tell people just how much he totally sucks.

The Weekly Listicle: Sparkle-Free Vampire Movies!


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The Weekly Listicle presents this list of Sparkle-Free Vampire Classics as selected by Julia Rhodes and William Bibbiani! What classics made our list? What obscure wonders will make their way onto your Netflix queue? Find out now!

Movie Review: The Last Airbender


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Isolated moments allow the old “Avatar” magic to sink back in, usually in smaller scenes with misused talent like Dev Patel, but at no point does The Last Airbender come close to the original series in quality.