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Interview with ASFB’s William Cannon

February 27, 2011 – 11:08 am |

I recently had a chance to talk with dancer William Cannon of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, currently performing at the Joyce in New York City. Below are some of his responses to questions about contemporary …

Movie Review: Drive Angry

February 26, 2011 – 1:13 pm |
Movie Review: <em>Drive Angry</em>

Taking into account all the casual profanity, copious T&A, comic book violence, awesome cars and impossibly badass gunfights, Drive Angry must surely have been written by the smartest group of fourteen-year-old boys living in America today. This is not meant to sound as snide as it probably does. Assuming that any two of those things just mentioned ever held a prominent place in your adolescent fantasy, you may find yourself thoroughly entertained against your better judgment.

Oscar Wager 2011

February 25, 2011 – 11:03 am | One Comment
Oscar Wager 2011

We at the Fourth Wall have been throwing Oscar Buzz at you throughout the fall and winter, and now the time has come to lay down our chips. Dan Fields and I are prepared to fight to the death (or at least to the point of wicked online jabs at each other’s competence). Gather round, friends and fellow film freaks, to join us in this high-stakes game of Academy politics, personal preferences, and semi-educated guesses.

Opera Review: Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House, London

February 24, 2011 – 1:26 pm | 2 Comments
Opera Review: <em>Anna Nicole</em> at the Royal Opera House, London

Anna Nicole zipped herself up in a bodybag, surrounded by a crowd of camera-headed creatures which had been stalking her all the way through the second act, peering at her and sorting through piles of rubbish on the stage. The sudden blackout at the end produced a pause, then elated applause.

Video Game Review: Stacking

February 23, 2011 – 3:42 pm |
Video Game Review: <em>Stacking</em>

Set against the background of the Industrial Revolution, Stacking puts players in the role of Charlie Blackmore, the littlest member of the Blackmore family, as he goes off to save his siblings from slavery at the hands of The Baron, a dastardly industrialist. It sounds like a rather bleak story, but Double Fine plays it effectively for chuckles and witty, light-hearted humor. A difficult proposition, considering the story involves such bleak concepts as rapacious plutocrats, child labor, and the working man’s burden.

Oscar Leadup – Ladies in Film: Female Agency and Pleasure in 2010 Movies

February 23, 2011 – 12:32 pm |
Oscar Leadup – Ladies in Film: Female Agency and Pleasure in 2010 Movies

Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech: behind every great man, there stands (or sits, ever so primly) a great woman.
2010 was not what you’d call a banner year for women in the real …

The Ballot Box Beat Down – A Hard Corps look at DLC

February 21, 2011 – 7:55 pm |

Here at the Metro City Reform Committee we take a look at the issues going on in gaming and hand out screeds of street justice along with lightning-strike legislation if some ne’er-do-wells decide to abuse the good name of gaming. But over the last week, the meaty harvest that is MvC3 has kept our bellies full of fighting. Thanks goodness some alert citizens hopped on the chance to grab the red emergency phone by the handle and give us a call- albeit about a long running issue in gameland.

Movie Review: Unknown

February 19, 2011 – 1:35 pm |
Movie Review: <em>Unknown</em>

Liam Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris, who is in Berlin with his wife (January Jones) for a big important biotechnology conference… Or. So. It. Seems. From the very beginning, little clues indicate that something not quite on the level is up, but what could it be?

Video Game Review: Marvel Versus Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

February 19, 2011 – 12:59 pm | One Comment
Video Game Review: <em>Marvel Versus Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds</em>

Narrative in games like this is a rather inconsequential thing, and perhaps fighting game plots are one of the prime examples of “porn plots” in videogames. You aren’t here to have a moving or even epic story. You’re here to go toe to toe with your favorite characters against other folks online and with friends at home.

Company C Contemporary Ballet: Pulse, Appalachia Waltz, Ominous Rumblings of Discontent, Indoor Fireworks

February 18, 2011 – 9:45 am |
Company C Contemporary Ballet: <em>Pulse, Appalachia Waltz, Ominous Rumblings of Discontent, Indoor Fireworks</em>

The most anticipated was the world premiere of Indoor Fireworks set to music by New Wave icon Elvis Costello. Anderson and co-choreographer Benjamin Bowman have crafted an appealing crowd-pleaser that offers individual showcases for the company’s talented classically trained dancers.

The Weekly Listicle: A Question Of Identity

February 18, 2011 – 2:33 am |
The Weekly Listicle: A Question Of Identity

Identity is a wonderful device for deception and suspense in storytelling. In some cases a whole plot hinges on whether or not someone is who they claim to be. The quest for identity, whether inwardly or outwardly direction, may lead to all manner of obsession, danger, and mischief.

Book Review: Justice For Hedgehogs by Ronald Dworkin

February 17, 2011 – 3:47 pm |
Book Review: <em>Justice For Hedgehogs</em> by Ronald Dworkin

Dworkin believes firmly in “cooperative” interpretation, reinforcing ethical precepts with insights from history, literature and philosophy that have stood the test of time. Among the great philosophers, he summons Plato, Immanuel Kant, David Hume and Frederick Nietzsche to lend their voices to the debate.

Golden West College Professional Dance Invitational

February 17, 2011 – 11:23 am |
Golden West College Professional Dance Invitational

Now in its sixth year, the Golden West weekend offers Southern California audiences the opportunity to experience two evenings packed with a selection of professional dance companies in a variety of disciplines, including contemporary ballet, classical modern, Middle Eastern, and jazz.

Dance Review: New York City Ballet’s Swan Lake

February 15, 2011 – 7:26 pm |
Dance Review: New York City Ballet’s <em>Swan Lake</em>

The dual-role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake is well-known — probably more now than ever, thanks to the Black Swan phenomenon. Odette is tragic and pure; Odile is darker, seductive, evil with a capital “E.” Sara Mearns, who danced the parts in New York City Ballet’s production of Swan Lake on Sunday, has passed over this truism for a far more interesting interpretation.

Valentine’s Day Fallout, Chapter Two: Love Most Peculiar in My Dog Tulip

February 15, 2011 – 2:30 pm |
Valentine’s Day Fallout, Chapter Two: Love Most Peculiar in <em>My Dog Tulip</em>

It is difficult to describe the feeling that My Dog Tulip leaves in one’s heart once the lights come up. The best answer is that you will probably feel several, which may contradict one another. That, and not really the questionable content, is what makes it a love story for grown-ups.

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