Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Book Review: Doc by Mary Doria Russell

It is the daily struggle of life that blights the lives of Russell’s protagonists. Ill-health and empty wallets are a greater danger than a Cheyenne raid. For Doc Holliday, the enemy is tuberculosis, a cruel, cunning disease that truly consumes him, body and — steadily, stealthily — soul. During a brief period of remission, Doc rides out to the surrounding prairie and experiences an epiphany of what life, during a good spell, can offer.

I Am NOT An Animal! (But I Play One In The Movies)

Putting animal antics into movies is a perennially popular way to cobble up a goofball family comedy on short notice. This is a distinctly separate practice than merely animating creatures from scratch, which has produced its own wonderful results in the past. Nowadays, however, the line between the two is blurring at an alarming rate, so much so that it scarcely seems worth the trouble of getting real animals to be in live-action movies at all. The increasing intrusion of computer generated animal behavior is really beginning to mar the magic.

Ken Castle

The Weekly Listicle: Assuming Direct Control!

MUHUAHAHAHA I have assumed control over your regularly scheduled Listicle! There is nothing wrong with your computer. Do not attempt to reload the page. I am controlling the upload. I control the image files. I control the embedded videos. I can make the following topic incomprehensible, or bring it into […]

Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Here we are, leading into blockbuster season 2011, and the best thing one can say about the fourth Pirates flick is, well, Academy darlings need paychecks too. The last movie, At World’s End, was four years ago. That film left us with a sentimental ending that ought to have finished the series.

The Weekly Listicle: A Johnny Depp-sticle!

Yep, this is still happening. Still. When I saw the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Curse of the Black Pearl, and I was so charmed I dragged my friends to go see it at the second-run theater. They were equally amused and enthralled. It was swashbuckling, silly, romantic, and…well, […]

Target Margin Theater’s The Tempest

The production focuses its energies on exposing its illusion-making apparatuses to such an extent that the creaks and cranks of its pulleys and the nonchalant all-female run crew become the focal point of the play. When Prospero declares “I abjure this rough magic” in the final act, Shakespeare’s poetry is imbued with an unexpected shade of meaning because theater itself is shown as a failed contrivance bereft of illusory magic.

The 2011-2012 Fall Schedule: CBS

The nation’s most watched network boasting television’s number one comedy and drama, CBS has fewer new shows than the other networks. No promos are up of the new series and even the press release is vague as to details. One of the most important things to notice about the current […]

The 2011-2012 Fall Schedule: ABC

It occurred to me while writing this that the only show I watched last season on ABC was V., which was canceled despite a far-too-late season/series finale that considerably upped the show’s potential. However, that one hour of programming is more than the 0.0 hours I watch on CBS. This […]

The 2011-2012 Fall Schedule: FOX

FOX tends to be more innovative than its three network counterparts, except for this year when the vast majority of new series seem to be relatively conventional. One even has a laugh track. For the most part, I am not planning on mentioning mid-season shows. MONDAY 8-9 p.m. TERRA NOVA […]

The 2011-2012 Fall Schedule: NBC

The weakest of the major networks, NBC is the first of the four to release their 2011-2012 schedule. Instead of waiting for Monday, the Comcast-owned Peacock Network sent out the information this Sunday leading bloggers to offer comments and predictions based on series they’ve seen less than a minute of, […]

Insecurity Deposits: Catching Up With Hammer’s The Resident

The Resident is nicely paced, moodily presented, eerily scored and based upon a very creepy idea. As a rather by-the-book thriller, it satisfies on many levels. If the characters are nothing new, at least the structure has some less familiar kinks. By revealing Max’s true nature early on (to the audience, and not to Juliet), the movie switches abruptly from a creepy mystery to a dread-heavy thriller. Instead of discovering the danger along with Juliet, viewers are given a little head start, so that they are already yelling, “Get out of there!” just as Juliet is starting to feel at home.

Art Review: Cities of Splendor: A Journey Through Renaissance Italy, Denver Art Museum

The shepherds look up in bewilderment at the announcing angel whose golden halo, rose-pink robes, and orangey-bronze wings seem to glow. Surely, this is what a supernatural visitation should look like. And yet the effect of nocturnal shadow shows the painter to be as interested in earthly experiences as heavenly ones – here already is the keenly observational eye of the Renaissance.