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Video Game Review: Catherine

July 31, 2011 – 11:14 am | One Comment
Video Game Review: <em>Catherine</em>

In Japan, things are a bit different. There, the Dating Sim genre (itself a subset of the Visual Novel genre) has built up a strong following, even amongst the menfolk. These are games that explore the exciting world of . . . having long conversations with a girl. Buying her gifts. Listening. Being agreeable. Yeah I think I’m starting to see why these games don’t garner much interest here.

Trailer Watch: 2012’s Battleship

July 29, 2011 – 7:45 pm | One Comment

The epic board game becomes a certainly not epic movie.
This week, Hasbro released the trailer for its 2012 offering, Battleship, directed by Peter Berg (Hancock, Very Bad Things). When it was first announced a …

The Weekly Listicle: Two Roles, One Schlup

July 29, 2011 – 5:56 pm |

Buster Keaton as Mr. and Mrs. Buster Keaton, as well as several other Buster Keatons, in the 1921 short The Play House.
This week, Dominic Cooper plays both Saddam’s son Uday Hussein and his body double …

Dance in the Desert Festival: 3 Questions with Choreographer/Festival Director Kelly Roth

July 29, 2011 – 12:08 am |

Now known as a venue for the introduction of innovative work, Dance in the Desert showcases companies from around the world, across the United States, and from the neighboring states of California, Utah, and Arizona, as well as highlighting Nevada’s own talent.

A Watchful Eye On… Marvel’s Animated Avengers

July 28, 2011 – 12:21 pm |
A Watchful Eye On… Marvel’s Animated <em>Avengers</em>

Marvel’s animation division, together with cartoon grand masters Film Roman, is on a roll with The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Currently broadcast by Disney XD for primetime audiences, this relatively new superhero cartoon may amaze you with its depth and maturity.

Dissatisfying Difficulty in the Digital Domain!

July 27, 2011 – 5:56 am |
Mike Haggar Slacks

This is going to be a quick one folks. Partially because A) I’d like to see if that’s possible, and B) I’m in the middle of Catherine, and boy is it . . . …

Book Review: The Craigslist Murders by Brenda Cullerton

July 26, 2011 – 8:32 am |
Book Review: <em>The Craigslist Murders</em> by Brenda Cullerton

An interior “desecrator” who despises the bored super-rich housewives who can afford her services, she lives amongst people for whom money has dissolved away the real world, and takes her revenge by smashing their heads in with the poker which she carries wrapped in a yoga mat.

Post:Ballet – Seconds

July 25, 2011 – 10:30 am |

In many cities and towns across the U.S., once the local ballet company completes its schedule, local fans have to pretty much wait until next season to get their dance fix. Not so in the San Francisco Bay Area. This dance-rich corner of the country fields a large number of companies that populate the regular fall/spring seasons and encompass everything from classical ballet to contact improvisation. Additionally, during the off-season, while some take a well-deserved break, other dancers and choreographers reconfigure, creating fascinating new companies.

Movie Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

July 23, 2011 – 12:49 pm |
Movie Review: <em>Captain America: The First Avenger</em>

For a movie about super soldiers, world domination, and rogue Nazi occultists, it packs surprisingly little punch. The flaw is not in the premise, but in the execution. Long stretches go by without a joke sticking, a blow landing, or an emotion ringing true.

The Weekly Listicle: The Dark Side of the [Holly]Wood

July 21, 2011 – 8:21 pm | 21 Comments

Hollywood, California. Tinseltown. The City of Dreams. Land of the Giant Sign. The Big H.
Where careers are made and dreams are shattered on a daily basis. Where a nobody from some nothing town …

Baloji: Nowhere and Everywhere

July 21, 2011 – 2:23 pm | One Comment

“Over there I don’t feel totally Conogolese, and here, I don’t particularly feel Belgian,” says Baloji, a Congolese/Belgian musician who recently released his second album, Kinshasha Succursale. The story of Africa’s Congo is a long …

Beauty & Bounty: American Art in the Age of Exploration, Seattle Art Museum

July 21, 2011 – 10:37 am |
<em>Beauty & Bounty: American Art in the Age of Exploration</em>, Seattle Art Museum

The highlight of the gallery would have to be the three paintings by lesser-known artist Martin Johnson Heade. In comparison with the majestic landscapes of mountains, waterfalls and canyons, the rather unremarkable marshlands and haystacks seem out of place. Yet, thanks to a rather humorous and talented Heade, the swirling haystacks and strange storm clouds leave the viewer with an eerie sense of calm, much like the sensation one feels before a summer storm.

Entourage, More Like Blah-ntourage: A Look Back At the HBO Series

July 20, 2011 – 4:25 pm | 3 Comments

This Sunday, HBO’s long-running series Entourage starts its eighth and final season (following a new episode of the still-strong Curb Your Enthusiasm). As with any show, I have to ask, what was the point? The …

Dance in the Desert Festival: 3 Questions with Choreographer/Dancer Bernard Gaddis

July 20, 2011 – 10:29 am |

The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, a popular company scheduled to perform the weekend of July 29/30 at the College of Southern Nevada’s annual Dance in the Desert Festival, is relatively new to the Las Vegas dance scene. Founded in 2007 by Bernard H. Gaddis and Charmaine Hunter, LVCDT is Las Vegas’ first professional contemporary dance company. Best known for its passionate and relatable repertoire, the company blends classical and modern styles with a high degree of athleticism.

Book Review: How I Lost the War by Filippo Bologna

July 18, 2011 – 2:44 pm |
Book Review: <em>How I Lost the War</em> by Filippo Bologna

Yet in Federico’s town, pools are pumped and wells are closed. They remove centuries old trees in the square and install a serpent-shaped fountain; they provide more jobs as the spa complex grows, at the same time bulldozing vineyards and cobblestone streets. Federico’s response is extreme but at the sight of his parched land perhaps understandable. He goes guerrilla.

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