Monthly Archives: July 2011

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Cover of City Tuesday

City Tuesday and Chris Zukowski – An Interview with an Independent


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In our ongoing mission to define the facets that make gaming the unique art form it is and has to potential to become, the Metro City Reform Committee has attempted to contact various people who actually make games. Unfortunately most were intimidated by our impeccable physiques, “accept no substitutes” attitude, […]

Video Game Review: Ms. Splosion Man


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‘Splosion Man was a return to form. Of the glory days where the platformer was king due to the success of a benevolent super powered Italian plumber (by way of a whimsical Japanese former toy-maker) and practically every game made followed suit, no matter how little sense it made.

Movie Review: Winnie the Pooh


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It would not be the first time Disney has reinvented the Hundred Acre Wood for a new generation, but could they resist the temptation this time around to get snarky and crass? Sure, it would have been high blasphemy of the first order, but what if the wrong hands had gotten hold of this project and chosen to – if I may – “Shrek it up?” If there is one thing that does not belong in Winnie The Pooh, it is a “pooh” joke.

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2


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A palpable glee wafted through the theater as cameras flashed and 3D glasses shaped like Potter’s rested upon hundreds of noses. Gasps, sobs, and cheers reverberated while sniffles and furtive nose-wiping punctuated the quietest scenes. This is true fandom, and it’s wonderful. Some would see this as insanity, some would laugh derisively – and to that I’d ask, “Well, what are you passionate about?”

Trailer Watch: Martin Scorsese’s Hugo


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Martin Scorsese, Hollywood titan, enjoys a special reputation for directing violent, foul-mouthed crime flicks. Admittedly, he does this very well, but the notoriety of movies like Taxi Driver, Casino, and most recently The Departed tends to eclipse the true diversity and scope of his body of work. Even when his […]

Dance in the Desert Festival: 5 Questions with Choreographer Nannette Brodie


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In between their annual festival appearances, the Brodie company, like most of the other Festival participants, presents its own season, conducts classes, and explores new choreographic approaches. However, this past spring, Company Director Nannette Brodie was presented with a new challenge — to choreograph dance material for the Long Beach Opera production of the Philip Glass opera, Akhnaten. In addition to the singing, acting, and orchestral components, the production also included cutting-edge video work.

Best And Worst Movies Of 2011, Part 1


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We the critics of the Fourth Wall – Julia Rhodes, Brett Davinger, and myself – devote this week to the discussion of our favorite (and least favorite) films released in 2011 so far. After careful consideration, each of us has selected a “Top 3” and “Bottom 3” for the year’s first half. Read along and see how our love and hate stack up against your own.

Gravestone of Atari

Batman, Auteurism and Supreme Court Decisions! Oh My!


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Events are brewing in the world of gaming dear readers. Big events. Sure, I suppose that’s pretty common – something’s always happening somewhere. But one of these events is of a political nature, so it would be remiss of we members of the Reform Committee to let them slip past […]

Book Review: René Blum and the Ballets Russes by Judith Chazin-Bennahum


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All of Blum’s many accomplishments were bracketed between the anti-Semitic turmoil of the Dreyfus Affair that tormented France from 1894 to 1904 and the Nazi-led Holocaust in which he perished. To his dying day, Blum thought of himself as a French patriot. Yet it was the complicity of French officials during the German occupation that set him on the road to Auschwitz.

Video Game Review: Shadows of the Damned


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So despite its simplicity and despite its vulgarity, Shadows of the Damned could prove important. Here we have group of gaming visionaries who effectively sold a game to a publisher based off their names alone, and retained creative control over the process. If they can sell it to the audience at large, it may portend a shift in the culture of gaming itself: away from the studio system it’s currently in and into an Age of the Auteur.

Movie Review: Horrible Bosses


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The main thing holding this movie back from greatness is a persistent reluctance to probe the sinister potential of the story. The mere suggestion of violence and revenge is not sufficient to make a dark comedy of real weight. In the best movies of this kind, even the heroes give vent to violent urges and discover unsettling things about themselves.

Damages- Season 4 Comes to DIRECTV on July 13


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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIOTeIix-2c[/youtube] Opening credits to Season 1 of DIRECTV’s Damages On July 13 at 10 p.m. EST, the New York City-set Damages returns for its fourth season only on DIRECTV, uncut and commercial-free. Glenn Close (Reversal of Fortune, The Big Chill) and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, X-Men: First Class) return to the […]

Stacey Steers’ Night Hunter


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Here, Gish finds herself amidst a riot of Freudian imagery – snakes, earthworms, and phallic blades of grass; mysterious pulsating eggs that seem to ooze blood. Among the few touches of color (added by hand) are splashes of red in Gish’s clothes (and oozing from those eggs). These, along with the old house deep in a tangled wood which forms the setting, evoke Little Red Riding Hood, perhaps the modern world’s favorite fable of sexual awakening and sexual danger.

The Weekly Listicle: If We Nominated the Nominees (Emmys Edition)


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As easy as it is to knock television, we probably are living in one of the best eras of scripted television. Just because the number of outlets have increased does not take away from the large amount of very good programming on the air. We can even get easy access […]