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Darks Souls VS. Skyrim – Part 2 – On Space

December 31, 2011 – 8:59 pm | 11 Comments
Infinite Space Game

The First and Foremost Frontier.
LAST TIME I was discussing time, and how the usage of it, and specifically how the developers of Dark Souls and Skyrim let players manipulate time, reflected a core difference of …

Dance Review: The Nutcracker, English National Ballet at The Coliseum, London

December 31, 2011 – 3:54 pm |
Dance Review: <em>The Nutcracker</em>, English National Ballet  at The Coliseum, London

For once the Mouse King is a genuinely compelling villain: his mask is a giant rodent’s skull with red eyes, his costume is murkily tatty and his dancing has a blend of exuberance and creepiness which makes him a joy to watch. James Streeter is the first Mouse King I’ve seen that Clara should be afraid of.

Who’s Laughing Now? – Film and TV Comedy in 2011

December 31, 2011 – 12:05 pm | One Comment

And so the clock has run out on 2011. We had some major comedy misfires on the big screen, and relied a lot more than usual on television for laughs. What’s going on here?

A Look Back at 2011: Superhero Films Edition

December 29, 2011 – 6:25 pm |

A Look Back at 2011’s comic book films

100 Greatest Gangster Films: We Own the Night, #96

December 29, 2011 – 12:05 am | One Comment
100 Greatest Gangster Films: <em>We Own the Night</em>, #96

This is half of a good movie. The first half. The set up and premise are intriguing. Unfortunately director James Gray, who also wrote the script, delivers a lot less than is promised. If you want to see Gray at the top of his game, check out Little Odessa.

Doctor Who Recap: ‘The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe’ – Christmas Special 2011

December 26, 2011 – 10:56 am |
<em>Doctor Who</em> Recap: ‘The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe’ – Christmas Special 2011

Photo: BBC

Who, who, who! Merry Christmas!

Well, that was a feel-good little slice of schmaltz. It was a hugely silly storyline and lacked some of the punch of other episodes in this series; however, there were …

Dark Souls VS. Skyrim – Part 1 – Time Crimes

December 22, 2011 – 4:30 am | 7 Comments
Dark Souls Death Screen

LAST TIME we were here, I said I wanted to keep talking about Skyrim, and so I will. But in lieu of a neat conversation I had, I think how I’m going to talk about …

100 Greatest Gangster Films: The Yakuza, #97

December 22, 2011 – 12:05 am |
100 Greatest Gangster Films: <em>The Yakuza</em>, #97

Two exciting trends enlivened Hollywood in the mid-1970s. First, Frances Ford Coppola’s The Godfather reinvigorated the gangster film. Second, Bruce Lee’s martial arts mayhem exploded on American screens, creating an enthusiastic audience for kung fu movies. So why not merge the two?

Book Review: The Hillary Effect by Taylor Marsh

December 20, 2011 – 1:24 pm | One Comment
Book Review: <em>The Hillary Effect</em> by Taylor Marsh

There may not be space in a blog post to let the reader weigh the words and come to their own conclusion, guided by your discreet commentary, but this habit of GLOSSING EVERYTHING IN ALL CAPS grates across two hundred and fifty pages. There’s little rhetorical virtue in having the last word in your own paragraph.

Terra Nova Recap: Occupation and Resistance (Episodes 12 and 13)

December 20, 2011 – 1:47 am | 5 Comments

A recap/review of Terra Nova’s first season finale- the two hour, two parter Occupation and Resistance

Smuin Ballet Swims in the Blue Ocean of Holiday Fun

December 19, 2011 – 10:00 am | One Comment

The ballet consists of two parts. The first half, “The Classical Christmas,” is devoted to traditional ballet with classical Christmas music, including liturgical works. In the second half, “The Cool Christmas,” pointe shoes are out, stilettos and tap shoes are in, and the music shifts from Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic to Lou Rawls, Eartha Kitt, and Leon Redbone.

In “The Classical Christmas,” the big standout for me this year was the simplest. There is something timeless and charming about the minimalist line dance by the company women to “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel.” It reminds us that dance does not always need to be tricky and complicated to be wonderful. Oh, there were masses of tricky solos and partner work, to be sure, but the sheer loveliness of this dance will linger in memory far longer than fancy footwork.

Movie Review: A Dangerous Method

December 17, 2011 – 5:55 pm |
Movie Review: <em>A Dangerous Method</em>

However, what defines Cronenberg’s nearly 40-year long career is his obsession with, well, obsession. Whether getting hooked on bug poison, intermingling sex and car accidents, developing bizarre gynecology instruments, protecting one’s family/identity, solving a mystery, or stopping a crime syndicate, his best characters tend to showcase the alluring and destructive passion of obsession without serving as a cautionary tale.

The Weekly Listicle: The Stage On Screen

December 17, 2011 – 1:50 pm |
The Weekly Listicle: The Stage On Screen

As the holiday season builds to its peak, we movie watchers face a release pattern that seems a bit less robust than usual. However, there are plenty of perfectly interesting options out there. In addition …

One Man, Two Guvnors, Adelphi Theatre, London

December 16, 2011 – 12:35 pm |
<em>One Man, Two Guvnors</em>, Adelphi Theatre, London

For this show is funny. I mean, it is really funny. Not the kind of funny you might associate with a National Theatre adaptation of an eighteenth-century Italian play. It’s splutteringly, potato-throwingly, unreasonably hilarious.

Ross Noble and Friends, Cranleigh Arts Centre, England

December 16, 2011 – 11:53 am |
<em>Ross Noble and Friends</em>, Cranleigh Arts Centre, England

It showcased all of Noble’s best points: the delight in the ludicrous, the ideas tripping over each other to get out and the revelling in how foolish he may look to an audience. And of course The Voice.

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