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Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

January 31, 2012 – 10:02 pm | 2 Comments

This exhibition of the works of Henry Ossawa Tanner is the first major reappraisal of the great African-American painter in a generation. On display in the PAFA exhibit are over 100 of Tanner’s works, including twelve paintings never shown in a previous retrospective. Drawings, photographs, prints and the only two surviving sculptures created by Tanner are featured, along with his paintings.

House Recap: ‘Runaways’ (Season 8, Episode 10)

January 31, 2012 – 9:02 am |

This week’s premise – “A Different House,” in which we see House caring for a patient as he never has before – is a bit oversold. Pretty much, House stands up for a teenage runaway’s right to hate her pill-popping mother and make a life without her. Though, to the writers’ credit, the parallels with House’s own father issues aren’t pushed too hard.

Alcatraz Recap: Cal Sweeney (Season 1, Episode 4)

January 31, 2012 – 1:34 am |

A recap/review of Alcatraz, Season 1, Episode 4, Cal Sweeney

Oscars 2012: Slighted Soundtracks And Fantasy Scores

January 30, 2012 – 12:54 pm | 4 Comments
Hanna (2011) - Soundtrack by the Chemical Brothers

Acting, directing, and writing awards are the most popular targets for discussion, but there were more very creative folks left off the roll this year. Two aggressively original outsiders are out in the rain, peeping in at the Best Original Score category without so much as an acknowledgment.

Movie Review: Albert Nobbs

January 28, 2012 – 1:08 pm |

Albert, says Garcia, is “beyond the closet.” It doesn’t matter what his sexual orientation is (or isn’t), nor does it even particularly matter his gender. In the end, he’s just a human being striving to be happy, and we can identify with that.

Movie Review: Man on a Ledge

January 28, 2012 – 12:35 pm | 8 Comments

The heist movie is one of the most beloved genres in cinema and its great legacy is tarnished by films like Man on a Ledge.

Hamlet, starring Michael Sheen at the Young Vic, London

January 27, 2012 – 11:35 am | 2 Comments

The psychiatric setting also forces – or helps – the production into a particular vision of the play. In some ways this is quite an old-fashioned take, with Hamlet framed as a study of a mind in disintegration.

Into the Void: The Bicoastal Legacy of Weldon Kees

January 26, 2012 – 12:46 pm | One Comment

This is very different stuff than the angst of later confessional poets such as Lowell and Plath, whose despair is essentially personal, rooted in disappointment and disillusionment. Kees, by comparison, proposes that this is simply how it is, and does so with enough coolness and elegance that it comes as no surprise that Wallace Stevens wrote to Kees ordering a volume of a limited edition of his verse.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: El Mariachi, #92

January 26, 2012 – 12:05 am |

But there’s a lot of energy and creativity in El Mariachi. Rodriguez has gone on to become a popular and successful director. Watching this film gives you the sense of watching a rock star back when he was in a neighborhood garage band.

Video Game Review: AMY

January 25, 2012 – 3:33 pm | 2 Comments

No, what truly hurts is that AMY squanders more potential than a philosophy student. Especially to me, as the game combines a favorite genre, Survival Horror, with a favorite game, ICO, and adds a dash of novelty by using a character you don’t often get to play as: an average woman ill-prepared for combat using her cunning to get by.

The Mid-Weekly Listicle: Oscar Nominations 2012

January 25, 2012 – 12:07 pm | 3 Comments

Our thoughts on the Oscar nominations

Alcatraz Recap: Kit Nelson (Season 1, Episode 3)

January 24, 2012 – 12:56 am | 2 Comments

A recap/review of Alcatraz- Season 1, Episode 3: Kit Nelson

House Recap: ‘Better Half’ (Season 8, Episode 9)

January 24, 2012 – 12:36 am | One Comment

So, here we are, back at Princeton-Plainsboro. House still has an ankle monitor, Dr. Chi Park still has an interestingly spiky personality, Dr. Jessica Adams still doesn’t have much personality at all. Taub is absent this week, attributed to a sick daughter. House makes a Taub-is-short joke about how he’s got Taub in his backpack.

San Francisco Ballet’s 2012 Gala Performance

January 23, 2012 – 11:25 am | One Comment

A gala performance such as this, kicking off San Francisco Ballet’s 2012 season, is inevitably programmed with virtuoso showpieces, designed to show off the extraordinary capabilities of what is undoubtedly a world-class company and arguably the finest dance organization in the U.S.

Movie Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

January 21, 2012 – 1:10 pm | 8 Comments

But when you wear your heart on your sleeve, you risk the audience recognizing that it’s as fake as the Tin Man’s, and Loud goes so far in the wrong direction that it almost becomes a comedy. By the halfway point, you’re no longer watching the magic act, you’re enjoying the magician fumbling with the deck of cards.

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