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California Literary ReviewJanuary 2012 | California Literary Review California Literary Review

Archive for January, 2012

Movie Review: Haywire

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Newlin

January 21st, 2012

Having already dominated the world of female mixed martial arts (MMA), Carano easily assumes the role of ass-kicking special operative Mallory Kane. Almost like a 21st century “Man With No Name,” Mallory only speaks when absolutely necessary. Carano is surprisingly convincing given she has no acting experience prior to this film.

Dark Souls VS Skyrim – Part 4 – Splinter of the Mind’s AI

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Thomas

January 21st, 2012

Climb On Up and Talk With Me, in The Dialogue Tree! First things first. Though this blog used to be known as The Metro City Reform Committee, it has been rechristened as “The Dialogue Tree” for reasons that should be obvious: I often leaf behind the roots of my topics and branch out into fruitful […]

The Weekly Listicle: Shameless Oscar Bait

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Fields

January 20th, 2012

If Oscar bait works on you, then you’ll treasure the film all your life and hate anyone who speaks a word against it. If not, you will enjoy bitter self-satisfaction every chance you have to snipe at it.

The Office Recap: Pool Party (Season 8, Episode 12)

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Davinger

January 20th, 2012

A recap/review of The Office: Pool Party (Season 8, Episode 12)

Book Review: George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis

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Bridges

January 19th, 2012

George Frost Kennan was one of the most influential of all American diplomats, as well as an historian and writer who won two National Book Awards and two Pulitzer Prizes. It was Kennan who, first in his “long telegram” sent from the American embassy at Moscow in February 1946, and then in his anonymous “X” article in Foreign Affairs the following year, laid out for policy-makers, and then for the American public, the true nature of Stalinism and Soviet policy at a time when some still took a benevolent view of our wartime Soviet ally.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Year of the Dragon, #93

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Anastasia, Glen Macnow

January 19th, 2012

Somewhere in the middle of this overwrought and overwritten gangland shoot-’em-up, there is a decent story. But we’re never quite able to get to it. Michael Cimino’s direction of a screenplay that he cowrote with Oliver Stone is full of action. But it’s built around a narrative that makes little sense.

Alcatraz Recap: Pilot and Ernest Cobb (Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2)

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Davinger

January 17th, 2012

A recap/review of FOX’s new series Alcatraz and its first two episodes, Pilot and Ernest Cobb

The Best And Worst Movies Of 2011

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Davinger

January 13th, 2012

A look back at the best and worst movies of 2011 from Brett Davinger and Dan Fields

The Office Recap: Trivia (Season 8, Episode 11)

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Davinger

January 12th, 2012

A recap review of The Office, Season 8, Episode 11- Trivia

100 Greatest Gangster Films: New Jack City, #94

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Anastasia, Glen Macnow

January 12th, 2012

A year after playing the righteous cop out to rid the city of the despicable drug lord in King of New York, Wesley Snipes revisited the urban underworld in Mario Van Peebles’ morality play about the scourge of crack cocaine.

Book Review: The Third Reich by Roberto Bolaño

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Charles
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Haynes

January 11th, 2012

In 2008 Roberto Bolaño’s 900-page epic 2666 was published. Appearing out of relative obscurity, Bolaño’s novel was soon being discussed as a potential masterpiece and, perhaps more importantly, sustained steady popularity in the bookshops. Sadly though, Bolaño saw none of this: he died only a few months after the first draft was completed and nearly 6 years before the English publication.

Art Review: The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Voves

January 10th, 2012

In his Portrait of a Young Man, painted in 1478, Antonello fused the psychological intensity of Byzantine icon painting with a close regard for his subject’s unique, personal identity. Antonello died the year after he painted Portrait of a Young Man, but with this and a handful of similar works, he blazed a trail for all of the great portrait painters who came after him.

Book Review: The Good, The Bad and the Multiplex: What’s Wrong With Modern Movies? by Mark Kermode

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Bloomfield

January 9th, 2012

His opinions, though held intensely and vocally, are often unpredictable: he has long maintained The Exorcist to be the greatest film ever made, but has also in the past championed the work of Zac Efron and the Twilight franchise, and has recently taken to insisting that Jaws is actually a movie about adultery rather than, say, a large shark.

Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum

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Hunt

January 9th, 2012

In 1959, he referred to esteemed critic Clement Greenberg and others as “wandering mongrels” only able to “cock a leg” against work they could not understand.

Dark Souls VS. Skyrim – Part 3 – Space is the Place

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Thomas

January 8th, 2012

To trace the place that is space like an ace. So LAST TIME, I spent about a thousand words or so explaining stuff before getting to the danged point. But at least I was thorough, and ended up making a major point pretty early on in that intro, and it’s what we’re going delving into […]

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