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California Literary ReviewJanuary 2012 | California Literary Review California Literary Review

Archive for January, 2012

Movie Review: The Devil Inside

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Rhodes

January 7th, 2012

With a jarringly abrupt termination that is less a conclusion than an obnoxious cliffhanger, we’re given a website to visit to continue following “the Rossi case.” Boos reverberate through the theater. “Come on, you wanted to see this too!” says a boy to his girlfriend as they exit.

Movie Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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Fields

January 7th, 2012

Most of the actual “spy stuff” that goes on is hidden even from the audience, and hinted at later in passing. Every bit of explanation you need to follow this movie is in the script, but just barely. In other words, don’t take a restroom break.

West of Center: Art and the Countercultural Experiment in America, 1965 -1977, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

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Hunt

January 5th, 2012

Earnest rather than ironic, unashamedly idealistic, unafraid of appearing amateurish and haphazard, many of the contents of this exhibition have the air of artifacts from a lost world.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Bound, #95

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Anastasia, Glen Macnow

January 5th, 2012

Bound is distinct from the 99 other movies on this list. For starters, it’s the only one featuring lesbian lovers as protagonists. The two gorgeous actresses—Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly—wrestle around in several graphic scenes, one of which is regarded among the steamiest ever put on film. Still with us? We figured so.

Book Review: The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

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Bloomfield

January 4th, 2012

So for those who may have been a little lost amidst the religious politics of The Name of the Rose or the Byzantine byways of Foucault’s Pendulum, this latest might seem to offer a more secure footing from which to enjoy Eco’s intellectual gymnastics. If the endpoint of the novel is The Protocols and mid-century European anti-Semitism, that’s handy. We know what we think about that.

Think Of The Children! Family Films Rule 2011

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Fields

January 3rd, 2012

It is heartening to see so much well-crafted entertainment geared toward whole families in a single year. That increases the likelihood of a new generation that wants to grow up and make great movies. However, it is also a signal to the makers of strictly grown-up films to wake up and get creative again.

Art Review: Two Chinese Exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum

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Hunt

January 3rd, 2012

This was a world in which the color of the glass finial on one’s hat indicated with precision one’s rank at court; in which the bird or animal embroidered in silk and gold thread on a silken badge indicated a civil or military official’s place in the hierarchy. (Degrees of civil officialdom were represented by birds such as cranes or pheasants, while military rank was indicated by fiercer animals, such as tigers, leopards, lions, and the legendary quilin.)

Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Fitzgerald

January 2nd, 2012

Magic is all around us, if only we’d pay attention more—if only we’d dream. Maybe then we’d sense its dark secret is really light, a bonfire of belief beyond understanding, but real. The kind of magic—or is it love?—that slays dragons and rescues princesses and lives happily ever after in the imagination of children.

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