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Movie Review: Side by Side

August 31, 2012 – 7:09 pm | One Comment
Side by Side poster

In an early voiceover, Reeves explains that Side by Side is about “the science, art and impact of digital cinema,” and that perfectly sums up what transpires in this wonderfully enlightening and entertaining film.

Theatre Review: Three Men In A Boat, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, England

August 31, 2012 – 5:52 pm |
Three Men in a Boat poster

There are laughs to be had, but this feels more like a sketch than a fully-fledged work.

Interview with the Late Mirta Hermida, Headmistress of the Cuban National Ballet School

August 30, 2012 – 9:38 pm |
Mirta Hermida

Understanding that dancers’ careers had a limited time span and usually ended at the age of 30, Fernando and Alicia taught us how to teach, even as we learned. And so, by the age of 19 I had begun teaching.

Movie Review: Lawless

August 30, 2012 – 12:11 pm |

From the opening credits, framed in a colorful autumn canopy, to the final shot, a restored photograph of the Bondurant brothers, the movie is visually engaging, the lighting and cinematography spot-on. Cave and fellow Bad Seeds member Warren Ellis recorded a brilliant soundtrack featuring The Bootleggers, which includes Ralph Stanley and Emmylou Harris.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Things Change, #61

August 30, 2012 – 12:05 am | One Comment
Movie still: Things Change

When the courtly Ameche saw that the script required him to curse, he held up the scene for a few minutes to first apologize to everyone on the set for what he was about to say.

Book Review: The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes

August 29, 2012 – 9:32 am |
Book jacket: The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes

As befits a former poet, Hughes’s writing is economical yet stylish, atmospheric without being fussy. And as with almost any vintage detective novel, there are many pleasures to be had in the details of an earlier America.

True Blood Recap: Season 5 Raises The Stakes

August 28, 2012 – 7:22 pm | 3 Comments
Anna Paquin stars in True Blood Season 5 (2012)

True Blood has tightened up considerably since the meandering adventures of Season 4, despite the fact that its protagonist is now a background character. Remember how the show used to be about vampires? That is happily the case once more.

Book Review: Diaries by George Orwell

August 28, 2012 – 11:01 am | 2 Comments
Book jacket: Diaries by George Orwell

Europe had yet to recover from the First World War and the Allied peoples were at a grave psychological disadvantage in comparison with the civilian population of Nazi Germany. Through nearly a decade of political indoctrination, news censorship and threats of imprisonment or worse, the German people were schooled for war. To Orwell, the only things that could shake the British out of their complacency were the drone of the engines of German aircraft over London and the detonation of the bombs they dropped.

The Newsroom Recap: The Greater Fool (Season 1, Episode 10)

August 27, 2012 – 10:03 am | 3 Comments

Photos courtesy of Melissa Moseley/HBO
Last night’s episode of The Newsroom was the season finale, a bittersweet close to a freshman season marked by serious highs and serious lows. We learn from Sloan Sabbith near the …

Breaking Bad Recap: ‘Say My Name’ (Season 5, Episode 7)

August 27, 2012 – 9:23 am | 3 Comments
Still: Breaking Bad season 5, episode 7

Mike’s murder isn’t just scary because it’s pointless, it’s upsetting because it’s not in Walt’s own best interest – it was a purely impulsive act, precipitated by nothing but momentary humiliation and rage.

Summertime Digital Dance Quiz

August 26, 2012 – 10:21 am | One Comment
Roy Scheider in All That Jazz

Which was more important to you in Billy Elliot—the dancing or the plot?

Movie Review: Cosmopolis

August 25, 2012 – 7:22 pm | 7 Comments
Cosmopolis poster

The short shelf lives of even the best individuals. The apathy towards one’s surroundings. The vibe that the world is on the verge of collapse but being desensitized towards it all. These are all valuable and well-presented elements of the movie.

Movie Review: The Apparition

August 25, 2012 – 12:30 pm |
The Apparition poster

In bad horror movies, even women who are supposed to be educated and independent wear very little clothing and turn into complete headcases the moment their men vacate the premises.

Remembering Robert Hughes – Re-watching American Visions

August 23, 2012 – 10:19 pm |
Writer and art critic Robert Hughes

On another note entirely, the eighth and final episode offers the enduring pleasures of Hughes’s prickly encounter with Jeff Koons: “A kitten in a giant sock. Tell me about it.”

NYC Fringe Report: Domestic Disturbances

August 23, 2012 – 1:38 pm |
Michelle Ramoni as June

Two of the standouts, Michelle Ramoni’s June and Nancy and Camilla Ammirati’s In the Ebb take place in very different times and places, but they share a common theme. Both stories include searching, imaginative female protagonists who struggle to discover themselves as they question the stability of their marriages.

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