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California Literary ReviewSeptember 2012 | California Literary Review California Literary Review

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Movie Review: End of Watch

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Fields

September 22nd, 2012

End Of Watch is a perfectly serviceable drama. It is also a bait and switch job. Writer/director David Ayer, whose chief preoccupations are Los Angeles street life and the pitfalls of police work, set out to create a different kind of cop movie and succeeded. This mean that the ads linking this film to Ayer’s breakout script Training Day are inappropriate.

The Office Recap: The New Guys (Season 9, Episode 1)

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Davinger

September 21st, 2012

A recap/review of The Office: The New Guys (Season 9, Episode 1)

Book Review: NW by Zadie Smith

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Bigman

September 21st, 2012

By calling her newest novel NW, Zadie Smith follows in the tradition of other writers, including Mary Gaskell, George Eliot, and Winifred Holtby, who have named the work after the setting. Like its predecessors, NW is an ensemble novel that explores human nature through a microcosm of the world, a technique that has historically appealed to women writers. Jane Austen famously said her work, containable on a “little bit (two inches wide) of Ivory,” was about “four or five families in a country village.”

How Social Media Has Energized Small Arts Organizations — An Interview with Diablo Ballet’s Dan Meagher

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Jeter

September 20th, 2012

For small companies like Diablo Ballet, social media has come into the forefront as a cost-effective vehicle to get audiences involved in the arts in a new and interactive way. In the past, marketing personnel for arts organizations had to navigate the expensive ad formats in print, television, and radio to get their message out. Often, local media would donate print space or airtime as part of their public service commitments, but this tended to be an unpredictable delivery method, dependent on too many variables, including space availability and the personal commitment of individual station managers.

Setting Fallout 4 Pt. 2 (of 2) – On The Road Again!

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Thomas

September 20th, 2012

For what I’m discussing today is nothing short of pure, unadulterated (but hopefully still informed) speculation! The time-honored tradition of fans everywhere! That of looking at something I enjoy the hell out of and going, “Hmmm, what if this were to happen next?”

So in this spirit, I’m going to hop into my rebuilt Chrysalis Highwayman here, and take a virtual road trip through a post-nuclear America!

Laurie Anderson Surveys the Wreckage

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Singer

September 20th, 2012

Appearing in a loose-fitting white shirt and tie, black slacks and white shoes, and sporting a scruffy do that was its own hybrid—punk plus low maintenance—she, herself, especially when she tucks her violin into the crook of her neck as if it were her heart—evokes something sculptural and pleasantly exotic. She is Electronica Untamed and also Electronica Informed—by a classical education in music, philosophy and science.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Jackie Brown, #58

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Anastasia, Glen Macnow

September 20th, 2012

The cast is major league. Pam Grier reestablished her career playing the title character and Robert Forster got an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Max Cherry, the soft-spoken and world-weary bail bondsman. But it is Samuel L. Jackson, over-the-top as the gunrunner and principal bad guy Ordell Robbie, who steals this picture.

Blu-Ray Review: The Cabin In The Woods

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Fields

September 19th, 2012

© 2012 Lionsgate This super-secret brainchild of screenwriters Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon came shrouded as carefully as Super 8, surrounded by many a dark rumor but giving maddeningly little away. Goddard and Whedon began laying it out during their time working on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. Then, in a blaze of energy, […]

The Mob Doctor Recap: Pilot Episode

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Hunt

September 18th, 2012

Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) has promised her services to Southside crime boss Paul Moretti (Michael Rapaport) as a way of paying off her brother’s gambling debts. The parts you may have seen in previews are pretty much all over before the opening credits roll – this is a very busy hour of television, and Grace clearly puts a lot of miles on her Jeep Cherokee, commuting at breakneck pace between her two lives.

Revolution Recap: Pilot (Season 1, Episode 1)

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Davinger

September 17th, 2012

A recap/review of Revolution: Pilot (Season 1, Episode1)

Video Game Review: Mass Effect: Leviathan and Extended Cut DLCs

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Buttrick

September 17th, 2012

The premise itself is sinister; an elusive entity called the Leviathan proves all too tempting a lure for Commander Shepard, who believes that whatever it is, it can help the galaxy triumph in the war over the Reapers. To go into more detail would give away too much about the Leviathan’s nature; suffice to say this DLC ramps up the creep factor and provides a chilling entry to the Mass Effect canon.

Doctor Who Recap: ‘A Town Called Mercy’ (Season 33/Series 7, Episode 3)

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Sample

September 16th, 2012

Indeed, why has he bothered to dress the part at all? After all, you’re never really going to blend in when you’ve got a glowing blue eye and a gun for an arm.

Movie Review: Resident Evil: Retribution

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Rhodes

September 15th, 2012

No, Resident Evil isn’t an exemplar of well-crafted story, subtle dialogue, or flawless continuity, but it certainly is fun to watch. During an impressive chase scene involving a colossal dog-like zombie creature thing, I grinned like an idiot, shaking my head at the implausibility of it while enjoying every second.

Movie Review: The Master

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Davinger

September 14th, 2012

The Master‘s really an existential voyage where The Cause, alcohol, sex, and loyalty serve as poor substitutes to fill the emptiness of lost souls. The film is about characters more than condemnation, relationships more than religion, and a study of those people who are unable to become part of society.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Heat, #59

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Anastasia, Glen Macnow

September 13th, 2012

This is an organized crime movie in the literal sense of that term. It’s not about the mob, but about a gang of well-organized professional thieves. They know their business and work it very well. They, in turn, are tracked by a group of police detectives who also take their work very seriously.

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