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California Literary ReviewOctober 2012 | California Literary Review California Literary Review

Archive for October, 2012

Vegas Recap: ‘(Il)Legitimate’ (Season 1, Episode 4)

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Hunt

October 24th, 2012

Savino’s got surprises for everyone. His expansion plans have been nixed by Angelo back in Chicago, but he’s not letting that stop him. He wants to buy out a fading casino with large lot, the Tumbleweed, and he wants to pay for it with a loan. From a bank.

The Walking Dead Recap: “Sick” (Season 3, Episode 2)

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Rhodes

October 22nd, 2012

Last week’s season premiere of The Walking Dead plunged us into a whole new world, one in which our protagonists have become brutal and vicious out of a simple need to survive. The little niggling dramas that held the cast at Hershel’s farm for most of last season are no more. Pacing and writing were […]

Movie Review: Holy Motors

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Davinger

October 22nd, 2012

More a collection of vignettes than one single story, Holy Motors features each of Oscar’s “characters” as the star of their own short, often bizarre, film. This format allows Carax to experiment with many different styles, and one feels the pleasure he has in staging a crime drama, a melodrama, and a musical intermission.

Halloween Home Video #7: Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Barrens

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Fields

October 22nd, 2012

Today’s Halloween Home Video – Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Barrens – a contemporary fable casting the ideal family getaway into hell.

Shaping Flamenco: An Afternoon with Cristina Hall

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Singer

October 21st, 2012

“The head follows the hand.” Now smiling broadly, she demonstrates slamming the back foot onto the floor behind her, then in front, so that we hear the stamp each time. The hand slaps the thigh, though the elbows stay softened. The hip movement isn’t perfunctory: It’s sustained.

The Thick of It Recap – Series 4, Episode 6

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Bloomfield

October 21st, 2012

The scenario is a brilliant way of watching each figure respond in almost laboratory conditions, offering them the same stimuli and noting their responses.

Game of the Week: Tennessee vs Alabama — The View from England

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Bloomfield

October 21st, 2012

His whole appearance is so overpoweringly wholesome and plucky, he so powerfully exudes the air of someone who carries their own soundtrack around with them, that one cannot see him onscreen without picturing him in a montage.

Book Review: You & Me by Padgett Powell

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Kohl du
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Maurier

October 21st, 2012

You might enjoy your own shot of bourbon to compliment the liquor these two “weirdly agreeable dudes” are drinking while “on a porch…talking a lot.” The book is a page turner, primarily because once you meet the never named southern characters you are hooked on the hilarious observations they share.

Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 4

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Dan
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Fields

October 19th, 2012

For those who came in late: Paranormal Activity is the continuing saga of a family whose long history with the occult has led to a spate of possessions, polter-violence, and vigilant home surveillance. Series creator and producer Oren Peli constructed the concept around handily placed cameras capturing “true life” hauntings with a seemingly bottomless barrel of visual tricks. Now, however, one can hear distinct scraping sounds as the bottom comes into view.

Halloween Home Video #6: Sean Byrne’s The Loved Ones

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Fields

October 19th, 2012

Halloween Home Video (2012 edition) is your one-stop shop for Halloween rental recommendations. Sean Byrne’s The Loved Ones comes closer to the spirit of the original 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre than any movie in the last thirty-five years.

Art Review: Graphic Design: Now in Production, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

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Michelle
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Lopes

October 19th, 2012

Lovers of advertising, of the internet and interactivity, of reading and the media, sit back and prepare to be amazed; you’re in capable hands here, and this is the good stuff. Graphic Design: Now in Production is a tour de force of some of the boldest graphic design work out there, ranging from 2000 to the present.

The Office Recap: Work Bus (Season 9, Episode 4)

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Davinger

October 19th, 2012

A recap/review of The Office: Work Bus (Season 9, Episode 4)

100 Greatest Gangster Films: The Killing, #54

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Anastasia, Glen Macnow

October 18th, 2012

There are two great reasons to see The Killing, Stanley Kubrick’s 1956 caper film about a botched racetrack heist. First off, the movie served as inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. And second, The Killing stands up as a solid work on its own.

Halloween Home Video #5: John Poliqiun’s Grave Encounters 2

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Fields

October 17th, 2012

Read on as Halloween Home Video brings you the horror highlights of 2012. Revisit a haunted asylum with the satirical meta-madness of Grave Encounters 2.

Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake

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Singer

October 16th, 2012

Asked why there were no secondes, the general director gave the curious response that “not everyone can do that step.” We scoured our memory to come up with a major company where that is the case—and couldn’t!

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