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The Office Recap: The Target (Season 9, Episode 8)

November 30, 2012 – 12:35 am |

A recap/review of The Office- The Target (Season 9, Episode 8)

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Get Carter, #48

November 29, 2012 – 12:05 am |
Movie still: Get Carter, Britt Ekland

After launching his career with star turns in Alfie, The Ipcress File and Funeral in Berlin, Michael Caine wanted to play a bad guy. In writer/director Mike Hodges’ Get Carter, he got to play one of the baddest.

The Mob Doctor Recap: ‘Game Changers’ (Season 1, Episode 8)

November 27, 2012 – 9:16 am |
The Mob Doctor, Game Changers - Jennifer Beals

Someone somewhere must have (or have had) faith in The Mob Doctor’s future. This week, the show forged ahead with the expansion of its fictional universe and the complication of its basic plotlines.

Revolution Recap: Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Season 1, Episode 10)

November 27, 2012 – 3:14 am |

A recap/review of Revolution- Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Season 1, Episode 10)

The Walking Dead Recap: “When the Dead Come Knocking” (Season 3, Episode 7)

November 26, 2012 – 4:03 pm | 2 Comments

It seems that while The Walking Dead suffered in the wake of Frank Darabont’s unceremonious departure (hence the slog of last season), writers, composers, and actors have seriously stepped up their game for season three. …

Art Review: Picasso Black and White

November 26, 2012 – 6:01 am |
Picasso: Woman Ironing

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City is the perfect venue for hosting great chronological exhibitions of art. Ascend the spiraling ramps and you are able to understand the course of an artistic era in its totality or the development of a national school of art, as was the case in the spectacular 2005 presentation of Russian art from its Byzantine-inspired roots to the post-Soviet present. But seldom have a museum and a special exhibition been so perfectly matched as Guggenheim New York and its present show, Picasso Black and White.

‘Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection’ Review

November 25, 2012 – 4:32 pm |

Though Tarantino has said he plans to retire from filmmaking after his tenth film, there will no doubt be enough material generated by him in the next twenty years to hopefully warrant another collection.

Diablo Ballet’s Newest Member and Comeback Kid, Aaron Orza

November 23, 2012 – 12:57 pm |
Diablo Ballet: Aaron Mayo

I would say that compared to the what the women face, competition is not so ruthless for men. We are all in it more for each other, a positive, friendly competition thing. That is how I was trained to view it by my teacher at San Francisco Ballet, Jorge Esquivel.

Movie Review: Anna Karenina

November 23, 2012 – 10:20 am |

The hard truth, impossible to dodge, is that this is not Tolstoy’s world. It is more like Hugo Cabret’s world, and from time to time it even flirts perilously with becoming Baz Luhrmann’s world. Tom Stoppard’s script, though consistently bright and entertaining, abridges the story painfully to fit the stylish construct.

Putting the Assassin’s Creed Franchise Under the Knife – Part 1

November 23, 2012 – 12:01 am | 3 Comments

The word “Assassin” in the title is increasingly becoming the biggest lie in the series, and unless Ubisoft’s going to change the name to “Overpowered Swashbuckler’s Guidelines”, they need to take a long hard look at how the franchise has evolved further and further away from the original focus.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: The Big Heat, #49

November 22, 2012 – 12:05 am |
Movie still: The Big Heat

Bannion is a tough-talking homicide detective investigating the suicide of another cop. He questions the dead man’s widow, who makes up a phony story of how her husband shot himself because he had been suffering from an undiagnosed illness. Her tale sounds fishy.

Diablo Ballet’s Swingin’ Holiday

November 21, 2012 – 5:49 pm |
Diablo Ballet dancers Mayo Sugano and Aaron Orza in A Swingin Holiday

This small company has bagged a big quotient of ballet artistry thanks to intelligent and sensitive leadership by Diablo’s artistic director, Lauren Jonas.

Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook

November 21, 2012 – 1:46 pm |

Much of the time, a movie just can’t offer the sort of character depth and development a book does. It’s totally implausible that a man recently released from a psychiatric hospital would find himself with the weight of his family’s livelihood on his shoulders as he performs in a dance competition with a recently widowed, slightly nymphomaniac young woman.

Movie Review: Rise of the Guardians

November 21, 2012 – 1:25 pm |

In Rise of the Guardians, we discover that not only are Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny real, they also comprise an ancient league chosen to protect mankind’s children. The Guardians, as they are called, are made up of some of the most beloved characters from our childhood who, as we grow older, become less and less real.

Vegas Recap: ‘Bad Seeds’ (Season 1, Episode 7)

November 21, 2012 – 9:22 am |
Vegas, CBS: Bad Seed episode

Tonight, it’s all business in Vegas. The bodies of Cornaro and his associate turn up in the cornfield of a farmer who’s very upset at what they’ve done to the pH of his soil.

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