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Has The Avengers Ruined X-Men: First Class II- Days of Future Past?

January 31, 2013 – 11:07 am |

Moreover, if the filmmakers believe that The Avengers worked because it united pre-established characters, they’re missing the point. The Avengers might have been comprised primarily of characters that were in earlier films, but the main characters starred in their own film. Not all X-Men are created equal- a phrase I hated typing as much as you hated reading.

Dance Review: Joffrey Ballet

January 31, 2013 – 11:06 am |
Joffrey Ballet: After the Rain

The courage of this company is a reminder that art has a role to play not only in re-enacting the artifice of past pleasures, but also awakening us to the real horrors of the present.

CLR Street Fashion: Simon in London

January 31, 2013 – 7:00 am |
CLR Street Fashion: Simon in London

Fashionable gent in snowy London…

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, #39

January 31, 2013 – 12:05 am |
Movie still: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

The twisting, amusing heist movie was written and directed by Guy Ritchie, a 29-year-old Brit who never went to film school and learned his craft by creating music videos and TV commercials. Unfortunately, as we see it, this feature-length debut also serves as the high point of Ritchie’s career—unless you count his eight-year marriage to Madonna.

Interview with Joffrey Ballet Dancer, Fabrice Calmels

January 30, 2013 – 10:45 am |
Fabrice Calmels, Joffrey Ballet dancer

The Joffrey gave me confidence because it lifted my morale. I’m considered a giant in the dance world at 6’ 6”. I haven’t seen anyone who is my equal in height. When you are that tall, all you hear is, you’re not fast enough, there’s nothing we can put you in because you dwarf the other dancers, the girls are too short for you to partner—all negatives, and it is true that I can’t move as fast as short people, but Balanchine training at SAB helped get me get up to speed.

2013 San Francisco Ballet Gala

January 29, 2013 – 2:49 pm |
San Francisco Ballet: After the Rain

Maria Kochetkova and Vitor Luiz capture the thrill in the dream pas de deux from John Cranko’s Onegin. The duet carries into the ballet the titillating but terrifying complications and implications of a love that arrives post-maturely, offering both too much and too little. Luiz appears in the magical mirror that suddenly opens a window of opportunity, and Kochetkova comes to him like a lost kitten. Their fluidity in the three arabesque lift-turns float her deeper into her joyful illusion. To me, this is one of the most beautiful pas de deux in ballet, offering an equality of expression to both partners to which each must contribute fully and blissfully in order for it to succeed.

Interview with Priscilla Lopez and Matthew Lopez, Star and Writer of Somewhere

January 29, 2013 – 9:31 am |
Priscilla Lopez in Somewhere

Bob Fosse walked to the front of the house, put his hands on the rail, and said, “Now that’s what I call a well prepared audition.” Then he jumped up on stage with me and started giving me his signature bumps and grind moves to try out. I waited three days to hear if I got it. After three days I was a very happy girl.

Theatre Review: Somewhere

January 28, 2013 – 10:16 pm |

If you were born in New York and see a set that has been detailed with a rollaway folding cot in the hallway, and a living room view of not only the standard-issue brick wall of the building behind yours, but also the laundry hung out wherever space permits, you know that this is the Bronx, Brooklyn or Manhattan West Side post-war apartment that your parents grew up in, and spent their lives striving to escape.

Republicans Invade Primetime

January 28, 2013 – 5:08 pm |

When I logged onto the Twittersphere after the show to congratulate @LenaDunham on a job well done, I was shocked at the vitriolic speech of those commenting about the episode and Dunham’s decision to write a character who was not ashamed of his right-leaning political beliefs.

Girls Recap: ‘Bad Friend’ (Season 2, Episode 3)

January 28, 2013 – 1:42 pm |
HBO Girls: Season 2, Episode 3

Last night’s episode of Girls, “Bad Friend,” will forever be known in my mind as “that time Hannah did coke.”

CLR Street Fashion: Toni in New York City

January 28, 2013 – 7:00 am | One Comment
CLR Street Fashion: Toni in NYC

Dressed warmly in Midtown…

Backlog Video Game Review #3: Far Cry 3

January 27, 2013 – 8:30 am | 2 Comments
Far Cry 3 box art

You can’t make Apocalypse Now with an MTV cast.

Suits Recap: ‘Blood in the Water’ (Season 2, Episode 12)

January 25, 2013 – 10:31 am | 2 Comments
Suits: Blood in the Water

The great fun of the episode was again watching the family-like relationship between our characters. The kinship of Mike being a sort of kid-brother to the level-headed middle sibling, Donna, and the usually protective big-brother, Harvey, is always enjoyable.

The Office Recap: ‘Customer Loyalty’ (Season 9, Episode 12)

January 25, 2013 – 10:02 am |

The episode itself was fine and comprised of several small storylines, all of which worked. The title, “Customer Loyalty”, refers once again to Dwight’s plot. Upon learning that Darryl is also leaving Dunder Mifflin for Athlead, he freaks out and accuses Jim of trying to poach everyone from the staff.

Before Witch Hunters…The Brothers Grimm in Film

January 24, 2013 – 9:30 pm |

With the release of Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters, I examine three films inspired by The Brothers Grimm: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Red Riding Hood and The Brothers Grimm.

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