Monthly Archives: March 2013

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Community Recap: ‘Advanced Documentary Filmmaking’ (Season 4, Episode 6)


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After a mediocre season (to put it nicely) so far, this week’s episode of Community was a slight return to form for the struggling comedy which has become almost without humor in what is likely to be its final season.

The Office Recap: ‘The Farm’ (Season 9, Episode 17)


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Tonight is the episode of The Office that I’ve been waiting for: “The Farm.” This is the pilot for the defunct Dwight spin-off, the news of which led to the Internet being chock-full of references to the classic Simpsons episode, “The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase.” When NBC decided not to pick up the show, the producers opted to re-purpose it into a conventional episode of The Office. And here we are.

San Francisco Ballet: Guide to Strange Places

San Francisco Ballet Presents The Rite of Spring, Beaux and Guide To Strange Places


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At the first sensual strains of a bassoon made to sound like an archaic oboe in the Igor Stravinsky Sacre de printemps score, dancers begin to differentiate themselves from the mound they appeared to be half buried by. Heads, eyes, then bodies become perceptible as lighting by Sandra Woodall extrudes more humanoid clues, and the deepening tones of the woodwinds transport us to an earlier time in a sylvan setting.

Movie still: American Gangster

100 Greatest Gangster Films: American Gangster, #33


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Based loosely on the life and times of Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas, American Gangster was an attempt to do for America’s black underworld what the Godfather films did for the American Mafia.

Freddie Highmore: Bates Motel

SXSW Film Festival Day 5: Guns, Ghosts and Psychos


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As a sign of how important SXSW has become across a variety of media, A&E premiered the pilot episode of its new series Bates Motel. Set in the present day, the series will be a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Psycho.

Early Review: Don Jon


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Don Jon is Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt), a New Jersey meathead who only cares about a few things: his body, his boys, his ride and his women. Above all else, though, he values his internet porn and the hours and hours he spends getting “lost” in it.

The Walking Dead Recap: “Arrow on the Doorpost” (Season 3, Episode 13)


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We already know how the Governor functions, and we don’t need more evidence of his shortcomings as a human being. We don’t want Michonne to lose any of her badassery as she becomes more attached to Carl and Rick. We know Rick likes to play the hero. We didn’t need an entire episode to pound in these aspects of our characters.

SXSW Film Festival Day 3: Is The MPAA All Bad?


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I was able to attend my first panel discussion on my third day at SXSW. Cleverly titled “This Panel is Not Yet Rated,” the focus was on the rating system used by the Motion Picture Association of America and how — or if — it affects filmmakers’ artistic vision and audiences’ moviegoing experiences.

John Everett Millais: The Blind Girl

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848–1900, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


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The Pre-Raphaelites shared several treasured ideals, but their painting styles varied greatly. The two transcendent themes, especially in their early work, were “truth to nature” and the power of religious faith. They aimed to depict the natural world with great fidelity, while evoking spiritual values as medieval artists had done.