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California Literary ReviewApril 2013 | California Literary Review California Literary Review

Archive for April, 2013

Mad Men Recap: “The Flood” (Season 6, Episode 5)

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Rhodes

April 30th, 2013

A tragedy truly does cause one to reach out – but the stupidity of this move is very un-Don-Draper. Trying to contact his mistress by calling her husband with no real reason for it? What’s happening in his head? Did he fall in love when he shouldn’t have?

Revolution Recap: ‘Home’ (Season 1, Episode 15)

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Davinger

April 30th, 2013

Since the start of this show, Aaron has always been the most problematic character. While Tracy Spiridakos is probably Revolution‘s worst actor (though she has been improving), Charlie serves an important function both within the story and as a trope of the genre. But after more than half the season, the show still hasn’t figured out Aaron’s place.

CLR Street Fashion: Kimi in Brussels

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Canga

April 29th, 2013

Casual at a music festival…

Book Review: Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

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Wick

April 29th, 2013

Like its monsters, Red Moon is an impressive hybrid—a speculative novel about fairy tale horrors, a love story about star-crossed teenagers from different worlds, and a gritty political thriller.

Community Recap: ‘Basic Human Anatomy’ (Season 4, Episode 11)

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Newlin

April 26th, 2013

Trying to recapture the “outside the box” antics that made Community so beloved in the earlier seasons, “Human Anatomy” focuses on Abed and Troy doing a Freaky Friday-style body switch for most of the episode. While no one believes they have actually switched bodies, the rest of the group goes along with it so that they can complete the History project that is conveniently due very soon.

San Francisco Ballet Offers Raymonda Act III, Ibsen’s House and Symphonic Dances

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Singer

April 26th, 2013

It was a pleasure to see such a splendidly danced and produced Rudolf Nureyev version of Act III of Marius Petipa’s Raymonda. Nureyev challenged the dancers to aim for a perfectly stylized and detailed result, and they joined forces to sign, seal and deliver it in keeping with Nureyev’s demanding expectations.

The Office Recap: ‘Paper Airplane’ (Season 9, Episode 20)

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Davinger

April 26th, 2013

Overall, “Paper Airplane” was one of those middle of the road episodes. Not particularly memorable, but not terrible. The humor is toned down so it’s not cartoony/goofy and has the feeling of classic era Office, but it lacks many comedic moments of note, though it has a decent share.

CLR Street Fashion: Danny in Sydney

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John
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Tieu

April 26th, 2013

Inspired by music and culture…

Movie Review: Mud

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Fields

April 25th, 2013

With just three feature films to his name, writer and director Jeff Nichols has already set himself a high standard. Both of his previous works, Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter, are strong dramas with compelling characters, dark intrigue and impressive economy of style. With Mud, Nichols has progressed from making a good film to making a great film.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Rififi, #27

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Anastasia, Glen Macnow

April 25th, 2013

That these guys are, as the French say, sympathique, is evident from the beginning of the robbery when Tony tucks a pillow behind the head of the elderly woman to make her more comfortable after she and her husband have been gagged and tied up. A clock ticking on a mantel provides a time line for the heist, which begins shortly before midnight and doesn’t end until six the next morning. In film time, the robbery takes about 30 minutes. And during those minutes, not a word—NOT ONE WORD—is spoken.

The Rachel Zoe Project Recap: ‘The Golden Girl’ (Season 5, Episode 8)

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Lawson

April 25th, 2013

Back at Casa Del Zoe, RZ is posing for her book photos. Lots of options and all the dresses are 2 sizes too big, but she looks BANANAS. Everyone wants her to rock a colored frock, but RZ is in a constant 3-way with black and neutrals.

CLR Street Fashion: Melissa in London

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Machado

April 24th, 2013

The shoes match the hair…

Mad Men Recap: “To Have and To Hold” (Season 6, Episode 4)

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Rhodes

April 23rd, 2013

Don asks Sylvia to remove her cross. She tells him she won’t, and he turns it around so he can’t see it. She tells him she prays for him to find peace. What she doesn’t yet realize (or maybe she does; Sylvia is an interesting character, beautifully played by Cardellini) is that Don Draper will never find peace.

Revolution Recap: ‘The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia’ (Season 1, Episode 14)

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Davinger

April 23rd, 2013

There are two ways to view tonight’s episode of Revolution, both equally valid. One involves completely shutting off one’s brain to an extent that very few television shows or movies require you to do and enjoying the ride. The other involves taking it with a modicum of seriousness, which means going after ridiculous plotholes and developments.

Broadway Review: Motown: The Musical

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Kanfer

April 22nd, 2013

The story begins in 1983, when a gala concert is scheduled in honor of Motown’s 25th anniversary. All the big stars will be there, but the very man whose name is synonymous with the legendary label refuses to attend. Embittered and abandoned, Gordy (Brandon Victor Dixon) wants nothing to do with the super-talents he discovered and nurtured, only to watch them seek bigger paydays elsewhere.

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