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Film, Feature The Way We Die Now: Movie Violence Has Never Been Better

The Way We Die Now: Movie Violence Has Never Been Better

Part of the renascent body-count action industry, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning's mere existence might shock many Americans. "There are four Universal Soldier movies?" those shocked Americans would say. They might also be taken aback by the bracing violence that…
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Culture, Stage Hello mother, goodbye father: <i>Oedipus el Rey</i> doesn't work as a tragedy

Hello mother, goodbye father: Oedipus el Rey doesn't work as a tragedy

Luis Alfaro isn't the first playwright to apply an ancient Greek template to a modern American story. Nor will he be the last to end up with an uneven play on his hands as a result. In Oedipus el Rey,…
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Culture, Stage Rough Practice

Rough Practice

Stripped bare of its hype and controversy, Falun Gong is a sort of yoga. So when you see bus ads showing people doing what looks like their morning practice in a park, next to the slogan "What if you could…
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Culture, Stage Wild Women

Wild Women

Not even Tarantino can match the Greeks for brutal gore. Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, and the rest have an almost lurid taste for showing mangled bodies, broken skulls, lanced-out eyes, and bloody spears. The difference is that Greek savagery is never…
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Dog Bites

An Item and a Half, Plus a Cat Well, it isn't Sophocles, but it'll have to do. -- Xena, Warrior Princess It's been one of those odd mail weeks. Correspondent M.J. Faber confesses, "I seem to be drawn most especially…
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