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Film, $ellebrity: The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Photos

$ellebrity: The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Photos

It's not easy being famous, as the famous love to remind us. Just ask Jennifer Aniston, Kid Rock, or any of the other instantly recognizable talking heads director Kevin Mazur has assembled for his docu-evisceration of the parasitic celebrity apparatus,…
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Film, "Tchoupitoulas": The Real, Real New Orleans

"Tchoupitoulas": The Real, Real New Orleans

While they almost certainly have plans for striking new projects that expand our understanding of what documentaries can be, Bill and Turner Ross — the co-directors, -producers, -camera operators, and -troublemakers behind Tchoupitoulas — could do posterity a service if…
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Culture, Books The Real Fantastic: Of Dungeons and Day Jobs

The Real Fantastic: Of Dungeons and Day Jobs

In an age when the price of a movie ticket can get you three hours of hang-time in Middle Earth, fantasy worlds aren’t exactly at a premium. But stories that brush up against the truly fantastic, that capture anew some…
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Film, "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D": Bring on the Acrobats

"Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D": Bring on the Acrobats

The ravishing and kitschy Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away is the rare movie whose title serves as an accurate indicator of whether you would enjoy seeing it. If you think it sounds good, it damn straight is; if not, beware…
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Film, "This Is 40": Long, Aimless, and Worth It

"This Is 40": Long, Aimless, and Worth It

Sadly, country songwriters stand as nearly the only entertainers in our popular culture who craft memorable art on the subject of marriage, the state in which just less than half of Americans spend the majority of their lives. A few…
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Film, "Hyde Park on Hudson": Patrician Patriotism

"Hyde Park on Hudson": Patrician Patriotism

It's dispiriting that a film about the romantic life of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who cultivated a small coterie of mistresses, should exhibit so little interest in what so engaged its hero: the women's individual hearts and minds. Instead, Hyde Park…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist

How Much of The Hobbit Can You Read During the Running Time of The Hobbit?

Seriously, almost an hour passes before he exits that door.With the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Peter Jackson has given the world 162 minutes of imaginative visions never before realized on a movie screen, save for those in…
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Culture, Books Travel Channeling: December Books Search for the Self

Travel Channeling: December Books Search for the Self

It's not an insult to the work of Swiss novelist/memoirist/archaeologist Annemarie Schwarzenbach that readers, in the decades since her death in 1942, have found her writing not quite as interesting as her life. After growing up in Zurich dominated by…
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Film, "The Details": Deliciously Black Comedy

"The Details": Deliciously Black Comedy

Another dark comedy exposing the wormy dirt beneath suburban sod, The Details never lays bare any truths we haven't known since, say, Revolutionary Road — the book. But a gorgeous, pungent shot early on of that sod and those worms…
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Culture, Books Found in Translation: Great Sci-Fi From AmazonCrossings

Found in Translation: Great Sci-Fi From AmazonCrossings

A laugh-out-loud apocalypse, a daft two-against-the-world love story, and a science-fiction satire of the godawful way advertising can cram everything but itself right out of our brains, Andri Snær Magnason's LoveStar (SevenStories Press, $16.95, 320 pages) is the rare novel…
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Film, Film Feature

Good Spielberg's Bad Moments: An Emotional History

The first few minutes of Lincoln play out like a parody of the expectations of Steven Spielberg's detractors. The Great Emancipator rests like a humble Solomon upon a hard wooden chair, surrounded by freely mixing black and white soldiers of…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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