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Reviews Ballet 422

It doesn’t matter how many times we are exposed to the ballet, there’s always an air of mystery about the spectacle. Jody Lee Lipes’s Ballet 422 reveals what goes into mounting these productions from inception to its final fruition.

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The eulogy for print media is written pretty much daily. Cries of “Print is dead!” have existed for years, and despite the fact that print is very much not dead a mythology has risen up around epithets for this lost art. There’s a wistfulness for the lost prominence of the print newspaper (or for its more verbose cousins, the magazine and the book) that is …

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Beginning at a somber, unadorned graduation ceremony as a young class exits the school to embark on a summer vacation before their next educational adventure, the class speaker’s voice touches plainly on the persistent contradicting emotions that come with such a transition: the pain and sadness of saying goodbye, with the understanding that …

Reviews mapstothestars_1-1

David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and is finally hitting North American theatres. The satirical and cynical drama exposes Hollywood’s narcissistic celebrity culture, its obsession with fame and the celebrities’ desperate struggle to maintain their privileged status of being rich and famous. Since this …

NP Approved The-wrecking-crew

It’s been a while since I’ve been riled up by a music event and I guess the Grammys this year brought its share of memes and discussions. There was a photo going around the internet about amount of writers it took to write Beyonce’s album while Beck was seen as one man writing band. This brought to mind the fact that many incredible albums have …

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Those of us that have seen Hou’s Three Times probably have a pretty good idea of our preference for each segment. Some fall for the 60’s pop infused romanticism of the first segment, some for the post-modern nihilism of the third segment, virtually no one falling in the second segment camp. It wasn’t until my recent rewatch of the film that I ….

Reviews the_backward_class_2014_1

For all the gasps that may fill the cinema as Mala, one of the more prominently featured members of the eponymous group in The Backward Class, describes a vague recollection of an argument between her parents that left her mother ablaze, it’s the quiet moments of…

Reviews What-we-do-in-the-shadows

There are no words that I can find that can accurately express how much I enjoyed this film. It’s a silly romp of a movie with a ridiculous concept, but if anything that’s what makes What We Do In The Shadows work. It’s a mockumentary about vampires. Bear with me.

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