Reviews

‘Tank Girl’ Review: The Power of Carioca Harnessed

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Tank Girl has been in print for about as long as I’ve been alive. The post-apocalyptic feminine-yet-macho woman in a tank cropped up initially where most dream girls emerge: pop-punk songs. TG’s creators, Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett, attended art school…

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ HFR 3D Review: A Beautiful Start to an Adventure

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The Hobbit has been on the minds of fans ever since we heard The Lord of the Rings would be made into films first. It’s actually a very ambitious story to translate to film when you consider the book’s intended…

‘Deadfall’ Review: A Mediocre Thriller At Best

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Deadfall is a mixed bag. Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, the story begins with Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) having just robbed a casino when they get into a car accident while trying to get to the Canadian border…

Space Oddity: ‘Moon’ and ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’

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Duncan Jones’ 2009 film Moon was made on a meager five million dollar budget. At a time when sci-fi films boast budgets of 130 or 230 million dollars (such as Prometheus and Avatar), Jones’ film leaves behind the CGI and…

Who the Hell is Rudolph?: Parks and Recreation Season 5, Episode 9 Review

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Big events where people are supposed to have all of the fun frequently end with fights and feelings hurt. It’s a hard truth, and I wish it wasn’t the case, but I’ve read The Sun Also Rises. More topically, I’ve…

Playing Catch Up: ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, ‘Room 237′, and ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’

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The transition from Los Angeles to Texarkana has robbed me of my enviable position to see platform releases early in their run. Thus, when I went to Austin in early November for an academic conference, I spent much of my…

Brilliant Theatrics: ‘Anna Karenina’ Review

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Anna Karenina, one of many film adaptations of the Leo Tolstoy novel of the same name, tells the story of an affair that tears the lives of those involved apart. In late 19th century Russia, Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) is…

Walking Dead Season 3 Mid-Season Finale

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NOTE: SPOILER ALERT Following a second season of inconsistency and odd character choices, the showrunners behind AMC’s The Walking Dead seem to have taken many of these mistakes into account and have amped up the action, suspense, and drama in…

Growing Up Doesn’t Mean Growing Old: ‘Parks and Recreation’ Season Five, Episode 8 Reviewed

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Maybe the best thing about Parks and Recreation is that, as a viewer, you are treated with respect. You’re expected to follow long-running jokes, agree with character development, and trust the writing staff to reward your patience. This frequently doesn’t work…

Silhouettes: Show us what we love

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Olly Moss is somewhat of a storyteller, in that he knows how to evoke feelings of commonality through images of our shared humanity. In Silhouettes from Popular Culture, he gives his audience a chance to tell their stories. At first,…