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  • Archive Columnists Featured Notes from the Subway Olympus Fell Ages Ago

    Olympus Fell Ages Ago

    Olympus Has Fallen Directed by Antoine Fuqua, 2013 US, 120 minutes Tons of spoilers lie within. But trust me, you’re not gonna be there for the plot. Every bit as bad as I wanted it to be, Olympus Has Fallen is an impressively silly film with a style and plot of such prelapsarian naivety that it would be hard to imagine it being made… had it not been made. You can imagine the whole thing from the trailer: North Korean terrorists; a spectacular attack on Washington, DC; a brick-jawed president with a puppy-haired son and a tragically dead wife; a [...]

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  • Columnists Featured Notes from the Subway An Other Passion

    An Other Passion

    The Gospel According to the Other Mary Music by John Adams, libretto compiled by Peter Sellars Gustavo Dudamel (conductor), Los Angeles Philharmonic Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center 7.30pm, 27 March 2013 This week saw the aptly timed New York premiere of John Adams’s most recent large-scale choral work, a new Passion entitled The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Pitched as a companion piece to his 2000 Christmas oratorio El Niño, this is another huge work – close to two and a half hours in duration and featuring a raging Los Angeles Philharmonic under the athletic captaincy of Gustavo Dudamel. [...]

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  • Columnists Featured Notes from the Subway Fear and Desire: A Kubrick Retrospective

    Fear and Desire: A Kubrick Retrospective

    The Films of Stanley Kubrick: Fear and Desire; Killer’s Kiss; The Killing; Paths of Glory; Spartacus; Lolita; Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb; 2001: A Space Odyssey; A Clockwork Orange; Barry Lyndon; The Shining; Full Metal Jacket; Eyes Wide Shut; A.I. Artificial Intelligence Directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1953-1999; Steven Spielberg, 2001 US/UK, various running times Room 237 Directed by Rodney Ascher, 2012 US, 102 minutes  All 13 of Stanley Kubrick’s feature films – plus Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), based on drafts and notes by Kubrick – are screening at the IFC [...]

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  • Curios Featured There YOU Are: 10 of the Best and Worst Perfume Ads

    There YOU Are: 10 of the Best and Worst Perfume Ads

    What is the greatest advertising category in the world? The most consistently itself and subsequently hilarious? Fragrance advertising. At its best it is evocative and sensual. At its worst it is toe-curling fashion bollocks.   There’s a single reason underlying what goes so very wrong with perfume ads and that is that fashion deals in the visual. It excels in images; whether it’s a shoot where all the preparation of stylist, photographer, designer and model is to capture a moment in a single image, or a freezeframe shot from a catwalk, fashion is at its most brilliant in two dimensions. It is [...]

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  • Columnists Featured Notes from the Subway “We don’t know what we don’t know”

    “We don’t know what we don’t know”

    Zero Dark Thirty Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, 2012 US, 157 minutes Spoiler alert! Insofar as you definitely know how the film ends, this is kind of redundant. But if you don’t want to know how it gets there, read no further… Teaser trailer for Zero Dark Thirty (from YouTube) Descending two escalators into the bowels of New York’s Museum of Modern Art at a pre-release screening of Zero Dark Thirty last Thursday — with the feeling of privileged access that a preview gives you — was an apt way for me to encounter the film. It is director Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up [...]

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  • A Play A Week Featured Theatre All In This Together by German Munoz

    All In This Together by German Munoz

    A     It’s- B     Yes. A     Completely- B     Yes. A     Completely. Messed up. All of it. B     Yes. A     It’s just so- B     Yes. A     Frustrating. B     Yes. A     I can hardly stand it. I can hardly watch anymore. B     Yes. A     It’s infuriating. Completely infuriating. B     Yes. A     It’s appalling. B     Yes. A     It’s practically immoral. B     Yes. A     And they just- B     Yes. A     Keep on going. B     Yes. A     Like everything’s fine. Like things are [...]

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  • Theatre ‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly, Soon….by Penny Smith

    ‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly, Soon….by Penny Smith

        In a strange ritual, we gather together at this time of year, to celebrate the coming of the tree and the decorating of the turkey. We don reindeer antlers and put on enormous sponge hands, to watch a tale oft told where there is always a man dressed as a woman and a woman dressed as a man known as the principal boy. Yes, it’s panto time again. Invented in Greece, taken up by Rome, possibly related to mummers in medieval England, and considered a low form of opera during the restoration period. There are now “traditional” pantos, [...]

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  • Audio Play Theatre The Escape by Gemma Rogers

    The Escape by Gemma Rogers

      The Escape is the third piece in the trilogy about living above The Cowshed Pub. Click here to listen Tweet This Post

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