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Corinna Clendenen
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Corinna Clendenen is a novelist, journalist, and essayist on contemporary culture.

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Dear Governor Hickenlooper -- A Film Dispatch

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 3:30 PM

Film is a powerful medium for communicating the look of things, so in a state as visually stunning as Colorado, what better way to deliver a message to the governor? Dear Governor Hickenlooper is a letter in cinematic form, a plea for protection for the land and its citizens. Through...

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Fed Up -- Don't Be Taking Sugar from A Stranger

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 4:46 PM

It used to be there was only one overweight kid in the class. Now there are seven or eight. So says a schoolteacher in Fed Up, a searing new documentary on the fastest rising epidemic in America: obesity. A blend of anecdotal testaments and sobering statistics, Fed Up leaves you...

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A Multi-Ethnic Easter

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 3:46 PM

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Customers shopping a few days before Easter

At the Baczynsky Meat Market in Manhattan's East Village, specialty foods for loading the groaning board of Easter dinner are gathering: hams and sausages, mustards and stuffed cabbage, poppy-seed rolls and babkas, are offered to a...

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Kona Coffee: A Gold Standard, From Under the Volcano

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 4:29 PM

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KONA coffee -- the cream of the coffee crop


When Pele, the mythical Hawaiian volcano goddess, spewed forth fiery molten lava from the Hualalai volcano, did she know she was laying ground for one of the finest coffees in the world?...

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Culinary Cinema: A Feast for the Eyes and Food for the Soul

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 4:21 PM

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Thomas Struck (second from right) at dinner talk following the premiere of Zone Pro Site, with Writer/Director CHEN Yu-Hsun (third from left.)

Macaroni and movies, together? It's the new sensation.

For those with an appetite for stimulating their wits and their...

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Live from Berlin, The Monuments Men: In Defense of Art

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 10:39 AM

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Signed mugshots featuring Matt Damon, George Clooney, and John Goodman at the world premiere of The Monuments Men at the Palast Theater in Berlin.

In this city, so close to the story of George Clooney's new movie, The Monuments Men, the audience...

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2014 Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animated Appetizers

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 1:27 PM

This year's nominations for best-animated short films selected by the Academy Award committee comprise a jewel box of cut and polished works, visual delights that range from comic to existential. The collection is emceed by an ostrich and a giraffe who trade industry banter in front of a red velvet...

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Generation War: Innocence Drowned

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:55 PM

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Katharina Schüttler as Greta

If you ever wonder just how thin the veneer of civilization is, Generation War is a testament to the illusion of man's moral evolution. A searing portrayal of society's collapse of respect for human life, of the enormous losses...

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The Wolf of Wall Street -- Saint or Sinner?

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 1:08 PM

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Leonardo DiCaprio plays a magnificent Jordan Belfort


What is the measure of success in America? Is there any answer beyond the cheap and easy one of money? I guess that depends on who you ask.

Skulking across the East River...

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American Hustle -- a Mob Movie You Can Believe In

(4) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 12:14 PM

Where does fact end and fiction begin? In a Hollywood movie, or in a private life? American Hustle is both an example and an exploration of those murky mixes -- an imagined story based on real events, played out by characters masked by phony aliases. These smooth blends of fact...

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Young Farmers Conference a Cornucopia of News and Views

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 9:40 AM

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The face of farming is changing, both in the profiles of new farmers and in their perceived image. With rising social stature, some say the celebrity farmer will soon outshine the celebrity chef.

Perceptions aside, from December 4 - 6,...

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Out Of The Furnace: A Fiery Thriller

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 12:37 PM

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Christian Bale vs. Woody Harrelson, good vs. evil, the heavy price paid when a decent man takes on bringing down a villain- this is the confrontation in Out of the Furnace. Written and directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), this second feature film...

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Faust: A Film for the Ages

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 4:34 PM

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Mephistopheles in the new film version of Faust

Faust- mein Gott! The story's still kicking! Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's classic has been produced yet again, this time in cinematic form, in a film that is as wondrous as it is strange.

Winner...

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The Square: Cinema Verité and Egypt's Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 4:59 PM

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The Square depicts events in Cairo's Tahrir Square

Where would the Arab spring be without Facebook? Twitter? YouTube? Phones with digital video? The Square, an edge-of-your-seat documentary on Egypt's uprisings, is testament in style and substance to the game-changing role technology has...

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Harvest Bounty at the Union Square Market -- Orange is the New Green

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 10:48 AM

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Husk cherries


The bounty before the breach, the treasure trove of the dirt farmer, the end-of-season Union Square greenmarket -- it somehow seems fitting to go out in a blaze of glory. An eager gatherer, I approach the market with two...

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Harvest Bounty at the Union Square Market -- Orange Is the New Green

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:30 PM

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The bounty before the breach, the treasure trove of the dirt farmer, the end-of-season Union Square greenmarket- it somehow seems fitting to go out in a blaze of glory. An eager gatherer, I approach the market with two empty tote bags...

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A Cultural Cure for Post-Genocide Rwanda: Drumming and Ice Cream

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 12:14 PM

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Filmmaker Lisa Fruchtman on the set in Rwanda

After witnessing the ethnic cleansing of 800,000 fellow countrymen, what should be prescribed for healing and moving on? Drums and ice cream?

This is just the tack taken by a band of brave Rwandan...

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Abraço - A Rewarding Café Quest

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 8:50 PM

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I went looking for Abraço for the coffee, and came back for the espresso and French toast. This small café in Manhattan's East Village is definitely worth the search, although finding it can be as elusive as Harry Potter locating the Hogwarts...

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The NYC Wine and Food Festival: What Flavor Is Your Foam?

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 11:44 PM

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Foam dessert: White Chocolate Cloud with berries

For those curious about new directions in the culinary world, this past weekend offered views that would titillate the taste buds of any gourmet. Over the course of four days, The New York City Wine and...

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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete -- Home Alone on the Other Side of Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 12:39 PM

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Take an African American and a Korean American school boy, two mothers trying to support them working in the world's oldest profession, set them in Brooklyn public housing, mix in pimps, thieves, beggars, and a daily maternal dose of heroin, and what...

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