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Noah Tsika


The Elder Gays of Love Is Strange

Noah Tsika | September 17, 2014 | Gay Voices
As a director, Sachs evokes the masterly Robert Altman, as in an extraordinary sequence that takes us from George and Ben's quietly majestic wedding back to the Manhattan apartment that they share, and where their loved ones gather to marvel at the strength of their bond.
Robbie Gennet


Underrated Albums of the '90s -- Part 5

Robbie Gennet | September 17, 2014 | Arts
I started this series to shine a light on some stellar records from the '90s that may have been overlooked. Now that a few decades have passed, we can get some perspective and see how they've held up over the years.
Mark Carpowich

The Voice: Million-Dollar Coaches, Dime-a-Dozen Contestants

Mark Carpowich | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
The contestants will probably once again take a back seat, awkwardly watching the continuation of the Adam-Blake bromance while awaiting meaningful feedback (which may or may not even come) that could help steer them toward a career as a famous singer. Which, don't forget, is supposed to be the premise of this whole thing.
Harshada Rajani


Open Letter to Kanye West, From a Kid Who Gets 'Special Parking and S**t'

Harshada Rajani | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
'm in a wheelchair and though I can stand, I wouldn't waste even half a breath of energy standing up for you.
Carole Mallory


Movie Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones -- Gobble Gobble

Carole Mallory | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
In this bestselling mystery written by Lawrence Block , Neeson plays a retired NYPD detective Scudder haunted by demons who has been manipulated in solving the kidnapping of drug king pin Kenny Kristo's (Dan Stevens) wife.
Robert Orlando


The Killing Factor: When Conspiracy Becomes the Mainstream

Robert Orlando | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
While I plan on reading O'Reilly's take in Killing Patton, I also expect to find the rehashing of older speculations in a "bold and fresh" O'Reilly-Dugard style. An approach that can once again land O'Reilly -- God bless -- with more books sold, but very little new truth revealed.
Sebastian Siegel


Want More Happiness?

Sebastian Siegel | September 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
It takes courage to let our enthusiasm shine through, and courage to respond with wonder in our expressions of appreciation for the simple and natural magnificence of it all. And this seems to be at the crux of recruiting happiness; curiosity, courage and appreciation.
Karen Fratti


MasterChef Recap: Girls Rule, Boys Drool in 'Winner Chosen'

Karen Fratti | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
Usually, MasterChef exaggerates: most extreme pressure test ever, or biggest cooking competition in the world!" but this finale was super real.
Robert Orlando


Untold (or Retold?) History: Oliver Stone's Showtime Series

Robert Orlando | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
Stone's confrontation with myth should be embraced, yet I don't think this simplistic Left vs. Right dichotomy, while making good drama, is helpful. Nor is limiting evil to capitalism, when the bloody saga of state Communism has been condemned prima facie by 20th century history.
Tristan Bridges

Barrel Chests, Brawn, and Buffoonery: Controlling Images of Masculinity in Pixar Movies

Tristan Bridges | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
The films in Pixar's collection show a patterned reliance on controlling images associated with the embodiment of masculinity that shores up the very systems of gender inequality the films are often lauded as challenging.
Michael Sigman


Brooklyn, Blintzes, Baseball and Ballads With Johnny Mercer

Michael Sigman | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
Rae Sigman, Carl's strong-willed mother, was proud of her son's ability to navigate Beethoven sonatas and improvise pop tunes at the piano. But when he turned 21 and declared his intention to make a living as a songwriter, Rae gave him two choices: doctor or lawyer.

Mom-to-Be Mila Kunis Unloads Home for $3.825M

Redfin | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
The very-pregnant Mila Kunis may be ready to pop, but that didn't stop her from selling off her Los Angeles property this past week for $3.825 million.
Chris Edwards


CNN's 'U.S. vs. Whitey' Will Shake Your Faith in Federal Government

Chris Edwards | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
There was always talk that the fibbies looked the other way when it came to Bulger because he was an informant. But was he really? Based on what I saw in this documentary, the answer was no... or at least more no than yes.
Paul R. Byrne


My Brightest Diamond Album Stumps Writer

Paul R. Byrne | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
The latest experimental epic from My Brightest Diamond, entitled This is My Hand, is an album with really only one problem: I have no idea what to say about it. Breaking down the fourth wall here: I'm stumped.
Laura Brounstein


9 Fall 2014 Shows Worth Watching

Laura Brounstein | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
There are some good ones coming this fall, that shake-up formulas, feature incredible actors and, if you give them a chance, might just become your new must-sees.
E. Nina Rothe


European Film Screenings in the UAE: Trying for Peace, Love and Understanding

E. Nina Rothe | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
I love what Quentin Tarantino says, "When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, no, I went to films." It's so true, just as art is only learned by looking at paintings and then drawing, doing, so filmmaking can only be achieved by watching the masters at work, and then trying to capture their essence.
Marshall Fine


Movie Review: Tracks

Marshall Fine | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
In Tracks, Mia Wasikowska plays a young woman who decides to do what no woman has done before her: She will walk halfway across Australia, beginning in desolate Alice Springs and traversing 1,700 miles of desert and wasteland, walking to the ocean on the island continent's west coast.
Kimberly Cooper


Much Ado About Theatrics: 'Django Unchained' Actress Gets to Follow the Rules Too

Kimberly Cooper | September 17, 2014 | Los Angeles
I'll be the first person in a dogfight to throw down for equal justice and constitutional rights under the law for all people. But I'm afraid this latest example of alleged racism and discrimination by the LAPD plays more as a reenactment of the boy, or in this case, girl who cried wolf.
Jim Hill


Disney Looks to Avoid the Mistakes That It Made With The Little Mermaid as It Expands Its Frozen Empire

Jim Hill | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
If you dropped by your local Disney Store during the 1989 holiday season looking to purchase some The Little Mermaid -themed merchandise, you'd have learned that what little had been ordered in advance had long since been sold out. Most likely, the only item that would have been left in stock was an Ariel doll with long blonde hair.
Michael Moore


13 Rules for Making Documentary Films

Michael Moore | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
What is the first rule of "Fight Club"? The first rule of Fight Club is: "Don't talk about 'Fight Club.'" The first rule of documentaries is: Don't make a documentary -- make a MOVIE. Stop making documentaries. Start making movies.
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