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by Michael Underwood

16 Jul 2010

In this third episode of the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, a man with no memory is implanted with a bizarre artifact and is plagued by convulsions which render his movement artificial and robotic.

He is brought back to health and wholeness by a reluctant nurse, who connects with the man in a touching love story. 

The use of comic-sans text instead of spoken dialogue heightens the stylized reality of the episode, and I’m glad to see some more female characters in a important role (as featured dancers and not just supporting characters), as I’d worried about that a little with the first couple episodes.

by J.M. Suarez

16 Jul 2010

Paste Magazine presents Live at Moog with Rogue Wave. These live performances were recorded at the Moog Music sound studio in Asheville, NC and include three songs (“Good Morning”, “Sleepwalker”, and “Stars and Stripes”) from the band’s most recent album, Permalight. The studio is located in the actual Moog factory and offers the band the opportunity to play around with a variety of Moog instruments and gear. Live at Moog is currently in its second season, so be sure to check out the links to past performances by bands such as Yo La Tengo, Amanda Palmer, Joseph Arthur, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood, among others.

by Matt Mazur

15 Jul 2010

Criteria for these choices includes risk-taking and confronting challenging material with little concern for vanity; an overall sense of favorable critical response as well as awards and other accolades; choices of collaborators, and finally the overall quality of the work; the execution.

First Film: Ladies Man ( Jacques-Gérard Cornu, 1960), opposite Danielle Darrieux and Mel Ferrer.

Must-see: Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965); The Last Metro (Francois Truffaut, 1980); A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin, 2008)

Star Turn: Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel, 1967)

Underrated: 8 Women (Francois Ozon, 2002)

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: André Téchiné‘s The Girl on the Train was recently released on DVD.

by Jonathan Simrin

15 Jul 2010

It’s really quite simple. According to the new fan-made trailer for The Expendables, men need to turn out in droves to see the film to make sure it triumphs at the box office. It won’t be an easy battle. The enemy is led by Julia Roberts, with the unwavering backing of Oprah Winfrey for all the “sisters-doing-it-for-themselves” and pasta that Eat, Pray, Love embodies. It’s a good thing that The Expendables basically has every famous action star in the world who is still working.

by Steve Horowitz

15 Jul 2010

She ain’t no Ronnie Spector, but then again there is nobody like the original Mrs. Phil Spector—not even Amy Winehouse, try as she may—but Phil’s new wife Rachelle has a new video out, and it is a hoot. Look at the sparkle and glitter, listen to the computer enhanced back-up instrumentation, and weep at the missing Wall of Sound now that Phil is behind prison walls.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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