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HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 is All Smoke With No Fire

In Crumbs, Film, Literature. by Alcy LeyvaLeave a Comment

There was a moment during the HBO film adaptation of the Ray Bradbury classic Fahrenheit 451 that I audibly groaned. Up until that point, I had been enjoying seeing the establishment of this dystopia and the struggle of it’s characters come to grips with its oppressiveness. There was subtle social commentary sprinkled here and there, and I enjoyed connecting the …

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Caveat Brings “Intelligent Nightlife” To The Lower East Side

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The still somewhat quaint, Callery pear tree-lined Clinton Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side has served as an ongoing case study in urban advancement since the early nineties when it transformed from a drug-swirling hotbed to niche culinary destination. Molecular gastronomy pioneer Wylie Dufresne’s wd-50 led the gentrifying charge in many ways, but it was the restaurant’s late 2014 closing …

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5 Things We Learned From the Westworld Season 2 Premiere (And 3 Things We Didn’t)

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Sunday night was the premiere of “Journey Into the Night”- the first episode of the HBO hit show Westworld’s second season. The show’s writers (Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and Halley Wegryn Gross) spent the better part of 2016 crafting an extremely tight story throughout the span of the first season. Weaving its characters through the vicious and violent world of …

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Ready Player One: The Modern Day Coin-Op

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As you can tell from my reviews for Pacific Rim: Uprising and A Wrinkle In Time, films which use nostalgia or adaptations of popular kid’s books can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, you have the happy thoughts and all of the warmth that comes along with a trip down memory lane. On the other, you have the realization that …

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Listiography: Egg Hunting in Ready Player One

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This weekend, audiences are lining up to watch the Steven Spielberg directed adaptation of Ernest Cline’s nostalgia-fest Ready Player One. There’s a lot to love here. With Spielberg at the helm and Cline co-writing, the film might be one of the few film adaptations to stick the landing. While I’m busy writing up the film and chopping it up into …

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Just A Wrinkle: Why Disney’s Newest Adaptation Shows the Flaws of Bringing Classics to Theaters

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When it was announced that Disney was finally bringing a film adaptation of bring the beloved classic “A Wrinkle in Time” to the big screen, fans rejoiced. Adding Ava DuVernay (director of the 2015 film Selma) to the fold as the director seemed liked icing on the cake. With DuVernay’s eye and a Disney budget, it was safe to bank …

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IG ART OF THE WEEK | Kat J. Weiss | @KatJWeiss

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IG Art of the Week is a quick tutorial by artist Kat J. Weiss. Follow @katjweiss ✌? New video up! It’s a tutorial. This preview was a struggle to upload. I need a hiatus now ~ take a rest, as we would say in HK. I hope you enjoy! Music by Joe Bae ? #arttutorial#paintingtutorial #watercolorpainting #artyoutuber #hkyoutuber #illustuber A …

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The Beauty of Culture and Conflict in Marvel’s Black Panther

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There were a few moments while watching Black Panther (2018, dir. Ryan Coogler) in which I found myself laughing out loud in the theater, and it wasn’t because there was anything particularly humorous happening on screen. I mostly laughed because I wondered how director Ryan Coogler was able to accomplish something so simple and yet still unheard of during my …

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Film Poetics: Spotlight on Guillermo del Toro

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“Film poetics” is a term which runs parallel to the David Bordwell theory of the “historical poetics of cinema” in that it looks at the specifics of film production. Film poetics takes this a step further in stating that everything that goes into a film (set design, writing, lighting, wardrobe) harmonizes with the vision of its director to create one …

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The Big Picture | Faces Places (Review)

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Faces Places is the little documentary that could. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, the filmmakers transform the quotidian into objects of fascination. There’s an inherent narcissism about making a film about the process of making art yet the subjects are so lacking in ego yet charming that it’s a delight to watch. JR and Agnès Varda …

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Remembering Tim Hunt

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Our good friend and drinking companion, Tim Hunt, passed on November 26th, 2017. Always cheerful and dapper in bright, custom-tailored suits, he’d call friends male and female alike, ‘Lovely’ or ‘Darling’. Ever the consummate Englishman, Tim never had a bad word to say about anyone, nor had anyone a bad word to say about Tim, a former Curator at the Andy Warhol Foundation, on …

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Slide-In Our DMs: Haitian-born Brooklyn Artist, Engels

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Slide in our DMs (direct messages) is a column dedicated to messages we receive of the latest exhibitions, music performances, new artists and videos that you may or may not be into. Check out this cool video produced by a blog called Gorky’s Granddaughter spotlighting Engels, a Haitian-born artist who currently lives in Brooklyn. Engels speaks about the inspiration behind his …

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I, Tonya, Indie Film …..Big Love

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Any movie that leads with the title card, “Based on irony-free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly” has me at irony-free. I, Tonya is a satire both uninhibited and direct, a club and a shotgun. The film tickles the collective American memory of the biggest 90s tabloid story pre-OJ and delights rather than disgusts us …

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I’m Afraid of Dying.

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I’m afraid of dying I’m afraid of living too long I’m afraid of getting cancer I’m afraid of heights ladders balconies ledges fire escapes bridges scaffolding (except the metaphorical kind) and long escalators (in both directions) I’m afraid of flying but fly all the time I’m afraid of needles I’m afraid of being in a car accident a plane crash …

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Is Facebook Making You Unsuccessful?

In Crumbs, The Menu. by Akeem K. Duncan.Leave a Comment

Originally intended as a way for collegiate chums to keep in touch, Facebook has now grown into a monolith of cultural proportions. While some see it as a useful technological tool capable moving the societal needle, others see it as distraction that dissolving the very fiber of society itself. Despite its polarization, Facebook isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Nevertheless, just …

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LiAngelo Ball Reveals UCLA Made Him Thank Trump for China Release.

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A new entry in the Ball-Trump feud. During an interview with The Breakfast Club this week, former UCLA hoopster LiAngelo Ball revealed that the university made him thank President Donald Trump for helping with his release from China. Last November Ball was with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill when they were accused of shoplifting some sunglasses and subsequently detained. …

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Worst Place Ribbons. | Fair Goods.

In Crumbs, The Menu. by Quiet Lunch

egend has it that Millennials are lazy, spoiled and entitled. They lack diligence and expect to be awarded for mediocrity. With that being said, it’s safe to say the Millennials are the best at being the worst—and, in true Millennial fashion, they deserve to be awarded for it. That’s where Worst Place Ribbons come in. Made by Fair Goods, these …

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Made In Venice. | The Inside Story of the Skateboarders of Venice, California.

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ADE IN VENICE captures the firsthand stories and recollections of 40-plus years of skateboarding in Venice that started with the Z-Boys, and continued with its legendary street skaters and the iconic Venice Skatepark. Never-before-seen Super-8 and early video footage, along with rare black and white stills, take you back to innovative demos on the Boardwalk and skating the walls of …