Archive for July, 2012

Bean on Teen.com

Posted by    |    July 30th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Our favorite up-and-comer, Bean, was featured on this week’s ‘Nice to Meet You’ section on Teen.com. This fun, teen-focused site has featured young talents like Rita Ora (How We Do [Party]), Rye Rye (Boom Boom) and One Direction’s tour mates, Olly Murs and Manika. Check out who she’s crushing on, her go-to karaoke song, hidden talents, our fabulous video of her House of Blues performance and more at teen.com.

“The Watch” Movie Review: Keep An Eye Out For The Neighborhood Watch

Posted by    |    July 27th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

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Forget the plot and the messiness of the storyline and enjoy The Watch!  This is one hilariously entertaining movie.  This film has an original story with an extremely amusing ensemble cast.  The Watch features actors Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and newcomer, Richard Ayoade, in a film that was renamed in light of the tragic shooting in February this year involving a neighborhood security guard.  The Watch is a true comedy/sci-fi hybrid film.

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The Watch takes place in Glenview, Ohio and revolves around the formation of a neighborhood watch group to keep an eye on the town after a local Cosco security guard is murdered.  Evan Trautwig (Stiller), the manager of Cosco, makes an announcement at a high school football game, offering anyone a chance to join his watch.  Much of the town considers this a joke, but two middle-aged men (Vaughn and Ayoade), and a high school dropout (Hill), join up with Trautwig in the hopes of keeping the town safe and having a good time.  As further mysteries plague this Ohio town, the neighborhood watch gets closer to catching their murderer and believes they have found traces of alien life.  The Watch is filled with vulgar but entertaining humor, which keeps you laughing the entire time.

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Bernie Update: the Movie and Character

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

There are many glowing reviews of this fine movie since we last reviewed this well made movie.  Lou Holman of Arts Atlanta nailed the character Bernie in its review of the movie Bernie.  As he so aptly states in his review, “Bernie touches on the paradox of how a town of churchgoing conservatives can embrace a confirmed bachelor with a lilting voice, a penchant for musical theater and no interest in dating eligible women his age. As long as gay people remain entirely closeted, they can be pillars of a certain kind of community. Southern hospitality and “don’t ask, don’t tell” can blur into each other.”  Some of the comments on Rotten Tomatoes about the character, Bernie, were on target.  “As Bernie, Jack Black is about as reined-in as you’ll see him. Effeminate, emotional, generous and cuddly, he’s easy to root for when push comes to shooting.” said Chris Foran of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, or this, “With facts that are stranger than fiction and a story surrounding a murder that is often played as dark comedy, Bernie exists somewhere between an Errol Morris documentary and Fargo.” stated Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Movie: Reflections on Cinema.  Bernie is a wonderfully directed and acted movie and worth the view.

What We’re Listening To: ‘Dreams’ by Taken By Trees

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Realistically, I’m at my desk working (very hard I might add!), but mentally, I’m drifting away to a secluded island drinking a marg and finally getting tan. That’s what the first single, “Dreams”, off of Taken By Trees‘ forthcoming album, Other Worlds, has done to me. Maybe it’s because the song was recorded in Hawaii. Maybe it’s because I desperately need a tan. Or maybe it’s just what Taken By Trees’ mellow vibes do to everyone.

Taken By Trees is the name Victoria Bergsman adopted for herself after parting from The Concretes in 2006. She worked with Peter Bjorn and John‘s as guest vocalist for “Young Folks“, and wasted no time beginning to record as Taken By Trees. Her newest album, Other Worlds, is available for pre-order now and will be released October 2 on Secretly Canadian.

 

The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2012 at 10:17 am

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The Dallas Museum of Art introduces The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico, a huge exhibition following the trade network in ancient Mexico, the followers of the deity Quetzalcoatl, and the progression of empires from 900 to 1500 A.D. The exhibition hosts an array of 150 items, including paintings, sculptures, turquoise mosaics, textiles, and gold, all illustrating the transition between two empires: the Aztecs and the Spanish. It showcases materials that demonstrate the convergence of empires and the conquest of people part of a broad trade network that spread ideas, innovations, and enterprises throughout ancient Mexico, South America, and the American Southwest.

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Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the exhibition focuses on the ancient kingdoms who worshipped Quetzalcoatl (literally “feathered serpent”), a spirit that combined the features of the quetzal bird and the serpent. The show is powerful, complex, and thought-provoking, allowing the viewer to understand that globalization is not a new phenomenon and that the transcendence of linguistics in art is universal.

The show opens on July 29th and closes on November 25th.

Giverosity Presents Christmas in July

Posted by    |    July 23rd, 2012 at 8:28 am

The Texas nonprofit, Giverosity, was founded in 2010 by Taylor Brown and Emily Dawson. Giverosity works to provide its donors with an easy, efficient and rewarding way to donate gift to underprivileged children during the holiday season.

Partnering retailers have their products featured on Giverosity’s site, allowing donors to browse and buy as many toys, clothes or jackets as they please. From the trip to the mall to gift wrapping, Giverosity takes care of everything. Doing something special for Christmas has never been easier.

Christmas may seem like a ways away but it’s never too early to start preparing! Join Giverosity at Prime Bar on Wednesday, July 25 for a special Christmas in July Happy Hour. Enjoy appetizers, cocktails and a DJ at the hip spot in Uptown as you strategize all the gifts you will shower on kids this Christmas. Happy Holidays!

 

 

Some Serious Fans at Studio Movie Grill’s Midnight Showing of ‘The Dark Night Rises’

Posted by    |    July 20th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Everyone knew the hype “The Dark Knight Rises” was going to be intense, so how does a movie theater prepare for such chaos? Studio Movie Grill began prepping for the midnight release weeks in advance and had every staff member scheduled to work that night.

“The hype was huge. As soon as we were putting show times online they were selling out,” said Zark Hopkins, general manager of Studio Movie Grill.

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The Dark Knight Rises Review: The Epic Finale of the Batman Trilogy

Posted by    |    July 19th, 2012 at 10:17 am

The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of visionary writer and director Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, is an epic, emotional, action-filled feature that could very likely go down as the best Batman film of all time.  This summer blockbuster truly raises the bar on sci-fi comic book super hero films and is a legendary conclusion to Nolan’s Batman Trilogy.  Fans who have been deeply anticipating the release of Nolan’s newest Batman movie will be abundantly satisfied.  It seems like a hard feat to overshadow the previous Batman flick, The Dark Knight, but The Dark Knight Rises soars to the challenge.

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Given an 87% critic “likes” from Rotten Tomatoes, The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  This film succeeds The Dark Knight by eight years in which we saw the attempted destruction of Gotham City by the Joker (Heath Ledger) and Batman’s descent as guardian of Gotham City after taking the blame for the death of district attorney Harvey Dent.  Now, when Bane (Hardy), a villainous, mad terrorist, sets his sites on Gotham, Bruce Wayne (Bale) is forced to resume the role of the caped crusader.  Much has changed in Gotham City and Batman soon discovers he is not the man he used to be.  Amidst the turmoil over the death of Dent, Batman’s return, and a major power struggle causing chaos in Gotham, Batman and company must find a way to stop Bane before he unleashes a nuclear bomb on the city.  The Dark Knight Rises is an entertaining, powerful thrill ride.

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Bean Performs Live at House of Blues

Posted by    |    July 17th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Big sounds and big, blonde hair surrounded Bean as she lit up the stage at Dallas’ House of Blues. The charismatic pop star bounced around the stage, completely in control. The only thing betraying the fact that this was her first real performance was her utter shock at the audience’s newfound devotion to her.

She took a moment to take everything in. Just last year she had come to the House of Blues to see one of her favorite performers, and now it was her turn. After that moment passed, she assumed her pop star persona, charming and entrancing the audience song after song.

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Ham Sandwich by David Green

Posted by    |    July 16th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Short of the Week never cease to delight and in this case, we are again rewarded with a very nice review by Jason Sondhi a knowledgeable film academic, and occasional filmmaker.   Please support Short of the Week and film reviewers such as Sondhi

From Sondhi, “Hot on the heels of the internet release of his uproarious talking-food comedy Meltdown, Dave Green’s rumored ham sandwich followup is here—the cleverly titled, Ham Sandwich!

It’s not a sequel, there is no talking food this time, but maybe it can be part 2 of movement of films exploring themes of ham sandwichness.  In this film we have a schlub of an intern who is beaten down in almost all his daily interactions. Enter into his life the titular lunch item, which possesses the peculiar power of sending him farther back in time with each bite.

This is an Atom Films original short, and where Meltdown was delightfully amateurish looking, this is a pretty slick piece that is equal in production value to what you would see on TV. It’s quite impressive, and, after having ignored Atom Films for a while since getting folded into Comedy Central and switching to a pure comedy format, I’m intrigued to see more of these web-exclusives they’ve been producing. Hooking up with Dave Green was obviously a good call, as Ham Sandwich is really funny use of 7min. Check it out.”