Posts Tagged ‘art’

“Trance” Movie Review: Leaves Your Head Spinning

Posted by    |    April 18th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

The new Danny Boyle film, Tranceis about a fine art auctioneer, Simon, played by James McAvoy, who teams up with a gang in order to steal an expensive painting, but after suffering a blow to the head, forgets where he hid the painting. As a result, the gang’s leader, Frank (Vincent Cassel), hires a hypnotherapist, Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to look into Simon’s mind. As Simon’s mind begins to unravel, it is soon very unclear who is good or bad, who is lying, and what is real.

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

Trance is reminiscent of Inception or the recent film, Side Effects, in the way that it’s filled with very complex, in depth content, with many twists and levels to uncover. The film utilizes flashbacks/forwards, filling in pieces like a puzzle until everything ultimately comes together. Trance is a film that makes you think. It demands your attention; without it you will quickly be lost. The hypnotherapy is very interesting, and it seemed to work well within the film. However, we quickly learn how manipulative and deceiving Dawson’s therapist can be.

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

The unique look captured in Trance is in keeping with a Boyle film (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, 28 Days Later, and Trainspotting). The film is very violent, with a lot of blood, gore, and multiple shocking scenes that can make you feel as though you’re the one being tortured. There is also a significant amount of nudity and sexual content. (more…)

do something different (and cool) this weekend – artopia

Posted by    |    November 9th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I don’t know about you guys, but as much as I love my Saturday night spot…I need a break from my Saturday night spot.  And I have a feeling I’m not alone.  Instead of posting up at that same table on that same patio, why don’t you shake things up Saturday night and head over to Victory Park for The Dallas Observer’s first ever Artopia.  For a cool $25 ($35 at the door) you get this:

Artopia is an upscale celebration of Dallas Art.  It incorporates food, drink, art, music, theater and fashion into one evening with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the MasterMind Awards.  Dallas Observer will award upcoming individuals or small organizations that have made an impact in the local art community. The winners will be featured in a special pullout section of Dallas Observer, and will be honored at the event on November 13th.  Tickets include food, cocktails, wine & beer sampling, as well as entertainment.

Sound more fun than sitting on that patio?  Duh.  And PS, if you hurry up and get your tickets tonight, they’re 2 for 1.  Looks like this just turned into the coolest (and cheapest) date night ever.

Guests must be 21+, with a valid I.D.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Victory Park (2350 Victory Park Lane, formerly LFT & Avalon Salon)
Purchase tickets here.

The Fine Art of Dating

Posted by    |    June 24th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Profiling spots around Dallas that will leave you and your date inspired

A Saturday morning at Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden & Blue Mesa Grill

Take a deep breath and your date’s hand for a relaxing stroll around the wooded paths of this sculpture-garden oasis designed by renowned architect Clarence Roy. The garden currently features expressive bronze figures from Charles Umlauf, painted steel wielded by David Hayes and other monumental works like a wooden Totem Pole that springs from the earth by Texas-based artist Mike Cunningham, whose works have also stood around town at the Anatole Hotel, Cistercian Chapel and Grapevine’s Liberty Plaza.

Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden

Step inside the Vogel family’s 1950’s home-turned-gallery and view the work of contemporary and 19th-20th century artists. Currently on view through July 3, the creamy landscapes of commonplace middle-America from artist Brian Cobble.

Brian Cobble Prom Nite

Brian Cobble, Prom Nite, 2009

After you’ve had your fill of art, drive a few miles down the road and have your fill of unique, handcrafted Southwestern fare at Blue Mesa Grill in the Village on the Parkway in Addison.
Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday.

Map and Directions from Valley House to Blue Mesa.