Review

Defending Your Life
Contemplating the afterlife is a past-time that humans have endeavored with since perhaps the first moments of sympathy for the loss of a human life. The question, eternally, of where does one go when one’s life ends has been the work, almost foundationally, of religion since human records began. Defending Your Life is not trying
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Fantastic Planet
Fantastic Planet explores the idea of human beings being pests in a surreal world. Almost miniaturized to being classified as Earth-bound termites, humans are labeled as “Oms” by the giant blue anthropomorphic creatures, who treat them as pets and play things. The entire film is actually less surreal than anticipated, as it follows a linear
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The Hope for a Black Renaissance
  The most startling thing about the emergence of 12 Years a Slave is its undeniable dominant casting performance. In particular, the flawless drama created by its black actors. In an almost humiliating manner, these actors flawlessly displayed the blemishes of Hollywood and Tinsel Town’s incapability to cast black talent. Sweepingly, this drama proved the
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Hannah and her Sister
  Consider this the apex of Woody Allen’s philosophical meditation on being. And due to Hannah and her Sister’s mid-80’s completion, this might have been the turning point for the filmmaker, as this crescendo has clearly not been matched in any of his later works. It is the stark confrontation of the absurd by an
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Greenberg
We all make mistakes. That is a dictum of life. It’s surprising how ignored it is and how discouraged one is to fail in the world. Then again current with this theme of artificial organizing is that the soul is now completely detached from the world it swims in.   The title Greenberg centers around
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Frozen Ground
  What’s the deal with human life? Why does it matter? Why does it matter to the point that government officials dedicate their time to find the missing remains of frozen and raped bodies planted deceptively into the Alaskan dirt by a monster? It seems self-evident that human life is important, but it only begins
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The Big Meal Review @ The new Century Theatre Company
This is a triumph in contemporary theatre. It strips away the vanities of staged productions; of manufactured choreography, and of banal dialogue that is trying to stretch an atom of an idea into a densely compact story. The rhythm of this exploration into the human life, in which every kind universally has been cast slings
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Assistance @ Shoe-box Theatre (Portland, Oregon)
Assistance is a small stage production trying to isolate and concentrate a more venomous side of the executive assistant tongue, most popularized by the film The Devil Wears Prada. While in that work there is a terrific exposition of one central character, and the actual humor in the incidental work where before she had no
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Baby Doll At The Fountain Theatre
Baby Doll is an adaptation of a Tennessee Williams film, and it again is a fatiguing portrayal of the Southern, almost backwatered life. Granted, we should be celebratory in the novel perspective; of being brought into a world that is seldom cared for by the largest pursuers of theatrical game in America; that being the
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How To Succeed In Business
A satire on how to move up fast and quickly within a business organization, How to Succeed is a fast-paced and raucous comedy with outlandish potshots at the working world of the 1960’s. While there are many anachronisms, the standard still remains, which is in the existence of the corporate ladder that so many people
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The Eccentricities of a Nightingale
Tennessee Williams most consistently is a playwright that does not direct the audience toward any landing point. His plots start, and they end, with the continuity between the points being the travails and tempestuousness of, marvelously, the ordinary human life. It is to say, we can see Mr. Williams as an egalitarian, demonstrating that the
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Duchamp to Pop @ The Norton Simon Museum
Duchamp to Pop attempts to link the emergence of the Pop Art phenomenon to Marcel Duchamp, the undoubtedly pioneering French artist who fed off of a shock and awe campaign of altering the definition of art, away from a purely aesthetic effort. We might consider Duchamp then the originator of artistic expression that is not
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