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Comment Archives: stories: Culture

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

Terrible review. Who ever wrote this should think about starting a new career. It doesn't matter who (good or bad person) or what (young black man, paragraph 10) a person is.. no one should be treated or gunned down like that.

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Posted by Art T on 10/21/2014 at 12:20 AM

Re: “Makeup case

"Men do figure into the women's lives in Love, but as accessories like cuff links, not as meaningful companions."

Are you familiar with the Bechdel test, by any chance? Wikipedia: "...the Bechdel test was introduced in Alison Bechdel's comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. In a 1985 strip titled "The Rule", an unnamed female character says that she only watches a movie if it satisfies the following requirements:

1. It has to have at least two women in it,
2. who talk to each other,
3. about something besides a man."

When you begin to apply this test to theatre, television or film, you will find that disturbingly few pieces pass it, and you begin to view entertainment and what it tells us about how interested (or not) our society is in the inner life of women in a much different (read: bleaker) light. Indeed, the scarcity of plays in which there are roles for several women - especially women over 30 - instead of two romantic rivals or one mother and one ingenue is still, even in this day and age, very disappointing. LLAWIW is one of a handful in which your statement is true; it's the exception, not the rule. Thank goodness (and female playwrights) for the few that exist and manage to make it into production.

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Posted by Dylan-Beth We-areLennox Clements-Mosley on 09/30/2014 at 9:13 PM

Re: “'Wheelwork of the universe'

Loved the write up. Can't wait to go!! P.S. Indy staff writers: Would you please put the M-Sun, open/closing time of the gallery/event in the body of the article or on the side. It's frustrating to have to do an endless click-search to find out the details. Thanks!

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Posted by R. Smith on 09/08/2014 at 1:11 PM

Re: “'Wheelwork of the universe'

What an inspiring review! Can't wait to go and experience this in person. Thank you!

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Posted by R. Smith on 09/08/2014 at 1:06 PM

Re: “From Bach to burlesque

Yay Peaks and Pasties, and Yay Broken Glass Photography!!!

Posted by Wyldesage on 08/28/2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: “In opening weekend for two plays, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? soars

I think you were too hard on Floyd and Clea. The singing voices and acting were fine. The play is very talky which makes it feel slow. But it wasn't that painful. The songs were not memorable, but they did move the story along. It was an enjoyable evening.

Posted by joannev on 06/20/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Adult World, Ravenous

Ravenous is a cult classic! Robert Carlyle and Guy Pearce gave great performances. Worth watching for sure.

Posted by WriteNowSue on 06/12/2014 at 10:05 AM

Re: “The Butler Did It! goes for the clichés, and gets away with murder

Bill Wheeler writes a review of opening night on his theatre blog:
http://theatercolorado.blogspot.com/2014/0…

Posted by Nancy Holaday on 06/06/2014 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Edge of Tomorrow excels with humor, suspense and poignancy

I really like this actress. She did a sci-fi movie a few years ago w/ Matt Damon that was also really good- The Adjustment Bureau. See it for her- Emily Blunt is one of my favorite actresses.

Posted by David B. Smith on 06/04/2014 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Maleficent fails to qualify as even a decent kids movie

I thought they at least answered most of the questions you raised in your blog post.

Here's my thoughts on them:

1. If the fairies don't need a leader, why don't they care when Maleficent sets herself up as their queen? (Angelina Jolie is fab as the vampy witch fairy.

I thought she did a kind of takeover of the kingdom as she was the most powerful fairy of them all. With her strength and anger, she did a hostile takeover.

2. Why is human Stefan (Sharlto Copley) so horrifically awful to his fairy friend Maleficent after being so sweet to her?

Stefan mentioned early on he desired to live in the castle and be king. As he spent more time away from Maleficent and her world, he was slowly consumed with greed, eventually leading him to do the nasty deed.

3. Why do three "nice" fairies (Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton and Juno Temple) turn their backs on their homeland in order to raise little human baby Aurora (Elle Fanning), apparently as a favor to the cruel Stefan?

After Maleficent placed the curse on the baby Aurora, these fairies felt a duty to care for the child. It's the least they could do after one of their own did such a cruel thing.

4. How come, if Maleficent casts a nasty revenge spell on the baby, but later casts another spell to revoke it when she learns the error of her vindictive ways, it doesn't stay revoked?

It was because of the original spell that Maleficent wasn't able to revoke the curse. The original curse stated that the curse couldn't be revoked. Thus, even Maleficent wasn't able to stop it.

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Posted by Joe Lalonde on 06/02/2014 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Tibetan Buddhism gets a feminist reboot at IDEA Space

If you have to read the wall text in order to appreciate what the artist is intending to convey in their work, does the meaning of the work reside in the artwork or the wall text? So many artists today feel compelled to justify their artwork with references to obscure/non-western traditions or myths. So many others feel compelled to justify their artwork with references to commonly shared contemporary/western ironies and banalities. So few attempt to make art that is an end in itself. And as an end in itself more than merely itself, just as an object in nature is its own thing but profoundly meaningful to others precisely because of its singularity. Instead, artists continue to dig up dead deities or stencil pop culture in order to simulate artistic substance. In this town, far removed from the poles of NY and LA, why don't more artists abandon shared and threadbare references and, instead, make authentically new references?

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Posted by Jacques on 05/22/2014 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Mad Men's lead man can't facilitate a fast ball with the anemic Million Dollar Arm

An informative list, Ms. Salk, but I think you misread the review. It is not an actor, but a character, whom the reviewer did not realize was intended to be Jewish until near the end of the movie. The actor who plays this role, Jon Hamm, is not Jewish apparently. At least he is not on your list of Jewish actors.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/14/2014 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Mad Men's lead man can't facilitate a fast ball with the anemic Million Dollar Arm

for future reference:
Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht.

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman.

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Posted by Jennifer Salk on 05/14/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “In detail

It is true that successful artists throughout history have operated Ford-type factories in the production of their art. Rodin, Rembrandt, Rubens. Hirst, Koons, Warhol. It is also true that the definition of art remains confused with soap carving & pinstriping. Today, we can & often do confuse craft with art. Everyone is impressed by a well-rendered drawing. Everyone is impressed by a flawless athletic feat. It's like magic. It's its own justification. "I wish I could do that". But art isn't a synonym for technique. There are flawless craftsmen in every industry. All of our flawless commodities don't build themselves. Why are all the factory workers of the world not considered artists? Why aren't all of Rodin's technically adept manual workers considered artists? Most artists dodge their obsessive struggle with craft by passing it off as "art". They usually do this by making objects that suggest some vague-yet-profound meaning. This is easier to do then you might think. Really, they just like to carve soap. & you, the general public, like pretty carved soap. So everyone's happy with this state of affairs. But Rubens wasn't merely a flawess craftsman. Chihuly, on the other hand, is nothing but a flawless craftsman.

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Posted by Jeff Often on 05/11/2014 at 9:00 AM

Re: “¿Hablas Mango?

You did mentioned it in the post.. that's cool!! nice way to bring all in together.. cheers!
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Posted by agileinfoways.com on 05/05/2014 at 5:50 AM

Re: “The FAC unveils yet another Chihuly show, reinforcing a decade of glass obsession

Chihuly makes high-end decorative art. For most people, "art" is precisely that: ribbon candy on a pedestal. The general public generally likes Chihuly's art. "You don't need an art degree to appreciate it". So true. In fact, your appreciation of Chihuly will likely diminish the higher your education. That's why the FAC is going to show him as often as their budget & good taste will allow. Despite what Blake Milteer says, there's nothing to be found beneath the surface of Chihuly's art. Or, there's as much to be found beneath the surface of Chihuly's art as can be detected beneath the surface of any object - particularly those to be found on the shelves of any high-end retailer's kitschen & dining department. Every artist knows that a Chihuly show is naked pandering to an indifferent public & Milteer knows that a Chihuly show will generate much needed revenue for the FAC. Never-the-less, once the tourists leave town & Chihuly is sent back to the FAC basement, I predict that the FAC & its utterly middlebrow board of directors will make good with the regional art community by exhibiting a couple of serious-yet-well-crafted-yet-cheap art shows.

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Posted by White Debbie on 05/03/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Venice meets SoCal in a revamped Italian classic at TheatreWorks

Brilliant production. All of the actors and actresses were absolutely brilliant!

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Posted by Pegi Haggerty-Schlis on 04/29/2014 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Bears doesn't break new ground, but that which it treads sure is cute

"Not to mention insanely cute, humanized-without-being-anthropomorphized baby animals." Love it! Love the description of John C. Reilly, as well. Thanks for this review :)

Posted by Judith Posch on 04/19/2014 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Nicolas Cage moves toward a McConaughey-like rebirth with Joe

That same photo of Cage has been going around on FB for a while now with the caption, "Only Nicolas Cage could make a real beard look fake!"

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Posted by Dave H on 04/16/2014 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Jack-of-all trades artist morphs into local scene

Who is this beautiful being!!

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Posted by Tarzan Mann on 04/02/2014 at 7:01 PM

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