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Posted Feb 14, 2012 in Arts, Featured

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Art World

With the art world heading towards the end of summer slowdown, now is a great time to take in some of the many great group shows. Along with the big names, it’s a perfect chance to learn about some newer artists as well. Without a doubt, the show to see for big names is Pop Life! At the National Gallery in Ottawa, which runs until September...

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Posted Feb 2, 2012 in Arts

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

“Your clothes look atrocious,” Lucy (Sarah Paulson) says to her younger sister Martha (Elizabeth Olsen), as she gets the latter to try on a pink, high waited wrap dress. Let’s flashback earlier within the movie when she drives three hours to the Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York to get Martha, looking like a homeless...

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Posted Dec 22, 2011 in Arts

Saluting This Year’s Movies

For the past year I’ve been talking about movies with great visuals or ones with exceptionally complex characters. But here’s a super shortlist of three movies that stood out, that evokes something, that made me pay attention. The Tree of Life – I haven’t been keeping up with the erudite criticism about Terrence...

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Posted Dec 11, 2011 in Arts

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Bite-Sized Book Review: On the Road

Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen, because today’s Bite-Sized Book Review is a classic! Maybe you’ve already read it, maybe you’ve loved it since you were an impressionable 15 year old who wanted nothing more than to hop in a car and just drive, and maybe you’ve been meaning to pick it up forever but never got around to it...

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Posted Dec 3, 2011 in Arts

Melancholia

I keep going back and forth on some of Melancholia’s major elements, seeing its flaws and quickly excusing them. The montage at the prologue drags on although it does set this awe-inspiring tone. I could have done away with the wedding between Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgard), as if Lars’ heroines should...

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Posted Nov 23, 2011 in Arts

Four artists of note…

This month’s selection of artists is a bit random but one thing they have in common is that whatever medium they work in, they all make for striking imagery. For the most part I learned about these artists in a great book that a friend recently loaned me: 100 New Artists, ed. By Francesca Gavin and published by Laurence King in 2011. First...

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