Arts & Culture

Movies: "The Counselor"

Movies: "The Counselor"

Dark doings south of the border.  Fast cars, guns and snazzy parties.  A big drug deal goes awry and the naive man in the middle finds himself the target of a vengeful and remorseless Mexican drug cartel.

Wait, haven’t we seen this movie before?

 

Leaving Something to Chance Might Open the Door to New Possibilities

Leaving Something to Chance Might Open the Door to New Possibilities

It's not easy to let go sometimes. To leave something to chance and see what happens. That's what we learned to do in our 2D design class while working on three separate projects. Read more ... 

Jill McCorkle's Life After Life

Jill McCorkle's Life After Life
I tend to gravitate toward books with PLOT, and although there's nothing wrong with a great narrative - in fact there's a lot RIGHT about it - it's healthy for me to enjoy a character-driven novel. Enter Jill McCorkle's Life After Life. Although I finished it more than a month ago, and I'm just writing about it now, I actually read it very quickly.  Imagine a set of concentric circles, or a web.  Or maybe a whole bunch of Venn diagrams. With six main characters (and a supporting cast of a couple dozen), their lives are very much intertwined, even though they don't realize it.   READ MORE

Movies: "The Fifth Estate"

Movies: "The Fifth Estate"

The trouble with this newfangled computer age is it just doesn’t make for very compelling cinema.  Hey, if you want to see a bunch of people tapping away at their keyboards, just look up from your cubicle or stop by your local library.

To be fair, “The Fifth Estate,” the dramatization of the Wikileaks publication of thousands of secret documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tries to spice up the cyberstuff, starting with a truly clever opening montage following the evolution of media from hieroglyphics through moveable type and the telegraph, all the way to the vanishing world of print and the rise of the worldwide web.  All in a couple of minutes.