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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Baby steps: Learning to love anime at Animazement

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 4:32 PM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeThe scene at the 2010 Animazement conventionStuck in the doorway outside the Raleigh Convention Center on a rainy Sunday, I'm at least treated to the spectacle of a small army of middle school-to-college-aged individuals communing in makeup, corsets and the odd Pokemon hat. It's the last day of Animazement, the popular Raleigh event that attracts thousands of fans of Japanese animation or "anime," and I'm on a mission—to join in on their fandom. Anime represents a blind spot in my nerdity, but its sense of community and wide variety of colorful series have long piqued...

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DVD+Digital: Ralph Fiennes' violent, modern version of Shakespeare's Coriolanus

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Larry D. Horricks/ The Weinstein Company In the rather startling CORIOLANUS, new to DVD, Blu-ray and standard digital platforms this week, actor-turned-director Ralph Fiennes smuggles an obscure Shakespeare tragedy into the contemporary war movie genre. Epic and bloody, Coriolanus tells the tale of Caius Martius (Fiennes), a fierce military general in “a place calling itself Rome.” In the Bard's original play, Rome is actually Rome (and Martius a historical Roman general). In Fiennes' update, though, Rome is a depressingly modern and familiar sight: a city in the midst of war, coming apart at the seams. Time and place are deliberately...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DVD+Digital: Perfect Sense

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Photo by Neil Davidson/ IFC FilmsGood science fiction premises are hard to come by. It's just math, really. Ever since Mary Shelley kicked it all off with Frankenstein, countless authors and screenwriters have mapped the terrain of speculative fiction—examining issues, projecting trends and otherwise scouring the collective superconsciousness for story hooks. So when you find a new science fiction movie with a relatively fresh concept, it becomes a kind of commodity in and of itself. Such is the case with the apocalyptic romance PERFECT SENSE, new to DVD and various digital platforms this week. Starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green,...

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Friday, May 18, 2012

God Bless America, Bobcat Goldthwait's violent new satire

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Photo courtesy of Magnet ReleasingTara Lynne Barr and Joel MurrayGOD BLESS AMERICA* * starsOpens Friday at Colony Theatres Screechy-voiced comedian-turned-dark-comedy auteur Bobcat Goldthwait once again attempts to mix the extreme with the profound in his new, bullet-ridden satire God Bless America. He casts Joel Murray (Bill’s brother and Goldthwait’s co-star in that long-lost ’80s comedy One Crazy Summer) take the lead as Frank, a miserable divorcée whose life goes down the drain even more emphatically once he gets fired from his job and receives news that he has a brain tumor. Already holding a pretty strong contempt for the uncivil...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

DVD+Digital: Norwegian Wood

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Soda PicturesBased on a hugely popular 1987 Japanese novel, the quiet drama NORWEGIAN WOOD is a haunting coming-of-age story that explores love and loss against the backdrop of 1960s Tokyo. As his fellow students protest and march—Tokyo had its '60s radicals, too—brooding college student Toru Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama) falls into a romantic affair with the delicate, damaged Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi). The two come together in unspoken grief after the suicide of their mutual friend, Kizuki, who was also Naoko's first love. The young couple's first sexual encounter leads to a emotional breakdown for Naoko, who retreats to a countryside sanitarium....

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bloody capitalism: The missed opportunity of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton's Dark Shadows

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Photo by Peter MountainDARK SHADOWS* * starsOpens Friday Usually, a plot synopsis does not service either a decent movie review or the movie in question. But speaking of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, it might just do the trick. Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) is out to get his. He wakes up from a centuries-long slumber to find out that the market in the fishing town his family once controlled has been monopolized by the same witch who cursed him to immortality and locked him in a coffin way back in the day. Under the cover of perceived good intentions, he sets...

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Raleigh Ensemble Players files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Photo by Adam David KissickTwo actors in DOG SEES GOD: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, produced by REP in June 2011Raleigh Ensemble Players (REP), the 30-year old theater company in downtown Raleigh, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. This afternoon, the company sent an email to members of the area theater community confirming that the company had ceased operations, effective immediately: "Following the unanimous adoption of a resolution by REP's Board of Directors, the company has filed for bankruptcy." The email was signed by C. Glen Matthews, the company's artistic director. According to documents filed yesterday in the United...

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