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THATCamp Performing Arts 2013: A Link Compendium

If you follow me on twitter, you’ll have noticed that I spent the past two days at THATCamp Performing Art 2013 (#TCPA13), which I briefly touched on yesterday. It was a great gathering of people and I came out of it very excited for my field, academia in general and the performing arts in the ...

THATCamp Performing Arts 2013

Today was the first day of THATCamp Performing Arts 2013. It was also my first day at a THATCamp (un)conference. And I gotta say, it was kind of fantastic. Props to Kimon Keramidas and everyone at the Martin E. Segal Theater Center for what was a great first day. For those ...

The Dorys 2009, or How here’s the best according to me!

I started the Dorys (pronounced Door-ees, get it?) last year as a way to put in my two cents as to what the best films are in a given year (I mean, last year I just had to interject between all the SLUMDOG!! SLUMDOG IS THE ONLY FILM EVER MADE I LOVE IT OMG IT’S ...

TV in the 2000s, or How let’s name ABND’s Best Comedy Actor

Best Performances (TV Comedy) Part 1 Narrowing the performance/actor categories was HARD. But I went with two things: 1. Do I like the actor/actress? 2. Do I like the performance? Okay, maybe that didn’t help ’em narrow them down at all. But I do have a crazy math system in the back of my head. Just don’t make me ...

Penelope and Pedro, or How they’re a great pair aren’t they?

While their latest collaboration (Broken Embraces) doesn’t soar as high as their last outing (the beautifully and buoyantly effervescent Volver), there’s no denying Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz make for a great cinematic pairing. Their joint interview over at the New York Times is a joy to read. My favorite passage (mainly because it solidifies my ...

Mary and Max, or How ‘Aspies for Freedom’ should be sold as a shirt

Mary and Max Written, Directed and Designed by: Adam Elliot Voiced by: Toni Collette & Philip Seymour-Hoffman It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Mary and Max would make a great double feature alongside PIXAR’s Up. After all, in their own ways, they paint a picture of ‘living life anew’ pairing an older character with a younger ...

A Single Man, or How Tom Ford’s debut looks gorgeous

I already voiced my anticipationĀ for Tom Ford’s debut film A Single ManĀ (based on Christopher Isherwood’s novella of the same name) but after this trailer, well… I can’t wait to see this. Colin, Julianne, Matthew, Lee, Ginnifer & Nicholas all look gorgeous and considering I love them all from giving me things I adore (Shakespeare in ...

Dreams for Women, or How this is me getting my feminist on

My friend Amanda Reaume has this amazing magazine based out of Vancouver called Antigone which you should seek out and read if you care about anything politically progressive and feminist. I know I should keep up with their great blog more often but whenever I do, it makes me smile (just their last blog post ...

Julie & Julia, or How Meryl’s Julia Child is a treat

[Disclaimer. Excepting the title, this post has been edited to purposely exclude food puns. If you want those, please go ahead and read any and all other reviews about Nora Ephron’s latest]

Julie & Julia Written and Directed by: Nora Ephron Starring: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina & Jane Lynch (!) The premise is simple: Julie ...

The Hurt Locker, or How Ms Bigelow’s film is electrifying

The Hurt Locker Written by Mark Boal Directed by Kathryn Bigelow Starring: Jeremy Renner, Antony Mackie, Brian Geraghy, Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce & Evangeline Lily.

The Hurt Locker follows a unit of bomb defusers in Bagdahd circa 2004. Not quite following a plot per se, the film becomes quite early a study in mood and character as Sergeant First ...

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