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Back to the Future

Ernest Cline discusses his ’80s-centric debut novel

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is a pop-culture geek’s paradise, a futuristic thriller that looks back to the 1980s and its various touchstones — everything from the Atari 2600 and obscure Japanese anime to the Vision Quest soundtrack and the films of John Hughes — with addictive, often inspired glee.  

Literary: Ernest Cline

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is a geek's paradise, a futuristic thriller that looks back to the 1980s and its various pop-cultural touchstones — everything from the Atari 2600 and obscure Japanese anime to the Vision Quest soundtrack and the films of John Hughes — with addictive, often inspired glee.   

Brit Marling: No Ordinary Earthling

Multi-talented Sundance darling breaks out with 'Another Earth'

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
A year ago Brit Marling was just another aspiring Los Angeles-based actress and filmmaker with visions of cinematic grandeur. Flash-forward 12 months and the 27-year-old is living the Sundance dream as a promising multi-hyphenate talent whose breakout film, Another Earth, is invading art-house cinemas across the country and whose blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty has yielded glossy magazine spreads.  

The Emergence of a Tennis Mecca

The Western & Southern Open has grown into one of the biggest and most important tennis tournaments in the world

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The tennis tournament now known as the Western & Southern Open has existed in Cincinnati in one form or another for 112 years, which (arguably) makes it the oldest in the United States still played in its original city. The tournament regularly features the best the players in the world — look for defending champion Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to continue their heated rivalry, and it looks as though the oft-injured Williams sisters will even play this year.  

Music: Atmosphere

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The first track of adventurous Minneapolis Hip Hop duo Atmosphere's new album, The Family Sign, opens with the muted, plaintive strains of a piano as frontdude Slug whispers something about his family tree in the background. It's a telling opening salvo, an immediate sign that 2008's When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold was no one-time shift in approach.  

Sports: Western & Southern Open

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The tennis tournament now known as the Western & Southern Open has existed in Cincinnati in one form or another for 112 years, which (arguably) makes it the oldest in the United States still played in its original city. Backed by its rich history and its placement as the main hard-court warm-up for the U.S. Open, the Cincinnati tournament has evolved into one the biggest and most important on the tennis landscape.  

Captain America (Review)

Comic-book adaptation is competent if uninspired

0 Comments · Sunday, July 24, 2011
Joe Johnston, the director of numerous effects-driven adventures over the years (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Jumanji and Jurassic Park III, to name a few), brings sleek efficiency to this 3-D adaptation of the latest Marvel Comics staple to make it to the big screen, which is a nice way of saying that Captain America is a competent if uninspired opening salvo in what Paramount hopes is its next mondo franchise. Grade: C.  

Film: Summer Shorts: Nine Nation Animation

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Looking for a unique, anti-summer-blockbuster cinematic option this weekend? Then head over to the Carnegie in Covington for Cincinnati World Cinema's latest offering, "Summer Shorts: Nine Nation Animation," which feature, yes, nine adult-oriented animated shorts from different countries across the globe.  

Page One: Inside The New York Times (Review)

Compelling documentary looks at the state of modern media

0 Comments · Friday, July 15, 2011
Andrew Rossi's fly-on-the-wall documentary focuses on whether traditional print media can survive in a world now dominated by 24-hour television news networks and the ever-expanding reach of the Internet. Grade: B.  

Cedar Rapids (Review)

20th Century Fox, 2011, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Miguel Arteta’s films have a specific sensibility, a whimsical yet grounded tone and feel that sets them apart from most everything else on the current cinematic landscape. The 45-year-old director’s work — from Chuck & Buck (2000) to Youth in Revolt (2010) — is no doubt informed by his status as a Puerto Rico native who moved to the U.S. to finish his education more than 25 years ago.