Local Haunts: Lydia’s Bridge

Dec 19th, 2011 | By

ShareTweetI’m rehearsing a show, Dead, and we were performing an acting exercise in the graveyard. Welcome to the world of theater, where nothing is too weird. No need for specifics, just six people amongst the tired resting souls of Greensboro. Walking through the rich history and crunching the leaves underfoot. While most people cringe at the
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Mixed Tape Reviews: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Dec 15th, 2011 | By
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

ShareTweetIt took two films and untold millions of dollars to prove it, but The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo simply does not lend itself well to filmmaking. Granted, both Noomi Rapace (from the 2009 Swedish film) and her American counterpart, Rooney Mara, from this newest adaptation directed by David Fincher give memorable performances as the
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Mixed Tape Reviews: Underwatched ‘Hugo’ shines

Dec 7th, 2011 | By
Still from the 2011 film "Hugo"

ShareTweetHere’s something special. With Hugo, Martin Scorsese directs his first family movie, which he also co-opts into an indoctrination tool to convert young children into admirers of silent film. And while his ode to the origins of cinema are clearly the scenes Scorsese savors the most, that doesn’t mean he pays mere lip service to
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Mixed Tape Reviews: Unfocused ‘Zoo’ Can’t Buy Cameron Crowe A Much-Needed Comeback

Nov 30th, 2011 | By
The stars of We Bought a Zoo

ShareTweetWhat I always loved about Cameron Crowe’s better movies was his ability to turn cheese into pizza. What I mean by this is that he takes highly emotional stories that would be terrible in the hands of other filmmakers, and with the right ingredients of great actors and essential truths, he manages to craft good
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Mixed Tape Reviews: Fourth ‘Twilight’ Flick More Weird Than Terrible

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By
Breaking Dawn screen cap

ShareTweetThe experience of watching four Twilight movies can best be described as watching a young woman make a series of bad decisions. That young woman is Bella Swan played by Kristen Stewart, and her most recent bad decision in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” is to get married immediately after graduating from high
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The Biltmore Hotel – Ghosts of the Present

Nov 19th, 2011 | By
Elevator in the Biltmore Hotel

ShareTweetLast weekend I helped a co-worker of mine redecorate her pottery shop for Christmas.  “It’s not really my thing,” she said, handing me plastic balls, lights, and two nutcrackers.  I laughed, because not 4 days before, on Halloween, I had walked through the shops while Christmas merchandise was being frantically thrown on the shelves, thinking
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Monkeywhale On A Reel

Nov 16th, 2011 | By

ShareTweetGreensboro houses many talented artists.  There are countless original bands, photographers, visual artists, and film makers.  One of these film makers, Harvey K. Robinson, has a message to go along with his films: Save the Monkeywhale. I first met Harvey when he was a bartender at the Flatiron, a local downtown dive.  I was drinking.
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Interview with a Comic Artist

Oct 31st, 2011 | By

ShareTweetEver since Superman came to life on the pages of Action Comics in July 1938 comic books have become a staple of American life along with apple pie, rock ‘n roll, and unpaid student loans. Local comic book artist Derrick Vaughn grew up in Burlington where he fostered a love for the medium from a
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