Category: Culture

Jul 24

‘Stranger Things’ Lives Up to the Hype

Since Netflix released the Spielberg-esque ode to the ominous 80’s, Stranger Things, this month, the internets have gone wild over the show, and it’s no exception here.  I’d have to say that Stranger Things is definitely the most captivating television show that I’ve seen since LOST. The suspense begins when a young boy, Will Byers, goes …

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Jul 18

Artist Spotlight: Chiaki Okada

Chiaki Okada has a unique talent for capturing the innocent beauty of childhood home life as well as imaginative childhood themes. For instance, notice the delicate comfort that Chiaki has created in “Tea Party Late at Night” where a girl, her teddy bear, and a polar bear all enjoy a quiet night around the table with tea: …

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Jul 17

New Trailer: Kubo and the Two Strings

Apple now has five gorgeous trailers available for the film Kubo and the Two Strings, which is slated to be released August 19th, 2016 from Focus Features and the animation studio LAIKA.  It was directed by Travis Knight, who is probably best known for his work on Coraline and ParaNorman. The movie is based on Japanese folktales and promises “mystical …

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May 30

Uteki Swim Party Featured Short Story – Scott Carrier – “Swim Lesson”

This story along with several of Scott Carrier’s other short stories were sent to me around ten years ago when I was working on another site, and every now and then I have a listen.  This one always entertains me for some reason, perhaps because I was an avid swimmer as a youngster, or maybe …

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May 01

Two Martial Arts Classics Restored and Return

King Hu’s classic movies Dragon Inn, which was originally released in 1967, and his 1971 film A Touch of Zen have been restored in 4K from the original camera negatives. A Touch of Zen started playing in theaters April 22nd, and Dragon Inn will be re-released in theaters on May 6th. Hu’s films have been very influential in the world of …

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Apr 22

Antoine Fuqua’s “Magnificent Seven” Trailer Released

The first trailer for Antoine Fuqua’s Magnificent Seven was released earlier this week. This tale of seven outlaws banding together to defend a town from attacks is a remake of the classic epic western of the same name. It has a star studded cast and appears to be very different, stylistically, from the 1960 version. The 1960 version …

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