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Sixteen candles

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Sixteen candles

It's a curious trait we have of striving to summarize eras in easily quantifiable terms, regardless of whether or not those designations hold up to scrutiny. An easy place to look for this behavior is in the repeated, exhausting attempts to define generations -- what it means to be a

Son of the Velvet Rat

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Son of the Velvet Rat

In radio pop, there's frequently an atmosphere of worshipping the young and pristine, and eschewing the unique and experienced. Talent shows like American Idol and The Voice rendered this subtext overt, sacrificing cherubic, would-be stars week after week, before arriving at one performer to be fed into the music industry's churning machine. While more

Three Easy Pieces

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Three Easy Pieces

It's the spookiest month, and thus the spookiest Three Easy Pieces, where I examine a corner of pop culture from its birth to today. I'm thinking, now, of horror movies. While horror has classically been shrugged off by the snooty gatekeepers of fine cinema, there's one subgenre that's even more

Lo-fi hero

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Lo-fi hero

Early in the lives of many a burgeoning music nerd, there occurs a watershed moment where you're exposed to a band that unites your current passion for discovery with your love for novelty songs instilled in you in early childhood. These bands are a little funnier, a little weirder, a

Don't panic!

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Don't panic!

Eighty years ago, this month, Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre players took to the radio to broadcast a live adaptation of HG Wells' classic tale of an alien invasion, The War of the Worlds. What followed, as legend has it, was widespread panic from listeners who believed they were actually

Can't-miss Tacoma Film Festival offerings

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Can't-miss Tacoma Film Festival offerings

While our usual advice, when confronted with an overwhelming festival, of any sort, is to take your chances on any random entertainment you may not have heard of, throwing a dart at a board isn't always enough. After all, we're also opinionated film nerds, and we can't pass over the

Tacoma Film Festival

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Tacoma Film Festival

We've been covering the Tacoma Film Festival for a number of years, at this point, and one of the pleasures of doing so has been in charting its steady rise to becoming one of the Pacific Northwest's preeminent annual cinematic events. Since its humble beginnings at the Grand Cinema, 13

LGBTQ benefit show

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LGBTQ benefit show

Humans have the capacity for doing a great many things -- good, bad and indifferent. We've all been inundated in our lives with moments of cruelty, both on a large scale, and on a smaller, more insidious one. Our instincts for conflict, exclusionism, and a fear of uniqueness have resulted

The Foreigner

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The Foreigner

In many ways, Tacoma Little Theatre's production of The Foreigner feels like a more light-hearted version of Martin McDonagh's work. Earlier this year, I reviewed TLT's staging of McDonagh's The Pillowman, and The Foreigner -- penned by Larry Shue -- shares with it a pattern of jarring tonal shifts and an overabundance of ideas.

Set on shuffle

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Set on shuffle

I recently stumbled across a baffling playlist on Spotify called "Songs to Sing in the Shower." It seemed like the ideal soundtrack to cruising around on a sunny almost-autumn day, but I was quickly surprised by a series of songs that were either picked by a blindfolded person throwing darts

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Nerd Alert issued for Grand Cinema's Documentary Week, Free Comic Book Day, David Sedaris ...

The new Avengers movie doesn't need my help. Believe it or not, this is one movie that will be just fine, even without the highly sought-after Nerd Alert bump. It's going to Hulk smash box office records, and there's nothing you or I can do to prevent the interminable onslaught

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Nerd Alert has been issued for Celebrity Deathmatch and True Story

Part of the gauntlet of programming that originally sounded the death knell of MTV actually playing music videos, Celebrity Deathmatch stabbed its influence into the hearts and minds of a certain generation. Featuring battles between tangentially related celebrities, the claymation show was frequently more clever than anyone every really required

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Nerd Alert issued for Trevor Noah and "It Follows" horror film

Lots of comedy and politics fans were shocked and dismayed to learn that Jon Stewart would be retiring from his role behind the desk of The Daily Show. Immediately, speculation abounded about who could possibly take his place. Some names thrown around included Louis CK, Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer

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Nerd Alert has been issued for Let the Right One In, Welcome to Night Vale and What We Do in the Shadows

Let the Right One In Because Hollywood just can't fucking leave well enough alone, we are now being faced with yet another adaptation of the Swedish masterpiece, Let the Right One In. We've already been given an English-language version that hewed so close to the original that it gets a pass,

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Nerd Alert issued for Modest Mouse, Chappie and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

It's been eight years since the last Modest Mouse album has hit stores, after the disappointing We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. But, over the past few weeks, singles from their forthcoming Strangers to Ourselves have been appearing online. While the songs I've heard have proven to be

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Nerd Alert issued for the Academy Awards and "Force Majeure"

The Academy Awards In a refreshing change of pace from Oscars past, the Academy Awards, this year, are full of nominations for off-kilter films, instead of the usual Oscar-bait pablum. There are no films that aim to create a post-racial society (looking at you, Crash) or dazzle gullible audiences with good

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Nerd Alert! Oscar nominated shorts! Jupiter Ascending!

Oscar Nominated Shorts For anyone with an Oscar pool, this weekend is as important to him or her as the Super Bowl was to gambling junkies. Yes, the time has come, once again, to learn just what exactly the Oscar nominees for Best Live Action and Animated Shorts are. These will

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Nerd Alert! Oscars snubs, Liberace Hologram, Justin Bieber Roast

Oscar Nominations It's been an unusually strong year for movies, with outliers like Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash and Boyhood even snagging spots on the list of nominees for this year's Oscars. Missing are the mega-blockbusters from years past that would fog up the nominations, like the overwhelmingly mediocre Avatar.

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Nerd Alert! Gotham and They Might Be Giants Dial-A-Song!

Gotham Ah, the day that nerds the world over have been craving for far too long has at last arrived! They Might Be Giants' Dial-A-Song has come back? Yes, but I'll get to that in a moment. First, some sarcastic praise for the Baby Batman show we never knew we wanted:

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Nerd Alert! - "The Interview" disaster and "The Imitation Game"

Ed. note: Sony Pictures Entertainment said today it will release The Interview in select theaters on Christmas Day. It would be disingenuous for me to start off this column with anything other than the biggest bit of news in the entertainment industry, right now, even though I might literally be the

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"Kick-Ass"

Kick-Ass Review: Two out of four stars Starring: Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Grace Moretz Director: Matthew Vaughn Rated: R for strong, brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and drug use - occasionally involving children   It's unclear exactly how bad of an idea Kick-Ass thinks vigilante justice is. The first 20 minutes feature

25 New Faces of Independent Film hits Tacoma

It should come as no surprise that one of my favorite filmgoing experiences happened at The Grand Cinema. There I sat, in the darkened theater, watching creeping slow-burn of The House of the Devil. Admittedly, I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to horror movies, but I had

72 Hour Film Festival recap

Last year's 72-Hour Film Festival was, I think, one of the best years so far. This year, I unfortunately cannot say the same. I don't believe that this change was affected by a drop in quality - there is always a healthy batch of misguided films. You've got your overly

Bridesmaids

Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to ma

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have the perfect life together living the American dream... until Emily asks for a divorce. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob

Documentary Week at The Grand Cinema

For a lot of people about my age, I'd be willing to bet that the first documentary film that appealed to them outside of a sort of eat-your-medicine vibe was American Movie. Here was a documentary that not only was a warm, compassionate, and comprehensive look at two unlikely filmmakers,

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