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Let the Right One In

In Screen on October 31, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Get Excited!  Halloween is on the way, and one of the best looking “scary” movies is in theaters now.  This Swedish film tells a poetic story about friendship, rejection and vampires.

 

Magnet Quickly Reviews Let the Right One In:

Like every other vampire movie this one is seductive and mysterious, unlike every other vampire movie it has a certain innocence never before seen in a a film on the subject.  The movie is beautifully shot, the acting is riveting, and the story is exciting.

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Jumble Pie

In Literature on October 31, 2008 at 7:25 am

From the start of Melanie Lynn’s novel I was unsure and frankly, quite skeptical of Jumble Pie‘s appeal.  The story tells of two unlikely friends and the pie that brings them together.  Immediately I placed this work of fiction in the category of a light drama such as “Ya-Ya Sisterhood” or “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”. True, the story is emotionally charged, yet halfway through I found myself entertained by the twists and turns played out by the characters.  People are not as they appear and life is anything but “a piece of pie”.  

If you are looking to amplify your philosophical intellect this is not the read for you, but on a rainy day, if you have nothing better to do, pick up Jumble Pie.  You just may end up with a surprisingly satisfied afternoon.

Young @ Heart

In Screen on October 30, 2008 at 4:24 pm

The story of the Young at Heart Chorus, a group of senior citizens who perform contemporary rock and pop tunes, is done so honestly that I recommend this to anyone, and I mean anyone (grandmas, nephews, uncles, neighbors) as a must see film.  Although it appeared in theaters as early as July of 2007, it is not too late.  Young At Heart is on the shelves of your local movie rental retailer or, if you would like to add a stupendous movie to your DVD collection, it is available for purchase on the film’s website.  

107 minutes in it’s entirety was life changing. I laughed, I cried at separate times and simultaneously throughout the documentary.  Bodies dwindle, but the mind doesn’t have to and the members of this awe-inspiring choir are prime illustrations.   “When you are singing you can’t be sad,” so sing.  Sing your hearts out.  Sing your heart into youthfulness. 

Not Vital

In Art on October 30, 2008 at 7:34 am

8 Halves

Combining forces of life and nature to create some of

 the best surrealistic sculptures in the world is something Not Vital has done for over 20 years.  Not Vital, born in Switzerland, is

50 Snowballs

50 Snowballs

 considered to be one of the leading sculptors of today.  

 

The artist uses plaster, marble, gold, and silver to bring his pieces to life.  There are no boundaries, space is never an issue, at times an entire room is created into a “piece,” the lighting, walls, and floorboards all become a part art.  

Lotus

Lotus

 It is pieces like “8 Halves,” with the long scraggly horse legs, that give some of his work a Salvador Dali feel to it, but there is no doubt Not Vital’s work is unique and thought provoking.  

The Boyfriend

The Boyfriend

 His latest participation in an exhibition featured his piece, “The Boyfriend,”  as part of London’s Frieze Art Fair this past October.

Shout Out Out Out Out

In Music on October 29, 2008 at 11:59 am

Even for you off beat folks, this band can lead you home, a step in time.  

Shout Out Out Out Out‘s unique sound relies on 2 drummers, 4 bass players, 5 synthesizers, a handful of cowbells and other gidgets and gadgets. These west coast foreigners, Alberta, Canada, leave the crowd in a sweaty dancing fever.  It is a sight unlike any other and one I highly recommend you see.  Keep a look out for upcoming tour dates, and keep your fingers crossed for a swift return back to NYC.  The new Shout Out Out Out Out album isn’t expected to be released until March, 2008.  In the meantime check out their new single “In the End Its Your Friends.”