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That Glorious Paradox: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Film Review

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2011
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Film/Movie Review A Comparison of the Planet of the Apes Films In 1963, French author Pierre Boulle (The Bridge over the River Kwai) wrote an ingenious little novel entitled La Planète des Singes, where the protagonist, Ulysse Mérou, travels to another planet with two scientists and encounters a [...]

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Local Author and Phish Phan Pete Mason Talks Phish & Other Stuff

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Pete Mason Interview: Albany-based Author of PhanArt and PhanFood and Bonafide Phish Phan By Stacey Stump Albany-based author Pete Mason saw his first Phish show in December 1997 at what is now known as the Times Union Center. He remembers liking the music, but it wasn’t until he attended the Lemonwheel Festival the following summer [...]

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Two Witty Chicks: The Music of Garfunkel and Oates

Garfunkel and Oates, This Party's took a turn for the Douche
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Garfunkel and Oates I’ll be the first to admit that most of my art and culture posts come from me doing all that I can to get away from my coursework. As I type this in my fort comprised of Jane Austen secondary criticism books, I am making no library-friends because all they see is [...]

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The Cast of “Jersey Shore”: Literary Aspirations

Snooki, JWOWW, The Situation and the gang from The Jersey Shore
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“Jersey Shore” Cast’s Literary Aspirations: A Shore Thing, Rules According to JWOWW, Here’s the Situation MTV’s now infamous “Jersey Shore” franchise gets something of a bad rap. I have never been its biggest fan, as all it has done in my life is to give the world at large a new set of jokes and stereotypes [...]

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A Q&A with Leigh Whannell and James Wan, Creators of Saw and Insidious

Leigh Whannell and James Wan
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A Q&A With Leigh Whannell and James Wan, Creators of Saw and Insidious These apparent goofballs are Leigh Whannell and James Wan, the evil masterminds behind the Saw franchise. Yes, the gentlemen who kept you up nights, wondering how far you would go in the face of imminent death and pain, or seriously thinking about [...]

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The Art of the Remix: Record Albums as Book Covers & Other Cool Artistic Literary Ventures

Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks by Christophe Gowans
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Record Albums as Book Covers & Other Artistic Literary Ventures People like remixes. There is a very particular exhilaration that comes over you when that-song-that-you-don’t-really-like-but-the-stations-all-play-so-now-you’re-just-used-to-the-damn-thing starts to slow down and an echo-y voice shouts out, “Reeeeeeeemix!” It’s fun to have something you’ve grown used to altered a bit, taken ever so slightly out of its [...]

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Kurt Vonnegut & the Real Ilium: Schenectady, NY

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Kurt Vonnegut & His Time in Schenectady When we consider the cultural centers of this country, we are likely to picture its major cities – New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc…  Sheer volume alone virtually guarantees the formation of a robust artistic community, but here in the Capital Region we have our own [...]

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Comics & the Kitschy Side of Art

Calvin and Hobbes Envelopes
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Comics in Art Comics are fantastic. Now, that is just a matter of opinion, and I fully understand that. As a person who’s gotten a lot of enjoyment out of comics over the years, I’m a little biased. So, let’s tone it down a bit. At some stage in his or her life, many a [...]

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Is This the End of “Two and a Half Men”?

Charlie Sheen
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The future of television’s current number one hit show right now, “Two and a Half Men,” is in limbo. The show, for those readers who haven’t caught a glimpse, is based, not so loosely, around the life of the show’s star, Charlie Sheen. Sheen plays Charlie Harper, a wealthy jingle writer who lives in his [...]

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King Who?

Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock
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Personal Recollections of Elvis Presley Why the King Remains Relevant I suppose one could say that I grew up in Elvis country. We were half a day from Nashville and less than that from Memphis. But, somehow, my tiny little Southern Illinois town seemed only mildly interested in the phenomenon of exploding energy that suddenly [...]

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