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Film Review: Fury

By Jason Raymond

Psychokinesis describes what happens in contemporary war movies as well as anything else I can think of. During the many battle sequences of Fury you are mesmerized by all the CGI pyrotechnics, complex sound, and quick edits that transport you inside an M4 Sherman tank. For about twenty-five years [1942-1977], America churned out movies about World War Two when much of the audience actively participated in the conflict to some degree. Yet the technology underpinning filmmaking never could achieve - what? technical accuracy? - the sheer spellbinding visuals in this movie.  

Drinking Culture

The Art of the Set-Up at Central City's Verret’s Lounge

Gentle reader, when the wind is in the North and the gaps in the sashes of single-pane windows make the indoors seem colder than the out, a good neighborhood bar is the perfect redoubt. If you’re in Central City and the wet cold is in your bones, Verret’s Lounge is a good spot to pass an evening.  

Fringe Finale

Reviews: My Horse's Name is Loneliness, Roller Rink Temptations

The plus of having your planned slate of Fringe Fest shows fall apart is that you start just wandering around to whatever’s still available and sounds interesting. That’s when synchronistic patterns emerge. Two of the four shows I saw Saturday night – My Horse’s Name is Loneliness, Aztec Economy’s sequel to its Fringe hit, My Aim is True, and newbie troupe Beaubourg’s production of Catherine Weingarten’s A Roller Rink Temptation – both seem to me to be modern, niche variations of the old-school gay sensibility’s main contribution to culture: Camp.

Method Man and Redman Burn Up HOB

Last night, NOLA learned the answer to the question, “How high?” The Smoker’s Tour rolled into the House of Blues Tuesday (11.18) night. 90’s hip hop icons Method Man and Redman headlined the event which also featured B Real of Cypress Hill amongst others. 

Drinking Culture

In Algiers, Columnist Searches for Burroughs, Finds The Crown & Anchor

Gentle reader, embark! All aboard the Algiers Ferry Col. Frank X. Armiger, bound for that phantom limb of New Orleans proper, Algiers Point. The afternoon was sunny and glorious, so I decided to cross the river and visit the house of the wonderfully trenchant writer and famously poor marksman, William S. Burroughs.

Extra Credit

Theatre Reviews: The Lion and the Jewel, 
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

I hate to think what the New Orleans theatre scene would look like without its student shows. Yes, you have to make allowances for talent that’s still maturing, also squint at twenty-somethings playing characters twice or more their age, but there’s an adventurousness in the university theatre departments – in presenting new material, and works that are commercially unviable, particularly from other cultures – that we’d be much the poorer without. Serious theatergoers have to add the halls of edication to their itineraries.

Drinking Culture

A Few Hours at 12 Mile Limit

Gentle reader, sometimes you just need a drink in a bar with no worldview whatsoever. Un-opinionated was decidedly not what I staggered into at Twelve Mile Limit.  While I realize the indelicacy of quoting a Muslim poet in reference to a joint that serves up pork and alcohol, Rumi’s phrase “A little bit of everything, and nothing at all” describes my destination one hungover autumn afternoon perfectly.


Goat in the Road's Numb Opens

Friday night saw the opening of Goat in the Road Production’s (GRP) long-awaited Numb, an original, theatrical exploration of the history of anaesthesiology. The piece is a collaboration of the artistic minds of GRP, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, and the Cachet Arts and Culture Program.  The production takes place at the aptly-named Ether Dome along St. Claude Ave.

Parental Concerns

Theatre Review: Orphans

Damned if I know whether Frederick Mead is a genius or the luckiest director in town. 

I winced when casting was announced for Jonathan Mares’ production of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans. The oft-produced, award-winning drama (three showy roles, simple unit set) is about grown orphan brothers, practically feral: the older Treat (Martin Bradford), a violent control freak who makes their lousy living as a petty thief; the younger Phillip (David Williams), submissive and so childlike as to seem mentally challenged.

Film Review: Gone Girl

By Jason Raymond

After sitting through the endless, endless Gone Girl, I looked up the run times of David Fincher’s last seven movies. Here’s the list:

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