Six teenagers, a broken car, a mysterious forest and a creepy mansion. What could go wrong? Well, last time, this headed into dark and frightening territory with mermaids and dead girls everywhere, and Lovely Little Thieves looks no different. A visual novel focusing on horror and romance–romance that the Kickstarter page describes as ”against all odds high-stakes love conquers all nonsense” and decidedly not “mushy, sentimental romance”–Lovely Little Thieves opens with a nightmare that our lovely little protagonist Dawn is caught in.
Although Dawn starts out with a boyfriend–the large and in-charge Russell–all five characters are romanceable, including her BFF, the pink-haired and ambitious Danielle. Rounding out the cast are Colin (short, pissed off, needs to be punched in the face), Jay (mysterious, potentially British, extremely awkward), and Randy (laid-back, permanently high, already my fave).
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On the surface, Thrown is a nonfiction book about mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting, but author Kerry Howley takes the story into strange waters. The book begins with “Kit”/Howley, a graduate philosophy student, attending a conference on the topic of Phenomenology. Bored, she leaves and wanders into the adjacent MMA conference next door. As she witnesses men pummel each other in a cage, she describes feeling a sense of philosophical ecstasy. Wanting to delve deeper into the intellectual side of the violent spectacle of sports, she becomes something like an MMA groupie, attaching herself to two fighters, Sean Huffman, the waning old-timer, and Erik Koch, the young prodigy.
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Björk turns 49 today, celebrating a career that now spans across three decades. To celebrate, I wanted to highlight something in her catalog that’s a little less known. “Amphibian” is a track that appears on the Being John Malkovich soundtrack and plays at the end of the movie during the credit roll. The song is lush, fluidly morphing from strings to harps while beaming an aura of pretty sadness. It sounds like she’s singing in another language, but the entire song is actually in improvised gibberish. It’s a vocal character she used to do a lot in her earlier music, although not so much recently. If you liked this song, I also recommend the fantastic remix by Mark Bell, the late DJ who died earlier this year. I honestly can’t decide which version I like more.
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Many die-hard Disney fans fondly remember the Mouse’s version of Victor Hugo’s classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which featured Demi Moore as the pretty dancer Esmeralda, Tony Jay as Claude Frollo, and Tom Hulce as Quasimodo. Now, La Jolla Playhouse is proud to host the U.S. premiere of the stage adaption, which is directed by Stephen Schwartz and running until December 14, 2014.
The trailer for the musical gives Disney fans a sneak peek at the live-action versions of Quasimodo, Phoebus, and Esmeralda. Plus, for those who don’t live on the West Coast and can’t get to La Jolla Playhouse in person to see it live, the trailer allows fans to get a glimpse of the stunning choreography and gorgeous costumes. Perhaps one day East Coast fans will be able to see it too, but until then, this awesome trailer will have to suffice.
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Growing up I had the pleasure of listening to my great-grandmother’s stories of how she used to hang out with the Colombian artistic elite when Barranquilla was just a young town (think 1930s). I was always fascinated by how “close” I felt to all these people and their contributions to history and culture in my country, but it was artist Alejandro Obregon who always stood out to me the most.
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Author, poet Charles Bukowski was never the flowery, abstract type of poet people are accustomed to. His musings on life ranged in topics, but they always had a thin veil of cynicism to them, which is no surprise if you ever listened to his thoughts on life. In The Man With the Beautiful Eyes, a film that won the BAFTA for best animated short in 2000, Bukowski’s poem is given a visual makeover. Director Jonathan Hodgson and Jonny Hannah teamed up to create the short with the goal of creating an animation that would flow like poetry, telling a story with fluidity instead of literally. Using cel animation techniques with paint on paper, the result is a unique take on Bukowski’s work that captures his elusive, paradoxical nature.
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Hold My Hand is rough and feels unfinished (it lacks both a title and ending screen), but the central gameplay mechanic alone makes it worth a second look. Following two siblings lost in the forest, Hold My Hand gives you only one piece of protection against the darkness and the monsters that lurk in it: holding each other’s hands. Letting go turns the forest darker and more ominous with strange noises in the distance and bodies slumped in the shadows; holding hands helps cast light, at least enough to progress.
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