When the barriers and tents came down on December 14, Hong Kong was whole again. Harcourt Road, one of the main arteries that run through Hong Kong Island, once a hodgepodge of makeshift camps, tear gas stand downs, and spontaneous concertos, returned to the usual hectic, congested fareway, connecting the city to financial centers, governmental houses, and nightlife. In the chaos of the transition, protesters found themselves anxiously trying to save relics of their once pervasive protest, but it became clear as the city turned back to normal that the Umbrella Revolution’s remnants–a plethora of new art and expression–could as soon be forgotten by the city as its typhoons or mountains. Hong Kong art’s scene, taken over by a grass roots movement unlike any other in the city’s history, was a changed landscape.
|Recommended by Rhys Dipshan||Monday, February 16th, 2015||No Comments »|
While some people may enjoy the CW’s hit television show Arrow for being an interesting adaption of DC’s famous comic book character Green Arrow, there’s another reason why plenty of fans, myself included, love the television show: they have a lot of women who can kick some major butt.
(Editor’s Note: Thar be spoilers ahead)
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Tuesday, January 27th, 2015||No Comments »|
As a critically acclaimed author, celebrated cartoonist, and comics wunderkind with nearly 10 years of published works under her belt, Lucy Knisley is a perennial favorite of this reviewer. Known for her witty, thoughtful, and deeply personal autobiographical works, Lucy has made a name for herself with books like French Milk, Relish, An Age of License, and most recently, Displacement. An Age of License and Displacement are companion travelogues, published through Fantagraphics Books, detailing the events of two separate trips taken several months apart. The first is an exploration of freedom, youth, and love, while the latter is a sobering glimpse into the realities of aging, memory-loss, and caring for the elderly. For further information about these books, you can read my reviews here and here.
Recently I had the chance to sit down with Lucy at The Strand Bookstore in Manhattan and interview her about Displacement, her new work, and her experiences as an graphic memoirist:
|Recommended by Marie Anello||Monday, January 19th, 2015||No Comments »|
If there’s been a defining question of video game criticism since the medium’s inception, it’s been this: Is it fun? Fun is the overriding metric by which all games have been judged, the trump card to invalidate almost every other aspect of a game. Are the graphics terrible? No problem if it’s fun. The soundtrack’s repetitive? A bit annoying, but no big deal as long as you’re having fun. A weak or non-existent narrative? That barely matters a jot if the basic gameplay is fun.
|Recommended by Dominic Preston||Friday, January 16th, 2015||No Comments »|
Another year, another “best of” list. We know, it’s exhausting. But our list is a little different. We asked our writers to pick the best thing they discovered this year, whether it was old or new. From superhero TV shows to Colombian music, 2014 proved to have no shortage of awesome discoveries. Below, our easily digestible list of recommendations:
|Recommended by The Absolute Staff||Friday, December 19th, 2014||No Comments »|
It’s difficult finding the right words for why Watership Down is one of the best animated films of all time. You would think it would be easy, but in the real world, whenever I try recommending it to friends, they stop me when I say the words “talking rabbits.”
“Oh, you mean like a Disney movie?”
“No, not at all.”
|Recommended by Tiffany White||Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014||No Comments »|
While most people think that the famous Cleopatra was a great beauty who used her feminine wiles to seduce Julius Caesar and Marcus Antonius to their doom, what they don’t realize is that all of the famous stereotypes surrounding this infamous Queen were part of ancient Roman propaganda created by Augustus in order to discredit her. Not only did Cleopatra VII speak several different languages, she looked nothing like Elizabeth Taylor either. Like many Mediterranean women, Cleopatra had a strong nose, curly hair, and sharp cheekbones.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014||1 Comment »|