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POP RHETORIC: Getting Serious

After seeing the preview for Ben Stiller's new indie-drama Greenberg, the first thing I thought was, "Wow, that looks awesome." The second thing I thought was, "Wait, has Ben Stiller acted in a serious movie before?" In Greenberg, Stiller is an irritable, cynical, and on the verge of a midlife crisis.
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CD REVIEWS: Jimi Hendrix: Valleys of Neptune

Where would Jimi Hendrix fit into today's music scene? Seasoned but pushing into the mainstream like Eric Clapton? Playing Super Bowl halftime shows like Pete Townsend and The Who? The release of Valleys of Neptune, a posthumous follow up to 1968's Electric Ladyland, may convince you that Hendrix was simply too much of a psychedelic, blues-thumping, break-through-the-boundaries-of-your-brain invention to ever escape the "27 Club.
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The Canadian War on Queers tells personal accounts of prejudice

Gary Kinsman and Patrizia Gentile's The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation discusses the under-the-radar - and sometimes officially sanctioned - targeting of gays and lesbians as security threats from the 1950s to the 1990s. Written from - and told through - a series of first-hand accounts combined with documents obtained under the Access to Information Act, Kinsman and Gentile discuss the history of queer Canadians in a way that is passionate and personal.
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Caravaggio vs. Michelangelo

Although art historians and casual tourists probably won't stop peering up at the brilliance of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the 16th-century Italian Renaissance man may find himself looking up at another art world rival as the top Italian artist in history, according to one renowned art historian.
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POP RHETORIC: Burton’s formula

Tim Burton has a distinct, dark, and quirky style that puts him in a cinematic class apart from any other director. The problem is that after creating so many successful films, his new projects are always going to be compared to his earlier "glory days." The empire he has created is subject to unwarranted, faulty criticism merely because of the expectations that he's planted in viewers' minds.
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The Bald Soprano has some playgoers scratching their heads

Director Julien Naggar's production of The Bald Soprano transports the audience into an absurd world that nonetheless seems strangely familiar. Playing this week at the TNC Theatre in Morrice Hall, The Bald Soprano brings TNC's 2009-2010 season to a climactic finish with its parlour-room madness, reshaping expectations and challenging presumptions.
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John le Carré: the spy who loved fiction

The 2010 International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal kicks off on March 18, featuring 230 films from 23 countries. Shortlisted from this group are a competitive selection of 43 films from 14 countries (including eight entries from Quebec). Buzzed films from the competitive group include Je M'Appelle Denis Gagnon, a documentary about the Quebec fashion designer who made quite an impression at Montreal Fashion Week; The Real World of Peter Gabriel, on the Genesis lead singer; and perhaps most intriguing, King of Spies: John le Carré, a documentary about the life's work of a spy-turned-fiction writer.
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Sex, violence, and more violence

Joy Fielding's The Wild Zone begins when a personal trainer, a dishonourably discharged Afghanistan war veteran, and a Princeton philosophy Ph.D. walk into a bar and make a bet over who can sleep with the pretty, quiet girl alone with her martini. Suzy Bigelow, naturally, has secrets and an agenda of her own, and she leads them all on a wild and deadly ride which, though two-dimensional, is remarkably compelling.
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The White Stripes trade stage lights for Northern lights

Jack White is a busy guy. Playing in three successful bands (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather), taking on small roles in feature films, and running a production company in Tennessee doesn't seem to be enough. White claims he likes to make things difficult for himself, so within a single year he signed on for two documentary films; It Might Get Loud was released at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008, and Emmett Malloy's The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights - filmed during the band's tour across Canada in 2007 - premiered there last year.
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CD REVIEWS: Rogue Wave: Permalight

Rogue Wave's fourth album represents something of a comeback. With the death of bassist Evan Farrell in 2007 and frontman Zach Rogue recovering from a recent partially paralyzing neck injury, the band's efforts on Permalight really show them getting through the storm and back to business.
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