Queen of the Couch: TV Show “Scandal” Foreshadows Real Life Drama

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Life is mirroring art on ABC’s hit show Scandal. With the public disclosure of General Petraeus’s affair and his subsequent resignation from his position as CIA Director, I couldn’t help but notice the situation’s similarities to the show, which is currently in its second season. In summary, Scandal is about a political “fixer,” Olivia Pope, […]


Life of Pi engages viewers with stunning visuals

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It is said multiple times in Life of Pi that Pi Patel has a story that will “make you believe in god.” Although Yann Martel’s novel is more compelling than the recently released movie, and may be more likely to inspire belief, Life of Piis engaging and well worth a trip to the theater. Life […]


Anna Karenina outshined by its own costumes

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The trailer for the new movie Anna Karenina brought one word to mind: epic. The music, the costumes, the scenery – it seemed like it would be an instant classic, not only an impressive period drama but also a passionate love story. The trailer itself could win an Oscar, I thought. But the actual film […]


iPad 4 comes with no major changes

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Apple’s launch of the iPad with Retina display flew undeservedly under the radar when it debuted alongside the iPad mini on Nov. 2, 2012. The iPad with Retina display, the fourth generation iPad, but the second generation with retina display, is overall very impressive. The iPad with Retina display is available now in stores in […]


A Swift climb to the top of the charts

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When Swift released the first single off her fourth album, Red, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” many true fans, endearingly known as Swifties, were upset.  Albeit catchy, the song is filled with awkward monologues of talking and too much sass.  It’s just not Taylor. What is Taylor, however, are the boy-hating and love-struck […]

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Breaking Dawn Part 2 leaves hollow ending to Twilight Saga

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We started our journey at twilight. We pulled into the movie theater parking lot at 10:30 p.m. We were shaking, both from cold and fear – the fear of finding ourselves at the end of the huge line of Twihards. But this fear was soon replaced with sheer terror, as we discovered the parking lot […]


Queen of the Couch: Thursday evenings best spent with Last Resort

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“We will all burn together.” Andre Braugher’s face fills the screen as he utters these words to a captive worldwide audience. His character, a renegade submarine captain who refused his orders to fire nuclear warheads on Pakistan and then was fired on by another American ship, sends his message to a stunned world who believes […]


Lincoln: An Honest Movie of an Honest Man

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Apart from the uncanny personification of a near mythological American figure, humanizing him to the point of self-presumed betterment and subtle egotism, Spielberg’s Lincoln retains an air of wisdom about him that remains accentuated simply by the surprising sharpness and high-pitched tone of his famous voice. While iconic American actors have attempted to capture Lincoln’s […]


Into the Woods has impressive opening night

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A simple-minded but kind-hearted boy with an affinity for stroking his beloved cow,  a seemingly innocent little girl with spontaneous murderous urges, an angry witch, a sterile baker, and two love-struck princes — these are the leads of Advanced Drama’s production of the musical Into the Woods, whose on-stage chemistry and enthusiasm make it a […]


Marin’s best pumpkins

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Ian’s Pumpkin Patch 690 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley: Off the Tiburon exit and past In-N-Out, a lot which normally houses children’s play structures and occasionally Christmas trees has been transformed into a chaotic mix of orange and gold. Bright round pumpkins are perched on hay bales that are scattered on either side of a walkway. The walkway is […]