As a new season of the hit TV show debuts, Noah Charney asks if the famous sleuth was really all that good after all. Without Arthur Conan Doyle making him solve everything with ease, does his reasoning stand up to reasoning today.
In the Arthur Conan Doyle story, “The Silver Blaze,” Sherlock Holmes discusses the theft of a race horse from a country estate that is guarded by a fierce watch dog.
"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
Holmes: "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
Of all the hard-to-swallow claims made by and about our politicians, the notion that George Washington was a zombie goes down easy.
Never mind #DeportBieber.
For a few fleeting hours earlier this week, all eyes (and many tweets) were on George Washington and a very provocative question about our nation’s first president: was he, in fact, a zombie? #ZombieGeorgeWashington was even “trending on Twitter”—a phrase, one might rightfully assume, neither zombies nor George Washington could possibly understand. #poorthem
From Michael Fassbender in a papier-mâché head to a look inside China’s Internet addiction rehab centers, here are our picks for best of Sundance.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but anyone who says this year’s edition of the Sundance Film Festival wasn’t a bit of a letdown is fooling themselves.
Web Junkie (Hilla Medalia and Miao Wang)
The fest ran from Jan. 16-26 in the mountains of Park City, Utah, and showcased a whopping 119 feature films culled from 4,057 submissions, as well as loads of shorts. Over the years, Sundance has introduced some of our finest filmmakers to the world, including: Joel and Ethan Coen (Blood Simple, ’85), Steven Soderbergh (sex, lies and videotape, ’89), Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, ’92), David O. Russell (Spanking the Monkey, ’94), the list goes on. If that’s not enough of an endorsement for you, here are the winners of the fest’s Grand Jury Prize—the most coveted award—over the past five years: Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” By Sapphire (’09), Winter’s Bone (’10), Like Crazy (’11), Beasts of the Southern Wild (’12), and Fruitvale (’13, retitled Fruitvale Station). Quite a lineup right there. The big winner at this year’s festival was Whiplash, which took home the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Dramatic Feature. It centers on Miles Teller as a jazz drummer at a top music conservatory who clashes with his despotic teacher, played by J.K. Simmons. It’s not quite on the level of those past winners.
Twelve years after finishing the groundbreaking ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ trilogy, Godfrey Reggio’s new documentary looks at what the human face—and the act of looking at human faces—tells us about ourselves.
When Godfrey Reggio was a young monk in the Catholic Church, he was taught, “In order to truly see that which is familiar, you have to stare at it until it becomes strange.”
The principle became the modus operandi behind Reggio’s poetic brand of filmmaking, beginning with his first feature, 1982’s Koyaanisqatsi. “Until now, you’ve never really seen the world you live in,” its trailer boasted. And it was true. The film’s groundbreaking time-lapse cinematography inspired many imitators, from 1993’s Baraka to television commercials and countless movie transition shots.
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5. Frozen in 25 Different Languages
What would Disney songs sound like in, say, Bulgarian? For all those who have asked that important question, Frozen’s Elsa belts out “Let It Go” in all the languages in which the film was released. She switches seamlessly from Dutch to Mandarin to French to Canadian French (yea, she’s pretty thorough).
Tallulah Bankhead was an actress, lesbian, proto-feminist, wit, raconteur, and one of the flapper era’s most dangerous women
When actress Tallulah Bankhead first arrived at the Algonquin Hotel she’d noted the tough, abrasive style of New York conversation. She herself had been raised never to cuss or talk dirty: yet these glamorous writers and actors made a point of using obscenities and working men’s slang to give an edge to their jokes and observations. Later she observed that one of the most skilled in this idiom was the journalist Dorothy Parker. Her sly, skewering banter and provocative cynicism were her defense in a male-dominated profession and also her selling point. What Parker said at lunch at the Round Table was usually being repeated at New York parties by the evening.
Tallulah Bankhead (1902 - 1968). (John Kobal Foundation/Getty )
Tallulah wasn’t as clever as Parker, but she noted the publicity generated by the writer’s repartee. Half consciously, half intuitively she began to step up her own natural exhibitionism, adding material from her stage roles to build a repertory of outrageous stunts and jokes. She could, she discovered, create a gratifying stir by launching into a string of cartwheels down a sidewalk or in the middle of a crowded room, displaying a flash of silk camiknicker, or occasionally her naked bottom. The spinning craziness felt euphoric – the frisson of being a child in a grownup place – but more importantly it made people notice and remember her. She even developed her own signature wisecracks.
How hipster enchiladas could change the way America thinks about food.
Not long ago, OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano publicly announced that Tex-Mex cuisine—the greatest use of sour cream, shredded cheese, refried beans, and flour tortillas known to man; the driving force behind thousands of suburban fajita factories all across America—was dying out.
“Tex-Mex for decades was ascendant,” Arellano told the The Weekly Alibi in 2012. “It was the dominant player, [but] I would say that California won the Mexican war. You’re going to have many more restaurants selling tacos and burritos then you do Tex-Mex. ... And, yeah, you’re going to see Tex-Mex slowly disappear from the American landscape.”
These days, the Sundance Film Festival is not just about movies, but also partying, as hordes of A-list stars ascend the mountains of Park City, Utah, for some boozy revelry.
The tipping point, it seems, was in 2006.
That year, Paris Hilton—she of sex tape and self-branding fame—decided to hold her 25th birthday celebration during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Hilton, mind you, didn’t have a film at Sundance, or any real reason to be there, so the choice was a curious one, to say the least. Furthermore, the fest is held annually in Park City, Utah, in mid-to-late January, and the heiress’s birthday is on Feb. 17. Whatever.
No movie was talked about more at Sundance than ‘Whiplash,’ a drama about a jazz drummer in a conservatory who butts heads with his tyrannical teacher.
Back in 1992, a couple of UT Austin grads by the names of Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson borrowed money from family and friends to create a 13-minute short film. The movie, shot entirely in black-and-white, centered on a trio of Texan palookas who fancy themselves an elite heist squad. Bottle Rocket premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it caught the eye of filmmaker James L. Brooks, who helped develop it into a feature.
Ten years after that, in 2004, the New York-based filmmaking team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck debuted their 19-minute short, Gowanus, Brooklyn, at Sundance. The film, about a crack-addicted middle school teacher in inner city Brooklyn, won the fest’s Short Filmmaking Award, and was expanded into the critically acclaimed 2006 feature Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling.
The Speaker of the House let rip at Vladimir Putin, Chris Christie and his Republican colleagues in Congress. It was Boehner as we’ve never seen him before.
Speaker of the House John Boehner is third in the line of succession to the presidency, and he was second in the line of succession on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (behind Matt LeBlanc).
But, in his first and last appearance on Jay’s couch Thursday night, Boehner was indisputably No. 1 in a succession of blunt, undiplomatic remarks that had the potential, by turns, of irritating House Republicans he putatively leads, prompting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to plot diabolical payback, causing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to send him a pricey bouquet, and provoking an international incident involving Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Rats. Botched burials. A burned-out nightclub. A look at the case against Vincent Asaro, now 76—and the feds’ explosive recordings that are straight out of Scorsese.
Right out of the movie Goodfellas, Vincent Asaro strode into Brooklyn federal court along his with son Jerry and two co-defendants on Thursday afternoon.
In earlier days, the elder Asaro was often seen in the company of James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke, the model for Robert DeNiro’s character in the seminal gangster movie and the reputed mastermind of the $6 million Lufthansa robbery in 1978.
‘Looking’ is a true reflection of the casting off of old shackles, but what a depressing mirror. It's one thing to be post-political, but these gay men literally have nothing to say.
There we were, a merry band in my living room last Sunday night, watching HBO’s new gay-themed drama, Looking. Amazingly, this being 2014, almost 45 years since the Stonewall Riots, marriage equality rumbling across the nation, this is a notable event. Sure, gay characters are in primetime but fully-fleshed-out gay stories and gay lives are still under-represented in that mass porridge. If this was a school report, you’d mark it, “Improving, could do better. *eye roll* Soon would be good.”
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There was a degree then of, if not excitement, then anticipation on our couch. It had been years since Jack and Karen had tormented Will and Grace, years since The L Word when Bette and Tina had rowed and reconciled and the ghost of Dana appeared in a waterfall; years since Brian and Justin in Queer as Folk had scandalized with their age-gap hot sex and since Sharon Gless had made everything better in the diner and Emmett still loved Ted even after his crystal meth addiction.
Andrew Rossi, the director of ‘Page One: Inside the New York Times,’ asks: WTF is going on with college? He takes on higher education in his new documentary, ‘Ivory Tower,’ which premiered at Sundance.
When I arrived at college back in 1991, I might as well have been wearing a toga. I spent my first year in an interdisciplinary study of western civilization, starting from Plato, moving through Dante and ending with Nietzsche. It was an extremely rigorous course of study with papers due every week, lectures by professors including Harold Bloom, and seminars led by experts like the late Jaroslav Pelikan, who was as committed to research as he was to mentoring students.
Ivory Tower (Andrew Rossi)
The Latin root for the word educate is “educere” which means to “draw out from within.” As a freshman at Yale, I felt some new kind of maturity and insight was indeed being “drawn out,” as I grew to understand what I was creatively passionate about and developed strong friendships. My parents worked night and day owning and running a restaurant so that I could attend college without taking on debt, and even though the price then was about $22,000 a year, it was somehow affordable relative to our family’s income. As a first generation Italian-American, I was living the ideal college experience.
Whose behavior is worse, Justin Bieber or NFL player Richard Sherman? Sadly, race is the deciding factor for whom to label a ‘thug.’ Plus: read Justin Bieber's arrest report.
Which person would you call a “thug:”
A. The guy caught on camera screaming at and physically threatening a photographer? The person arrested for drag racing and admittedly driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol? The guy being sued for assaulting a photographer? Or,
B. An NFL football player who gave a very animated interview moments after making the game winning play in the biggest game of his career? The graduate of Stanford University who started a foundation to raise money to buy supplies for impoverished inner city schools?
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