Posts Tagged ‘Arts’

Book Review: The Postmortal

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

Our obsession with youth reaches its ultimate climax in Drew Magary’s new novel, The Postmortal. An accidental scientific discovery reveals a way to render people ageless: Once injected with a serum, patients cease to grow older than their age at that moment. Suddenly, people worldwide remain in their twenties and thirties forever, rendering death from old [&hellip
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Book Review: Blueprints for Building Better Girls

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

Imagine, if you will, a Mary Gaitskill story collection in which the author casts a fond eye on the foibles and bad behavior of her characters. That book is Elissa Schappell’s Blueprints for Building Better Girls, a collection of eight sharp, meticulously etched and tenuously linked tales of female archetypes. Whatever stereotypes still cling to those [&hellip
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TV Review: The Hour

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

The Hour, the latest British import being aired by BBC-America, has cast a wide net when it comes to potential audiences. The biggest draw is the 1950s time period; set at the BBC in 1956, The Hour follows three brash employees of the titular news show. But there is also an espionage plot, a feminist storyline, a [&hellip
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Book Review: City of Promise

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

When was the last time your heart started pounding while you read a novel? Or learned something you didn’t know about Manhattan’s history? If you can’t remember, then run, do not walk, to purchase a copy of Beverly Swerling’s compulsively readable City of Promise. Set in the Manhattan of the 1870s and ’80s, when elevated subways [&hellip
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TV Review: MTV's Awkward

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

MTV is working off some of its karmic debt incurred by Jersey Shore with its new teen comedy,Awkward. Combining the best parts of Easy A and the much-missed Daria—can we get a “where are they now?” special for the graduates of Lawndale High?—Awkward. finds the calmly skeptical Jenna (Ashley Rickards) dealing with the effect of the entire school’s eyes on her after [&hellip
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TV Review: Suits

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

I had almost written off USA shows after the premieres of Covert Affairs (Piper Perabo joins the CIA because she got dumped!) and Fairly Legal (she’s an arbitrator with a messy personal life who doesn’t go by the book but gets results!). The endless sunshine of Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, Royal Pains and White Collar—where New York City always looks like a gorgeous [&hellip
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TV Review: Wilfred

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

There is nothing comforting about  FX’s new comedy Wilfred—and I mean that as a compliment. Never mind the weekly drudgery of a procedural, which follows the same routine week after week, but with new guest stars. Or the canned laughter of a sitcom that reminds you to laugh at the non-threatening jokes. Wilfred is not the type [&hellip
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TV Review: The Ringer

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

Sarah Michelle Gellar is not messing around when it comes to her return to TV. Not only has she chosen Ringer, a campy nighttime drama, as her comeback vehicle, but she’s playing twins: stripper junkie Bridget and rich bitch Siobhan. On top of that, Ringer’s pilot throws in as much plot as it can manage in its [&hellip
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TV Review: The Lying Game

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

Consider The Lying Game, ABC Family’s latest teen drama, to be the sycophantic sidekick to that channel’s Pretty Little Liars. Lying tries to do everything that Liars does so easily, but, like the handmaiden to the queen bee, the strain is pretty obvious. There’s nothing particularly fresh or appealing about this weird drama, about long-lost twin sisters (Alexandra Chando plays both) [&hellip
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Show Must Go On – Even With a Critic

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

That moment that (almost) every theatergoer dreads finally happened to me at a Saturday matinee of Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, the second production from the tyro theater company New Haarlem Arts Theatre: I was pulled up on stage by a performer. Friends and my more dedicated readers (assuming those two categories are not the same) will [&hellip
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