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The Culture Vulture: Why We Pull For the Movie Villains

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by Nick Leshi I finally saw the movie Chronicle. Although it wasn’t perfect, it was still very entertaining. It is another found-footage film, and although it would have probably worked fine (maybe even better) without the gimmick, it managed to use multiple point-of-view cameras to good effect. The story itself was an interesting cinematic take on the superhero genre, more [...]

March 26th, 2012 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,Movie Reviews,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: Looking for Movie Trailers? The Top 20 Sites That Serve ‘Em Up Hot ‘N Ready

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by Nick Leshi I love the coming attractions for movies. Sometimes, the sneak peaks are the best part of the movie-going experience, since some motion pictures don’t live up to the hype! Often, though, you can’t judge a film by its trailer.  A while ago, I briefly wrote about the art of movie trailers, but now is the time [...]

March 19th, 2012 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: Movies That Deserve A Sequel

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by Nick Leshi Entertainment Weekly had a cool little article about movies that were produced full of potential to become huge franchises, but plans for sequels fizzled with their miniscule box-office performance.  It lists Dune, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Eragon, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Green Lantern, Godzilla, The Golden Compass, etc. My rambling mind started thinking about movies [...]

January 16th, 2012 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: Gangster Movie Madness

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by Nick Leshi Even though they are often fraught with stereotypes, gangster movies are still one of my all-time guilty pleasures.  Some of my favorite films are in that genre: The Godfather, Carlito’s Way, Goodfellas, Donnie Brasco, TV’s The Sopranos, and countless others.  Hollywood is a slave to trends, and it looks like a swarm of mob movies are coming [...]

November 30th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,Movie Reviews,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: The Unsolved Mysteries of Harry Potter

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by Nelle Engoron Now that the final film (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2) has unspooled in Muggle theaters, there are no real surprises for the fans, who know full well how the saga ends from having read the books (to pieces, in many cases). But even after watching that final scene at [...]

November 17th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: Movie Review — “Moneyball” [With A Poll]

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by William Belle This is a great film and I’m no sports nut. In fact, you don’t really have to know much about baseball to get into the story as this is more of your classic underdog trying to win by beating the system by going against the grain. “Moneyball” is based on Michael Lewis’s [...]

November 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Movie Reviews,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: Porn for Women—Sex with Context (15 examples)

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by Nelle Engoron The pornographic movie industry, in response to the Internet, is focusing even less on narrative arcs these days. Savanna Samson, an actress, says she favors scripts with more dialogue. […] “Getting it on in one hardcore scene after another just isn’t as much fun,” she added. (NY Times, 7/8/2009) A New York [...]

October 11th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Featured,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

Culture Vulture: Borders Argues Bankruptcy “No Fault” of Top Execs And Requests Six-Figure Bonuses

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Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Borders executives are getting in one last punch below the belt of the company’s 10,000 workers who lost their jobs. As laid off workers battle for their remaining compensation,  and on the same day Borders Group Inc.’s employees filed a suit which alleges that did not receive proper [...]

September 7th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: Michigan Art Gallery Exhibit Pairs Republican Governors (Including Snyder) With Nazi Iconography

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Marquette, Michigan averages 141 inches of snow each year, and is the home of Northern Michigan University. The city is not exactly renowned as a hot bed of either political posturing or cutting edge artistic envelope-pushing. All that changed when the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s “What’s in a Name?” July exhibit went [...]

July 18th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Culture Vulture: U2 Stamps Godzilla’s Carbon Footprint on Michigan

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by Chris Savage This past Sunday I got an unexpected call with an offer to purchase tickets to the East Lansing stop of U2′s 360° tour later that evening. The show was a rescheduling of the original tour which had been postponed because Bono had to undergo back surgery. Original ticket holders had actually bought [...]

June 30th, 2011 | Posted in Enviro,Featured,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

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