KAREN KUNAWICZ

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My first Wes Anderson film was The Royal Tennen–baums back in 2001. From there, it’s been a lovely ride watching his succeeding work—The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom. All of them have been wonderfully satisfying (I admit I still have…

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Mention the word “manhunt” to me and the first thing that comes to mind is a male model search, or the term for an activity for ladies “on the prowl.” The next thing that comes to mind are the 1993 film The Fugitive with Tommy Lee Jones and Harrison Ford,…

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The big film for this weekend is none other than Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In as much as I like avoiding “bombastic” cinema, I have been unable to escape Marvel’s outings. Their last four films in the Avengers Universe: Captain America, The Avengers, Iron Man III and Thor: The…

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The Great Fall Into Madness. There is atmosphere that builds up in my mind each time I listen to Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus, whether live or via recording. The music evokes images and emotions of entering a seeming abandoned carnival at night and then suddenly finding out the…

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“It’s good to be here. It’s good to be anywhere.” For me, those were the most unforgettable lines of the night, uttered one week ago in Macau by legendary guitarist Keith Richards before he gave Mick Jagger a break and did the songs “Slipping Away” and “Before They Make Me…

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Theater actor Jamie Wilson said it best on his Facebook post: “In this day and age of spectacle theater, with big sets and lavish costumes, it’s so easy to forget what really keeps us in our seats: good material, great direction, and incredible acting. Red Turnip Theater’s Cock has all…

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BOOKS are a necessity when I travel because there’s always some level of waiting involved. I’ve finished books upon books in airplanes and airports. My pre-summer reading consisted of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his book of 12 short stories, Strange Pilgrims—because I am still hung over from picking up Love…

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This February, pop culture seems to be making an attempt to take us back about 70 years ago when World War II was being waged in Europe and in Asia. George Clooney’s The Monuments Men opened before Valentine’s Day, and Brian Percival’s film adaptation of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief…

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Winter’s Tale the movie, is the story of Javert from Les Miserables a.k.a. Russell Crowe, chasing after Colin Farrell (sorry, couldn’t think of any iconic role), who has fallen for Downton Abbey’s Lady Sybil a.k.a. Jessica Brown-Findlay. At its best, it’s a fairy tale, which reminds us to love, because…

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