8 items from 2012
It all begins and ends with the performance of the eponymous salesman who finally got to have Christmas done his way at Dunder-Mifflin. Rainn Wilson, and his ability to go the extra mile in Dwight's portrayal of Belsnickel, brought the half hour to a whole other level.
Seeing the smile on Dwight's face when Jim returned, and the subsequent giant man hug, was also a huge highlight. With Michael Scott no longer in our lives on a week-to-week basis, the relationship between Jim and Dwight has become the heart of The Office, and that heart was beating at an all-star level during "Dwight Christmas."
What made this half hour stand out from the pack of decent installments this season was »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan Forcella)
Directed by John Glen
UK, 1981, imdb
You probably have never heard this before, but my favourite James Bond film of all time, For Your Eyes Only, was the first 007 film I ever saw. (Spookily, this is exactly the same reason that my Huffington Post doppelgänger likes the film.)
But I don’t love Roger Moore’s fourth Bond film for nostalgic reasons, or at least not completely. Every so often, the 007 franchise strips Bond of his gadgets and gives us a back to basics story where a more ruthless secret agent has only his wits to fall back on: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Living Daylights, Casino Royale and For Your Eyes Only are the best examples. Of these, For Your Eyes Only »
- Michael Ryan
While Cannes’ Quinzaine struggles to reframe its identity, its former artistic director Olivier Père continues to impress in his new job at the Locarno Film Festival. On Wednesday, he and his programming team unveiled a lineup that is absolutely salivatory, a who’s who for high-minded cinephiles. Perhaps most impressive of all, he has managed to once again nudge the festival’s selection aesthetic even deeper into esoteric ‘experimental’ territory without seeming all that radical. More than any other festival, Locarno is the home for the edgy projects that are too sophisticated for Cannes, whose cold shoulder to avant-garde narrative filmmaking becomes more glaring with each passing year. Check out the complete line-up at the bottom of this page.
In their International Competition, in which films compete for the increasingly prestigious Golden Leopard, we have a collaboration between João Pedro Rodrigues and his partner João Rui Guerra da Mata called »
- Blake Williams
Question: Who can actually carry off a dainty little dress with puffy shoulders, lots of lace and needlepoint flowers? Answer: Milkmaids, your grandma's creepy doll collection and freakishly lanky runway models. Bonus points if you guessed right off the bat that Emma Stone wasn't going to make the must-wear list in this Swiss Miss snafu. After reviewing two weeks worth of the actress' red carpet outfits, we've come to the following conclusion… The Amazing Spider-Man star must be stuck in a job-sharing situation between two very different stylists. How else to explain all the flip-flopping between elegant outfits (Moscow, London and Paris) and the truly awkward getups (Tokyo, »
Archer is a spy/secret agent. Of sorts. He works for his mum, who is the Director of Isis (the International Secret Intelligence Service) and together with his secret agent colleagues he thwarts villains, travels the world, tries to avoid the jail-bait attentions of wealthy teenage heiresses and gets stuck in the Everglades. He thinks he’s pretty cool.
Archer is the latest adult-themed cartoon to try its hand, following in the wake of South Park, Family Guy and American Dad. Its deliberately low-fi animation style (it feels like something from the 1960′s) works just fine with its self-proclaimed “James Bond meets Arrested Development with a Mad Men twist” approach and as with all of these sorts of shows, the emphasis is on the jokes, the script and the comedic scenarios, rather than trying to out-do Pixar for immersive world-building.
Archer himself is an excellent comic creation – vain, deluded, mean, »
- Dave Roper
With every season of Archer, the Isis team leaves the confines of the office and go on a trip together, intentional or not, that ends up being one of the funniest episodes of the season. With season 1, the group went on an airship planned to blow up in “Skytanic” and in “Swiss Miss”, they went to a winter resort. This year’s outing in “The Limited” takes them on a high-speed train to return a Nova Scotian freedom fighter, Bilko, to Canada, and stands up against those other great episodes. »
Hollywood's glamour gals took a page out of the Swiss Miss style handbook tonight. Dianna Agron, Kaley Cuoco, Ariel Winter and Mayim Bialik know that all you need is a small detail, like a braid, to make a big statement on the 2012 SAG Awards red carpet. And these fashionable ladies manage to get all eyes on them with their fun and flirty hairdos! What do you think of these stylish stars and their braided locks? »
Kendall Jenner got mostly favorable reviews when she tweeted a photo yesterday of one of her favorite hairstyles from last year's Teen Choice Awards. With the mohawk braid in mind, we took a look back at some other styles the 16-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has rocked on the red carpet recently. And while they might not all be quite so daring, it's obvious she enjoys playing around with different looks. From Swiss Miss braids on the runway to simply natural on the red carpet and a highly stylized ponytail at a fashion bash, which of these very different 'dos is your favorite? »
8 items from 2012
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