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Posted November 27, 2013in Film Review

A losing proposition

“Oldboy” 2 stars Rated R 104 minutes Drama Starring: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang Korean director/co-screenwriter Chan-wook Park’s haunting 2003 revenge drama “Oldboy” is one of the most unbearably intense films ever made. Based loosely on a Japanese graphic novel, the movie is the second installment in Park’s “Vengeance

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Posted November 27, 2013in Book Review

‘Hyperbole and a Half’ is comic genius

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Julie Goodrich Touchstone Books 10/29/13 $17.99 384 pp. There aren’t enough synonyms for “awesome” to describe this book, “Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened.” Ridiculous, hilarious, emotional, awkward, brilliant, subtle, painful, comforting are all adequate

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Posted November 27, 2013in Rap Sheet

On the clock

Play the “Name that Crime” Quiz!   RATHER BE THE HAMMER THAN THE NAIL Police were called to the 2600 block of Arnold Street at 7:25 p.m. The caller said two men came to his door threatening to beat him up. They pulled on the door and popped off the

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Posted November 27, 2013in Sound Check

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds “Live from KCRW” Bad Seed Ltd. Nick Cave is the master of the brooding, post-punk dirge. Cave’s other 2013 release, “Push The Sky Away,” dropped in February to nearly universal acclaim. It was while out promoting that album that Cave dropped by Santa Monica’s

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Posted November 27, 2013in Belly Up

Get laid-over at the Iowa Tap Room

Nothing takes your mind off the ridiculous price of airport drinks like… more drinks. “Another Aviator, sir?” asked waitress Chris Tyler to a refined-looking gentlemen named Shawn. “What’s an Aviator?” I nosed. “It’s just an IPA,” he said after a frothy swig. I noticed the hint of a charming southern

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Posted November 27, 2013in Tech Talk

Say ‘cheese,’ ya ham

Fewer web actions are more vapid and vain than that of the “selfie.” What makes it worse is the Oxford English Dictionary legitimizing the nuisance by awarding it “Word of the Year” status. For Cityview’s less narcissistic readers, a selfies a self-portrait taken at arm’s length with a cell phone.

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Posted November 27, 2013in Civic Skinny

Sabbaticals: Dolly Parton, ‘Cantor of Swabia,’ and children sleeping with their parents

Your tax and tuition dollars at work: University of Iowa Music Professor Christine Getz will spend the fall semester next year in Milan, Italy, preparing “a critical edition with historical introduction and commentary of Andrea Cima’s II Secondo Libro Delli Concerti (1627)” and will also “investigate the relationship of the

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Posted November 27, 2013in Your View

Nevermind the Nollens

With essentially no public input, resistance or outcry of the arbitrary renaming of Nollen Plaza to Cowles Commons, can the selling of naming rights for our city high schools and cemeteries be far behind? Could one of our city’s oldest final resting places become “Kum and Go” Woodland Cemetery? With

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Posted November 27, 2013in Political Mercury

Rod doesn’t hang his sneakers in the hurt locker

Rod Roberts is a supremely nice man, in a courtly way that makes you think he time-machined here from more serious decades in America when manners mattered. He is also a highly competitive man who is not intimidated. Yes, these two characteristics can co-exist in a modern politician. But too

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Posted November 27, 2013in Sound Circuit

‘A sad psychedelic dance party’

Patrick Tape Fleming isn’t afraid to admit that he was once in a dark place. “This is weird to say,” he admitted, glancing around the cafe briefly before committing himself to the story. “I went to a therapist, because I was pretty bummed out. I hated my job, and I

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