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The Hightower Report
Hiding Behind the Hedge; and Ryan Peddling a Raw Deal
"...As we say in Texas: Never sign anything by neon...."

May 20, 2011 News Column by Jim Hightower

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
Bone-pulverizing kickassery trumps plot in this Donnie Yen martial-arts film directed by Andrew Lau.
" nights suavely playing piano in Casablanca, the gangster-infested, neon-drenched club run by Liu Yutian (Wong), while simultaneously eyeing..."

April 29, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2011: Animation
Get a leg up on your Oscar pool by checking out all the nominees in this category.
" attributes (Day has bathing beauties; Night boasts a neon Vegas strip) – then inches toward détente, and finally..."

Feb. 11, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Runaways
A grittily femme perspective governs this otherwise conventional music saga about the Runaways, America's first all-girl rock band.
"...– closing credits give a shout-out to Currie's memoir Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway, and the wonderfully..."

March 19, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

SXSW Showcases
All the SXSW showcases that fit
"...Nature Is a Taker. Guest contributor to Gruff Rhys' Neon Neon, Wales' Cate Le Bon delves into dark folk..."

March 19, 2010 Music Feature

Punk, hardcore, hip-hop, oh my!
"...Scrubbing Cleaner's Theme" never gets old. – Audra Schroeder Vega/Neon Indian..."

Nov. 6, 2009 Music Feature

Find Your Inner Beth Ditto
Plus-Size Shopping
"...Be sure to check out their Tripp Black and Neon-Yellow Trim cropped pants. The yellow trim glows in the..."

Aug. 26, 2009 Design Post by Anne Harris

Happy Together
Is there any contemporary American director who can so effortlessly invoke the essence of tragic love and endless loss as easily as Hong Kong's Wong Kar-Wai?
"...across the sudden storm-wet parking lot pavement with enough neon crackle and spark to catch her (or his) wandering..."

April 10, 2009 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart
This update of a Greek tragedy has a modern look but the same old sense of the inevitable
"...Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a Rave Fable)..."

Feb. 20, 2009 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Punisher: War Zone
Marvel Comics' Frank Castle again comes to the screen as a one-man vengeance machine in this stylishly violent and gory opus.
"...Bin Jim (Hutchison). The film is shot in striking neon pastels and filtered light, which is maybe meant to..."

Dec. 5, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Michael Cera and Kat Dennings star as the titular bridge-and-tunnel kids at the heart of this New York City after-dark romantic comedy.
"...of his self-pity party and thrust into the gorgeous neon of the New York night by his gay bandmates,..."

Oct. 3, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Off the Record
A walk on the wild side of SXSW 2008
"...more than 70 bands across three days including Santogold, Neon Neon, and the Whip...."

March 21, 2008 Music Column by Austin Powell

Larger Than Life
The late Luis Jiménez created art on a grand scale – and lived life that way, too
"...some 16 years earlier, owned a custom electric and neon-sign shop, where he made "big, over-the-top neon hotel signs..."

March 30, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Cocaine Cowboys
Documentary shows how Miami was once a sleepy seaside hamlet with a permeable border and largely unprotected coastline before the cocaine economy took over.
"...better-suited to a low-key Elmore Leonard approach than a neon-lit Michael Mann approach. Some of the best moments come..."

Nov. 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Zen Noir
A hard-boiled detective investigates a murder at a Buddhist monastery.
"...the tatami-mat floor of the monastery ends, the blinking neon lights outside the detective's shoddy apartment begin. Like its..."

Oct. 13, 2006 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

A Prairie Home Companion
It's been a very long time since any Robert Altman film has been as enjoyable as A Prairie Home Companion.
"...a brief opening scene and epilogue set in the neon-lit diner across the street from the theatre in St...."

June 9, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

This 2003 revenger from Korean upstart Chan-wook Park is a multilayered, intensely performed, shockingly violent, and viscerally visual tour de force.
"...blues which are only occasionally interrupted by the staccato neon of rain-slicked Seoul streets. As tough as it may..."

April 29, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Melinda and Melinda
Woody Allen literally imagines a scenario as both a comedy and a tragedy, but we can't understand why half of this movie isn't at least amusing.
" requires a superhuman tolerance for women who wear neon signs over their heads that scream "save me"; I,..."

April 1, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Code 46
Cyberpunk meets renegade romance, à la Orwell.
"...been divided into two distinct parts, "inside," meaning the neon-bejeweled city hubs of New York, Seattle, Tokyo, Shanghai, and..."

Sept. 17, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

"New York Stories"
In Studio 2 Gallery's "New York Stories," photographers Hannah Neal and Martha Grenon turn their lens on the city that never sleeps
"...the new. Her Times Square pieces capture the telltale neon hodgepodge, but in so doing seem to uncover narratives..."

June 11, 2004 Arts Review by Molly Beth Brenner

Taking Lives
Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke star in this disappointing thriller.
"...interiors (such as a nightclub bathroom lit entirely with neon), and a supporting cast of character-actor stalwarts (Anglade, for..."

March 19, 2004 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

One From the Heart
"...fabrication to begin with. But it's the kind of neon strip where people can dance down the street to..."

Jan. 2, 2004 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Letters at 3AM
"Mediocrity is never passive; it avenges itself for its deprivation." -- Nelson Algren
"...opened a recent edition of his short-story collection The Neon Wilderness (1947). (Yes, he coined that phrase, too.) I..."

Oct. 31, 2003 Column by Michael Ventura

Is There Really a Case Against Officer Glasgow?
The grand jury indictment in the Owens shooting may be impossible to prosecute.
"...the driver's side door of the (reported stolen) Dodge Neon that Owens was driving. Yet the grand jury's indictment..."

Oct. 31, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space
This new anime import marks a break with the Japanese traditions and invents a wholly original and kittenish appeal.
"...and white, with occasional forays into spot color and neon weirdness, the simplistic, cartoonish renderings of the main characters..."

Sept. 26, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

2 Fast 2 Furious
"...street-racing mini-epic is awash in more Miami South Beach neon and carbon fiber fins than all the fish in..."

June 6, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Letters at 3AM
We call them "retirees," although in other cultures and eras they would be elders, but if they had anything real to do they wouldn't be coming here to Jean, Nevada.
"...Two gaudy, cheap-looking, neon-lit structures constitute most of what there is of Jean,..."

May 2, 2003 Column by Michael Ventura

Bright Lights, Little City
It's maybe silly to fix a personality on a place, but something happens when you hook a left onto Austin Ave. and drive into Georgetown's historic district. Everything slows down, just a little bit, and then there's that marquee, neon and spangly, lighting up downtown. Welcome to the Palace.
" is already on: From the moment that marquee, neon and spangly, comes into sight, the show has begun...."

Dec. 6, 2002 Screens Feature by Kimberley Jones

"...Francis Renaud, Raymond Gil and Blanca Li. Paris' seedy, neon-lit underworld of the Pigalle district provides the Genet-like setting..."

Nov. 12, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Adventures of Pluto Nash
"...worlds in AI: Artificial Intelligence -- lots of billboards, neon, gambling, etc., broken up with occasional in-jokes, like a..."

Aug. 23, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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