Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

Reviews

Trophy Wife: Patience Fury

Written by Kate Wadkins
         Active Image                                Trophy Wife is metal, but they’re not your typical metal band; they’re a duo filled with heart and intention. Comprised of Katy Otto (formerly of Del Cielo and founder of Exotic Fever Records) and Diane Foglizzo, Trophy Wife has a dynamic  sound, pulling from punk and hardcore influences in both their delivery and their subject matter. To date, Trophy Wife’s releases include a tape on Otto’s label, Exotic Fever Records, and two live tracks on a women-centric compilation, Gimme Cooties. Finally, the band is getting the treatment they deserve with a full-length recording, Patience Fury, to be released by Durham-based 307 Knox Records this month. 

 
 

Burlesque: Steve Antin

Written by Marni Grossman

We all know how expensive a college education can be these days, and perhaps it was with his three children in mind that Stanley Tucci agreed to appear in Steve Antin's Burlesque.

Or maybe he's just redecorating.

Whatever the reason, it couldn't have been a profound admiration for the writing or the plot. Because if we're judging by those standards—or, really, by most conventional film standards—Burlesque fails. Miserably.

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The Exploding Girl: Bradley Rust Gray

Written by Emily Bennison
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The Exploding Girl, written and directed by Bradley Rust Gray, is an almost meditative, coming-of-age film about a young college student’s spring break. Ivy, played by Zoe Kazan who won Best Actress honors for her performance at the Tribeca Film Festival, arrives home to Brooklyn in good spirits, excited about her relationship with her college boyfriend Greg and happy to be reunited with her mother and longtime friend, Al (Mark Rendall). Upon returning, she helps out at her mother’s dance studio, visits her doctor (where it is revealed that Ivy is epileptic and that she experienced a stress and alcohol-induced seizure during the fall semester), and finds herself with a new roommate; Al’s parents rented out his room and forgot to give him the heads-up, so he finds a new resting place on Ivy’s couch. Their closeness of quarters brings Ivy and Al closer together, as Ivy and Greg’s relationship diminishes with each excruciatingly awkward cell phone call.
 

Hello Kitty Must Die: Angela S. Choi

Written by Candice Acquino
 Active Image                      Meet Fiona Yu, a twenty-eight-year- old Chinese-American corporate lawyer who is missing a hymen. This is the premise under which Hello Kitty Must Die begins. Fiona is on a quest to take her own virginity and subsequently learns that she was born without a hymen. So she does what any normal girl would do. She finds a clinic that will surgically reconstruct one for her so she can finally carry her family's honor between her legs. 

 

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