I should preface this review of the recently released "New Mexico's Sanctuaries, Retreats and Sacred Places" by admitting that I'm not exactly what you would call a "spiritual" person.
At heart, "The Royal Tenenbaums" is a fairly simple family story. The family itself, however, is not so simple. Directed by Wes Anderson and co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson, the film chronicles the creation, failures and eventual reunion of the Tenenbaums - an idiosyncratic but gifted family in New York City.
With mechanized carnival attractions, curtained rooms that reveal grotesque surprises and a blatant feminist undertone, The Sideshow of the Absurd is as different from your average traveling art show as cubism is from the Baroque.
As America's latest pop delivery from the U.K., Starsailor has already made ripples across the pond. Its sound is somewhat fresh but many of the songs are teetering on the edge of power ballad status. It is apparent that the music of this indie rock quartet from Northwest England is a backlash from the more experimental and ponderous work of established bands such as Radiohead. The group's mild cheesiness is refreshing if you are in the mood to clean your palate and return to the lighter side of British pop.
Well, the holidays are almost upon us, and as I face an entire month of potential unemployment, it behooves me to find some form of entertainment that my indigent comrades and I can charge on a credit card. That said, this year's bumper crop of big-budget Hollywood movies looks like it might have something for everyone - from period pieces to crime thrillers; cheesy family tearjerkers to gritty boxing films.
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni recently issued a report criticizing colleges and universities for their failure to defend Western civilization and recommended that American History and Western Civilization be required courses of study.