Look-Listen December 2012

The Best Films of 2012

Let no one say that cinema is dead, least of all American cinema. Excepting the blazing resurrection of a British secret agent and a fairy tale about a fiery princess, the winner's circle at this y... more »

Dec 31, 2012 9:11 AM , Arts

St. Louis Soul and R&B Singer, Fontella Bass, Dies at Age 72

Look/Listen was greatly saddened to hear that Fontella Bass, St. Louis soul and R&B singer, passed away last night after complications following a heart attack. Bass' big hit was  " Rescue Me ," bu... more »

Dec 27, 2012 1:02 PM Arts


Courtesy of the St. Louis Science Center

Shaken, Not Stirred: The St. Louis Science Center’s New Simulator

What’s five bucks, shakes around, and tries to scare you? You think of a dirty answer—we’ll go with the new Flight Simulators at the St. Louis Science Center . What people really want from a ... more »

Dec 27, 2012 11:00 AM Arts

Django Unchained: Striking with Great Vengeance and Furious Anger

Six feature films into his unfailingly vitalizing filmmaking career, it’s safe to say that Quentin Tarantino has mastered a distinctive cinematic high-wire act that no other living American directo... more »

Dec 25, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

This Is 40: Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd Stumble Over the Hill

Despite the unforeseen commercial success of Judd Apatow’s 2007 feature Knocked Up , it is supremely unlikely that even the most devoted aficionados of the writer-director's brand were waiting exp... more »

Dec 21, 2012 3:45 PM Arts

Without a Christmas Miracle, Pudd'nhead Books Will Close December 31

On Wednesday morning, the phone at Pudd’nhead Books was ringing well before 10 a.m., not an unusual occurrence, according to proprietor Nikki Furrer. But the doors stay closed until 10, on the dot,... more »

Dec 21, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Slideshow: Finding Our Style Thanks to STL-Style

It may feel like a revolution, but really it’s just “the youth” remaking the world, like they do every few years. In St. Louis the youth revolution is found in our burgeoning community of graphic a... more »

Dec 20, 2012 9:45 AM Arts

Slideshow: The Juggalo Christmas Bash at Pop's

On Monday night, Pop’s hosted the Juggalo Christmas Bash, a multi-act bill that didn’t feature the night’s spiritual godfathers, the Insane Clown Posse, though the group’s presence was felt every... more »

Dec 18, 2012 8:43 AM Arts


Photograph by Ky_Couture via Flickr,

Euclid Records Moves West (From Lockwood to Gore, That Is)

Let’s go ahead and make this official: the person most affected by the upcoming move of Euclid Records is me. Granted, the employees will be directly touched on a day-to-day basis, and I wish all... more »

Dec 14, 2012 11:41 AM Arts

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey—Out the Front Door and Back to Middle-Earth

One should first dispense with the obvious: Had writer-director Peter Jackson's staggeringly ambitious (and costly) three-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings series not... more »

Dec 14, 2012 8:37 AM Arts


Eastwood in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." Still capture from

It's a Spaghetti Western Kind of Weekend at the Webster Film Series

So, Look-Listen only heard about Clint Eastwood's bit at the Repubican National Convention secondhand. We are glad. We are sure watching him talk to a chair would have eroded away some of the happi... more »

Dec 13, 2012 11:49 AM Arts

Potter, More: The Franchise That Lived—the Monkey that Smoked

To its cultist adherents, myself included, the Harry Potter franchise is like a living Talmud. It must be pored over, debated, and studied and studied again to divine every blossom on the vine of i... more »

Dec 12, 2012 8:13 AM Arts

Hanging Out in Festus With Million Hits, Tween Garage Band

There’s a house in the woods, just outside of Festus, Mo. It’s at the end of a cul de sac, on a road that you follow upwards, into the Jefferson County hills. In the basement of this house, a rock ... more »

Dec 11, 2012 8:33 AM Arts


Photograph by Matthias Clamer

Comedian W. Kamau Bell of FX's "Totally Biased," Comes to the Firebird This Tuesday

Comedian W. Kamau Bell recommends getting a mixed-race baby. “Everybody is getting one, all the cool kids are doing it,” he says. (Easy for you to say, Bell—he already has an 18-month old mixed-r... more »

Dec 7, 2012 8:19 AM Arts


Exterior photograph by Jacob Sharp, courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Wall Systems. Interior photograph courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum, copyright Simon Menges.

New Building, New Era: A Look at the Saint Louis Art Museum's East Building

The Saint Louis Art Museum opened its new East Wing for a few hours yesterday and invited the press in for a tour, though the building’s official opening is still months away. Museum director Bre... more »

Dec 5, 2012 4:48 PM Arts

Darkness for the Whole Family: Batman Swings Through the Chaifetz Arena

When you hear that there’s a touring Batman stage show with actors flying acrobatically on guy wires, you might think of the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Broadway musical, that famously sent a v... more »

Dec 5, 2012 8:23 AM Arts

Checking In With The ex'treme Institute by Nelly, One Year Later

Laclede’s Landing is an unexpected place to find a school. But that's where you'll find Nelly’s ex'treme Institute, where classes have now been in session for just over a year. Enrollment has grown... more »

Dec 4, 2012 10:13 AM Arts


The Inaugural, in not-droughty times. Photograph by Thomas Crone

Slideshow: The Ruins of the U.S.S. Inaugural, as Revealed by the Receding Mississippi River

The only time, to my knowledge, that I’ve eaten alligator was on a trip to the USS Inaugural in April, 2008. As a new pescatarian, I was assured by some weekend adventure colleagues that alligato... more »

Dec 3, 2012 12:00 AM History

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