Late one night, rain was falling hard on the streets of Shanghai. The promenade led to a shopping center and upon entering, the booming bass of Asian pop bordered on deafening and the flashing cabinet lights punctuated the neon glow. In rows, people faced each other, accompanied by shouts that either relished victory or lamented defeat.
Stories By Leroy Polk
When big budget movies at mega-cinemas begin to stagnate, many film fans flock to screenings of more independent films, like those found at Bear Tooth’s “Art House Mondays.” Once a year however, fans get a much larger dose of indie moviegoing experience: the Anchorage International Film Festival. AIFF, founded in 2001 by Tony Sheppard, hosts […]
Sports movies are often overlooked, especially basketball movies. This is due largely in part to the formulaic nature that most sport films fall victim to. There have, however, still been some great basketball films that either avoid the standard formula, or play around with it well enough that the resulting product is worth watching.
Your potential new client has sent an anonymous letter down to your office. You unfold it from your breast coat pocket, and trace your eyes over the message again. “I need your help, but I can’t be seen near a private detective’s office. Too dangerous if I was spotted. Meet me downtown at Harry’s. 9 […]
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead (en Inglés), is the annual Mexican tradition of celebrating the lives of those who have passed on.
“It has pre-Columbian roots,” explains Indra Arriaga, co-chair for the exhibit.
Professions generally materialize when there is a need or want for them in a basic supply and demand ratio, and the multi-million dollar video game industry is no exception. With so much interest and income, it’s only natural that the video game industry expands its appeal. Enter the world of professional video game players.
It used to be common belief that games were just for nerds to enjoy in private. While this is still true for some, many have endeavored to earn a living by way of playing video games.
Professional video gaming is a more recent permutation when it comes to gaming as a career, along with the proliferation of televised card tournaments such as ESPN’s “World Series of Poker.” As electronic games evolve, people have devoted their lives to achieving excellence, in hopes of avoiding “real jobs.”
Halloween and New Years Eve are generally considered to be alcohol-friendly events, and even drinking promoters. In this regard, they are distinct amongst the major holidays; it’s unusual to hear about raging Thanksgiving house parties, or Easter night blackouts. This is fine if Halloween happens to fall on a weekend. College kids would even take […]
Halloween is coming up, and with it, crazy house parties where liquor flows like water, and people cast off their inhibitions, instead dawning a hobo bundle and Sharpie beard, or swanky (thanks for the auto-correct, MS Word, I totally didn’t mean a word that rhymes with “swanky”) nurse uniform. As always, the morning after the […]
Prepare to die. Not only does this serve as the URL for the “Dark Souls“ official website (www.preparetodie.com), but also some practical advice for players. Prepare to die, a lot. This title will challenge both dexterity and wit, often times requiring perfection just to proceed. But due to this difficulty, success feels infinitely more rewarding […]
YouTube alleges that more video is uploaded to their site in one month than the three major US networks have created in the last 60 years. Critics would dismiss it as all junk, and there certainly is plenty, but is it really just quantity over quality?
Stylish. Quiet. Explosive. Understated. Ultraviolent. All these adjectives amply describe the neo-noir indie action film “Drive,” but more than any of them, the most fitting would be “smart.” From start to finish, every element shows an exemplary polish that isn’t seen very often in nation-wide theater releases. From the skillful direction, to the cinematography and […]
Dance has come a long way since the dawn of man. From cavemen getting freaky around a fire, to the first aperçu of Paris opera ballet, the styles that have evolved out of the early mores of dance culture are limited only by human imagination.
Anchorage McDonald’s see the coning trend first hand. Anchorage kids see the coning trend first sticky, vanilla ice cream hand. Video by Leroy Polk/TNL