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OKG Newsletter

Topic: French

Wine on a dime

Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Demystifying French wine is easier when the price is as low as it is with these wines.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Clean act

It's spring cleaning time.


Jenny Coon Peterson
One of my good friends is obsessive about cleaning. Obsessive. We lived together throughout college and she made a habit of steam-cleaning the carpets every few months.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bite size

Chow chat

Bite Size

Carol Smaglinski
Chef Donnie Samara helped open Papa’s Lil Italy, worked at Michael’s Grill and owned and operated the much-missed Vineyard in Edmond.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

That’s the ticket

Guthrie’s Pollard has done away with classic season tickets to move toward a unique membership group.

Performing Arts

Larry Laneer
Would you rather pay $13 a month or $156 per year for a theater season ticket? Wait a minute: They’re the same!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

French this

OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Enjoy a pastry Tuesday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Museum Cafe, 415 Couch Drive.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

French this

OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Catch any number of French films playing as part of French Cinema Week at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fantastic Fest: 'Livid'

It may French-fry your mind.

Writers/directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury finally follow up their 2007 hit, "Inside," with another French horror film in "Livid." While not a sophomore slump, it doesn't pay off on their debut's promise. Most of that is because the new movie makes so little sense.

On one hand, that's good, because you're not quite sure what's going to happen next. On the other hand, when stuff does happen, you may ask yourself, "Qu'est-ce?"

Appealing young actress Chloé Coulloud is Lucie, a new home-care nurse being trained by a jaded veteran of elderly diaper-changing (Catherine Jacob, "Who Killed Bambi?"). On day one, the most memorable stop is that of the Jessel mansion, where a 100-year-old lives in a vegetative state by herself (credibility alert!) on the top floor. The pro tells the newbie of a rumored treasure somewhere within the massive estate.

After sharing this news with her frustrated boyfriend, Lucie find herself as part of a trio breaking into the place amid the witching hour to hunt for the riches. They find something else. If a senior citizen in an oxygen mask is the stuff of your nightmares, prepare to soil your drawers.

From there, the story unfolds in a manner audiences may not expect, but "Livid" becomes less lucid. The nonsense speeds up as the pacing slows to a near-crawl. I'm all for acts of the supernatural, but not without some context as to what is occurring before our eyes. Bustillo and Maury are unclear, perhaps in an attempt to be arty. The team pulls off some outstanding visuals, but ghost stories cannot work on those alone.

The title "Livid" has no proper connection to the movie's events; it's as if someone wanted a word that sounded like "Insidious." Now that's a flick that yielded fright while containing all other necessary ingredients. As for "Livid," let's chalk it up as a somewhat noble misfire. —Rod Lott
by Rod Lott 09.24.2011 2 years ago
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