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Topic: West

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

The truth hurts.


Rod Lott
I can't believe — just. cannot. believe. — that Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory lost the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature this past spring. And to a football movie, no less! It's another case of the jocks running ragged over the outcasts, except these outcasts were able to effect something few docs achieve: change.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

G.O.O.D. Music — Cruel Summer

Hip Hop/Rap

Ryan Querbach
Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music crew have finally dropped their long-awaited compilation album, Cruel Summer. It has its moments, but overall falls short of the high expectations that come with any Kanye project.
Monday, September 24, 2012

Haunting 101


Gazette staff
Should you venture toward Kay County (where Ponca City stands, to you nongeography nuts), you may want to visit the remnants of the famed 101 Ranch. It’s haunted, you see — at least according to the new book Haunted Old West: Phantom Cowboys, Spirit-Filled Saloons, Mystical Mine Camps, and Spectral Indians.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Kendrick Lamar — good kid, m.A.A.d City

Hip Hop/Rap

Ryan Querbach
West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar finally has dropped his major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d City.
Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Expendables 2

Bigger, better, badassier.


Rod Lott
Preceding the start of The Expendables 2 is an ad for its tie-in video game. Why bother playing such a thing when so many sequences of the the movie make you feel like you're doing so already? I mean that as a compliment, because as directed by Simon West (The Mechanic), the sequel’s 15-minute prologue is so unrelenting in nonstop action that it’s likely to turn you giddy.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Be kind, rewind ... or die.


Rod Lott
My problem with most found-footage films is that there's not much to them. Most can be described legitimately as an hour of buildup for one scene of payoff. When you shorten the stories, however, as is done in the horror anthology V/H/S, you have a handful of payoffs without all that pesky incidental padding.
Friday, December 7, 2012

West it

OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Visitors to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 N.E. 63rd, have until Sunday to glimpse National Geographic: Greatest Photographs of the American West. The exhibition showcases powerful images from the scientific institution’s 125-year collection, including canyons, critters and country folk. Admission is $5.75-$12.50. Call 478-2250 or visit


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Funny or Die Presents: The Complete Second Season

More merry mayhem of ‘SCTV’ for the Frat Pack.

Television series

Rod Lott
Ed Halligan, you bitter sonofabitch, how I’ve missed you.
Friday, February 1, 2013

West of Memphis

The documentary chronicles a shocking and sickening miscarriage of justice.


Phil Bacharach
Critics of our criminal justice system don’t have to search far for nightmare scenarios of wrongful convictions. From cases of false confessions to exonerations through DNA testing, the past few decades are rife with tales of injustice that would give even Kafka the willies.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Stage it

OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Not your ordinary Old West tale, the 1867-set Mr. and Mister is a love story between a rancher and a teacher, both men. Said playwright Robert Matson, “The play takes place at a time when homosexuality wasn’t even a word.” The original drama premieres at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Actors Casting & Talent Services, 30 N.E. 52nd, and ends March 30. Tickets are $15. Call 286-9298 or visit

Friday-Saturday, ongoing

Wednesday, March 20, 2013