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2017 Audi RS3 Test | Review | Car and Driver
A four-door mouse with the heart of a lion.
The hot cars created by Audi’s performance division (formerly known as Quattro GmbH, now called Audi Sport) often have been as expensive as they are awesome. Witness the $55,450 2017 RS3 sedan, the entry point to Ingolstadt’s go-fast inner circle. Employing an arsenal of handling hardware and a stonking inline-five engine, it is one of the most formidable—and priciest—small cars on the market. Although Audi didn’t sell previous versions of this little all-wheel-drive hot rod in the United States, the latest RS3’s feisty goodness atones for both the wait and its asking price.
HIGHS
Awesome turbo five-cylinder, planted yet playful chassis, lovely cabin.
LOWS
More engine noise please, big price for a small car, cramped back seat.
audi  cars  review 
yesterday by rgl7194
New film explores the real-life romantic threesome behind Wonder Woman | Ars Technica
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women will make you see Wonder Woman in a different light.
2017 has been the year of Wonder Woman, at least in the realm of pop culture, and now there's a fascinating behind-the-scenes tale of the people who dreamed up the Amazonian superhero who stands for love. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is about William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), Elizabeth Holloway Marston (Rebecca Hall), and Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), three psychology researchers at Tufts University who fell in love during the liberated 1920s. Eventually they had four children (each woman bore two) and lived together for their whole adult lives. Along the way, they invented Wonder Woman together, though only William Marston (under the pen name Charles Moulton) was given credit for it.
It's one of the most unusual love stories ever to be told on film, and it illuminates a time in history that most have forgotten. Between roughly 1910 and the mid-1930s, there was a flowering of feminist and sexual liberation movements in Europe and the US, leading to birth-control clinics, women's suffrage, the infamous Kinsey Reports, and even a 1919 German film called Different from the Others, about the urgent need for gay rights. Marston, who championed women's right to vote, was deeply involved in these movements with his partners. Byrne was the daughter of feminist activist Ethel Byrne, who cofounded the organization that later became Planned Parenthood with her sister Margaret Sanger. Elizabeth Marston was one of the first women to earn a law degree in the US and had a master's degree in psychology.
40s  comics  movies  wonder_woman  review 
yesterday by rgl7194
2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe and Spider | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
With Alfa Romeo putting a majority of its time, effort, and focus into both the Giulia sports sedan and the Stelvio SUV, the company’s sports car, the 4C, has been pushed into the shadows. For the 2018 model year, it looks as if both the coupe and spider variants will continue twiddling their thumbs, as the only changes involve available options. There are two changes for the 4C in 2018: An optional front fascia with carbon-fiber vents is added, and the interior with black leather seats and yellow stitching is now offered on black, white, and Basalt Gray 4C models. Previously, the yellow stitching was only available on cars with Giallo Prototipo (yellow) paint. Apparently, hyperspecific color coordination is not as important these days. To add the $1500 yellow stitching requires the $2000 leather upholstery, for a total upcharge of $3500.
cars  alfa  review 
yesterday by rgl7194
Renaissance (2006) | PopMatters
RENAISSANCE
DIRECTOR: CHRISTIAN VOLCKMAN
Cast: Daniel Craig, Catherine McCormack, Romola Garai, Jonathan Pryce, Ian Holm

“Do you really never talk or is this all just for show?” When his boss is frustrated by Detective Karas’ silence, he looks at her for a moment, long and hard. He turns from his questioner and walks away, up a stairway and into the camera, his body blackening and filling the frame as he draws nearer.

Karas actually does talk, quite a bit in fact. Voiced in the U.S. release of Christian Volckman’s movie by Daniel Craig, he is notably reluctant to provide his superiors with details or haggle over legal niceties. He’s just saved a young boy by shooting all three of his kidnappers dead. Though Karas told little Theo to close his eyes, this garishly violent scene in Renaissance cuts so fast and often that you never know what the boy saw. Karas understands the effects of childhood trauma: he’s been living with it since he was a kid, and he and his best friend Nusrat Farfella (voiced as an adult by Kevork Malikyan) were running from a man with a gun. The image comes to Karas repeatedly, haunting him, reminding him of what it means to be afraid. And so he does his best to ease the fear and pain of others.

So far, so noir. Christian Volckman’s movie adjusts the genre slightly, and in a most familiar way, namely, science fiction, recalling Philip K. Dick-based movies, most obviously, Blade Runner. Its animation style is inspired by Lang’s Metropolis and graphic novels (most patently, Frank Miller’s work, especially as jazzed by Robert Rodriguez).

But, much as Renaissance works its extratextual allusions, it is also its own thing. Slow-moving and probably too attentive to its own less than innovative plot, its most brilliant impact is visual. A sharply black and white rendering of motion-captured performances (now working with its second set of voices, the first cast being French), it features looming, futuristic architecture (set in Paris 2054, designed by Alfred Frazzani), where buildings and faces are equally and repeatedly cut in half by severe shadows. Relationships evolve in visual form: reflections in windows suggest emotional connections (the voice performances adapting a noiry flatness) and images repeatedly transform, space unsteady and time reduced to “night” and “day.”
renaissance  movies  review 
yesterday by Harpijka
The Danger of President Pence | The New Yorker
Many Americans have debated whether the country would be better off with Pence as President. From a purely partisan viewpoint, Harold Ickes, a longtime Democratic operative, argues that—putting aside the fear that Trump might start a nuclear war—“Democrats should hope Trump stays in office,” because he makes a better foil, and because Pence might work more effectively with Congress and be more successful at advancing the far right’s agenda. Newt Gingrich predicts that Pence will probably get a chance to do so. “I think he’s the most likely Republican nominee in 2024,” he said. Ron Klain, who was chief of staff to the former Vice-President Joe Biden, is skeptical of this, given Trump’s accumulating baggage. “There is no success for Mike Pence unless Trump works—he cannot run far enough or fast enough to not get hit by the falling tree,” Klain said. “But he may think he can.” Evidently, the next chapter is on Pence’s mind. Over the fireplace in the Vice-President’s residence, he has hung a plaque with a passage from the Bible: “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the lord, ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ” ♦
MikePence  profile  politics  DonaldTrump  Republicans  KochBrothers  review  critique  USA  NewYorker  2017 
yesterday by inspiral

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