2B - Thursday, December 6, 2012
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2B - Thursday, December 6, 2012 The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom ~
In this feature, Daily Arts writers will give their endorsements
for the arts you need to experience to help you deal with current events.
"His Dark Materials"
Polar bears, aurora borealis, young love and cute
animals: In certain ways, "His Dark Materials" is
the perfect trilogy to peruse over break. Of course,
there's the whole trying-to-kill-God thing, but let's
just ignore that; after all, it's called winterfbreak for
a reason. Controversy aside, these are the books,
not "Harry Potter," that every child should secretly
read. A mature adventure that questions authority,
KNOPF "His Dark Materials" is a masterpiece for any age.
Life in Cartoon Motion - M IKA
If there's one thingyou need rightnow, it's a pick-
me-up. December is a long, treacherous month full
of endless exams and pitiless papers. So, in order to
properly keep your sanity and some semblance of a
smile on your face, kick back and enjoy Mika's debut
album, Life in Cartoon Motion. Full of feel-good
tunes and exciting lyrics such as "Suckingtoo hard
on your lollipop / Or love's going to get you down,"
Mika will put then'u' back in fun.
So what if it's a rom-coin. So what if it's just
another shameless celebrity-filled scheme. "Love
Actually" has heart, humor, Hugh Grant as the
English Prime Minister dancing to the Pointer Sis-
ters and Keira Knightley wearing actual present-
day clothing. The film haphazardly chronicles eight
different storylines of Londoners finding and losing
love in the month leading up 'til Christmas, and
UNIVERSAL while it's inane, it's thoroughly enjoyable.
"NCAA Football 13"
There have been better football games in
recent years, and at that, there have been bet-
ter sports games even released during this year.
But no other game developer has ever captured
the free-for-all known as recruiting. quite so
well as the makers of "NCAA Football 13." Brag
about your school's best features, make promises,
schedule visits - do whatever you can to ensure
an elite freshman class.
Daily Arts writers go
against the famous
idiom, choose a
random book and
- about its contents
based on the cover art.
SIMON & SCHUSTB
to boycott anything and every- Ann and Flan staged an inter-
thing life-related. vention, took Jan by her night-
Flan and Ann were con- gown and threw her in the car.
fused. After going through They were going to the strip
their share of unhappy trials club for a nightof wild and dar-
and tribulations, the two felt it ing adventures. Jan struggled.
was necessary to be optimistic Jan resisted. And then she saw
and keep a level head, the boys.
After all, they weren't dead, In classic Linda Lewis fash-
were they? ion, "We Hate Everything But
"Might as well be!" came Boys" hones in on the delicate
Jan's response from under- lives of three women and the
neath her duvet. magical, touching relationship
It was then that Flan had they share. Based on a true
a stroke of genius: Everyone story, the novel takes readers
loves sex. No one can resist on a quest of self-fulfillment,
the tantalizing temptation of a living life on the edge and
good roll in the sack. pants-less parades.
So, after very little thought, -ANNA SADOVSKAYA
Nothing was going well for
sisters Ann, Jan and Flan.
After a harrowing divorce,
an abduction and two trips to
the E.R., the girls were readyto
settle down in quiet suburbia
and live out their days as spin-
sters and cat women.
And then Jan, the ringleader
and the eldest, decided to hate
everything. No longer did she
love DVRing "Grey's Anato-
my" and hunkering down to
watch with her two sisters.
She wasn't interested in cook-
ing, shopping, going to work or
even swimming in their kiddie
pool. No, Jan was done with
life being unfair, so she decided