Scottsdale Living Magazine Archives

‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is a miserable failure of a nostalgia ride

Independence Day: Resurgence

2016 must hold some record by now for terrible sequels. I’ve seen 42 of the year’s movies, and of the five worst, four have a colon in their title. These are all action movies, and three of the four are sequels. For future reference, an action movie sequel with a colon in the title is… Read More →

Review: ‘The Neon Demon’ mostly shock, little story

Neon Demon

I have never seen so many people walk out of a movie before. And I once saw the midnight showing of The Last Airbender. Granted, The Neon Demon — Nicolas Winding Refn’s hellish landscape of bright lights and selfish souls — is a better film than M. Night Shyamalan’s should-be career ender. The latter upset… Read More →

5 tips for staying healthy during summer vacation

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Summer is here, and for many in Arizona, that means trips to destinations domestic and abroad. An all-time record 231 million passengers are expected to fly U.S. airlines between June 1 and August 31, up from 210 million a year ago, according to Airlines for America. That includes 30.5 million travelers on international flights. However,… Read More →

Review: ‘Central Intelligence’ proves “The Rock” can be funny

Central Intelligence

There are different kinds of cinematic comedies. Some, like the films of the illustrious Edgar Wright, are masterworks that design groundbreaking methods to make moviegoers laugh. Others subvert real life to find its funny side: satires like Dr. Strangelove wittily comment on culture; parodies like This Is Spinal Tap skew popular movie trends. And then… Read More →

Review: ‘Nemo’ fans will enjoy Finding Dory


How does one make a sequel to a beloved movie? Go bigger? Go funnier? Do the same thing all over again? Or just throw every idea at the wall and try not to screw it up? Finding Dory, Pixar’s long-awaited (wait, was it? Was anybody clamoring for this movie? Oh well) sequel to its winning… Read More →

Phoenix Fashion Week hosts ‘Model of the Year’ search

Phoenix Fashion Week

“You are still in the running to be Phoenix Fashion Week’s Model of the Year.” That line was heard by 40 emerging models at Thursday night’s Emerging Designers & ‘Fresh Face’ Models Launch Party in Old Town Scottsdale’s Livewire. Forty models, male and female, were selected to compete to win the coveted prize, Model of the… Read More →

‘The Conjuring 2’ is scary good

Conjuring 2

From the first day of 2016, I was more excited for The Conjuring 2 than most of the year’s upcoming movies. No, I’m not a huge fan of horror movies. I usually enjoy them as much as I enjoy sleeping with the lights on. But I am a fan of good movies, and 2013’s The… Read More →

‘Warcraft’ is a movie that never lets up


You know how some movies open with a massive scene that explodes all over the screen, not letting up until the title appears? Indiana Jones has its boulder roll; The Dark Knight its bank heist. In both cases, a low-key scene meant for getting to know characters follows. Warcraft opens with a huge bang of… Read More →

Beneficial effects of exercise change with age, study says

Valley Metro - Bike Equals One Less Car

For older adults, a 30-minute workout may not be as effective at the cellular level as it is for younger people. According to a new study, age may play a significant role in a cell’s ability to respond to that activity. Tinna Traustadóttir of Northern Arizona University led the study, which was published in Free Radical Biology and… Read More →

Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships returns

Scottsdale Polo Championships

The 6th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, “The World’s Greatest Polo Party” and America’s most attended polo event, return to the fields of WestWorld of Scottsdale, bigger and better than ever Saturday, November 5th. Tickets are now on sale in many categories that sold out last year. The day starts at 10:00 a.m. with a full day… Read More →

6 ways to build a better booty


Here’s the story that you’ve been waiting for – everything you need to know to shape up your booty for swimsuit season. Keep reading for the essential exercises that target your glutes to give it the shape and tone you’ve been wanting. Better Booty Exercise #1: Hip Lift A great exercise to work your glutes is… Read More →

‘Me Before You’ raises level of romantic movies

Me Before You

Few genres have built-in audiences like romantic movies do. I could write an essay on how Me Before You is the most horrifyingly awful piece of trash to poison the art of filmmaking since The Room (it’s not); I could write a scientific proof on how viewing the movie will leave you blind and deaf… Read More →

Scottsdale summer series showcases Arizona musicians


Back by popular demand, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Live & Local Fridays summer concert series will open on July 8 with a musical tribute to The Beatles by Marmalade Skies. A total of eight Arizona groups spanning Americana, blues, flamenco, jazz, pop and more will be showcased on Friday nights during July and… Read More →

Ranking the X-Men movies from Xhausting to Xtraordinary


The X-Men film series is the longest running superhero movie franchise. Yes, the likes of Superman and Batman have been on the big screen for far more years, but for the past 16 years the X-Men franchise has existed within just one universe. This comes with some caveats: for one, the timeline is pretty odd.… Read More →