Author Archive: Jon Bastian

Jon Bastian

Jon is a playwright and screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles, where he has been currently appearing in Flash Theater LA when not working for Cesar Millan to keep his dogs rolling in kibble.

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Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kill Your Darlings (2013) is a fascinating and entertaining, but ultimately flawed film that details one of the incidents in the life of William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster, Alpha Dog) that Burroughsphiles like myself find incredibly intriguing — the murder, by nineteen year-old Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan, Chronicle), of his thirty-three year-old stalker David Kammerer (Michael […]

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First Period

First Period

| March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s been nine years since John Waters’s last film, “A Dirty Shame,” which describes the state of affairs for his fans, for whom roadshow productions of “Hairspray” the musical just aren’t the same. However, if you’d like to make a visit to a perfect facsimile of Watersland, then “First Period” is the movie that Mr. […]

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A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman

A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman

| February 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The only currently non-living member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Graham Chapman died in 1989 from throat cancer, age 48. In 1980, he published the incredibly incorrectly named A Liar’s Autobiography Volume VI and it has been re-published three times since his death. To paraphrase the advertising slogan for the 1960′s film Myra Breckenridge: The […]

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Jay and Silent Bob Get Old

Jay and Silent Bob Get Old

| August 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Kevin Smith is one of those polarizing artists to which people seem to only have one of two reactions: Love him or hate him. However, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, which is a concert film of three of their shows on a UK tour, might just be the piece of the puzzle that wins […]

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A Mormon President: Joseph Smith and the Mormon Quest for the White House

A Mormon President: Joseph Smith and the Mormon Quest for the White House

| July 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

While a very interesting documentary about the later life and death of Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith, I’ll be right up front with it: The film has clearly been repurposed to take advantage of the current election cycle and Mitt Romney’s presumptive nomination as the Republican presidential candidate. In fact, in its 54 minute run […]

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How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster

| June 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

I have to admit going in that I expected this documentary to not be for everyone, but thought that I’d like it because my father was an architect, and it’s about a world-famous architect. At the end, though, I’d recommend it to anyone who happens to live in or work in anything that has been […]

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Music on Film Series: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Music on Film Series: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

| May 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you thought you knew everything about the phenomenon that is The Rocky Horror Picture Show, you’re probably wrong, and even if you’ve been performing with the film for the last thirty-seven years, there are probably at least a few new tidbits of information in Dave Thompson’s well-researched, breezily written book on the subject, part […]

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This Sherlock Knows His Sh*t

This Sherlock Knows His Sh*t

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

For the last decade, some of the best television in America has been… made in Britain, no small amount of that from the mind of Steven Moffat, who gave us the British Coupling (quite good), as well as the pilot for the American version (quite dreadful, courtesy of network meddling), and also managed to successfully […]

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NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN: 3-Disc Collector’s Edition

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN: 3-Disc Collector’s Edition

| April 7, 2009

“You can’t stop what’s coming,” Ellis tells the Sheriff, deep into No Country For Old Men’s barren, abandon-all-hope backstretch. As potent quotables go, it ain’t exactly “Here’s looking at you, kid.” But this sobering little nugget of advice does provide the Coen Brothers’ dusty desert noir with its summative catchphrase—not to mention, to every Oscar […]

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YEAR IN REVIEW: 2008

YEAR IN REVIEW: 2008

| February 2, 2009

A disgraced despot in the waning years of his tyrannical reign. A maverick soldier hocking his values and his individualist spirit for a shot at absolute power. Two—count em’, two—deadly femme fatales: Lady Macbeth in a power-suit and Serial Mom in nerd-chic bifocals. Fire-and-brimstone preachers, reformed terrorists, fanatical newsmen, muckraking journalists, and everyday “Joes,” plumbing […]

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