Film

Hollywood Shuffle

Hollywood Shuffle

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

A satire on the ups and downs of being a black actor in Hollywood, Hollywood Shuffle writer/producer/director Robert Townsend (The Five Heartbeats) stars as Bobby Taylor, a young black actor whose attempts to find work are dashed when told that he’s not “black enough” for the roles being offered. With jobs limited to stereotypes (gang-bangers, […]

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Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks

Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bill Hicks had a remarkable gift of connection. Like J.D. Salinger, Jack Kerouac, James Dean, and a handful of others, Hicks possessed the power to make an individual feel like they found a kindred spirit. Experiencing Hicks, one is compelled to believe that he’s speaking to you, for you, and with you, and that you […]

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Convoy

Convoy

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Were it not directed by Sam Peckinpah, I’d surely be forced to classify Convoy (1978) as a “guilty pleasure.” This film gets to me in a way no other Peckinpah picture does, simply put, because it’s fun. Straw Dogs (1971) isn’t fun. That’s all rape and murder from one end to the other, which is […]

Barquero

Barquero

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

In this 1970 western, Lee Van Cleef stars as the titular barquero (or boatman) Travis, a stoic yet sleazy sort who leads a group of squatters in a cross-river standoff against a gang of murderous thugs bent on procuring Travis’ barge so they can flee from the law into Mexico. In an interesting twist on […]

Teachers

Teachers

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’m really surprised I haven’t seen this movie before, or at least heard of it.  Given the cast (Nick Nolte, Judd Hirsch, Crispin Glover, Morgan Freeman, Laura Dern, Ralph Macchio) it seems like this would have hit my radar at some point.  I’ll say up front that I really enjoyed it.  I’ve been watching a […]

Taken 3

Taken 3

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

I can’t say I fully understand the current cultural obsession with Liam Neeson’s action movie persona. Somehow, you put a gun in Liam Neeson’s hand and give his character some thin excuse to kill five or six dozen foreigners and people flock to the theaters. What I do understand is that the man, as an […]

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s really tough to make a movie stand out today with so many films available to the average viewer. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu offer up a massive array of options, and VOD services like Amazon Prime and iTunes allow viewers to catch movies at home on or near their theatrical release dates. It […]

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Are Robots Taking Over Theaters AND Our Lives?

Are Robots Taking Over Theaters AND Our Lives?

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sci-fi fans intrigued by the premise of artificial intelligence should have a grand time in 2015. No less than three major studio releases this year address the subject, and each explores it in its own unique way, but they all have one thing in common: a fear or mistrust of the machines we have built […]

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Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto

Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Béla Anton Leoš Fleck plays the banjo. Considering what he’s done with the instrument, transforming it to work in a multitude of styles and genres, makes him quite possibly the most famous banjo player in the world. But the Béla Fleck we meet in the film Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto would […]

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Sweet Lorraine

Sweet Lorraine

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

In Sweet Lorraine, Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon, Little Darlings, Rescue Me) plays a New Jersey housewife whose past in the clubs and streets of New York City rears its ugly head as her husband campaigns for office in their small town. Steven Bauer (Ray Donovan, Scarface), Peter Greene (Pulp Fiction) and Julianne Michelle (Apartment 1303) […]

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