July Blindspot: Swingers (1996)

Release: Friday, October 18, 1996 →YouTube Written by: Jon Favreau Directed by: Doug Liman It is all too easy to assume certain things about a movie titled Swingers. Oh, how does that expression go? The project that launched the careers of both its leads as well as the director is, yes, very much a "dude-flick" preoccupied with the pursuit … Continue reading July Blindspot: Swingers (1996)

Dream Theater’s The Astonishing — Live

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark hosted Dream Theater for 'An Evening With' as the progressive-metal giants played in its entirety their brand new album, the sprawling odyssey that is The Astonishing -- an epic tale of betrayal, loss, hope and redemption set in a dystopian future circa 2285 in an … Continue reading Dream Theater’s The Astonishing — Live

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Release: Friday, June 3, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Akiva Schaffer; Jorma Taccone; Andy Samberg Directed by: Akiva Schaffer; Jorma Taccone  Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping represents the strongest extended skit Andy Samberg has developed since his SNL days. Despite the contrived manner in which conflict is resolved, Popstar stays fresh, rarely succumbing to its own silliness as it takes aim at the … Continue reading Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Frank

Release: Friday, September 5, 2014 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Jon Ronson; Peter Straughan Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson Any film that strives to turn Domhnall Gleeson into a thoroughly unlikable character is one I'm uncomfortable watching. Frank is just such a film. Focusing on an aspiring musician who stumbles upon an eccentric pop band with an unpronounceable name (they call themselves … Continue reading Frank

Whiplash

Release: Friday, October 10, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Damien Chazelle  Directed by: Damien Chazelle I know that Terence Fletcher wouldn't give a rat's you-know-what about any kind of critique of his performance or his teaching methods. So we'll keep this between us, okay? I don't want a chair thrown at me, thank you very much. In this surprisingly … Continue reading Whiplash