Monthly Archives: January 2013

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases (01/22/13)

This week’s new DVD releases include a steamy southern tale, a French film based on a real-life incident that took place in the United States, and a documentary that is really more of a celebration of a famed expressionist choreographer.   The Paperboy is going to shock even if you think you’re prepared.  We’re in […]

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Sunset Boulevard – Theatre Review – Desert Stages Theatre, Scottsdale

Like the title character in last year’s Oscar winning film The Artist, Sunset Boulevard’s Norma Desmond was once a huge star of Hollywood’s silent era.  Unlike The Artist, Desmond failed to embrace the progress of the film industry by not only ignoring the development of the talkies but actually treating it with disdain.  She retired […]

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New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases (01/16/13)

A look at the new DVDs and Blu-Rays released available for the home market this week.    Taken 2, the sequel to the surprise 2008 hit Taken, makes one fundamental mistake that was never an issue in the original; it makes Liam Neeson’s character vulnerable, something that audiences may not be looking for, or want, […]

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Hello Dolly – Theatre Review – Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

Even though it first hit the boards back in 1964, Hello Dolly remains the epitome of a big, brash, Broadway musical; it’s old-fashioned and empty of calories, but like its leading lady, the show is outgoing, brazen, full of glitz and exactly what you want when looking for dinner and an uncomplicated night at the […]

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Gangster Squad – Film Review

“We’re not solving a case here,” claims Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) of the LAPD, “We’re going to war.” Loosely based on a true story, though seemingly inspired by other movies more than anything else, Gangster Squad tells of how a small band of street-wise cops – a kind of unofficial West Coast version of […]

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New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases (01/08/13)

After a December hiatus, the DVD weekly reviews are back with a new year and a new batch of releases for the home market.   Samsara is thematic; a ninety-nine minute, non-narrative film of stunning photography that takes you around the world and needs to be seen in hi-def.  It’s neither a travelogue nor a […]

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