Monthly Archives: September 2014

Memphis – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

If you happened to be around during the mid to late fifties and listened to music radio, there’s a good chance that classics like Tutt-Frutti, Blueberry Hill or Ain’t That a Shame were on the rotation, but not by the original artists.   After all, why would a white-run radio station with white sponsors play those […]

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This Is Where I Leave You – Film Review

In the book of Genesis, when Joseph mourned the death of his father, Jacob, it took him seven days.   When a Jewish family is sitting shiva, the Hebrew word for seven, they’re engaged in a week-long mourning. In the comedy/drama This is Where I Leave You from director Shawn Levy, the Altman family – changed […]

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby – Film Review

First, a little perspective.   The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is really an edited version of two previous films from director Ned Benson.   They’re titled simply Him and Her.   Both films looked at the same relationship but from different perspectives.   Combined, they ran three hours. Disappearance pieces the two films together, edits the running time down […]

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The Notebook – Film Review

One of the many horrific things that war creates is the inhumane way some of us react to it.   Ordinary, everyday, descent people can suddenly develop ways and manners that surprise even them.   And it’s not simply a matter of how we might change if we pick up a gun.   It’s something else; something much […]

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Last Weekend – Film Review

During the opening few moments there’s a dark, ominous tone at play over the titles.   It’s as if the film is already foreshadowing something worrying, but at this early stage, there’s no clue as to what it could be.   Within seconds, the superimposed title Friday appears and the atmosphere suddenly changes.   It’s the Friday […]

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Kinky Boots – Theatre Review: ASU Gammage. Tempe

When you think about it, a show like the national touring production of Kinky Boots couldn’t be more appropriate to begin the 50th Anniversary of ASU Gammage in Tempe; it’s loud, brash, colorful, brazen, and despite what might appear on the surface as an iffy subject for children, the show is surprisingly family-friendly.  It’s something […]

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