Monthly Archives: August 2015

American Ultra – Film Review

If you think back to 2008’s Pineapple Express – and you will, it’s the film from which American Ultra most closely resembles – you’ll recall that up until the moment when the whole thing went off the rails and turned into a violent action bloodbath at least the early stoner element was funny.  For roughly […]

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Mistress America – Film Review

In the new light and airy comedy from director Noah Baumbach, Mistress America, eighteen year-old Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a New York college freshman and she’s having a tough time fitting in.  “You know what it’s like being at a party and you don’t know anyone,” Lola tells her mom (Kathryn Erbe) on a call.  […]

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Valley Youth Theatre, Herberger Center, Phoenix

When Broadway sent the last national touring production of the comic operetta Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to the valley it cut its one most important element, and it made all the difference: the children’s chorus.  Considering the show began in the seventies as a fifteen minute piece for a London school for boys, […]

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Film Review

This is what happened.  In 2002, The Diary of a Teenage Girl was published as a graphic novel by writer/artist Phoebe Gloeckner.  Eight years later, after receiving the book as a Christmas gift, writer Marielle Heller adapted it into a play and played the lead.  It was critically acclaimed.   Five years after that, the film […]

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Film Review

As a child of the sixties raised on TV there were three shows that meant everything.  One was The Avengers (the John Steed/Emma Peel one, not the superheroes), another was Dr. Who, and while Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In gets an honorable mention, the third was easily The Man from U.N.C.L.E.  There wasn’t a child in the […]

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Murder Ballad – Theatre Review: A/C Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre’s Hardes Theatre

A Murder Ballad is an official genre of song all of its own.  When it comes to recalling a crime, the ballad can either tell you what’s about to happen or what has already occurred.  There are a few famous ones that may spring to mind; Tom Jones’ Delilah is one, The Kingston Trio’s Tom […]

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