Monthly Archives: May 2019

The Souvenir – Film Review

The more you’re aware of the technique, the more you can appreciate writer/director Joanna Hogg’s new English drama, The Souvenir. The film’s title is based on Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s 18th-century painting of the same name. It depicts a young woman carving the initials of her love onto the bark of a tree. The woman is thought to […]

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Booksmart – Film Review

Every new generation has its coming-of-age big screen favorite. The last few years alone have produced a slew of quality features: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), and the excellent Lady Bird (2017) to name but three. But once time has passed and home viewing is in […]

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Things I Know To Be True – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

The creative process of a play is fascinating. When Australian playwright Andrew Bovell wanted to write a new, intimate play, his intention was to explore several areas, including thoughts and feelings of his father (a man he called the quintessential Australian suburban dad), the future expectations of how things should be for a family once […]

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A Dog’s Journey – Film Review

Not to be confused with the recent A Dog’s Way Home, which isn’t difficult considering it comes from a book written by the same author, A Dog’s Journey is the sequel to A Dog’s Purpose. The titles are interchangeable. In 2017’s Purpose, the dog named Bailey journeyed through four lives due to reincarnation until he […]

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John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum – Film Review

From the close of credits in Chapter 2 to the opening credits of Chapter 3, a little under an hour has passed. “He knew the rules,” states Winston (Ian McShane) the owner and manager of the Continental Hotel where the offense took place. “He broke them.” “Excommunicado in effect, 6 pm, eastern standard time,” announces the […]

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Tolkien – Film Review

There are certain names in our culture that when heard or seen reach further than existing as a mere representation of a person or a commodity. Its very sound can embody an emotional attachment beyond the norm. Kodak is one. In entertainment, there’s Walt Disney. And in fantasy literature, there’s Tolkien. The very name, the […]

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