Monthly Archives: April 2014

Oculus – Film Review

  It’s difficult to say why a mirror can be creepy, but mirrors can.  No doubt about it. In Oculus, the new creepy horror from writer/director Mike Flanagan, something happened ten years ago to the fairly ordinary Russell family after they moved in to their new house, but we can’t quite tell what.  All we […]

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Jodorowsky’s Dune – Film Review

  At the age of eighty-five, controversial filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is every bit as passionate about a film he never made as he was during the seventies when he was preparing to make it. “I wanted to make a film that would give people who took LSD at that time the hallucination you get with […]

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The Unknown Known – Film Review

Among the many fine documentaries made for the larger screen there are two standouts.  One is The Thin Blue Line, the other, The Fog of War: Eleven Lesson from the Life of Robert S. McNamara.  Both made a significant impact and both re-shaped our perspective on their subjects.  Both were also directed by the same […]

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

The story of Snow White has been a notable milestone for two important areas of family entertainment.  In 1937 it was the first full-length, animated feature to come from Walt Disney, and back in 1989 it was the first live show ever produced by Valley Youth Theatre. Since ’89, VYT has revisited the show on […]

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The Joe Show – Film Review

“I’ve got two reasons when I do anything,” states Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County.  “The official reason and my reason.” After eight years in the making, the new documentary The Joe Show from local Arizona director Randy Murray was finally unveiled to Arizona audiences at the Phoenix Film Festival.  Not surprisingly, it played […]

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Film Review

To a degree, part of what made the first Captain America adventure fun was the period setting.  The idea there’s even a character with the military-saluting, patriotic moniker of someone in a star-spangled costume called Captain America who was once skinny and now has bulging muscles is a dated one; it’s the Charles Atlas fantasy […]

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