Monthly Archives: May 2014

Neighbors – Film Review

For some, living the rest of your life in a rented apartment complex might be perfectly acceptable if it wasn’t for two things; those thin walls and those noisy neighbors.  Now and again you might hear them stomping about or even suffer the sound of the bass on their stereo as it thumps continuously like […]

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Belle – Film Review

The account of the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy officer, Dido Elizabeth Belle, as shown in the new British costume drama Belle, is a fictional account inspired by a 1779 painting.  The painting currently hangs in Scotland and is noteworthy for one reason; it is thought to be one of the first paintings […]

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Venus in Fur – Theatre Review, Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix

If what you see and hear during the final moments of Venus in Fur, the two-person play by David Ives, is to be taken literally then something supernatural just happened in a certain New York City acting studio. Imagine you’re an NYC playwright and the gods up on Mount Olympus had developed a keen interest […]

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Good People – Theatre Review, Actors Theatre of Phoenix

Actors Theatre of Phoenix continues its current Nomad existence by opening its new production, Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, at Arizona Opera Center, 1636 N. Central Avenue.  It’s a good setting for the production; the surrounding seating that covers three sides of the squared stage allows for everyone, no matter where you sit, to feel […]

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Film Review

In his excellent 2011 book The Good, The Bad and the Multiplex, a critical analysis of the state of the movie industry, author Mark Kermode asks the following: If blockbusters make money no matter how bad they are, why not make a good one for a change?  His point being that all event movies – […]

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Locke – Film Review

Roughly two hours ago, Welshman Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) had a normal life.  He had a successful job as a building construction site manager and he had a family.    Then, on the eve of the most important day of his career, he receives a call, and it changes everything. Locke is a new British drama […]

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