Monthly Archives: February 2019

What Men Want – Film Review

We know that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. We know that. We’re just not wired the same. So we shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that director Adam Shankman’s comedy What Men Want is simply a role reversal of the Nancy Meyer’s film What Women Want. That’s a false equivalent. Certainly, […]

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Cold Pursuit – Film Review

In 2014 there was a black comic thriller from Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland called Kraftidioten. Its literal translation means power idiot. Use it in a sentence and you’re calling someone a dumb son-of-a-bitch. Give it emphasis and you might as well be saying, you’re a f******g idiot. It was a huge success on its […]

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An American in Paris – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

With the exception of a conductor, there’s no other role in theatre whose work relies solely on the performance of others – the director. Movies are different. Unless there’s studio interference, film remains a director’s medium. But not theatre. The director can guide the structure, coax a performance, and block the moves, but once that […]

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Aladdin, the Musical – Theatre Review; National Touring Company, ASU Gammage, Tempe

Maybe it was a happy accident. Maybe not. Following the success of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, the most recent Broadway musical to be adapted from a Disney animated feature is Aladdin, though its inspiration appears to come not so much from the film but from that cherished style of British musical […]

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The Idea of Manhood – Film Review

Chances are you know the guy. If you haven’t met him, you know the kind. He’s the one from your past who you kind of like, but nowadays it’s perfectly okay that he lives somewhere else. Then, without warning, he turns up on your doorstep and thinks there’s no problem with moving in for a […]

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