In The Presence Of A King

I’m a bit of a concert junkie, I admit it. I’m not a groupie, superfan or psychostalker, and my concert history specifically does NOT include ever seeing the Grateful Dead nor Radiohead. So let’s just settle on junkie; I go to concerts when I can and like a kid in …

In The Moment

Day 3 of the Super Incredibly Fantastic Special Extra Happy Trip Of 2011 consisted of taking in a concert. Not just any old concert, mind you, but one I’ve been anticipating with the drool of a starving dog in a steakhouse. We’re talking Mumford & Sons, a barely-four-year-old band that …

Truly Gritty

The Western. It’s a hard genre in which to compete. I don’t like campy, I’m no fan of John Wayne, and I’ve never hankered for a horse named Trigger. So, with that blasphemy out of the way, there are a few Westerns out there that’ve really tripped my trigger. I …

The Fightah

There’s an intrinsic problem with boxing movies: there can only be two possible outcomes. Either the protagonist dies (preferably in the ring, at the hands of an unhinged Soviet man/bear) or he/she wins in the final moments, thereby face-slapping all the naysayers along the way (this is usually accompanied by …

This…is the Orange Line (In Black & White)

Recently, I was offered a slightly unique opportunity: the chance to review a new movie in my own home. This offer came from the director, cinematographer, editor and writer, who all happen to be the same person, Nathan Maulorico of Unknown Films. This opportunity probably stemmed from the fact that …

A Night On The Town

We went and caught The Town the other night, the first time I’ve abandoned the effervescent Chris Hopper Louzader for a movie review in recent memory. That’s okay, though, since she was off partying in that most party-centric of states, Wisconsin. And lately, EVERY movie we’ve caught together has been …

Not An Ugly American. Just A Boring One

I’m not opposed at all to the minimalist approach when it comes to movies. Not at all. I’m not opposed to movies set in remote locales (like New Jersey. Or Europe), nor do I mind forays into subtitles. In fact, a movie that is spartan in dialogue often works, since …

Expendable? More Like Undefendable

There are few movies in which I find myself wondering “what in THE HELL?”. The Expendables has earned such commentary. By traveling to the Assisted Living Home For Aging Action Stars, Sylvester Stallone has rounded up a veritable who’s who of has-beens who no one under 25 has ever heard …

The Other Guys – Funny Hombres

My threshold for comedies is a highly one-sided affair. I basically have one criteria that must be met: how would this movie go over in the firehouse after it’s 617th viewing? I also have a bit of a glitch when it comes to Will Ferrell movies – I like them …

Hay Un Amigo En Mi

Rotten Tomatoes, the online movie review site I often use to gauge the critical popularity of a movie, recently rated Toy Story 3 at 99% positive. I’ve never seen a movie rate that high, and I’ve yet to see a negative review of the final installment of Pixar’s uber-powerhouse. Consider …