Monthly Archives: April 2014

Planet Bard: NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage, reviewed.

Kevin Space as "Richard III" at the Old Vic, London, 2011.

Over on The Dissolve today, I review the documentary-with-pretentious-title NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage, about the Bridge Theatre Project’s globetrotting Sam Mendes-directed, Kevin Spacey-starring Richard III. Continue reading

French (Double) Dip: Brick Mansions, reviewed.

David Belle and Paul Walker in "Brick Mansions."
When I was sixth grade I was in a terrible musical wherein the lady who would become, some years later, my first real girlfriend sang a song called “It always sounds better in French.”

My review of Brick Mansions, the subpar American remake of the Francophone parkour movie District B13, is on The Village Voice now. Rest in peace, Paul Walker.

The Prince of Wails: Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2, reviewed.

Edward Gero as King Henry IV in the Shakespeare Theatre's repertory of "Henry IV, Part 1" and "Part 2," directed by Michael Kahn.

That’s Edward Gero as King Henry IV. I found out only the other day he was in Die Hard 2: Die Harder, a film I loved in 1990 but which has not aged as well as Die Hard or even Die Hard with a Vengeance. I probably didn’t talk about him enough in my tangled but enthusiastic Washington City Paper review of both parts of the Shakespeare Theatre’s Company’s new, Michael Kahn-directed repertory of Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2. Continue reading

Closely Watched Trains: Last Passenger, reviewed.

Dougray Scott and Kara Tointon in Omid Nooshin's  "Last Passenger."My review of Omid Nooshin’s Last Passenger, a microbudget runaway-train thriller from Britain, is on The Dissolve today. Stars the reductively-named Scotsman Dougray Scott, the Man Who Woulda Been Wolverine, and Kara Tointon.

In Arms’ Way: Golda’s Balcony and Moth, reviewed.

Tovah Feldshuh as Golda Meir in "Golda's Balcony" by William Gibson.

I review Golda’s Balcony, William Gibson’s 2003 solo play about the life of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, and the U.S. premiere of Australian playwright Declan Greene’s Moth in today’s Washington City Paper, available wherever finer alt-weeklies are given away for free. Read all about ’em.

Tovah Feldshuh as Golda Meir.

This Bud’s For You: Kid Cannabis, reviewed.

John Stockwell's Kid Cannabis is a pretty good comedy about the intersection of youth and vice and enterprise and a so-so true-crime movie and a reasonably good coming-of-age flick. It's a lot more than you expect from a film called Kid Cannabis, certainly. Reviewed for The Dissolve.John Stockwell’s Kid Cannabis is a pretty good comedy about the intersection of youth and vice and enterprise and a so-so true-crime movie and a reasonably good coming-of-age flick. It’s a lot more than you expect from a film called Kid Cannabis, certainly. Reviewed for The Dissolve.

Please Hammer Girl Don’t Hurt ‘Em: The Raid 2 and the Flat Circle of Cinema Violence

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The same weekend I saw both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Raid 2 — prompting this piece for NPR Monkey See — my pal Glen Weldon showed me the mostly-animated G.I. Joe episode of Community. The show got a lot of mileage out of the fact that nobody ever got killed in that war cartoon, wherein an elite American military unit fought a uniformed army of terrorists to a stalemate every 21 minutes using ray guns.  Continue reading

Touchable: No God, No Master, reviewed.

Handle with Care: Cool Hand David Strathairn defuses a package bomb in "No God, No Master."

Terry Green’s low-budget, high-ambition Prohibition-era conspiracy thriller No God, No Master isn’t quite The Untouchables, but then again, what is? I admired the movie’s overreach in my review for The Dissolve. Continue reading

Birthday Suit: Elevator Repar Service’s Arguendo, reviewed.

Mike Iveson and Vin Knight in Elevator Repair Service's "Arguendo."

I reviewed Arguendo, Elevator Repair Service’s comic treatment of a 1991 Supreme Court case that no longer seems momentous if ever it did, for the Washington City Paper.

Unscary Movie: Jinn, reviewed.

"Firebreather" Camaro designed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, as feature in the movie "Jinn," written, directed, and edited by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad.

I took one for the team and reviewed the the un-super, non-thrilling supernatural thriller Jinn for The Dissolve. I can’t say I didn’t have fun, mostly because Rachel Manteuffel came with me. Continue reading