Monthly Archives: July 2014

Capital Fringe Festival on New York Ave. NW: — 40 —

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As it has every year since 2010, overseeing the Washington City Paper‘s coverage of the Capital Fringe Festival here in DC claimed most of my July. Here’s my wrap-up of the festival from this week’s WCP.

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Deleted Scene: The Infiltration Unit

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The “mimetic pollyalloy” T-1000 in its transitional state.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day originally had a sunlit coda set on the National Mall in the no-longer-grim future of 2029 with Linda Hamilton in unconvincing old age makeup. Director James Cameron was right to cut it.

My essay about the movie’s villain that ran on The Dissolve last week originally had a rambling 500-word introduction. My editor, Keith Phipps, was right to cut it.

So here it is! Continue reading

I reviewed a movie “that attempts to do for cunnilingus what Jaws did for ocean swimming.”

"Cabin Fever: Patient Zero"

Think of this image the next time you reach for a cigarette. “Cabin Fever: Patient Zero.”

If a giant, irradiated lizard can be the star of a long-running franchise, why not a flesh-eating virus? Many reasons, actually.I still haven’t managed to see Boyhood or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but  I reviewed Cabin Fever: Patient Zero for The Dissolve.

Psychiatric Help $0.05: Lucy, reviewed.

Scarlett Johansson in Luc Besson's "Lucy."

My NPR review of Luc Besson’s wiggedy-wack but truly, madly, deeply watchable Lucy.

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The Infiltration Unit: Terminator 2‘s Brilliant Game of Good ‘Bot, Bad Cop

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I’ve very proud to have contributed the concluding essay of The Dissolve’s Movie of the Week coverage of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, long one of my sentimental favorites. My piece examines how cowriter-director James Cameron’s decision to disguise the film’s mysterious villain, the advanced T-1000 Terminator played (mostly) by Robert Patrick, as a uniformed Los Angeles police officer anticipated our growing discomfort with police in general and the L.A.P.D. in particular at the start of the 90s. It also explores the film’s ironic connection to the tragic beating of Rodney King by four L.A.P.D. officers near one of T2‘s key locations while the movie was in production. Read the essay here.

You Can Castle-Keep It: Ironclad: Battle for Blood, reviewed.

What's in a name? Twinnie Lee Moore (!) as Crazy Mary (!!) in "Ironclad: Battle for Blood."

What’s in a name? Twinnie Lee Moore as Crazy Mary in “Ironclad: Battle for Blood.”

Look, I’m not sorry for likening Predator to The Seven Samurai in my Dissolve review of Ironclad: Battle for Blood. And compared to this thing, Predator may as well be The Seven Samurai.

On the FringeCasting Couch with Live Action Theatre

And this episode of The FringeCasting Couch was recorded last Tuesday afternoon, during a brief interval between a depressing visit to my doctor’s office and the two fitness classes I had to teach that evening; one boxing and one boot camp. This were necessarily verbal-instruction-only editions of said classes for me; doctor’s orders. Nothing feels worse.

Anyway, I’m a big fan of Live Action Theatre. Their show in the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival, The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy, was my favorite last year. I liked their new one, The Tournament, so much that I’m leaving to see it for a second time right now. Here’s the original Fringeworthy post.

I had them on the podcast last year, too.