Jun 21 2013

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

If you’re at all like me, one of the first times you were ever exposed to the late George Plimpton was his brief scene in 1997’s Good Will Hunting, where he shares screen time with one of the men that would later win the Academy Award for writing it, Matt Damon. Damon, playing the titular […]
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May 24 2013

Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

You all know the song, and you’re gonna start singing it as soon as you read these lyrics: “Take a load off, Annie / take a load for free / take a load off, Annie / aaaaaaaaaand you put the load right on me.” I’ve heard this easily-recognizable and earnestly-sung chorus from “The Weight” everywhere […]
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May 17 2013

Stories We Tell

Writer/director Sarah Polley’s new documentary, Stories We Tell, is a very personal and engrossing movie, but it sure as hell isn’t easy to digest. Pointing the cameras straight at her family members, she asks them to tell the story of her late mother, leading them to the point where they all have to discuss the […]
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May 10 2013

Venus and Serena

As a tennis fan from childhood, I spent a lot of time with my father watching the Grand Slam tournaments on television and attending exhibition matches locally here in DC at Rock Creek Park. Every few years or so, a new powerhouse player would come into the scene; the era which I remember was famous […]
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May 3 2013


(This review originally appeared at on May 3, 2013.) It goes one of two ways when looking at performers in the adult entertainment industry in America. On one hand, you’ve got the people who watch pornography or look the other way, allowing it to be just another facet of life; on the other, you […]
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Mar 8 2013

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on March 8, 2013.) In 1996, heavy metal band Judas Priest hired Tim “Ripper” Owens to be their lead singer, after former singer Rob Halford quit. This was dramatized in 2001’s Rock Star, directed by Stephen Herek, with the tagline stating it was “A story about a […]
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