Oct 19 2012

Spooky Movie Festival 2012: “The American Scream” Reviewed

(This review was originally published on October 19, 2012 at Reel Film News) 2009‘s “Best Worst Movie” showed us that director Michael Stephenson could make a relevant, widely appealing documentary out of some pretty obscure subject matter. That film, his first as a director, chronicled the making of a cult horror phenomenon called “Troll 2”, […]
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Oct 5 2012

Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue America’s Healthcare

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on October 5, 2012.) Everyone in this country knows our healthcare system is the pits, no matter what side of the fence you’re on politically. Bureaucratic red tape, avoidance of reimbursement or even paying for contracted services, Health Maintenance Organizations versus private care… it’s confusing and sometimes […]
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Jul 20 2012

China Heavyweight

(This review was originally published on July 20, 2012 at Reel Film News.) We all know what goes into recruiting our Olympic athletes here in the US; it’s not so much recruitment as it is being the best at what you do and getting noticed for it.  In China, it seems that for the sport […]
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Jul 13 2012

Ballplayer: Pelotero

(This review was originally published on July 13, 2012 at Reel Film News) Pawns in the politics of Major League Baseball and their scouting protocol in the Dominican Republic – an island making up almost 20% of the professional talent that populate the fields of America’s favorite sporting pastime – are two sixteen-year-old prospects hoping for the payday promised by a phone call that comes on the sacred 2nd […]
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Jul 6 2012

Pelotero (Ballplayer)

(This review was originally published on July 6, 2012 at Reel Film News.) In 2008 in the sunny climes of the Dominican Republic, two young men – Miguel Angel Sanó and Jean Carlos Batista – are being developed into star baseball players to be courted by Major League Baseball teams.  These two have been playing […]
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Jun 22 2012

Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle

(This review was originally published on June 22, 2012 at Reel Film News.) The first time I heard of a phenomenon called NIMBY – “Not In My Back Yard!” – was in a routine delivered by one of my personal heroes, George Carlin, at Comic Relief ’90.  The Comic Relief charity and concerts were put […]
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