Saturday, May 01, 2010

May Reviews

These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.

Amazon DVDs:
Malice in Wonderland (with Lost's Maggie Grace), The Red Baron (with Joseph Fiennes and Lena Headey), You Don't Know Jack (with Al Pacino and Susan Sarandon), and Don McKay (with Thomas Haden Church and Elisabeth Shue).

Amazon Theatricals: Casino Jack and the United States of Money (Alex Gibney takes on Jack Abramoff), Nowhere Boy (Sam Taylor-Wood takes on John Lennon), The Concert (with Mélanie Laurent), and Countdown to Zero (from Lucy Walker).

PopMatters: Contributed to Jason Gross's
upcoming piece on advice for young writers:

I spend more time writing reviews than anything else. Since I can't always
predict which CDs and DVDs editors will send my way, it helps to have an
open mind. Every genre has its merits; blanket dismissals serve no real
purpose. If you can't find anything nice to say about a metal record, you
probably shouldn't review metal. Try to find the good in everything that
comes your way, but by all means be honest. Be respectful. More than
anything else: be empathetic. What you think is important, but it's just
as important to figure out what the artist was trying to do and why.
Did they succeed? If so, you may still dislike it, but does that make
it a failure? Snark tends to attract attention, but the world could
always use more writers who seek to understand the world
better and to engage readers with their discoveries.

SIFF: 3Some, From Beginning to End, The Loners, The
Penitent Man
, Violet Tendencies, and Visionaries - Jonas
Mekas and the (Mostly) American Avant-Garde Cinema

Siffblog: Nowhere Boy and The Concert
and Roger Corman's Cult Classics: Suburbia.

Video Librarian: 35 Shots of Rum, The Girl on the Train,
Youssou N'Dour - I Bring What I Love
, The Lost Coast, The
, Sex Galaxy, The Whale Warrior - Pirate for the
(reviewed for SIFF '09), 45365, The Asperger's Differ-
, Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Seventh
[two-disc set], From Silence to Sound, How
Weed Won the West, My Blood My Compromise,
The Quantum Tamers - Revealing Our Weird
and Wired Future
, Reel Injun, The Science
of Sex Appeal
, Taqwacore, Alice - A
Look into Alice's Adventures in
, The End of
and Life.

Nowhere Boy still (Aaron Johnson as
John Lennon) from The Sydney Morning Herald.


ratzkywatzky said...

Ooh! Blood on the Fast Track is finally coming out!

kathy fennessy said...

Cool, huh? I can finally catch up with it!