Some Girl(s) (2013)

Some Girl(s) (2013) – To cinema-goers the legacy of Neil LaBute may be secured as the writer and director of 2003’s remake of The Wicker Man. I still have yet to gaze upon its awfulness but it replaces the slow-burn (pun sort of intended) of the original with Nicolas Cage in a bear suit punching … Continue reading

Modernized Shakespeare

The following article originally appeared on on 1 April 2011… Regular readers (do I even have those?) have surely noticed by now that at the end of each article I have been merrily endorsing the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, reminding people that they can follow it on Twitter (@sacshakes), “like” it on Facebook, or particularly … Continue reading

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) – Stage to screen adaptations can be tricky. Enough of them are great that there’s no cause to automatically be skeptical going into one, but there are also more than a few that hit the mark. When you factor in the fact that Tennessee Williams often wrote about homosexuality and … Continue reading

Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005)

Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005) – People often ask me “why do you curse so much, Jake?” Well, I’ll fucking tell you why: All my life growing up, people told me not to. Now, that’s enough to tempt me but not necessarily to sway me to a life of excessive profanity. The kicker was … Continue reading

Angels in America (2003)

Angels in America (2003) – For a while, the premium cable network Home Box Office had the slogan “It’s not TV, it’s HBO.” This mainly reflected the artistically challenging shows they aired like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, and The Wire (of course they also ran Sex and the City, so I guess it … Continue reading

The Tempest (2010)

The Tempest (2010) – The following review first appeared as part of a larger article (“Now in Theaters”) on on 11 March 2011. Pretty well-written. That Shakespeare kid is going places, I think. Even if Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark completely obliterates Julie Taymor’s Broadway career, she can still make movies. Her previous Shakespearean … Continue reading

Carnage (2011)

Carnage (2011) – As those who know me personally are probably aware, I am a theatre major. But to those who know me and those who don’t, I am a gigantic film geek (as evidenced by, you know, this whole site). So stage-to-screen adaptations intrigue me. Carnage, based on Yasmina Reza’s play God of Carnage, … Continue reading

A Dangerous Method (2011)

A Dangerous Method (2011) — So there seems to be a kind of theme running through the films of David Cronenberg. They all seem to be about characters fighting something inside themselves. Now in his earlier work like The Brood and his remake of The Fly this was taken disgustingly literal. Then there seemed to … Continue reading

Talk Radio (1988)

Talk Radio (1988) – This is the second of two films I saw in December based on a play by Eric Bogosian. Like subUrbia, the film was made by a director who I tend to be rather fond of (Richard Linklater for subUrbia, Oliver Stone for Talk Radio). Sadly both films I’ve found a little … Continue reading

subUrbia (1996)

subUrbia (1996) – I took a stagecraft class this past semester and the final assignment was to design and build a model for a set for a play. I decided to use gthe opportunity to check out a playwright I had heard about but who I have never read/seen, Eric Bogosian (though I have seen … Continue reading