"Movie Review: Confidence"" (***)"
With a plot similar to that of "The Score" and "Heist," and a narrative technique that brings to mind "Get Shorty" minus that film's comedy, Director James Foley's "Confidence" is the latest in the ever-growing line of scam films.Edward Burns stars as Jake Vig, a stylish con man unable to resist what he calls "the itch" - the desire to score big off of any scam he can pull.
CD Review: Lizzie West (***)
Lizzie West would have been the perfect replacement for Natalie Merchant when she left 10,000 Maniacs.
Senioritis Is More Than Being Lazy
After 16 (or more) years of being engaged with the American schooling system, is it any wonder so many students seem to suffer from "senioritis" as the end of their final year draws near?This so-called affliction gets a lot of attention this time of year, and with good reason.
Movie Review: Phone Booth (****)
If there is one thing Hollywood has a hard time delivering, it is a film that fulfills the promises made in previews; this is not the case with Joel Schumacher's latest release, "Phone Booth."The film was scheduled for release last fall, but held over until Friday because the sniper shootings in Washington, D.C., struck too close to the film's plot, which features Public Relations man Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell) learning a lesson in honesty from an anonymous caller - at gunpoint.The film is gripping and sensational, and while it is a shame that it had to be held back, it is probably going to make more waves coming out now.
How to Tell if You're Addicted to the Internet
Last weekend, I went to New York City, where I gobbled bagels, visited Ground Zero for the first time, saw Baz Luhrmann's production of Puccini's "La Boheme" and did not check my e-mail for over 72 hours.By the time I got home Sunday evening, I was about 20 minutes from chewing my hands off out of desperation for an Internet fix.
"George Lucas Milks It"" with Cobain"
Hot on the tails of losing her battle with Geffen Records over the release of "You Know You're Right," Courtney Love again suffered defeat in her constant battle to keep fans of grunge god Kurt Cobain from experiencing every facet of his considerable talent.Cobain's former label has won another legal skirmish: California courts today announced that they do, indeed, hold the rights to all records of Cobain's existence, thus paving the way for a licensing deal with Lucas' company Industrial Light and Magic.
"Cutting Throats, Not Corners"
"Choose-your-own-adventure" might have been a popular 1980s children's book-craze, but more often than not, a play that relies on audience participation is not the sort people wind up recommending to friends.That's why it comes as a surprise that "Shear Madness" is not only the longest-running play in America (at three separate theaters) but also, in its latest incarnation at Studio Arena, a hysterical and amusing way to spend an evening.As is often the case with audience-participation plays, "Shear Madness" is a murder mystery.
Students Must Educate Selves About Gulf War: Part Deux
Wednesday morning, media studies professor Tony Conrad put my video analysis class through an exercise.
Tori Amos at Shea's Performing Arts Center
There are multiple levels of security in place at an interview with Tori Amos; her "handlers" rove the halls of Shea's as she concludes her sound-check.
CD Review: Ani DiFranco (*****)
Ani DiFranco's latest CD is titled "Evolve" and that is exactly what this goddess of modern-day folk has done.