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October 2008

That’s right. My band is playing in front of the AMC Olathe Studio 30 (119th & Strang Line Rd.) for free on Saturday night at 6:30pm to celebrate the opening on their Fork & Screen wing of full-service theaters. I got an early peek at them on Tuesday, and this weekend is the first chance […]


Kevin Smith’s latest potty-mouthed romantic comedy is a little contrived, but is helped by great chemistry between Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks.


Eric Melin goes it alone in this, the first-ever, one-man review in the history of Scene-Stealers. Kevin Smith’s “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks is reviewed by Eric, who has come under fire lately for not having enough of a female perspective. Find out what all the fuss is […]



by Eric Melin on October 30, 2008

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Featuring lots of tough guys talking trash and one-upping each other, Guy Ritchie’s latest gangster ensemeble is more of he same, only a little more stale.


“RocknRolla” is supposed to be writer/director Guy Ritchie’s return to form. What that means is that his first two movies “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch” were so similar in style and plotting that they defined him as a filmmaker. After two ill-received departures (“Swept Away” and “Revolver”), Ritchie goes back to the […]


Last night was the big press event for locally-based theater chain AMC to show off their newest theater experience, which they’ve titled Fork & Screen. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but there’s a lot more to getting it right than you might think. All I can say is that, considering the high price of concession stand food […]


Last week I asked readers to send in their picks to help me create the perfect Halloween rock playlist. I had lots of picks of my own to start with, but I wanted to see what you all could come up with. Not only were there a lot of cool songs I had never heard […]


Two months ago, Scene-Stealers sitegoer Aaron Hale submitted his Top 10 Zombie Movie list. Rather than do a list of my favorite zombie movies, which would be very similar to his, I thought I’d write about something that gets to the very heart of why we love zombie movies so much, even though sometimes we don’t even know it: […]


Sometimes the most important traits of a person can be observed from the moments they spend in the background. Director Jonathan Demme’s new verite-style movie “Rachel Getting Married” is at its truest when its characters are hiding on the fringes of an event that’s bigger than them. Well at least its bigger to most all […]


Rachel Getting Married

by Eric Melin on October 24, 2008

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Jonathan Demme’s verite-styled wedding flick is a subtle character piece with an effective Anne Hathaway and family.


ADDING MORE GREAT PRIZES SO KEEP CHECKING BACK! We have been lining up lots of cool stuff to do and a lot of great prizes to give away in the raffle Wednesday Oct. 29 at our Night of Rock n Roll Horror event at the Screenland Theater in Kansas City. Here’s the lineup, getting larger […]


Alright, Scene Stealers: If you love making mix compilations as much as I do, you’ll help me out with this one. I’m creating the ultimate spooky, scary rock playlist of all time. In no particular order, these are the songs I’ve got so far. Add your own in the comments below, and if I like […]


Top 10 Scariest Movie Themes

by Eric Melin on October 21, 2008

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The score to a horror movie can be the most essential thing sometimes. It sets the mood, the pace, everything. A great score can even make a bad horror movie seem semi-decent if the music is scary enough. Try putting these themes on a Halloween mix for trick-or-treaters this year if you want to keep […]



by Eric Melin on October 16, 2008

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With the help of a very likable Josh Brolin, Oliver Stone pains an extraordinarily devastating portrait of an empty, sad man. Beware; not a satire.


Eric and guest critic Nick Colby of The Dead Girls walk out of a jam-packed screening of people ready to laugh and laugh at the over-the-top antics of our country’s worst President. Did they get what they expected? How did Josh Brolin do as the mighty “W.”? These questions and more are answered only in […]