January 2011

Here’s my review of “The Green Hornet” from KTKA-49. Early in “The Green Hornet,” Seth Rogen says to Jay Chou, his soon-to-be-partner-in-crimefighting—and I’m paraphrasing—“You know what the stupid thing about superheroes is? They announce to everybody that they’re good guys and all the villains need to do is start killing innocent people and they’ve got […]

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Back in 1994, my band Truck Stop Love was featured on a Tom Petty tribute record called “You Got Lucky.” (This was back in the time when people bought a lot of compilation CDs — you know — before the advent of the iPod “shuffle.”) We appeared on an episode of ABC In Concert where […]

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Movies that recognize O.C.D. throughout the years did so with characters suffering through varying degrees of O.C.D. severity, and reflected a condition that takes different forms for different people. While some movie characters displayed the textbook signs, what with the hand-washing and obsessive organization, others manifested the disorder through their very presence and actions.

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! Now honestly I could talk until I am blue in the face about […]

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Although the film is based on the real events surrounding the life of Robert Durst, the main problem with the screenplay by Marcus Hinchey and Marc Smerling is how ridiculous the events appear when recreated on film. What starts as a love story and tense drama about a troubled son of a real estate broker […]

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Here’s my review of “The King’s Speech” from KTKA-49. There are many ways to make a feel-good picture, but in the movie ‘The King’s Speech,’ the personal triumph that gives audiences a warm glow happens on the national stage with everyone listening. Prince Albert, played in a wonderfully nuanced performance by Best Actor frontrunner Colin […]

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! I have little doubt that #50 on AFI’s list of the best American […]

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a movie released in the past year that will break your heart the way “Rabbit Hole” does. Based on the play by David Lindsay-Abaire, this adaptation is helmed by John Cameron Mitchell, of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” fame. The indie director has taken a departure from Hedwig insofar as […]

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Tonight’s Insomniac entry was 15 years in the making. When I was in junior high I loved S.E. Hinton’s “The Outsiders” and went out of my way to read everything I could by the lady. I’d seen the movie adaption, but always thought that “Rumble Fish” would have made a better movie, as it dealt […]

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San Francisco’s The Flamin’ Groovies were way more influential than their album sales at the time would show. 1976’s “Shake Some Action” is a classic power pop single.

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The Year in Movies 2010 – 10 trends and top stories

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Tonight the Kansas City Film Critics Circle chose the winners of its 2010 Movie Awards. The award winners for the year 2010 are:

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