Posts Tagged ‘john’

Gym Class Villain

Keeping a bullying P.E. teacher from becoming your stepdad drives the tepid Mr. Woodcock.
Kristian Lin
If you saw last year’s School for Scoundrels and wished that it had been funnier, you should know that Mr. Woodcock answers your prayers.


Mild Salsa

Despite talented performances, direction, and music, El Cantante lacks kick.
Cole Williams
Hector Lavoe is considered one of the greatest artists of Latin music.



Hit Me Again

Ben Kingsley beats the bottle, but his movie loses the war.
Kristian Lin
Of all the living actors who’ve been knighted by the queen of England, have any of them found their way into more crappy movies than Sir Ben Kingsley?


Eli Cook

Listen Up
With recent and upcoming gigs at Baines Books & Coffee, The Dew Drop Inn, and the Senior Center Blues Barbeque in and around his hometown of Charlottesville, Va., Eli Cook might seem, on paper, like your typical 20-year-ol...



On the One

The Show
Establishing supernatural, groove-oriented funk on a nightly basis would prove an exhausting task for your average musician, but San Diego’s On The One manages to crisscross the country and deliver earth-shaking, soulful inte...


Men With Choppers

Wild Hogs is bad enough to make you trade in your motorcycle for an SUV.
KRISTIAN LIN
Some years ago, political satirist Mark Russell observed that guys caught in mid-life crises tended to handle them in one of three ways: They bought motorcycles, cheated on their wives, or became spies for the Soviets. He wound...



Books and ’Bots

Kultur
The problem with most comic books and graphic novels is that most if not all of them are pretty poorly written. Obviously, I haven’t read every title ever published, but I have been through enough to make a sound generali...


An American in Limbo

Big Ticket
Almost 70 years after his death, George Gershwin occupies a curious place in classical music. Widely acclaimed in his own time and for some decades afterward, the master of both popular song and concert-hall music has fallen in...