Cinema feeds on cinema. No cinematic work is crafted in a vacuum and contemporary works refer back to previous ones. Sometimes in very inventive ways, other times for nothing more that pure derivation. They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and it can be. But it can also be plain laziness. That laziness is what makes Todd Phillips’s latest, War Dogs, such a disappointment. Here are a story and a style, extremely familiar and highly derivative for all the wrong reasons. Based on the Rolling Stones article, “The Stoner Arms Dealers: How Two American Kids Became Big-Time … Continue reading WAR DOGS


“Becoming a comic means watching yourself die.” –Lewis Black Are unhappy childhoods, pathetic sex and general misery necessary to comedy? Anyone who has attended a stand-up comedy show knows that it is a wheelhouse comics like to visit, but is it actually necessary to creation of the comic? Does misery inherently produce comedy? These questions forms the core of Kevin Pollak’s explorative documentary, Misery Loves Comedy, playing at The Boedecker Theater May 27 – 30. Pollak is a comic, actor and accomplished poker player, but starting in 2009, Pollak moved toward a longer disscussionary format with his Internet TV series, … Continue reading MISERY LOVES COMEDY