For electronic dance music to work in a concert setting – as a live spectacle that you would actually pay concert prices to see – the bar, in my mind, is pretty high. You need good mixes and well-wrung beats, sure, but the music can’t stand on its own – especially seeing as it’s […]
Author Archive: Nathan
Nathan enjoys film, music, sports and most of all, speaking in the third person.
Ever since I was little my passion has been for movies. I stayed up late building blanket forts around our console TV and watched movies in my own private theater. The same level of passion is displayed by director Adam Pogoff, a member of Meerkat Media Collective, for music. His upcoming movie, “Brasslands” manages to perfectly combine his passion for Balkans brass music with my passion for films.
On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers becoming the first African-American to play baseball in the Major Leagues in 60 years. He endured more abuse to do his job than you or I could even fathom. Through it all he maintained such an extraordinary level of integrity, humility and […]
Apparently God decided that this weekend he didn’t want anyone in Kansas City and the rest of the Midwest to get out and go to the movies. Thankfully we now have so many alternative delivery methods to get movies these days. Here are a few selections for things I’d recommend watching and where you can find the
This year I was trying to watch 100 movies that came out in 2012. I failed miserably (well not that miserably I saw about 80). I still feel that I have seen enough movies to hand out some awards. I must say that I have not seen a few of the movies that are currently winning several awards because they haven’t opened in Kansas City yet. I have a few real awards and some that are not actually real (although they should be because sometimes the Oscars get a little dull). I will warn you that this will be an extremely long post. So without further ado here are my end of 2012 awards:
The gangster film is one of the most distinctly American film genres. Something about the lengths to which these characters would go was a somewhat imperfect representation of the American dream. Perhaps filmgoers just enjoyed the violence. At some point in time the narrative shifted; we still had our gangster pictures but now we had […]
In 2008 it had been 6 years since Kathryn Bigelow had directed a movie and longer since she directed anything memorable. The Hurt Locker cemented her as a director that not only made strong films, but extremely relevant ones. With Zero Dark Thirty she has made something that is familiar in it’s treatment of current […]
Last year I made a list about what I was seeing in 2012. Unfortunately I feel that I led you astray on many of my inclusions. Luckily there were enough surprise hits to fill out the year and make it my favorite year of movies in the last several. Hopefully this list will include fewer […]
It’s hard to believe that it was 2005 when Judd Apatow burst on to the scene with “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” In these seven short years, he has gone from ‘that one guy who wrote “Freaks and Geeks” to a name that is ubiquitous in comedy. In fact, there is an entire sub-genre of Apatow-ian (pretty sure that’s a word) comedies that are usually a well-balanced mix of vulgar humor and real heart, but no one does it better than the originator.
Movies are always more charming when we can identify with the characters on-screen. While few of us may know what it is like to be a womanizing spy, many of us know what it is to struggle with mental instability and lost love. In Silver Linings Playbook, Pat Jr. (Bradley Cooper) is really trying to get his […]