John G. Avildsen – Rocky Road To a Classic
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John G. Avildsen – Rocky Road To a Classic

John G. Avildsen – Rocky Road To a Classic by Jay S. Jacobs In the summer of 1976, Philadelphia was the home of the American Bicentennial.  However, it turned out that celebration was only the second biggest thing to come out of the City of Brotherly Love that year. A small movie about a ham-and-egg … Continue reading

Better Living Through Chemistry  (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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Better Living Through Chemistry (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

Better Living Through Chemistry It’s not just every day that you find a film which suggests that the best way out of career doldrums and a dull marriage is through infidelity, experimentation with narcotics and plotting a murder. Better Living Through Chemistry is surprisingly breezy dark comedy/romantic comedy hybrid which rides some terrific acting performances to … Continue reading

The Bag Man (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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The Bag Man (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

The Bag Man The slow-but-inescapable erosion of John Cusack’s movie career has been steadily progressing for well over a decade now, but still it is disheartening to see one of the most interesting actors of the 80s and 90s mired in garbage like The Bag Man. Of course Cusack isn’t the only one slumming here.  Once … Continue reading

If You Build It (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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If You Build It (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

If You Build It Modern education, particularly in depressed areas of the country, has sadly become terribly streamlined.  Schools often barely have the money for books, how are they going to afford elective subjects like the arts and some sports and home economics?  The problem with this is simple and stark.  Not all students will … Continue reading

In Fear (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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In Fear (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

In Fear If you ever wondered what it would be like to have an Irish approximation of one of the early Wes Craven films (Last House on the Right, The Hills Have Eyes) with a whole heck of a lot less blood, In Fear is probably as close as you are going to get. Writer/director Jeremy Lovering … Continue reading

Pentatonix – PTX – Pitch-Perfect in Every Way
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Pentatonix – PTX – Pitch-Perfect in Every Way

Pentatonix – PTX – Pitch-Perfect in Every Way by Mark Mussari An eargasm. There’s no other way to describe the experience of hearing the five-member a cappella group Pentatonix sing live. Intricate harmonies buzz in a way not heard since the Manhattan Transfer’s heyday. The band moves deftly among dubstep, ballads, hip-hop — even a … Continue reading

Bottled Up (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)
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Bottled Up (A PopEntertainment.com Movie Review)

BOTTLED UP (2014) Starring Melissa Leo, Marin Ireland, Josh Hamilton, Jamie Harrold, Fredric Lehne, Nelson Landrieu, Tibor Feldman, Lynn Cohen, Karen Shallo, Twinkle Burke, Brendan Boyce and Christine Wright. Screenplay by Enid Zentelis. Directed by Enid Zentelis. Distributed by Osiris Entertainment.  84 minutes.  Rated R. Melissa Leo is such an endlessly fascinating actress that she … Continue reading

Jonatha Brooke – How We Met Her Mother
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Jonatha Brooke – How We Met Her Mother

Jonatha Brooke – How We Met Her Mother by Jay S. Jacobs A few years ago, acclaimed singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke had to put her career and life on hold when her mother was afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  For two years, Brooke, her husband and a cousin took on the full-time positions of caretaker and … Continue reading

Secret Policeman’s Ball – USA (A PopEntertainment.com Video Review)
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Secret Policeman’s Ball – USA (A PopEntertainment.com Video Review)

The Secret Policeman’s Ball – USA The Secret Policeman’s Balls have been happening since the 1970s – star-studded musical and comic spectaculars performed for the benefit of the international human rights organization Amnesty International.  Created by Monty Python member John Cleese, the shows merged rock stars and comedians to raise money for the charity. The series … Continue reading