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Author Archives: Pat Padua

Pat Padua is a writer, photographer, native Washingtonian, and Oxford comma defender. The Washington Post called him "a talented, if quirky, photographer." Pat has also contributed to the All Music Guide, Cinescene, and DCist, where he is currently senior film critic.

Movie Review: ‘An Affair of the Heart’

(Breaking Glass Pictures)

Final act tension is too little and too late to make a compelling feature-length film out of an artist whose medium is the three-minute single. Read More »

Music Review: Big Star – ‘Nothing Can Hurt Me’ Soundtrack

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With the release of the 'Keep An Eye On The Sky' box set and now the 'Nothing Can Hurt Me' soundtrack, completists can eat up dozens of unreleased tracks that have surfaced. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘The Hot Flashes’

(Vertical Entertainment)

The Hot Flashes is unfortunately not a middle-aged coming of age movie, but it is a sober coming of age for a once edgy director. Read More »

Book Review: ‘A Complete Guide to Ventriloquism: Principles, Practice and Performance’ by Dr. Naveen Sridhar

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He cannot guarantee success, but his instructions are elegantly written. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me’

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Rock and roll heaven for it's first hour, this documentary of the legndary band will be like manna to Big Star fans, but it loses its way in the second half. Read More »

Music Review: Swamp Dogg – ‘Total Destruction to Your Mind,’ ‘Rat On!’ and ‘Gag a Maggot’

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Swamp Dogg's 'Total Destruction to Your Mind' is a hard-rocking R&B masterpiece that holds on to your dancing leg like a rabid animal and never lets go. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Virus: The Day of Resurrection’ by Sakyo Komatsu

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Virus would have made a good low budget science fiction movie. At 300 pages of dull prose, it’s a terribly hard slog of a cautionary tale. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Touch’

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Despite flaws in almost every department, this sensuous drama develops and reveals its characters in marvelous and powerful ways. Read More »

DVD Review: Pierre Etaix (Criterion Collection)

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A comedian who worked with Bresson and Tati, Pierre Etaix made films influenced by both mentors, but with his own comic voice and social conscience. Read More »

DVD Review: “3:10 to Yuma” (1957) and “Jubal” (Criterion Collection)

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With the release of a pair of classic Westerns, Criterion rightfully brings director Delmer Daves into the cinematic pantheon. Read More »