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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.

Book Review: Photo Journalism (Getty Images), Edited by Nick Yapp and Amanda Hopkinson

Determined photography lovers will certainly find arresting images in Photo Journalism, but the clunky format may send them looking for better presentations online. Read More »

Book Review: Neue Welt by Wolfgang Tillmans

Wide-ranging and generic, Tillmans is too cool for school, and takes the fun out of boring photos. Read More »

Music Review: Marshall Crenshaw – I Don’t See You Laughing Now [EP]

The first of a projected six EPs from the pop rocker, its music is not as inspired as its salesmanship. Read More »

DVD Review: When Horror Came to Shochiku – The Criterion Collection

An inconsistently entertaining set of Japanese horror movies that is more interesting as a cultural snapshot than as B-movie heaven. Read More »

DVD Review: Bigfoot County

I have seen a lot of bad Bigfoot movies, and this is one of the worst. Read More »

DVD Review: Rankin/Bass TV Holiday Favorites Collection

Lesser Rankin/Bas holiday specials, only one of which deserves the name. Read More »

DVD Review: Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection

There's a reason you've never heard of these three holiday specials. Read More »

Book Review: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenidies

A mirror of the times that suggests that struggles of love and philosophy never change. Read More »

Music Review: Tracey Thorn – Tinsel and Lights

A melancholy return to form for the former Everything but the Girl singer-songwriter. Read More »

DVD Review: Born to Be Bad (Warner Archive)

Standout performances by Robert Ryan and Mel Ferrer can't rescue this curiously tepid melodrama. Read More »