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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.

DVD Review: ‘Breathless’ (Criterion Collection)


Jean-Luc Godard set out to pay homage to American movies, but in the process he forged an indelible cinematic signature. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Eclipse Series: Late Ray’ (Criterion Collection)

The Stranger (Criterion Collection)

The valedictory work of an elder statesman of cinema. Read More »

Comedy CD Review: Andy Kaufman – ‘Andy and His Grandmother’


From beyond the grave, his final attempt to annoy and befuddle his audience results in an ordinary audio document, barely of interest even to fans. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Buck ‘Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens’


Essential reading for country music fans, and a lively read that should send the casual listener on a rewarding search for Buck Owens' records. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Oil City Confidential’

Wilko Johnson and Lee Brilleaux

Oil City Confidential fails as a music documentary.. But as a study of Canvey Island and one of her most colorful residents, it’s diverting enough. Read More »

Music Review: Sly and the Family Stone – ‘Higher!’ [Four-Disc Box Set]


Fans will want to hear everything, but there are few revelations here for anyone who already has the classic albums. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘The Rooftop’


It could have been a wonderful, vivid piece of movie magic. But it never leaves the ground. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Shadow Type: Classic Three-dimensional Lettering’ by Steven Heller and Louise Fili


Readers with any interest in vintage fonts and advertising will love it. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – ‘Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label’


The Eccentric Soul series is one of Numero Group’s most ambitious projects, and it’s an important window into often forgotten music. I just wish I wanted to listen to it more. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘The Big City’ and ‘Charulata’ (Criterion Collection)


Charulata is worth seeing for the pure cinema of its opening sequence, but The Big City is the more compelling film, a fine balance of drama and social commentary. Read More »