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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: ‘Adventure Time: Jake the Dad’


Even though this set is themed around responsibility, it's also themed around Jake, so there's no lack of Jake playing his butt like a pair of bongos. Read More »

Video Review: ‘A Monsterous Holiday’


A Monsterous Holiday has its heart in the right place, but like it’s poor protagonist, doesn’t have the talent it needs to succeed. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘I Married a Witch’ (Criterion Collection)

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A bitter satire of the political system in the guise of a Hollywood bauble. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Disaster Artist: My Life inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie ever Made’ by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell


This is the story of a movie, but it is also a bromance, and a moving fable about the struggle to find your voice in a creative world. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Salinger’ by David Shields and Shane Salerno


Whatever you think of J.D. Salinger's writing, his worst literary sin may be that he inspired such a terrible book. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Behind the Candelabra’


Only in the movie’s final dream sequence is there sign of what might have been. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Dark Touch’

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Marina de Van the director gives Dark Touch a good dark look. It's too bad de Van the writer could not make it work. Read More »

Book Review: ‘How Should a Person Be?’ by Sheila Heti


Powerful and unsettling, Heti's novel tackles generational aimlessness sans artistic navel gaziing. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Chihuahua Too!’


This sequel to the direct-to-video Chihuahua, Chihuahua Too! answers a need that I cannot imagine existed. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Light of the World’ by James Lee Burke


Burke's novels are hard-boiled mystical, melodramatic and self-referential, anxious and gripping. Read More »