The Vermont Cynic

John Brown’s Body: So Good You Should Travel To See Them

Michael David Spies

January 26, 2004

When I arrived at Higher Ground on Friday, November 21st, to interview John Brown's Body, I had the same pre-conceived notion as many other people and critics - Here is the white reggae band. I sat down to talk with Chris (trumpet) and Tom (drums) of John Brown's Body, and was not only swayed, but al...

The Matrix: Revolutions Opens

December 8, 2003

This week an epic story came to an end (yeah right; that's what they said about Star Wars). The Matrix: Revolutions opened in theaters around the world this past Wednesday simultaneously. East coasters enjoyed the film at 9:00 in the morning, while those on the Pacific coast received a screening at...

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

December 8, 2003

I'm sure you've heard that Quentin Tarantino is up to his insane tricks again; that is, making avant-garde films seemingly conceptualized by the darkest aspects of man's psyche. Tarantino transforms this macabre inspiration into his clever and entertaining satires of American and human culture. T...

Transporter Shines Like Coal

November 18, 2002

Needed: 1) One man willing to transport anything, no questions asked. 2) One attractive Asian actress with a poor grasp of the English language and/or Stanislavski's "method acting". 3) A vaguely defined plan to smuggle human cargo through Niece, France led by an Asian businessman with overtly evil he...

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