The Vermont Cynic

“Taken” for a ride

March 2, 2009

If you were a 17-year-old teenage girl who has been kidnapped in Paris, drugged and sold into the sex-slave trade, who would you want your father to be? Only one man: Bryan Mills.The events of "Taken"...

“How I Learned to Drive” fails to rev engines

September 22, 2008

How I Learned to DrivePaula VogelDir. Joanne FarrellChamplain CollegePaula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "How I Learned to Drive," premiered last Wednesday at the Champlain Alumni Auditorium. Directed...

Mr. Hedberg, we hardly knew ye

Julia Wejchert September 22, 2008

Do You Believe in Gosh? Mitch Hedberg (Comedy Central Records) 4 Stars Filling the void created by his untimely death in 2005, comedian Mitch Hedberg's recently released Do You Believe in Gosh...

Will Sheff’s river flows on

September 22, 2008

Okkervil River The Stand Ins (Jagjaguar Records) 3.5 StatsWhile the indie world is wrapped up in the nondescript jaunt of synth-pop and dance rock, Okkervil River has released another intricate,...

The Coens Come Out of “No Country for Old Men” talking politics

September 22, 2008

Burn After Reading Ethan & Joel Coen (Focus Features) 2 StarsThe new Coen brothers' farce "Burn After Reading" makes Shakespeare's famous line "Lord, what fools these mortals be" seem like icing...

Don Cheadle makes for a great “Traitor”

September 15, 2008

TraitorDir. Jeffrey Nachmanoff(Overture Films)3.5 StarsDon Cheadle turns in an excellent performance in "Traitor," the most recent entry in what seems to be a perpetual train of spy thrillers going through...

Two giants making it all happen again

September 15, 2008

Brian Eno & David ByrneEverything that Happens will Happen Today4 StarsThe 60-year-old Father of Ambient Music Brian Eno has released his 40th musical masterpiece and his second collaborative album with...

Woody Allen’s new film leaves New York, hits the bull’s-eye

September 15, 2008

Vicky Cristina BarcelonaDir. Woody Allen(The Weinstein Company)4 StarsBull's eye. Wood Allen hit the mark with "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," a film about two American girls who take a trip to Spain and fall...

New Kids On The Block, actually Creepy Old Men

September 8, 2008

The Block(Interscope Records)1 StarSounds like:New Kids On The BlockBackstreet BoysN'SYNCBoy Bands Past Their PrimeThere is an inherent absurdity to a boy band called New Kids On The Block reuniting after...

Tropic Thunder drowns out controversy, baffles critics

September 8, 2008

Tropic ThunderDreamWorks PicturesRated R2 StarsBen Stiller, long-time actor and Hollywood success, directs "Tropic Thunder," a film that steps beyond a parody of the system of which he is a part. The film...

Album Review: Flying Lotus straddles hip-hop and electronica with ease

September 8, 2008

Flying LotusLos Angeles(Warp Records)4 StarsPrefuse 73Boards of CanadaALBUM REVIEWJohn McMillinMany readers might be unconsciously familiar with his work - he did the tunes in those trip-hoppy black and...

[critic]al thinking

April 28, 2008

Saturdays = Youth + M83 = bomb-ass recordM83Saturdays = Youth(Mute U.S.)3.5 StarsRecord Review Molly Shaker"Saturdays = Youth" - the most recent album from French musician M83 (aka Anthony Gonzalez) -...

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